Guarding against complacency…

Today’s post is inspired by my young sister following a chat we were having yesterday so thanks to her for that. If you are into fashion and all the latest trends,you can also follow her on styletitbits.wordpress.com.

The year has just begun. You probably gave it your all in 2015 and you have a lot to show for it. I celebrate with you today. However i would like to challenge you to challenge yourself further and exceed your previous best in 2016. Do not be complacent.

The book of Esther in chapters 1 and 2 has a very good example on the pitfalls of complacency. It speaks of Queen Vashti whose husband King Ahasuerus reigned over twenty seven provinces from India to Ethiopia. At the end of one of the king’s feasts, he commanded for Queen Vashti to be brought before the king wearing her royal crown in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials for she was beautiful to behold (verse 11)

Verse 12 of chapter 1 says Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command and the king was furious. Fast forward to chapter 2 verse 17 and an orphan by the name of Esther was made queen in Vashti’s place. We are not told why Queen Vashti refused to obey the king. Vashti probably believed she was invincible and that nothing would happen to her for disobeying the king’s command.

Its true Vashti was beautiful but Esther was more beautiful. Indeed you are very good at what you do and everyone knows this. But guess what, there is someone out there who is better than you and they could potentially take your place if you become complacent. Do not let past successes get to your heard. Celebrate them and acknowledelge those that have made it possible but desire to do more and better. The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that “you have arrived”.In your achievements and successes remain humble. Commit to continous learning and outdoing your previous best. Compete against yourself and win in 2016.

I wish you all the best in your career goals and plans for 2016. Share your challenges and successes and lets walk the journey together.

Journey Mercies

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