PRINCIPLES OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE (2)
Peace and blessings in the precious Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Am sure you were blessed by the first episode and I hope you have started working in excellence. God has plans for you; they have been there before the foundation of the earth, waiting for you step into them. You are peculiar, made in the special image of God; hence, you are not ordinary and should not experience ordinary things. The Bible says: …But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Therefore, academic excellence is your right in Christ.
Academic excellence is the demonstrated ability to perform, achieve, and/or excel in scholastic activities. It has been identified with achieving high grades and superior performance, but academic excellence is more than just making good grades in school. It is the maximum development of your intellectual capacities and skills to creatively impact the world.
And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; (Deuteronomy 28:13).
But How do you Excel in Academics?
- Set Smart Goals:
Goals are necessary to guide and direct you; without a goal you become chartless in your daily affairs. Your goals however must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and tenable. You can set out specific reading goals that will help boost your academics. For instance, you can decide to read at least two hours in day – for a start and when this is sustained, you increase the length of your study time. Setting goals help you measure your attainments, so you can be sure of your achievements.
- Believe in yourself
In the course of executing your laid out goals and plans, you are bound to face obstacles, make a consistent effort by choosing to believe in your ability to achieve what you have set out to do with distinctions. You must understand that in pursuing after your goal, you are your greatest fan and critic. If you believe you can achieve excellence, then it cannot be taken away from (Genesis 11:6).
- Discipline yourself towards Excellence
It is one thing to set a goal, it is another to desire it to become a reality. Discipline says I will do what I have to do now, to get what I want regardless of what is happening around me. Lazy and idle people never make any headway in life; hard work is the pathway to progress (Proverbs 22:29).
- Smart Work
Doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time equals Smart work. A smart worker is someone who knows what needs to be done, has measurable and attainable goals that need to provide results in a timely manner. You cannot claim to have worked hard in your studies to the point of excellence, if you do not have an outstanding result to show for it. Hence, don’t just work hard, but work smartly.
- Seek Counsel or Help
It is necessary to learn from the experiences of others rather than experiencing it yourself. In order to do this, we have to seek counsel by asking the right questions and seeking opinions of those who are academically outstanding.
Enemies of Academic Excellence
- Procrastination: Practice discipline and doing the right things at the right time
- Misplaced Priorities: Have a to-do list of things you want to achieve.
- Low self-esteem: Believe that you can excel and you will. Don’t let your experience taint or affect your expectations. Speak positively to yourself for 2 minutes every day. You can time yourself and write down all you want to say before hand
- Pride: Have an open mind towards learning, you can learn from anyone and anything, if you make all this principle your life style academic excellence becomes very easy.
However, all of these can’t be possible without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:24). You can’t have the Holy spirit without being born again. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died for me and rose again for my sake. Forgive me my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your wisdom be at work in my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations, you are now born again! He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21) I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian Bookstores: Make Your Life Count authored by me and Ruling your Word authored by Dr David Oyedepo
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