People who have a track record of making impact don't part ways with a learning culture. They understand that to remain valued, they must keep adding value to themselves. Do you make it a habit to add value to yourself? Are you apt about pursuing personal growth? If not, you are inviting mediocrity, an unprofitable guest to your doorstep. If embraced as a next door neighbour, mediocrity can find its way into a man's life. Conscious of this negative impact, successful people make a habit of upskilling themselves. They keep REINVENTING THEMSELVES TO AVOID GETTING STUCK IN A RUT. People who reinvent themselves often steam ahead to remain in the mainstream of impact making. They aren't kept on the sidelines because they have what it takes to be ahead of the pack. Hence, the moment you lose sight of making growth a goal, you begin to lose the flame to glow with freshness. Reinvesting yourself sets the stage for you to pick up new skills and expand yourself. With continuous upturn in your learning, your capability to make impact wouldn't go into a nosedive.

Aside from reinventing yourself, to do more for others would also require that you keep REPLENISHING YOURSELF. This speaks to the drive to keep practising in order to keep fit, especially when others are dropping the ball. Those who bring themselves up to speed don't allow the speed bums of distraction to impair their vision and pursuit of excellence. To sustain your ability to empty the tank on assigned task, you need a corresponding drive to fill your tank. Where there is no replenishment of your potential, you are bound to lose steam. A student who makes a practice of sharing his knowledge shouldn't dispense with the culture of shaping up him or herself. William Booth, an English Methodist preacher wrote that, "The tendency of fire is to go out; watch the fire on the altar of your heart. Anyone who has tended a fireplace fire knows that it needs to be stirred up occasionally." The disposition of Christ while on earth helped us to understand that virtue depleted can be replenished through constant fellowship with God. Never overestimate your talent while assuming it would compensate for your unwillingness to practise and perfect your skills. Bear in mind that practice makes perfect and wouldn't endanger your talent, but would rather enhance your chance of success.

No one can broaden his horizon by being unreceptive to new ideas. So, another key to building your aptitude is to be RECEPTIVE TO WISE COUNSEL. You need to be broadminded to absorb value adding ideas and suggestions. All you need to do to waste away valuable idea or insight is to chop it down while allowing your certitude and cockiness to get in the way. You stand to lose the opportunity to steam ahead, if you always want to cater to everything under your own steam. A good example to reference is Moses who chose to leverage off the counsel of Jethro, his father-in-law (Exodus 18). Whilst Moses could have burnt himself out in teaching the Law to the Israelites, his adoption of Jethro's counsel allowed him more time to breathe, fellowship with God and build up his leadership. Also, receptive to the counsel of Apostle Paul, Timothy was able to carry his weight when saddled with the responsibility to lead the Church in Ephesus. His adherence to Apostle Paul's counsel enable him to exhibit sound leadership over the diverse age groups within the Church. Hence, a few constituents of becoming more, to do more for others, are the poise to reinvest yourself, replenish your capabilities and to maintain a receptive disposition to wise counsel. May your zeal to keep expanding yourself ignite a positive paradigm shift in the lives of others in Jesus name.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.


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