Class 36: “On Setting Educational Goals” (Part 2)

Today, we are continuing the study titled, ON SETTING EDUCATIONAL GOALS.

Allow me to begin with a quote from Karen Ravn. She said, “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”

Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:

Don’t let money be an issue. There is more than one way to reach your goals:

1. Prayer
2. Work part-time if needed
3. Well-off family members
4. External study colleges
5. Junior or Community Colleges
6. Scholarships for good grades
7. Financial Aid and Student Loans

No matter what grade you’re in, I want you to start setting your educational goals right now. Take a pen and paper, and write down exactly what you would like to be doing at the age of twenty-five. Now, write down exactly what courses need to be taken to reach that goal. After you have written those courses down, pursue your educational goals like a woman on a mission, and don’t let anything or anybody stand in your way.

Today, we are going to discuss 3 ways to set educational goals:

1. Create a strategic and tactical plan.

There are always two parts to a plan. The first part is strategic (this is the big picture; determine now where you want to be at some point and time in the future). The second part is tactical (bringing your goals to pass by doing a little bit at a time). No goal is reached all at once. If college could be done in one week instead of four years, perhaps more people would be doing it. But that is not the case. College, like anything in life, is a process. Reaching your goals will also be a process but if you do a little bit at a time each and every day, you will reach your goals. Here is an example of a strategic and a tactical plan. Let’s say your goal is to get an A in philosophy. The strategic part of your plan is exactly that to get an A in philosophy. The tactical part of your plan would be to read 10 pages every day until you finish your philosophy textbook.

2. Set items that are actionable.

The items you set down to do for yourself must be actionable. Action items drive you to do something — to take action. An action item is not simply a part of your to do list. Here are some examples: “Finish three homework assignments” or “Meet with tutor for 1 hour” or “Study notes from biology lecture.” Notice here that the words “finish”, “meet”, and “study” are verbs — words that imply effort and work. Having goals in general are important, but having goals in particular are more important. Set goals and focus on goals that are definite and distinct from anything else you do.

3. Recognize when you need help and get it.

Anyone who has ever been successful in life has had help from someone, even if it is just one person. If you are struggling with a subject, get help. Seek out a tutor. Go to your academic advisor or teacher and ask for resources that can help you understand more. Sometimes, people are not able to reach their goals because they are afraid to ask for help. Help is available to all of us, if we simply drop the pride and ask for it. And you know what, there are people in this world who would be so honored that you asked for their help, that they will willingly assist you in any way they can. Asking for help is not a show of weakness; it is a sign of strength. It is a testament to your willingness and dedication to learn as much as you can in the best possible ways.

Someone once said, “Dreaming has its values, but never should it become a substitute for work that needs to be done.”

In our next class, we will continue our study, “ON SETTING EDUCATIONAL GOALS”.

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Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.

First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.

God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.