During my assignments as teacher, many times I got opportunity to interact with a group of students, called ‘the class’. I found that this group was always made of three categories of students-

1. The average- Majority of the students is reasonably concerned about their studies and performs at average level. They are generally happy with their performance, but try to improve only that much, which they can manage conveniently with their other commitments in life. During the evaluation of performance in exams etc, they are able to score average grades. Some boarder line cases may require a gentle push but most of them can be tackled by the teachers comfortably.

2. The deprived- There is generally a small population of students in each class who perform very low in any exam or test. Most of the time, there is nothing wrong with their capability to pass the exam. The problem lies with their attitude towards studies and themselves. There is a deep routed belief in their minds that this particular course of study (and studies in general) is not going to add value in their lives. They create justification for their low performance and remain comfortable that way. They require special attention and treatment by the teacher. They have lost faith in the system.

3. The achievers- There is another small population of student who are ‘high achievers’. They leave no stone unturned to score as high grade as possible. There is a tough competition to be the highest achiever. They require limited help, which is specific but demands special efforts of teachers. They find their own ways to get the knowledge. They are the innovators of new practices and set the new standards in the system.

These three groups are generally present in different composition in each class. These three classes are the classes within the class.

This type of classification is not limited to classrooms. Even at work place or society, we find similar categories of people. This is a natural occurrence in any group.

It is quite likely that we fall in one category or class at one level and in another category in some other level simultaneously. You may be an achiever financially and professionally but deprived socially and average person physically.

What is the element which separates one class from other?
The answer is, ‘the mind set’.

Each class of people carries a hidden deep decision in the mind, which was taken once upon a time but honored unconditionally all the time. There may be reasons to carry and honor this decision. These reasons may be both internal like preferences, inclination & attachment and external like circumstances, social, emotional or economical. Generally these decisions or beliefs are planted by family/society for average, adopted willingly/ voluntarily by achievers but thrust upon and adopted as compulsion by deprived.

This core- belief /decision for each class is given below-

Average-Play safe & comfortable. Be in limits.’

Deprived- The system is not useful/good for you –join the anti system & create a false identity.’ (Reaction to, ‘You don’t deserve this’.)

Achiever- Never gives up. Keep trying in any type of circumstances. You have to reach there anyhow.’

is just an assumption in mind on the basis of which we take further decisions and commitments. Many times we realize that there is something wrong with our core belief, but we are not inclined to change it due to the fear of loosing our identity which has been created on that belief system. But with little patience and awareness it is possible to change the planted belief in the mind.
The change from one class to other does happen naturally also. Just by taking one remark by heart, many people have turned achievers. Also by one blow of circumstance many normal persons have turned to the deprived class before they even realized what went wrong.

Before attempting to change, we must analyze, ‘whether there is any need of change or not?’

To my mind, it’s a personal question. If someone is happy being average, deprived or achiever, it is his/her choice.

But many people are not satisfied in their present class and want to change their class-

-Many ‘average’ & ‘deprived’ people want to become ‘achievers’.
-Many ‘achievers’ & ‘deprived’ people want to become ‘average’.
-Some ‘average’ & ‘achievers’, facing difficult situations even think of changing to turn to the ‘deprived’ class.

It is not very difficult to jump from one class to other, if you are sincere enough. The technique is very simple. Find out the core belief responsible to your present class. It will be hidden deep in the layers of information in your mind. But if you are focused, you can trace it out. It is just a decision taken long ago on the basis of information available to you at that time. Those facts may not be relevant now on the changed face of reality. Just realize that and replace the belief with a new belief which you feel is more appropriate to your situation now. Rest everything else will fall in its place very soon. There will be some time required by your near and dears to adjust to your new behavior, since they may not be aware of your adopted change of mind.

Most of us are average people and happy in our present class. We keep a distance from other two classes-

-By giving privileged treatment and blindly following to the achievers.
- By staying away from the deprived and discarding them.

The deprived and achievers are minority class. A healthy way to help them is to treat them as normal person rather than giving special treatment. They are the member of the same family with different mindset, not outsiders.

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