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Zaccheus was an Achiever. Are You?
By Benjamin Ugoji
Your dream determines your goals. Your goals map out your actions. Your action creates results. And the results bring success.
John C Maxwell – Pastor and Best Selling Author on Leadership
In my last article – problem solving using Zaccheus model, I highlighted lessons to be learned from the story about the man Zaccheus (.St. Luke’s gospel Chapter 19: 1-9.) There was a lot of response as a result of hits from people that read the article. Recently, I have given some thought about the behaviour that led Zaccheus to succeed in his desire to see Jesus. I felt that throwing more light on this attributes could give us some insight on how to lie our lives in the now.
1. He had a purpose – he wanted to see Jesus
Achievers are people of purpose they know what they want to achieve and are intentional in their action. Their purpose is based on their belief for the course that there are to pursue. This in turn fuels their passion and determination to succeed due to the value they have in their course of action.
2. He had an obstacle – despite the obstacle on his way he created a path to enable him realise his dream. He climbed the sycamore tree. Achievers see obstacles as temporary hiccups to their dream. They don’t give up.
3. He had a strategy, plan and tactics – He had a map to complete his project. However, he knew that in the language of Neuro- Linguistic programming (NPL); that the map is not the territory and had to change his tactics to make progress.
4. He had a successful outcome – He saw Jesus and this resulted in changed life. He knew that the journey was worth it for what he would gain. You cannot see Jesus and be the same.
Achievers don’t quit. They are committed to their goal and achieve their outcome as a result. In the process, they are changed due to mastery of new skill set, changed thought process leading to peak performance.
Do you want to be an achiever? Follow in Zaccheus steps.
- Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve
- Have a plan of action and work on your plan – plan, organise, work, evaluate and re-evaluate.
- Stick to the plan but be ready to change if you action is not leading you to the result
- Monitor your progress and make amends where need be
- Evaluate and re-evaluate your results and use the feedback to inform further pursuits
Remember experience has structure you can always find people who have done what you are trying to do or read about people that have done it. Find a circle of people doing what you want to do and learn from each other (mastermind group). Watch your progress.
© 2009 Benjamin S C Ugoji
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