Why you shouldn’t do what worked the last time ?

How do we generally figure out how to achieve something ?

Most of the time we do what worked last time.

If there is some specific strategy worked in your last 2 mocks, you think that’s the best strategy.

If what we did last time didn’t work, you keep trying different approaches until you find one that works, and then you keep repeating what worked.

And that’s what the flaw in your thinking because most people never give a thought to why that strategy actually worked.

I’d like to suggest that in today’s ever-changing world, doing what worked last time is often a very bad idea. 

What enables people to succeed at any given time is not the course of action they took, but the thinking that led to that course of action. The problem is your flawed thinking.

Learn how to do accurate thinking here

If the real source of success was the actual strategy, then that strategy ought to work in any circumstances, all the time.  But it often doesn’t and the faster the environment changes, the faster the old strategy becomes outdated.

Let’s take your example.You have started giving mocks and you observe that you get very good percentile when you attempt QA & DI section first and VA & LR section last. Now if you see this pattern in atleast 2 mocks, you think you have found holy grail and that’s the approach is going to work rest of your life.

Now, I am not saying observing patterns of success is a bad idea, infact it’s good but you should also think that why that particular strategy worked at that point in time.

For example, you may observe that in last 2 mocks, QA & DI paper was much simpler, so if you think that’s the ultimate strategy for rest of your preparation,

Are you really going to succeed ?

Obviously NO. You won’t but if you think for a few minutes, you will realize that under what circumstances that strategy worked. Now there is no ultimate strategy which works everywhere but if you think you will find common grounds where particular strategy works and doesn’t work.

That will help you to plan better for your CAT Preparation and strategizing.

Study the environment under which strategy worked and create a long term plan of action rather than just relying on it. Otherwise, you will have to rely on luck every single time. If you have 4-5 solid plan of actions against different environments , you don’t have to depend on luck because even if it might work on actual CAT day but that’s purely on luck. You can’t control luck. You atleast want to make sure that whatever you are doing has maximum possibility of success.

I cover this this thing in depth inside CAT Preparation for Working Professionals

Think of the points what led you to success using that strategy

1. Your Mindset that day

2. Your Psychology

3. Difficulty level of Sections

4. Your Plan of Attack

5. No. of Aspirants appeared

6. You didn’t face your constraints ( this is crucial) ( In case if you want learn more about your constraints , learn more here

If you do face the constraints and blocked by it , you are at big trouble.

When you are trying to figure out what to do to get what you want in any situation—be it in your job, your relationships, your social life, etc.—don’t look to the past for a solution.

Obviously there is nothing wrong with learning from prior experience, but don’t merely assume that what used to work is the best strategy for today.  It often won’t be.  It also is a mistake to assume that what didn’t work in the past can’t work in the future.

Look at all the relevant aspects of the current situation and figure out what makes the most sense today.

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