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Motivational speaker and author, Les Brown, said: “The way to achieve is to blossom where you are planted, to do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
Going by Brown’s principle, great accomplishment can be recorded when you employ his three-pronged strategy. This strategy can be split into three as follows:
1. What You Can
Life coach and author of the bestselling book, “Coach: The A.L. Williams Story,” Art L. Williams, said: “What you can do is all you can do.” This means if you want to achieve great success, don’t waste your time struggling to copy what others are doing. Instead, put all your effort, your soul, spirit and body on WHAT YOU CAN DO BEST. It is what you can do that will elevate you to greater height.
One of the reasons some people sink into mediocrity is that they spend their life imitating others rather than concentrate on what they can do best. The fact is, no matter how hard you try, you can never become exactly like the person you are copying.
In the first place, the person you are copying is focusing his energy and whole being doing what he knows best to do. You may not be so gifted in doing what he is doing. In the second place, even if you are gifted in doing what he is doing and you don’t do it in a manner that you know best to do, but you spend a whole lot of time copying him, you can never be exactly like him.
At best, you can only become second rate. And this is not good enough. You don’t have to be a carbon copy of another person when you are created to be original. Leadership coach and prolific author, John Mason, said: “Imitation is limitation.” If you are imitating others, you are limiting your capability. You may be better than the person you are imitating, but because you fail to be yourself and instead spend your life imitating the person, you plunge into mediocrity.
God does not create you to become a carbon copy of another person. That is why He gave you unique talents and abilities. God expects you to be original, to be yourself and to be unique. That is why you can never be exactly like another person, no matter how hard you try. Imitation is suicide. Trying to be like another person can be frustrating.
Imitation stems from ignorance. Ignorance in the sense that if you realise the enormous potentials God deposited within you, there will be no reason to imitate another person. THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN EXCEL AND DO GREAT EXPLOITS IS TO BE YOURSELF, TO BE ORIGINAL AND TO HARNESS YOUR ENERGY DOING ONLY WHAT YOU KNOW BEST.
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2. Where You Are
There is a parlance among Nigerians which says: “What you are looking for in Sokoto (a city in Northern Nigeria) is in your shokoto (a Yoruba name for trouser).” Where you are this very moment is the proper place to begin your journey to success. Your location, region, country or continent does not matter. The proper place to begin is right where you are this moment. Don’t wait until you get to the city or foreign land before you begin.
You have to start from where you are. A Chinese proverb says: “A journey of a thousand miles begin with a step.” Our professional soccer players making waves in Europe and other parts of the world today didn’t get to where they are overnight. They started right here in Nigeria. They played actively in Nigerian Pro-league before they left for overseas. Mention any Nigerian professional footballer playing in foreign land and find out where he started.
The chances are, he had played in the home league before he got an offer to play abroad. Why do you think you must get to a particular place before you begin? If you don’t begin where you are, how would you be noticed? You have to be faithful with what you have right where you are before you can be entrusted with greater opportunities. A German proverb says: “GROW WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED, BEGIN TO WEAVE AND GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE THREAD.”
The problem with us is that we want God to give us the thread (take us to greater height) before we start weaving (doing the best we can). That is like putting the cart before the horse. It doesn’t work that way. You must grow where you are planted and start weaving, that is to say, you must do the best you can with what you have right where you are this very moment. Promotion comes from God and for Him to promote you, you must not be lazy. God does not bless an idle hand.
To attract God’s promotion, prove to Him that you are serious, committed and you passionately desire to be at the top. START SOMETHING WHERE YOU ARE NOW AND GROW IN IT FIRST. When God sees the effort you are putting in and the progress you are making, He will be committed to elevate you. God must find you doing something WHERE YOU ARE before He blesses the work of your hand.
If you are not doing anything right WHERE YOU ARE, don’t expect God to elevate you. WHERE YOU ARE right now is very important because that is the proper place to begin your climb to greater height. IF YOU WANT PROMOTION, DO WHAT YOU CAN, RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.
3. What You Have
What is important to God and to your destiny is what you have. A bird in hand is worth, not just two in the bush, but a million in the bush. In God’s programme of prosperity, it is what you have that He uses to bless you. All Jesus needed to feed 5,000 people were five loaves of bread and two fishes. All Elijah needed to pull down God’s prosperity on the widow of Zarephath was “a handful of meal in a barrel and a little oil in a cruise.” All Elisha needed to help a wife of a late prophet clear her debt was a pot of oil. You need to value what you have.
If you don’t value what you have, you are disregarding an opportunity for greatness. If you have been despising the little that you have, you need to desist from doing so, because the very thing you have, however little it may be, is what God will use to bless you. Little is much when God is involved.
Dear friend, as you do the best you can, where you are and with what you have at your disposal, it is my hope and prayer that you will soon move from where you are to the greater height you always desire to reach.
Until I come your way soon, go and live victoriously!
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