One Month Verses One Night
To start off, I would like to thank Rhonda for bringing The Secret to the world and for everyone who has contributed their stories to this website. I have spent a considerable amount of time reading them and they have helped me when I was down.
I have experienced the miracles of The Secret in my life before, but never submitted a story about them. I apologize that my first one is this long. The reason I am writing one today is because last night, I promised myself I would. Not knowing the outcome of today’s exam, a part of me knew I would keep my promise.
I have just returned from an 8 AM GMAT exam which lasts 4 hours. I am employed full time and studying for the exam has been hard to do with time constraints and the nature of my job that requires working after hours sometimes. I only had the week during Christmas last year, in addition to the two weekends leading up to the exam, to properly study for it.
The program I was using to study for the test allowed me to try out 9 Practice tests before appearing for the actual exam. The minimum score I needed was 600. I got below a 580 on 6 of them. The few days before my exam I couldn’t sleep and was hopped up on energy drinks to be able to study extra hard.
Yesterday, the day before my exam, I attempted a practice test and scored a 570 on it. I was almost sure that I would not be able to score over a 600 on my actual exam. Last night however, I realized I had been thinking negatively about the results of this exam for almost a month now. Knowing The Secret, I figured my beliefs would probably be the reason for failing the exam if I did.
After a month of believing that I would fail the exam, I only had one evening to change my beliefs and expectations. So that is what I did.
Whenever the thought of having to write the exam again or not being able to go to school this year would pass my mind, I would bring myself back to the feeling of getting a 650. I would imagine giving the exam without being nervous. Being able to focus on the questions and not being distracted by what might happen.
I went in for my exam this morning. I did not end up finishing the math section. 7 questions I did not even attempt and knew I had messed up from the get go which is worse then messing up later on because of how it is graded. By the end of the math section I SHOULD have been sure that I was going to fail, and the words in my head told me that I had.
However, the feeling in my heart spoke differently.
Regardless, I went in and completed the English section which had always been the reason for my super low scores when practicing for the exam.
I did not get a 650, but got a 640 instead!
When I got the results which you do as soon as you press “End Exam”, do you think I went “This doesn’t work”??
No, I was shocked!
Logically it made no sense to me. The score depends on the English and math section. I got the highest English score I have ever received compared to the ones I was getting during practice. The GMAT has a new section this year, the Integrated reasoning which is graded out of 8 but doesn’t count towards the score. It can be a deciding factor for admission into Business school though. I had never gotten above a 2 in the IR section on my practice CATS. I got a 7 out of 8 today. I still do NOT understand THAT logically.
The only way I can explain this, is that your positive thoughts are much stronger than your negative thoughts. Even though I was drowning in my negative thoughts, to a degree that I cried almost every time I thought about failing this exam, one night of positive thinking completely turned things around.
The Secret works, there is no fighting it. I keep going back and looking at my scores because I can’t believe it. Now all I have to do is remain positive about getting into Business school and write you another story once I start.
Love to all and I wish everyone a happy, miracle filled life!