3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Settle For Less (plus 4 steps to not settling for less)

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Settle For Less (plus 4 steps to not settling for less)

Last night was all about minding my Father’s business at Fountain of Life Church Ministries located in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.  It was indeed an honor and a privilege for me to share my experience with others and I’m forever grateful to God Almighty for finding me a vessel meet for his use.

Like millions if not billions of people all over the world, I’ve been presented with opportunities for settling for less in more times than I currently keep track of.  I had the “special opportunity” to settle for less when I wanted to go back to school for my Post Graduate program.  The easy path was to study a course in the health industry so I could earn real money fast but I decided not to settle for less and going in an unfamiliar terrain.  I chose not to settle for less, stayed my course and today I can’t but give God the glory for helping me stand my ground and not settling for less.

Another “special opportunity” for settling for less was presented to me while I was job hunting during the early days of my career.  I had the dream of working as a professional Environmentalist in a corporate office but most people I told about it felt that I was dreaming too much too early.  In fact, I remember a particular woman who laughed so hard and said I was “Seun, the dreamer”.  All I simply did was stayed my course and searched for the type of job I wanted without letting those discouraging words get at me or try to settle for less.I did not let those side comments get at me

When I also decided to start my brand, it was yet another “special opportunity” to settle for less.  “You’ll be drowning in taxes” was the common thing I heard from most people I shared my dreams with but still I held on to my belief, moved ahead with my plans and did not settle for less. did not let those side comments get at me

Have you been presented with “special opportunities” to settle less?  How did you handle situations where you had to choose between settling for less and going for more?

If you assess your life and find that you always tend towards settling for less, here are 3 reasons why you should stop settling for less.

*It shows that you do not know your God – settling for less simply means that you do not know your God.  If you know your God, you will resist settling for less and soar high.  “….but those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32b KJV

*Time is of the essence – if you keep settling for less, your opportunities not to settle for less will dwindle as you grow.  Success breeds success.  If you challenge yourself, move in the direction of your dreams and get results, you’ll be motivated to set new goals.  Settling for less means you are wasting your time and time once lost can never be regained.

*You will not be called a faithful servant – those who settle for less are those who bury their talents.  God does not expect us to settle for less, he wants you and I to multiply and be fruitful.  The parable of the talents says it all. (Read Matthew 25: 14-30 KJV for further study).  We will be required to give a detailed account of how we utilized those gifts embedded in our DNA.

Would you like to stop settling for less?  Are you tired of living below your potential?

Here are 4 quick steps you can take to stop settling for less and start soaring high

*Fight for it – when it comes to making up your mind to stop settling for less, it’s not something you can do casually, you’ve got to fight for it.  Our bodies love “comfort” and that’s why like water, we are always looking for the path of least resistance.  Following the path of least resistance is the path of settling for less.  In order to follow another path, you must be willing to fight for it.

*Set a concrete goal and put a date on it – did you notice the word “concrete”?  Yes, if you truly want to stop settling for less, you must learn how to set concrete goals, fix a completion deadline and work hard towards completing the goal.  Writing your goals down decreases the chances of you forgetting the goal and fixing a completion deadline increases the chance of making it happen.

*Update yourself – not settling for less requires that you “update” yourself. Seek for knowledge like your existence depends on it because it truly does!  I’m amazed by how much people settle for less based on information they heard from someone else.  I remember back in the days, it was an accepted “truth” that you can’t get a job with a foreign degree in the United States. The “truth” which is simply false led so many to settle for less when they could have been flying high like an eagle.  Do not defer your source of information to people, take a step further to verify things yourself.  Be updated in the areas that have direct links to your progress in life.

*Change your circle – this is the hardest part of the steps but the most rewarding.  Your circle of influence determines how far you’ll go in life. If you are born as an eagle but surround yourself with chickens, you can’t fly like an eagle.  Your flight height cannot exceed that of the chicken that flies the highest in your circle.  In fact, you’ll be oblivious that you are an eagle because the chicken life is all you know.  Those we surround ourselves with have a great impact on what we eventually become.  If you truly want to stop settling for less you need to change your circle!

Thank you for reading!  Was this article worth your time?  I would love to get a feedback from you.  Please leave me a comment or a question below. I will personally respond.

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12 Comments

  • Aminata Sy
    September 10, 2017

    I have taken all the steps you mentioned in your article. And yes, they have worked! I especially encourage your readers to write down their goals and deadlines for achieving them. Writing our thoughts makes them seem real and therefore achievable. Writing ingrains information in our minds. Write, write, write!

    • Oluwaseun Akinlotan
      September 10, 2017

      Wow! Thank you, ma’am. I believe in the power of written goals because it has worked for me and many others I know. Now, your affirmation is yet another evidence of the power of written goals. Thanks for always stopping by.

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    Ppinex
    September 10, 2017

    Very insightful! Thank you for sharing. Please how can one handle delayed visions? Especially when it is caused by situations beyond your control? I made a vision board in 2015 but 80% of the visions has passed their due dates.

    • Oluwaseun Akinlotan
      September 10, 2017

      A bend in the road is not an end unless you stop moving. The key to achieving our goals is to make them concrete, tangible, measurable and keep moving towards it. You can move the deadline further to help you bring them to actualization.

  • Lovisa Woodson II
    September 10, 2017

    This article was great and “On Point!” I’ve certainly be guilty of settling by way of taking the safe route or baby steps. I’m learning to just go for it and set greater goals, sooner.

    It really starts with believing in ourselves. Often this means drowning out the noise and removing the clutter from our lives (physically and especially mentally).

    Thank you for sharing. I’m certain that walking in your purpose is leading many people to believe they can too walk in theirs. God bless Seun!

    • Oluwaseun Akinlotan
      September 10, 2017

      Thanks so much Lovisa, I am blessed by your feedback. You’ve said it all, declutter is another key point I believe that will bring about the much-needed serenity we need to grow. I say Amen to your prayers as well and blessings right back!

  • Rhoda Akinpelu
    September 11, 2017

    Settling for less is a mindset thing. We need to fight it at all cost. It limits the greatness in us.
    I was a victim of this until I began to see ‘the big picture’ through the eyes of faith. Now I know better.
    Writing down my goals and deadlines has truly helped me.
    Nice read! Thanks for sharing ma. More grace for greater accomplishment.

    • Oluwaseun Akinlotan
      September 11, 2017

      You’re on point ma. Our mindset is key to our success in life!

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    Irene Naume
    September 11, 2017

    The article was amazing..
    I’ll begin with changing my circle coz big thinkers inspire you to think big.
    That marks the end of me settling for less and the start of big things

    • Oluwaseun Akinlotan
      September 11, 2017

      That’s right. Change your circle, change your results, change your world! Thanks for reading ma’am.

  • avatar
    Ajijola Bolanle
    September 12, 2017

    Yes another insightful piece ma.
    Ive always been one to settle for less out of fear and soany other factors now i know beter and will work on it.

    • Oluwaseun Akinlotan
      September 12, 2017

      Thank you, ma. You know fear is false evidence appearing real. With determination and the right circle, we can overcome fear.

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