Last week, we spoke on the complexity of building something- it could be a business or a personal project. We talked on some ventures to watch out when building. We also touched on how difficult it is to be involved in a startup mission. Building requires tenacity because they will be many battles along the way you will have to fight through to ensure it is done. It might be tough but it must be done. I pray this inspires you to keep keeping on at all cost.
There are some distractive forces if not dealt with can be destructive. I am sure most of us can relate to these. It is not anything new but every now and then, we need to be informed to take caution. As they say, “the best defense is a good offense”. Let us consider these as we journey along
1. Discouragement– nobody will believe in you at first. It takes consistency and persistence to gain the trust and approval of people. You will have to travel the long haul for that. You will find out that people are not as enthused and don’t care about what you are passionate about. Majority sit on the fence with the “let’s wait and see” posture. Many things will not work right initially; it will not go according to what you have drawn on paper or imagined in your mind’s eye. Stick to it and win this battle. In my humble opinion, I think this is the biggest hurdle to jump over (I could be wrong) when on a startup assignment
2. Postponement– when you start postponing stuff, it is a sure sign you are either discouraged or lazy. It has to be one of these two all the time. When we listen to our naysayers, Google search the statistics of what we are involved in and sometimes listen to the “experts” (I respect them but they can be wrong) truth be told, it gets hopeless. You will tend to lose your zeal and desire. Postponement is akin to abandoning the project. Let me add this: when starting anything, factor in a lot of hard, hard work. People get surprised when they are faced with the reality of a difficult build. That alone can demotivate you to shift it to “tomorrow”
3. Delay- when embarking on a personal project, budget your heart for disappointments, delays and detours. Life will be fun and easy peasy if everything goes according to what we have drawn on the flip chart or discussed in the boardroom. Sometimes, having a counseling session with one you consider a sage will still not prevent these detours. I used to be astounded at delays. Personally this was a tough battle for me but with time, age, experience, wisdom and also prayer, I have gotten better at that. You may expect in a month ideally for the chips to fall in place, but realistically it will take a year for that to happen. How will you handle an unscheduled eleven month delay?
4. Laziness– sometimes laziness happens not because it is a personal habit of yours, but when you have been beaten so much and lost the battle against discouragement, postponement and delay. This is the mode one can find him or herself in. A wise man once remarked, “When you have no destiny helpers, life portrays you as a lazy man”. So unfair but true. I pray for you that you will find the right people, surround yourself with the right voices. They don’t have to be in the majority. Laziness starts mentally; when you have no fresh ideas or no plan Bs- you find it exhausting to think. It will then manifest in the actions and posture of your body
“Then he hung the curtains forming the courtyard around the Tabernacle and the altar. And he set up the curtain at the entrance of the courtyard. So at last Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.” Exodus 40:33-34 NLT
My prayer for you is that you will finish what you started. Overcome every impediment that wants to halt the growth and speed to what you are doing. There is a glory that descends on completed projects.
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Peace & Love