Class 37: “On Setting Educational Goals” (Part 3)

Allow me to begin with a quote from David Starr Jordan. He said, “The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.”

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 more ways to set educational goals:

1. Reassess your plan and goals.

Learning is a lifelong process. In order to reach certain milestones along the educational journey, you must develop a plan and set certain goals. Periodically, it is important to take time to reassess your plans and goals. Sometimes things change. For example, you may decide to switch majors or attend another college at the end of the school term. Whatever it is that changes in your life, be sure to keep your plans and goals in front of you so you won’t get sidetracked. Make sure you are still going down the right path to accomplish your academic goals.

2. Identify obstacles and take steps to overcome them.

Everyone faces obstacles in life. When you are faced with something difficult, you can do one of two things. One, you can sit down, whine and complain about the situation, and eventually give up. Or two, you can actively engage your mind to think positively and find solutions to overcome the obstacles before you. The people who succeed in life make the latter decision. Identify what is keeping you back from reaching your academic goals and then determine to make the necessary changes to circumvent the difficulties that you face. You may have to redo a test or a research paper, or maybe even take a class over in order to pass it. Whatever you do, do not give up.

3. Strive for progress, not perfection.

Many people in life never reach their goals because they stuck on perfection. As long as you live, you will never be perfect, but you can make progress. Making positive progress towards your goals is as close as anyone will ever get to perfection. There are many things that will keep you from perfection, but nothing in the world can keep you back from progress. You may not read every page of every textbook, or pass every class you take with an A — that is not the point. You should strive to do well, but don’t get stuck and quit if you make a low grade or don’t grasp a concept the first time around. Keep moving! Making progress will allow you to maintain perspective, celebrate small victories, and give you the confidence to keep yourself moving in the right direction.

Maya Angelou said, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

In our next class, we will continue our study, “ON GETTING YOUR DOCTORATE DEGREE BEFORE MARRIAGE”.

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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.