As in any other worthwhile life’s endeavour, the starting point of any successful academic pursuit is a dream. It is the foundation upon which every other success building blocks are laid. Without a dream or a vision (as it may be called) of what is to be achieved clearly defined, efforts will be misdirected, attention will be diverted, energies will be misapplied, time will be wasted, desires will be frustrated and eventually, future will be blank and bleak.
Absolutely, nothing worthwhile and enduring can be achieved without a clear dream.
Dream provides drive, impetus and energies that are directed toward the achievement of a worthwhile endeavour
So, dream is at the root of any life’s achievement. Academic success is a dream every student should possess and lack of it in any student is, to say the least, unthinkable.
However, very deep is the gulf that lies between dreams and their fulfilment. There are many “killers” ambushing every dream or vision, ready to short it down and make it unfulfilled. Unfortunately, many students with great potential for academic excellence and great dreams of success often fall prey of these dream killers and end up as failures in life. We must accept for the fact that there are many dream killers in the highway between the Dreamlands and the Promised Land. These dream killers are factors that militate against the achievement of your dreams of academic success. They are situations, circumstances, occurrences, feelings or lifestyle that conspire against dreams and visions for achievement. They manifest and operate in various dimensions-psychological, physical, social and spiritual.
(a) Psychological dream killers include fear, self-doubt, low self-esteem, depression, frustration, distraction, worry and anxiety, inferiority complex, among others. As abstract as these are, they are extremely pernicious and really harmful to your dreams of academic success.
However, these psychological dream killers can easily be conquered by applying scriptural principles and practices, such as studying, meditating, believing and depending on the word of God. As a Christian, you must always remember that you seated together with Christ in position of authority dominion and power. Therefore, you need not fear or tremble before anything or anyone. [Ephesians 2:5-6, Romans 5:17]
(b) Physical dream killers are the practical things that if allowed to thrive, can hinder the student success. Physical dream killers include laziness, procrastination, idleness, time wastage and absenteeism from lecturers, indiscipline and the likes. In thus case, willpower, such as determination, discipline and diligence are required to put the student on the ladder. [Proverbs 10:4; 12:24,27]. Laziness is not a Christian virtue and so, it should not be found in our life as a Christian student. Your dream for success should drive you to diligent, productive and determined actions in pursuit of its fulfilment.
Great dreams without productive actions are just mere wishes.
(c) Social dream killers include: peer pressure, ungodly relationships, abuse of social media, getting involved in campus politics, participating in beauty pageant competition, distractions from family or loved ones, unbridled quest for popularity, inability to maintain godly and rewarding relationship with fellow students, to mention but a few.
(d) Spiritual factors account for some mysterious happenings in the student’s academic pursuit that cannot be explained. These are ‘devourers’ that destroy the fruits of the students labour [Malachi 3:11], ‘enemy’ that sow tares among the wheat [Matthew 13: 25, 28] or ‘Balaam’s’ that are employed to curse the blessed children of God [Numbers 22:12]. These spiritual dream killers are responsible for unusual sicknesses -those that usually come only during examinations, cases if missing scripts, undeserved carry-over’s, spiritual attacks, uncommon persecutions or intimidations from lecturers and so on.
Conquering these spiritual foes will demand engaging in prayer warfare. Remember, “…the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of string holds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). With prayer and faith in God, very mountain can be removed.
Never you play ostrich in battles of life, but rather, face the battle with prayer and faith, for victory is sure.
Credit: Study 625, Campus Koinonia Volume. 19