A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a tiny green Jedi Master named Yoda uttered the powerful words, "Do or do not, there is no try." What did he mean by this? Yoda was talking about deep, unwavering commitment to a task, no matter how daunting. He taught Luke how to be a masterful Jedi, and how to use the valuable tool of Jedi mind tricks to help conquer the task at hand. For those that don't know, a Jedi mind trick is something used by Jedis to persuade people to do things as they wish them to go. So whether it's lifting an X-Wing that's crash landed in Dagobah or successfully passing the CPA Exam, we can all benefit from using Jedi Mind Tricks in our lives. 


Jedi Mind Trick #1: "It's a Trap!"
Along your CPA Journey, your mind is bound to play tricks on you. You may find yourself doubting your abilities as an aspiring CPA, and that this task is just too great to conquer. Don't give in to the trap your brain has set up! Use your CPA Jedi in Training powers to gain the ability to not only recognize these mind tricks, but gain control over them. You'll be amazed what a powerful ally positive self-talk can be to your CPA Journey.

Jedi Mind Trick #2: "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Since you began training for the CPA Exam, you may have encountered a character or two who didn't seem to be 100% on "the light side of the Force." Sometimes friends, colleagues, or even loved ones can become jealous of your CPA Journey, or jealous of the time and commitment you are giving to something other than them. These people may begin to subtly (or not-so-subtly) start slipping negative or discouraging comments into your conversations. As a CPA Jedi in Training, you must recognize negative influences and release them from your universe, at least during this time period. Take control of your mental attitude, and surround yourself by those people who have become one with the Force. Have faith in yourself, and build a support system that has faith in you too. 

Jedi Mind Trick #3: "May the Force be with you."
More than anything else along this arduous CPA Journey, you must always believe in yourself. You must have faith in your dedication to your goal of passing the CPA Exam, and in the darkest moments, trust that all the sacrifices you're making now will pay off when you earn those three admirable letters, C-P-A. Never lose sight of the inner Force that drives you to succeed. You were born to do this!