Sometimes last year, I received an invitation from a church in my community to a guest speaker at a conference being organized by the church. After a few weeks of deliberation on what to talk about, I decided to share on “why you shouldn’t settle less.”
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 can 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 in a corporate setting 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 referred to me a “the dreamer”. Rather than take offense or let her words get at me, I simply remained resolute, 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.[Read: 7 Ways to Monetize Your Skills]
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 didn’t allow people’s opinions to deter me from moving forward.
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.
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Change your circle: This is the hardest part of the steps but it’s also 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!
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