First Posted on: 31/12/2015
The year 2014 is ending and in retrospect; it has been a crazy year for me!
As for today, I’d like to write about confusion and frustration, and how to deal with them. Since I just finished my study session on Quantum Mechanics, I’m very confused and frustrated at the moment.
Confusion and frustration got to be the worst feelings to have when it comes to learning anything. You put in time and commitment to study, thinking you’ll become smarter; come across something new, and you hit the wall. As a result you get confused and frustrated, and feeling even worst about yourself.
There’s good and bad news when it comes to dealing with confusion and frustration.
The bad news, confusion and frustration never goes away. It is an integral part of learning. I’m confused all the time; and my mind is tirelessly trying to figure things out constantly. As for frustration, I do get that once in a while, but I’ve learned how to deal with it; and it’s a very important skill to learn when it comes to learning.
The good news is, confusion is a good thing. Think of confusion as the muscle soreness you get after a hard exercise. A little confusion shows that your mind is working hard and strengthening your intellectual muscles. You just need to see confusion in a different light. It’s painful and uncomfortable, but ultimately it’s good for you.
And for frustration, it is a result of expecting too much out of yourself and trying to progress too fast. It is neither a good or bad thing, it’s just an emotion like happiness or sadness. I’ll teach you shortly how to deal with frustration.
The mindset many students have is that they want to get away from confusion, they just want to learn the how-to for assignments and exams, and get over with it. They think if they just know the methods and instructions, they’ll never be confused ever again and get the results.
That’s a very unhealthy mindset to have for many reasons, not just in studies but life in general. So instead of running away from confusion, embrace and start enjoying it. Just like the perverted pleasure of enjoying muscle soreness during an intense gym session, knowing your muscles are growing.
Sounds crazy, but I actually enjoy confusion and frustration. I am constantly pushing myself, learning new things, proactively making myself confused, rather than running away from it. It makes studying so much more fun, empowering and engaging.
With all that being said, here are a few simple ways when it comes to dealing with confusion and frustration:
That’s all for today, and enjoy your New Year Eve! I hope you can see confusion and frustration in a whole new different light from now on and start enjoy working on your intellectual muscles!