Monday 23 February 2015

The Virtue in Consistency (Part 3)

Hello friend! Trust you are having a fabulous season so far? Engaging all the graces and efforts to ensure you are fostering the course of destiny. To borrow the sermon of Confucius: ‘fear not that you are moving slowly; but fear that you are not moving at all!’ So let your creed be – no retreat no surrender, by all means I must advance the course of my life!  
Let’s look at the part-3 of the teaching we have been dwelling on this brief period:  The Virtue in Consistency. Hoping you draw inspiration from a line or more to help you further engage your elements on your journey to El Dorado.
Another virtue that a consistent personality communicates is a life-style that is governed with integrity.
A lifelong business and multi-billion dollar investor, Warren Buffet advises thus on the subject of integrity: “There are 3 qualities you should look out for in the life of a prospective employee or business partner – skills, energy, and integrity but if the last is not found, then you should as well forget about the initial two.”
Okay, at this point I decided to consult my dictionary for the meaning of integrity. Amazing definitions I found there:
     1.  The quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards.
     2.  The state of being complete or undivided.
Wow! I so love these definitions. I strongly believe life should be considered a character profession, one where morality and right values are upheld.
A matured life should strive to attend state of indivisibility; where your ‘yeah is yeah’ and your ‘nah is nah.’
A point where your reputation is not distinct from your character; that is the personality known in public is not different from the one known in private.
This is what I consider the state of wholeness; where your reputation can walk into a dark room and still recognize your character in there.
A state where there is potency even in your sigh and men are certain that they can hinge their destiny to your promises and you won’t turn back at them.
Believe me, an integrity oriented personality may not be popular in contemporary society, but he or she will always be respected for his or her moral standard. Such individual will always leave a trail on legacy. History always acknowledges men of truth.
For this fellow, time always reveals the potency of such character and their traits are often associated with eternity. School books teach about them, adults seek to emulate them. Constitutions are drafted with their timeless wisdom as a core reference. In summary, they belong to the immortals!
An integrity infested life has enormous influence that doesn’t stem from position or title, but rather from the kind of life they have or are living.
In closing, one leader says: ‘your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you’re going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions’.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: ‘Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.’

Authored by: ANOINTED ENOH

Thursday 12 February 2015

The Virtue in Consistency (Part 2)

Hey there! So nice to have you peeping into this article, hope you are doing great.
My goal is that some letters will leap from this page and connect with you in the most radical way that will launch you to your dreamland.
Still discussing the subject: The Virtue in Consistency!
I ended the first part of this discuss with the Jewish proverb - ‘Truth is heavy, so few men carry it.’
Well, my hope is that you will enlist yourself amongst the few desiring to carry it, because it has a rewarding effect after bearing it.
One element that consistency communicates is reliability or in other word - dependability.
Are you a reliable personality? Are you a fellow that one can risk believing in and not just exercising hope that you will abide by the constitution of your utterances?
I once read a story that showed the beauty of being dependable. Permit me to share… In the 19th Century, a British Parliamentarian travelled to Scotland to deliver a speech. On his way, his carriage got stuck in mud and left him in a hopeless scene. Then, a young Scottish farm boy appeared with a team of drafted horses and dragged out his carriage. Insisting on paying the boy for the help, the boy refused and said, ‘that it was a privilege to help such an important personality as him,’ then he asked the boy, ‘what he would want to become when he grows up?’ The boy replied, ‘I’d like to be a doctor, but I doubt that it will happen since my family doesn’t have the money for such education.’ ‘Then I will help you become a doctor,’ said the old politician.
As years went by the Member of Parliament kept his promise…
Fifty years later, another famous English statesman lay close to death due to pneumonia. Winston Churchill had become ill while attending a wartime conference and England desperately needed his leadership as Hitler threatened to destroy the nation. Churchill miraculously recovered because his physician gave him an injection of a new wonder drug called penicillin. Penicillin had recently been discovered by Alexander Fleming. And Alexander Fleming was the young boy who had pulled the stalled carriage from the mud. And the man who had promised to return the favour by sending him to medical school was Winston Churchill’s father, Sir Randolph Churchill.
Wow! The twist of life!
In an unknown place, to an unknown boy; he uttered a commitment to the hearing of just himself, the boy and probably his horses– ‘I will help you become a doctor.’ And the boy staked his destiny on these few lines of words and that was it.
And fifty years later, not just did the boy save his son’s life but the entire British kingdom from the evil adventure of Hitler.
Just come to think of it again: A little verbal exchange between none equal class sealed the fate of Europe fifty years after.
Aesop writes: a doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him!
Again I ask: Are you a reliable fellow? Are your promises as potent as a bank draft? Can people hinge their destiny on your promises? At the various corners of life when you make desperate promises with few watching eyes and listening ears do you stay true to it?
Being reliable or dependable is one of the virtues of a consistent personality.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: This has depth! Please read…’for the shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends!’

Authored by: ANOINTED ENOH 

Monday 2 February 2015

The Virtue in Consistency (Part 1)

Hello friend. How has it been so far? Have your dreams fallen into place or are you still anticipating?  May be a little more effort or endurance is all you may need for the difference to be visible; that demarcation between victory and defeat.
All the same, am glad you took out the time to open this article and am hopeful you will walk away with a life transforming phrase.
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Very quickly, try to imagine your last experience with your local cobbler or tailor, am sure it wasn’t a pleasant one. Why? If I may ask!
I hear a screamer – “Why?” your initial responses most likely will be and then you may begin to narrate:
“I missed out on a great opportunity because my cobbler refused to return my shoes on time as agreed.”
“I had an organization boycott a very important meeting with me because the tailor delayed to deliver on the material that had the dress code for the event.”
Well, I believe if we stay on this question of “why”, I will definitely get tonnes of unhappy responses from you.
Okay let’s do it the other way round;
Imagine a cobbler or tailor that keeps always to the deal. Gives you a pickup date and by the time you are there all is set and ready for pick!
Exercise your imagination a little further, what will happen to that fellow’s business or what will be the public perception of this fellow?
Overtime this fellow will be associated with the word - consistency.
You can write down as topic: The Virtue in Consistency.
Now imagine living a predictable or consistent life, where your “yea is yea” and your “nah is nah.”
A life where history seeks to engrave your character on the marble of ages…
A life where decades of public opinion are – “you can as well blindly deal with him, for he’s worth every pinch of his word.”
A life where people are not afraid of who you are because they already know who you are!
Once again, imagine what a beautiful and adorable personality this is. You know what – it can be you!
Listen; there is no virtue in being unpredictable. When I was much younger with bursting tendencies of puberty all evidenced around me; I used to think it was stylish or fashionable to front that attitude where I brag about - “people not knowing me” or “what am capable of doing” at the sight of a slight provocation.
Just a quick one, how does this sound? In my opinion, not really nice! Not someone I will want to transact a business with, recommend or make reference to at any given time.
Come to think of it, what do you assume branding is? Certainty, consistency, guaranty, etc. These are a few words to describe this virtue. So you see, there is virtue in a consistent personality. It’s just fine to be a predictable individual. 
POINT TO RUMINATE ON: "Truth is heavy, so few men carry it." – Jewish Proverb

Authored by: ANOINTED ENOH