Constancy of Purpose

Ship's WheelConsistency, focus, discipline toward a purpose or cause

The secret of success is constancy of purpose. Benjamin Disraeili

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. Washington Irving

Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.  James Allen

   Focusing and really zeroing in on what we want will get more done than idle words and lip service. This is no-brainer common sense. How many tasks, projects or goals are doomed to failure because of useless lip service? We have been kidding ourselves? It takes more than mere words and thoughts to get things done.  

  All of us can look back at our lives and agree that constancy of purpose will make a difference. Things we set our minds to, commit to, and fully engage in; are the things we will got done and will be our successes. When we get past the cheap words and get serious, we get it together and we get it done. Until we arrive at the getting serious stage of the process, we are merely spinning our wheels, engaging in useless rhetoric, and performing mostly lip service. Too many of us never go any further than this. We never get hardly anything of any consequence done; never taking the steps that moves us past idle words or non-productive daydreaming.

    We are equipped with great creative capabilities. It has been said that whatever the mind of man can conceive can be achieved. Whatever we create mentally often becomes the seed or blue print of a new creation, a new reality or something that never existed. Authors visualize new novels. Architects mentally design new buildings. Inventors create new devices in their minds before they become reality. All of us have access to this ability.

     Our subconscious can do great things. By combining subconscious powers with the conscious abilities of focus, discipline and motivation; we have what it takes to empower our constancy of purpose. This is truly tremendous power and potential at our disposal. We can tackle things that have eluded us; unfinished tasks and goals and desires we have only dreamed about. We can become doers instead of talkers and daydreamers.        

     All of us fall short; leave things undone, have good intentions but lack sufficient commitment and motivation. We get frustrated. The missing ingredient that can make the ultimate difference is constancy of purpose. We know this true. Let us get serious. It is time to commit and roll up our sleeves. Mere words or thoughts do not get it done. It takes our action and effort, everything we have, and sticking to it until we succeed and get it done.

Challenge: You have experienced those occasions where you were tuned in, focused and highly motivated. It is as if you had blinders on and could not see anything but what was in front of you. You did not allow anything to interfere with your attention or dedication to what you were doing. Your mind did not wander. You did not procrastinate. You had a constancy of purpose that enabled you to stay on task, on target. You can do this again.

Wisdom: There is no road to success but through a clear strong purpose. Nothing can take its place. A purpose underlies character, culture, position, attainment of every part. Thornton Munger

Spiritual: (NIV)

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Prov 4:18

In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Seeking righteous living is a constancy of purpose that puts us on the path to the spiritual and leads us away from the secular. When we allow God to enable us and assist us in our quest to live a righteous life, we will find the spiritual strength to do things we cannot do otherwise. We will learn to look at things differently. We will increasingly have the strength and power to resist doing things the way we used to do them.

Prayer: Help me to let go and let you show me the way to a more righteous life.

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