Diligence is defined as a focused determination to achieve a specific goal; it is a conscious and conscientious (thorough) effort to achieve one’s goal. It also means to be consistent in one’s efforts to accomplish something; to be attentive and persistent in one’s actions. You must resolve within yourself to pursue academic excellence and accept nothing less. Excellence is a choice, and you must remember that choice until “doing your best” is all you know. Excellence is never the result of chance. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and astute execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives — choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

Everyone wants to be excellent, but only a few are willing to put in the effort required. Activities do not result in productivity, but intensity and assiduity will. Diligence does not destroy faith, but rather activates it. You cannot effectively study unless you are diligent. Many members go about praying 24/7, leaving their academics behind. Without diligence, prayers will be lifeless. Work not only hard but also smart. Smart work determines the most strategic and efficient way to achieve it.

How to Be Diligent

1. Eliminate all distractions. Stay focused and don’t get distracted by your phone, internet, television, friends, or anything else that won’t help you achieve your goals.

2. Maintain your organization. Keep your activity diary or calendar close at hand. It is recommended that you keep a to-do list. Learn to plan ahead of time and stick to your plans, except when it is absolutely necessary to change them.

3. Put the most important thing first. Organize your activities in a descending order of importance. God’s word speaks of precept upon precept and line upon line. I’m sure you’ve heard of the adage “putting the horse before the cart, not the other way around.”