Want a ‪#‎GreatLife‬? Work Diligently.

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This one might be my favorite. It’s definitely the key that most hit me like a ton of bricks when I heard it. It’s also the one I most remind myself as I navigate through the week. I have to credit Steven K. Scott for depending my understanding in The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness (http://amzn.to/2qOdDo1)

There is NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DILIGENCE!!! Read what Solomon, the wisest man who’s ever lived, had to say about diligence:

The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,
But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5

Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich. – Proverbs 10:4

It’s an interesting word. Some people think “diligence” is discipline, but it isn’t. Discipline is control, training, correction and instruction. Discipline is regulation (and/or regulating yourself), direction, order and strictness. It’s setting a course and sticking to that course. Discipline is good, but nothing unlocks your potential like DILIGENCE.

Some people think hard work is diligence. It isn’t. Hard work is good, but only begins to scratch the surface. You can be busy working hard without being diligent.

What is diligence then? Diligence is all of those concepts and more. Embedded in the word is the thought of rising early in the morning and DOING WHATEVER it takes to accomplish your goal. Diligence requires thought and wisdom. It’s like mining for gold…or mining for your goal.

A successful miner digs and digs and digs. He invests in better tools so he can dig more efficiently. He rises early in the morning and stays late. He knows the gold will be taken by others if he isn’t in the field. He stays late after others have gone home because there’s a nugget they’re going to miss…but he isn’t going to miss it! Diligence requires you to examine your efforts, your methodology, your direction and your purpose. Diligence doesn’t just make sure you’re going “all out” but it challenges you to make sure you’re doing the right things in the right way WHILE you’re going all out!

It reminds of when I was young and my folks would take us out to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. You would work all day in the hopes of finding something precious. When you did, everything felt worth it! Many people have found great treasures out there in those fields, but only the ones who worked for it. Honestly, nothing good in life is ever uncovered by accident. Even in the case of good fortune, i.e., the blessing of God, it is His role to bless you, but yours to create a vessel into which He can pour said blessing. That vessel is your diligence. Do not expect good if there is nothing for it to come into.

I didn’t realize I was learning a word-picture for this concept as a child visiting the diamond mine, but I’m glad I did. Now, whenever I’m lagging in my effort, I think about mining. I think about digging and digging for hidden treasure. Because that’s diligence. And Solomon says it’s the key to riches, wealth and a life that’s truly prosperous!

A great life never comes to those who do just enough.

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