Set It and Get It

The best way to get the motivation to pass a certification is to book the test. Speaking from direct experience, and from helping three coworkers pass exams, once you book the test your dedication to studying dramatically increases.

All of the sudden, you’ve paid $200 for a test and you start asking yourself….

What if I fail? What if the money is wasted? What if I’m not ready? What if I have to retake it? What if the materials I’m studying aren’t the right ones? What will my team think if I fail?

These are wonderful questions because the way to alleviate the anxiety they cause is by STUDYING! So you put your head down and start going through Trailhead and all the practice questions you can find. Boom. Boom. Boom.

All the things you tell yourself like “I’ll start studying next month” or “Once the holidays are over I’ll study” or “After my next paycheck I can buy those Focus on Force exams and then I’ll study” vanish into thin air once you’re committed.

And after you get going you realize studying isn’t so bad, plus you have the leverage to keep going because that $200 is still on the line.

This comes out of psychology and is called “The Point of No Return“. You might have also heard it called burning the boats or crossing the Rubicon. The end goal is the same – commit!

You’ll keep studying and when exam day comes you’ll still feel nervous because – what if – but I promise you this: if you study long enough you will pass.

So if you’re on the fence about an exam or wish you could just find the time to study: set it, and I assure you, that you will get it!

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