SETTLING FOR ACCEPTANCE (The Status-Quo Trap)

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“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the great twilight that knows not victory or defeat”- Washington Irving

Accepting any bureaucratic status-quo or settling for acceptance is a self-imposed limitation. It is a life lived in the belief that there is no better option than the present. It is the product of a negative mind-set. It is what makes a giant to live as a dwarf; a situation where explosive potential remains untapped, accepting whatever the environment brings in ‘good fate’, aligning one’s destiny with fate and the saying “whatever will be, will be” becomes the watchword of such person.

Such mindset will make a man settle for the comfort zone – no challenge, no brain-tasking assignment; they choose to under-live their lives. Many destined-exploit-makers have sacrificed and short-changed their enviable destinies on the altar of comparison. They limit themselves with such “comforting words” as: “That’s the way it has always been done; nobody in my family has gone beyond this level; Am okay, at least I’m better than Mr. Jones; this job is alright, at least I can manage the income”.

Never mistake settling for acceptance for contentment, they are both worlds apart. Contentment is gratitude for today on way to greater victories tomorrow. You can go ahead and appreciate God for how far and well he has brought you, but you shouldn’t take it as the best of the best, never become complacent with today’s victory. There are still greater victories and more laurels to win.

You see, if God wants to take a man to the next level of success, he has his way of bringing the promotion wrapped up in a seeming mountain. All these in a bid to get the man’s attention, build up his spiritual muscle, get his mind renewed and get him ready to handle and manage the coming promotion. But when such person chooses to see himself incapable or prefers the present safe, easy and routine life, then he settles for mediocrity.

This, therefore, is the best time of your life, whatever you settle for now will stick on you forever. The fact that it hasn’t been done doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Challenge the bureaucratic status-quo, refuse to be better than the worst, to be confined by the limiting comfort zone. Today’s comfort and victory could become the prison of greater achievement.

Stewart B. Johnson had a good understanding of the limiting force of comparison and asserted that “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves, to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today”. There are still more virgin grounds to break, more mountains to surmount. We can only reach the climax of the best in eternity. Apostle Paul inspires me greatly when he said “…for me to live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil.1:21)”. This means that as long as he is here, he will keep beating his own record of doing more for God. That was why the prison bars couldn’t stop his continuous gospel propagation.

– Don’t settle with fighting for survival, there is a place of abundance and affluence up there.
– Don’t believe in an impossible dream, another person will live it.
– Don’t feel lucky to be numbered as an average, work and task yourself for the best
– Don’t settle for the limiting comfort zone, there is a place of enlargement of coast
– Don’t be scared by giants, you have the greater one in you.
– You are to move from glory to glory.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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  1. CONTENTMENT was not woven with fabrics of MEDIOCRITY, and will never be. Thanks bro for this beautiful piece. God bless you real good.

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