What you can do
Think positive! Don’t set yourself up for disaster by thinking that you’re simply not capable of improving. When beset with negative thoughts about your abilities, replace them with positive thoughts. For example, when people (perhaps unjustifiably) criticized the apostle Paul’s speaking ability, he replied: “
Even if I am unskilled in speech, I certainly am not in knowledge.” (2 Corinthians 10:10; 11:6) Paul was aware of his weaknesses. But he also knew his strengths. What about you? What are your strengths? If you can’t think of them, why not ask a supportive adult? Such a friend can help you to identify your strengths and to make the most of them.
Cultivate good study habits. There’s no shortcut to success at school. Sooner or later, you have to study. Granted, that very word might have an unpleasant ring to it. However, study is beneficial. In fact, with a little effort, you may find it enjoyable. To cultivate good study habits, though, you will need to organize your time. Remember—study should be a priority. True, the Bible says that there’s “
a time to laugh” and “
a time to skip about.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4; 11:9) So, like most youths, you probably want to leave some time for recreation. But Ecclesiastes 11:4 warns: “
He that is watching the wind will not sow seed; and he that is looking at the clouds will not reap.” The lesson? Don’t procrastinate. You won’t get important work done. Study first, play second. Don’t worry—you can find time for both!
Do you struggle with feelings of inadequacy or the fear of potential failure?