The Single Thing that Will Make a Difference in Your Life in 2018


It is not what you know, it is what you do that determines your destiny.

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”-Anonymous

In my previous post, I exposed you to 9 life-transforming questions that will make 2018 your best year. I want to believe you did the exercise I asked you to do. If you have done the exercise, I want to congratulate you.


Recently, I was meditating on why so many of us live below our potential despite the array of information available for us today.
Information is no longer our problem, because as the time of typing this post, there are billion pages of information on the internet. There are millions of books available for free download, or purchase at a price less than that of a cup of ice-cream. Many of these books contain all the information we need to move our lives forward.
How come that despite the availability of these information, nothing great is taking place in our lives?

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.”-Francis Bacon

“Knowledge is potential; action is power.”
-Tony Robbins

The answer is very simple, we only listen, learn, attend seminars, and read books, but we rarely put what we have learned into practice. We are like the young boy, who bought all the books, attended all the seminars, bought more books, attended more seminars, but fail apply even a jot of all that he has learnt. We are ever learning but not doing anything.

“Knowledge is useless without consistent application.”-Julian Hall

Among the so many parables
attributed to Jesus is the parable of the talent, one which sheds some light on the core message of this post.

According to the book of Matthew 25:14-30 of the English standard version (ESV) of the bible, the parable goes thus:

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug the one talent in the ground and his master’s money.
Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying master, ‘master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more. His master said to him, ‘well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the Joy of your master.’
And he who had two talents came forward, saying master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more. His master said to him ‘well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.
He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘ master I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hide your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, you wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, at my coming, I would have received what is mine with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Just as you can see from the story, two of the servants, on getting their talents got into action immediately, and on the return of their master, they have doubled their talents. The servant that was given five talent has gained additional five, and the one that was given two talents has gained two more. They have made 100% returns on what they were given.

Acting immediately on the talents they were given didn’t only help them to increase it, it brought them promotion. For the fact that they were faithful in little, their master decided to put them in charge of greater things.

The third servant on getting his own talent, refused to put it to work, instead he went to bury it. When the time of reckoning came, the little he had was taken from him, and was casted into outer darkness, a place where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What can we really learn from these servants? It is very simple, taking action that will give us returns on what we have. In the context of this post, what you have includes what you know (information/knowledge), your skills, gifts, resources and everything that constitute your individuality. The more you use your potential, the greater it becomes, the corollary is also true.

When we found ourselves in the habit of mere learning without application, we are positioning ourselves as that servant who got his own talent and buried it. The way he handled his talent consequently made him to lose the only talent he had, and be thrown into outer darkness, a place that is characterized by weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The outer darkness where there  is weeping and gnashing of teeth which the servant who buried his talent was thrown into compared to your personal life today can be likened to  a life of regret, a life of mediocrity, unfulfilled dreams, lack of inner peace, frustration, and depression. These emotional states often arise as a result of not having the kind of life we want.

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake-Meister Eckhart

My desire is to grow beyond my current level in every area of my life, and that is my desire for you too, but mere desire doesn’t give us what we want. An English proverb says, “If horses were wishes, beggars would ride.” The only thing that will make a difference in your life is acting on all that you have learnt about creating the life you want. If we fail to act, nothing positive will take place in our lives.

As the year is running to an end, I assume you desire growth in certain areas of your life. My advice for you is to resolve that you are going to start acting more on all that you have learned and all that you will learn. Massive result is often not as a result of having much knowledge, most times, it is a product of taking massive determined actions.

The one single thing that will make a difference in your life in the coming year is taking massive determined action. Dedication to learning, without application of lessons learned is self-deception. You will know so much, but with nothing to show for it.

Resolve to do more, because your actions are your seed. You can’t reap what you didn’t sow.

“But be doers of the word, not hearer alone, deceiving yourselves.”-The bible

Over to You


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15 comments:

  1. What a great message Taiwo! I have always considered myself a "Doer" so I could not agree more with your message and am happy to share it. Wishing you all the best for the holidays and New Year.

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    1. Hi Marquita,
      I have always seen you as a doer. I can see that from your consistency in blogging and PAC activities.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Taiwo,
    I love your suggestion to take "massive determined action". That is my goal for the year. I am spending the final 2 weeks of 2017 to prepare myself for my future action. The action at this point is self-reflections, listening to inspirational teachers, organizing and decluttering (my saved emails, my files in the computer and in my file boxes), transferring all my programs and files into my new computer and learning Windows 10, finding and creating my support team, and setting clear goals for 2018.
    Warmly,
    Dr. Erica

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    1. Hi Dr.Erica,
      Your plan for the coming year is great. I am inspired by your approach.
      Thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. Nothing is going to come to you just by sheer virtue of being on this earth. We need to set goals and do the work to make them happen.

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    1. Hi Dr.Elise,
      Your comment is a perfect summary of the entire post.
      Thanks for your contribution.

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  4. Hi Taiwo

    Things will not be served in a platter. We need to amke efforts and achieve our goals. Wish you a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Sonar,
      Your comment is very true.I wish you a happy new year too, and thanks for your comment.

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  5. Hi Taiwo,

    All that attitude and determination make you a dangerous man to be around! Really enjoyed this post about doing before having. All the smarts in the world won't buy a loaf of bread...
    Edward

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    1. Hi Edward,
      You are always on point anytime you post a comment.
      Thanks for your contribution.

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  6. Massive determined action is my watchword for 2018

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    1. Hi Sokari,
      Wow! I love your watchword. Go and make it happen.

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  7. Hi Taiwo,

    It's great to read your post. I was busy with my projects, that's the reason I was inactive a bit, specially reading & commenting was completely off.

    But Anyways, Thanks for the interesting & informative read. Keep up the good work and enjoy the holidays.

    A Very Happy New Year Taiwo! Cheers

    ~ Donna

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    1. Hi Donna,

      Everyone has really been busy in the last two weeks in the month of Dec.

      I am glad you found value in my post.

      Thanks for the humility and sincerity you expressed in this comment.

      I wish you a prosperous new year.

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