Dilligence

Persistent and continuous effort applied to an undertaking; steady; focus; determination, our best effort

The secret of success is the constancy of purpose. Benjamin Disraeli

 

Diligence is the mother of good luck. Benjamin Franklin 

 

There are four steps to accomplishment: Plan Purposefully. Prepare Prayerfully. Proceed Positively. Pursue Persistently.

 

We should be much more diligent in everything we consider to be important and not leave anything to chance. This means putting forth our best effort and doing everything we can to accomplish our task. We stay on top of things; monitoring our progress and doing everything reasonably possible to insure our success.

   The amount of due diligence given should be directly related to the importance of the task. Potential consequences, costs of failure and the rewards of success are some of the considerations in determining the amount of diligence we should employ in any undertaking. The more these considerations come into play, the greater the diligence and effort that should be exercised. It boils down to increased diligence usually results in better results. Nearly all of us are capable of achieving greatly when we are determined to do so.

   When we decide something is really important, commit to it and then follow through with our very best effort; our results will be greater than when we take a more lackluster approach. It is not rocket science. When we set our minds to getting something done, and predetermine a high degree of importance; the probability of success is greatly increased. Diligence gets results. Ants use diligence instinctively to get through and around barriers to get into our houses or to find our food when we are picnic-ing.

   Why do some practice diligence so poorly? Each of us needs to answer this. Not taking the time to plan, not anticipating, being in too much of a hurry and taking things for granted are mistakes we all make. We may be lacking in our work ethic, are too lazy, unmotivated, and comfortable with complacency and mediocrity. Another reason may be that we “fear” success. As crazy as it sounds, some of us “self-sabotage” and lay off of our best efforts because we do not really want success. It would mean we have to go outside of our comfort zone. There may be other reasons why we fail to take advantage of using the power of diligence to increase our successes.

   It is important to remember that we can make regular progress, becoming more successful and achieving more greatly when we utilize tools that increase the probability of being successful. Every one of us has it within us to make significant strides forward in personal productivity, relationships, and overall personal growth.

Challenge:  Become more diligent and you will be pleased with your results. Such issues as procrastination, various fears and faults, and a host of other things may be blocking your path. Things such as action, focus, motivation, and self-discipline are some of the tools that should be utilized in combination with the power of diligence to improve success. Hold yourself accountable and use increased diligence to reap better results. 

Spiritual: (NIV)

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

 

Not only so, but we also rejoice in ours sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

 

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2

 

Diligence, patience, perseverance, hope, joy, peace, and faith are interrelated and are things we will have increased quantities of as we walk closer and closer with God. We have these abilities within us; God gives us the strength and wisdom to use them ever increasingly better as we allow him to help guide us. God is waiting and willing to help us get so much more out of our lives. All we have to do is to ask for the help.

 

Prayer:  Help me to let go and let you lead me and help me to become what I am capable of being.

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