Have you ever wondered why it seems that some people always just happen to get those “lucky breaks”? They are so lucky…… they’re always just at the right place at the right time. But wait a minute, there is something wrong with this picture. Why does it always happen to the same people? What if this “luck” they seem to have, is not luck after all? What if these are the people who are actually the ones who are willing to take the risk?
This brings me to this week’s nugget for discussion as we find it in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. His nugget #20 says: “Those who don’t take chances don’t make advances”.
Those Who Don’t Take Chances Don’t Make Advances.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging anybody to take reckless, non-calculated risks. Whenever any big projects are taken on, proper planning and risk assessment is an essential part of the process. But no significant achievements have ever been obtained by taking small risks on unimportant issues.
A relatively new term – emotional intelligence – has become a popular subject of discussion since the mid -1980’s. It has been said that EI (emotional intelligence) is becoming just as important as IQ (intellectual intelligence) in modern day business. Where decisions are normally being made based on documented facts and history, people in key positions of big companies are often required to make quick decisions or appoint someone in a new position without having any access to any previous written information or statistics. Emotional intelligence plays a very important role in these situations. People sometimes refer to it as making a decision based on a “gut feel”. They just had a “gut feel” to close a certain deal, or to appoint a certain person in a key position, and it turned out to be the best decision ever.
There is often huge risk involved in making these decisions, and it cannot be taken lightly.
This means that you need to be:
- Very competent in what you are doing.
- Well-informed about what is happening in your industry.
- Well aware of changes that are taking place in your company and industry, and the demands that come with these changes.
- Very confident about your decision-making.
- Very strong in your faith.
There is a huge responsibility that goes with this kind of decision-making.
Stretch Yourself and Get Out of That Comfort-Zone.
People often get stuck in their comfort-zone. It becomes too challenging to stretch yourself and expand your horizons. Fear is normally one of the first and biggest obstacles. “What if I don’t make it?” people would ask. But what if you do make it?
Often people would say that they are happy with what they have. “We are comfortable with our weekly/monthly wage, and we can pay the rent. We don’t need anything more.” Well, have you ever thought of all the people you could help if you “enlarge your territory” (1 Chronicles 4:10) and get out of your comfort zone?
Dream Big and Strive to Reach Your Full Potential.
I challenge you to start dreaming again. Dream big, and strive to reach the full potential of your calling. Focus on the important stuff, and let go of what is not important. Get excited and live life to the full.
H. Stern said “If you’re hunting rabbits in tiger country, you must keep your eye peeled for tigers, but when you are hunting tigers, you can ignore the rabbits.”
There is an old saying that says “even a turtle doesn’t get ahead unless he sticks his neck out”.
I am not encouraging you to get reckless, neither am I saying you ought to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but think soberly according to the measure of faith that God has dealt you (Romans 12:3). Start dreaming again. What are you passionate about? Then set out to achieve your full potential, because Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. So don’t put your faith in yourself, but “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5), and then believe Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) that says “13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me”.
“DREAM BIG, BECAUSE YOU SERVE A BIG GOD” – JOHN L. MASON
Be Courageous, Have Faith and Enlarge Your Territory.
We’ve all been dealt with a measure of faith. We need to develop that faith and aim high. If I may quote John Mason….”We Christians need to reach to the potential, not reckon to the past”.
Are you stretching yourself to make those advances? Tell me about them and what you have learned along the way.