PurposePursuit

DILIGENCE

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When I talk to people about strategies of executing their discovered purpose, I usually have to emphasize that no matter how beautiful a plan is, without diligent execution, it remains nothing but an almost worthless paper. I once read a story shared by John Telgren about how he hated shining shoes in his Basic Military Training. There were other things he would rather be doing instead of sitting on the floor with a brush and Kiwi shoe polish. Meanwhile, if their boots and dress shoes were not well polished, they would pay for it dearly! So, when one of the guys discovered a “Shine Sponge” that was supposed to give them an effortless shine, nearly every single person in the unit bought one.

When they got back to the barracks, they applied the sponge (which appeared to be some kind of clear oil) to their footwear, and they shone like a mirror! Of course, they were confident that there was no reason to fear when the Training Instructor came by (as he always did) in the middle of the night, as he would meet perfectly polished shoes. Unfortunately and to their rudest shock, they were awakened on the cold floor with a bunk bed lying on top of them because their boots had no shine!

When the lights came on, they found that their boots were the ugliest things they had ever seen. The oil had soaked into the leather of the shoes and made the shoes duller than they were when they were first issued to them. The only ones who had been diligent enough to painstakingly shine their shoes were the ones who had neither dull shoes not punished faces.

There are some things in life that you can’t cut corners with; diligence is one of such. So, let’s consider briefly three tips to help us be more diligent in our pursuits of purpose. Remember, I always love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on this subject in the Comment Section as you read along.

  1. Seek CLARITY

Have you ever had to drive in the rain without a car wiper? How fast your can go will be the least of your concern, isn’t it? Clarity is the fuel of effectiveness. Sometimes, what you need is not speed but clarity. When you are suffering from a cloud of confusion, you can only do little no matter how efficient you are. To be consistently diligent, you have to safeguard the quality of your sight.

  1. Embrace ACCOUNTABILITY

In 2015, I created a group of 12 young people with accountability as our core objective. We agreed to push each other to do what we believe God has called us to do. We are helping ourselves to stay busy with our life assignments. I have learnt that it is easier to be diligent when you are surrounded by people who are diligent in their individual pursuits of purpose. Accountability is a powerful force that drives diligence. When you walk with the diligent and hold yourself accountable to them, you will be pushed to be diligent.

  1. Accept RESPONSIBILITY

Can you imagine, if most of the inventors we celebrate today never accepted responsibility for the things they created? Would they ever have gone down in history as people of impact? You see, at the end of the day, diligence in the pursuit of your purpose is a responsibility you owe the world and it is important you accept this as your solemn duty. Your indolence is too costly and if you don’t realize this early enough, you may never find the courage to be all you are capable of becoming. God expects you to be diligent and our society needs you to be up and doing.

I’ll close with these assuring words of the wise Hebrew King Solomon to wit, “See you a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:29

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NAVIGATE!

Friday afternoon

Yesterday, I received a call from someone asking me to come pick up a package that was sent to me from Lagos. I was not familiar with the location of the pick-up centre. The caller gave me a description I did not exactly get, but I expected I would be able to find my way around town. So I got on the road joining different buses at different stops with my eyes focused on where I figured my destination ought to be- the left side of the road.

I was on the bus with a friend who advised me to ask for directions from the driver or his conductor. But I was adamant. I felt I knew where I was going and asking for directions make me look like I was new in town. You know what they say about men not wanting to ask for direction? Maybe, I am a living example after all. Anyways, to cut the long story short, it took the loving intervention of my friend who volunteered to ask the driver if he knew my destination on my behalf to help me realize to my own embarrassment, that I had already passed where I was going. Actually, my destination was on the right side of the road and the driver was very familiar with the place. My ignorant assumption and pride cost me additional money, energy and time loss.

I think there is a lot in common between my journey to Isior and our life journeys. I want to share with you very briefly three lessons I learnt from that experience. I’ll be glad to read your gleanings too. Please leave a comment at the end of this post.

  1. Always pursue CLARITY

I had an idea of where I was going. But I lacked clarity as to how to get there. I knew the bus stop and what buses would take me there. However, those were not enough. I still got lost. Without clarity, knowledge can hardly inspire any meaningful action. Without clarity, the tendency that you will miss your destination is higher no matter how much you know. Clarity is what gives you confidence. Clarity is what gives value to knowledge. It is good to know where ought to be your destination in life. However, it is critically important that you give yourself to seeking clarity about the dimensions of your operations and receiving specific instructions to help you get there.

  1. Pride goes before embarrassment

If I knew exactly where I was going and how to get there, it would have been okay to be proud and not even say a word to the driver. But because I was ignorant, my pride cost me more embarrassment than it ordinarily would.You see, if you were the most intelligent person on earth with no area of ignorance and no need to learn from other people, it may have been okay to be proud. However, this is really not the case. It is sincerely foolish to be proud in the journey of life because all you know is all you have learnt and all you have learnt is not all there is to know. So, save yourself some embarrassment by getting down from your high heels. Humble yourself enough to be able to freely ask others for help and be of help to others.

  1. Mentoring saves time, energy and money

The driver had the clarity I did not have. He had been to the place I was going before. He knew the way. By submitting to his superior experience, I would have saved time, energy and money. I’d like to think this illustrates the role mentors ought to play in our life journeys. The purpose of mentoring is not for unproductive attachments but for speed. Your mentor should be someone who has gathered the experience and who now has the heart to help you get ahead in life on time. The actionable insights from your interactions with him must save you time, energy and resources.

So, these are three lessons that I believe will profit your ability to navigate your way through life. Abandon your pride and give yourself to the pursuit of clarity. When you identify a man who can help you get to your destination, connect with him. Let him help you save time, energy and resources.

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