Take the Initiative
“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.” - Edmund Burke
It would truly shock you - the number of people going through life thinking and hoping something will suddenly happen and that one day everything will just miraculously change. Many will end up very disappointed. You might ask ‘well don’t you believe in miracles?’ Of course I do. Do I believe that people can have sudden remarkable changes in their life that can turn the tide and direction of where things are going? Definitely. But I also believe that to achieve that little extra more for yourself and others it takes initiative and forward thinking coming from a proactive and resourceful attitude. In my research I’ve discovered that those who take the initiative put themselves in the driver’s seat – they determine where the vehicle will go. Initiative can be defined as ‘the power or opportunity to act before others do’ or ‘an introductory step’. In other words, you’re recognising you’re ability and resources and taking the first step to making your goal happen.
We need to take initiative and make use of the resources around us. Why? Because if you have a dream, you need to first move towards it before it can move towards you. By taking initiative, you create a focus that consciously and subconsciously directs your resources towards a specific goal. I know hard it can be to sometimes start a project, especially with a myriad of distractions surrounding us. But take this as a word of encouragement, begin to revisit them and start the process. Often it is in starting and continuing a project that we learn more about ourselves; that is our likes and dislikes and our strengths and our weaknesses. In fact for many people trying to discover their passion and purpose in life, part of the answer is in taking the initiative and working hard.
“To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.” – Michael Hanson
In life people will not always read you’re religion or your occupation. They will read your actions. And even if in your actions people find your intentions a bit strange and funny, still run with it knowing that in the end you will be able to stand before God and man and be proud of your goal. They laughed at the Wright Brothers when they shared their intention to make the first flying machine. Thomas Edison must have looked like a crazy man, it took 10,000 experiments before he created the light bulb. And to top the list Kemmons Wilson’s wife laughed when he shared his intention to build 400 hotels ‘with a name you can trust’ – he started the Holiday Inn. Today there are thousands of them on the franchise market.
“The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” - Robert Frost. Don’t wait for perfect conditions, just be willing to work. Conditions are seldom perfect. But do continue to change the way you think. It’s a major key to being a person with initiative, primarily because that person has more options and solutions. God says something interesting in Psalm 1. He says that the person who continually meditates on His law (that is His precepts and principles), whatever he or she does will prosper. In essence what God is saying is that when we change our thinking, our decisions will succeed because we are already thinking like Him.
I’d like to leave you with this thought. Within you there are ideas. And in your life is a pool of resources. If you use your initiative and apply your resources to your ideas what could life be in years to come?
God Bless and Protect
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