BIBLE READING: Prov. 12:24,27; 22:29
Diligence makes you successful, brings you to the top and brings you before great men (Prov. 12:24,27; 22:29).
Think of any great man anywhere, then think of a diligent person. Diligence is the ladder that takes people to the height of achievement. It is the bridge that connects from mediocrity to excellence.
Diligence is the earnest, conscientious application of one’s energy to accomplish what have been undertaken. It is characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic applications and efforts.
A diligent study entails continuous efforts in studying until one achieves his/her goals. It involves making use of every resources and opportunities at one’s disposal to get to the desired destination.
Diligence is the mother of success; it is a very old time-tested recipe for success.
Daniel, and the three Hebrew children emerged ten times better in the school in Babylon because they were diligent in their students (Dan. 1:1-19).
The following tips will help you do an effective/diligent study that would snowball into outstanding result (cons. Prov. 9:9).
- Set and have a goal. A student without a goal is like a walking corpse. When, as a student, you do not have any destination in view (or in mind), everywhere will look like it.
- Avoid distractions. Anything that takes your focus away from your goal is a distraction. Young people today, are full of, and as well as flanked by myriads of distractions. If you must get to any height worth getting to, as a student, you must face your focus, so that you will not be defocused. Kill every distraction around you and within you and set your face like a flint.
- Keep a planner. Diligent study requires a schedule, plan and programme of yourself and your studies and like the postage stamp, stick to it.
- Keep yourself organized with a to-do lists.
- Study at least two hours everyday, starting with the difficult subjects.
- Prioritize: set your priorities right. You must know and define what you need, and when you need it.
- Use time efficiently. A lost or wasted time cannot be recovered.
- Ensure you go over the concept(s) taught in the last class, before the next class sits.
- Procrastination is the thief of time. Avoid procrastination. Do that assignment; project, study, etc now!
- Always make references/use reference materials (from the library, internet, etc).
- Join a study group.
- Have an accountability partner/group: you need someone – a teacher, your youth pastor, older relative, etc to constantly check on you, monitor and motivate you, put you on check always in order to help you crush your goals (Pro. 24:6)).
When you follow and obey these twelve guiding tips of effective/diligent study, the sky will be your starting point. It is time to do more to become more (Pro. 4:18).
A PUBLICATION FROM WCCRM YOUTH MINISTRY
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