Over the last 9 years, I’ve spent a lot of time helping people to prepare for important language proficiency tests. Many of those people have taken the same test, again and again, hoping to achieve a different result. However, they keep finding that their score isn’t high enough, in at least one area. One reason for this can be because they have not had an expert help them out with their test preparation. Another common reason is that of anxiety.
One resource that I recommend for people who have really struggled is Glenn Harrold’s hypnosis MP3. You can purchase it and download it very quickly to begin working on reducing your stress.
For others, who are feeling that stress is reducing their score, I recommend taking the time to focus on breathing. Even in the middle of a high-stakes test, it’s relatively easy to take 3 slow, deep breaths before each speaking session. This will reduce anxiety, slow breathing and pulse, regulate the voice, and clear the mind. Don’t wait until test day to do this. Incorporate the practice into every practice session, so that it will come naturally on test day.
Tim Ferris is a very popular author, blogger, and podcaster. He’s a person who’s described as a “life-hacker” because he’s constantly trying to find a more effective way to live. I really admire his high energy, his enthusiasm and energy, and his zest for life. His books, “4 Hour Body”, “4 Hour Work Week”, and “4 Hour Chef” are all best-sellers. I don’t read or listen to a lot of what he publishes because he writes and speaks a LOT. However, I’m so glad that I took the time to read this message. I encourage you to take some quiet time when you aren’t surrounded by curious people, to read what he’s written here.
Suicide affects everyone. Even if you are one of the very rare people who has never wanted to give it all up, you know people who have. Tim was planning to be one of those people at a very stressful point in his life, and he was systematically planning the end of his life. Take time to read about what and how he changed his mind, and what helps him to avoid that plan on an ongoing basis. What he says here is really important. Even if you are “high on life” right now, reading what he says can help you to help someone who is depressed and discouraged.
I believe that everyone should take suicide prevention courses, just like almost everyone takes First Aid at some point in your life. You never know when you will be the “first responder” who finds someone who is actively suicidal, or who has just attempted suicide. It doesn’t take too much time (about 2 days) to take a course, and you will be so glad that you have learned about what to do and say. I know that I have probably been in this situation at least a handful of times.