I HAVE BEEN TO OFFICES BEFORE WHERE PEOPLE I LOVE, RESPECT AND VALUE ARE BUSY BLOWING VERNACULAR WITH THEIR TRIBAL PEOPLE. THAT IS ONE OF THE WORST THINGS ANYBODY CAN DO IN A SECULAR SETTING.
IF YOU ARE NOT UPDATED YOU WILL SOON BECOME OUTDATED, ANTIQUATED AND OUTMODED.
IF YOUR LIFE AND ASSIGNMENT ARE NOT GOING TO BE DEFORMED OR MALFORMED, YOU MUST BE INFORMED.
IT IS BETTER TO WALK ALONE THAN TO WALK WITH THE WRONG CROWD.
CONFORMITY IS THE ENEMY OF DESTINY AND CONFORMITY IS THE ENEMY OF ORIGINALITY.
NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY, YOUR NETWORK AFFECTS YOUR NET WORTH.
YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR DESTINY UNTIL YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WITH YOUR COMPANY.
IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO WALK IN EXCELLENCE IF YOU ARE SURROUNDED WITH MEDIOCRITY.
YOU CAN NEVER BE ON THE JOURNEY OF EXCELLENCE WITHOUT YOUR DECISION, PERMISSION AND PARTICIPATION.
THOSE WHO LEAVE LIFE TO CHANCE HAVE NO CHANCE; IT TAKES A CHOICE TO STAND OUT IN LIFE.
THERE IS NO DESTINATION OF LIFE WITHOUT A DECISION FROM MAN.
NO ONE EXCELS UNTIL HE OR SHE DECIDES.
EVERYTHING THAT IS VISIBLE, AUDIBLE AND TANGIBLE IS IMPROVABLE.
-Pastor Paul Enenche at Dunamis International Gospel Centre on ‘THE ADVENTURE OF EXCELLENCE.’ at Power Communion Midweek Service, Glory Dome.
Let’s appreciate the King of kings and the Lord of lords for eight hours, in fact, we did almost nine hours in His Presence; full of power, full of glory, full of grace, healings, miracles, wonders like never before.
Lift up your voices and appreciate the King of kings and the Lord of lords for this favor we have secured in His Presence.
To Him be all the glory in the Name of Jesus.
THE ADVENTURE OF EXCELLENCE.
Our objective tonight is to understand the adventurous journey of excellence.
Tonight it is important to note that excellence is an adventure, not a destination. Excellence is an adventure, not an achievement.
Excellence is a journey, not a destination.
The reason why excellence is an adventure and not a destination is what is celebrated today may only be tolerated tomorrow.
It is an adventure because everything that is visible, audible and tangible is improvable.
It’s an adventure because a wise man said, ‘ the largest room in the universe is the room for improvement’.
Excellence is a journey you are on, it is not a place you arrive at.
WHAT DO WE DO TO BE ON THIS ADVENTURE/JOURNEY CALLED EXCELLENCE:
- Decision for Excellence: excellence is a choice you make, it is not a gift you have. No one excels until he or she decides. There is no destination of life without a decision from man.
Those who leave life to chance have no chance; It takes a choice to stand out in life.
Nobody steps into the university and steps out of the university , attains a first class degree by chance, it was a choice.
You can’t be an outstanding Lawyer, an outstanding Medical Doctor, outstanding Minister of the Gospel without a deliberate decision. You can never be on the journey of excellence without your decision, permission and participation.
It is a choice that says, I will never take the gift of God, the talent of God and the potentials God has put in me for granted, I am going to take them to the highest level possible.
You know there are different kind of furniture makers and carpenters.
There are those who can make for you benches and there are those who can make for you a slightly improved table and chair and there are those who can make you the type that you can only price and purchase in a five star furniture houses.
It is the same gift of furniture production but taken and managed at different levels.
So the excellence decision is a decision that says,what God has put in me, I have made up my mind to take it to the highest level possible.
David took his gift to the highest level until it took him to the palace of King Saul. Daniel took his gift to the highest level until he was ten times better than the magicians of Babylon.
It is the decision for Excellence that begins the adventure of excellence.
- Association with the excellent: Proverbs 13:20.
It’s clear through Scripture that company affects quality, company affects destiny.
The quality of person Daniel was could only have been associated with similar quality of people like Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego. They were all ten times better than their contemporaries in Babylon.
Jesus Christ had Peter, James and John for his company and at the end of the day, Peter, James and John excelled above the other Apostles aside Paul the Apostle who came in late. Acts 4:13.
The value of your life is determined by the quality of people around you.
The value you possess and the value you produce are function of people you associate with.
There is a quality of people in your life that just upgrade your quality. They upgrade the way you think, the way you look at things and the way you operate.
That was why we said, you are not doing anything about your destiny until you are doing something about your company.
It’s not possible to walk in excellence if you are surrounded with mediocrity.
A wise man said, take a look at the seven most important persons of your life, you are face to face with your future.
No matter how hard you try, your network affects your Net worth.
- Attention to details: we have said this over and over again. Genesis 40:1-5.
Everybody saw the Butler and the Baker of the King of Egypt sad, it didn’t mean anything to them until someone who has the capacity to pay attention to details, including attention to human feelings, including attention to the emotions of others.
So many people in this world today pay attention to nothing. And like we said, when you ignore attention to details, progress is detained.
Others are passing but you placed your hand and you saw there was dust on that table and you couldn’t leave it like that.
Everybody is seeing but you saw that there was cobweb on the wall and you decided to remove the cobweb. Everybody walked and passed but you saw that piece of paper on the ground and you know that it is not where it should be, it should be in the garbage can, you picked it from the ground, it makes a world of difference to your life and destiny.
It may appear like you are just doing extra things originally but eventually, it will make a world of difference. We said, ‘little hinges swing big doors’, minor details are the precursor for major differences’.
The difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is the extra. Ordinary people do ordinary things, extraordinary people do extra things. Ordinary people do normal things, extraordinary people do extra things.
That happened to Israel in the camp of the Philistines when David arrived and said who is this uncircumcised Philistine. Everybody saw that it was very normal to them but not to this guy.
- Intolerance of Mediocrity: To live an excellent life or to excel in life you must be intolerant of mediocrity. You must be impatient with mediocrity, you must be allergic to average, you must be averse to substandard operations, you must refuse anything that is not the best.
You must refuse to manage anything that is not the best; refuse the language of ‘this is good enough’.
Are you patient with mediocrity? Maybe you don’t want people to be angry with you, maybe you don’t want people to think your own is too much or you don’t want people to think that you are taking things too far.
Conformity is the enemy of destiny. When you allow people to conform you to their standards, to agree that what is not right is right then you have limited your destiny. Romans 12:1-2.
It is better to walk alone than to walk with the wrong crowd. It is better to stand alone, I mean if everybody sees mediocrity as normal; they come to the office any time they want, they are talking and making noise in the office when they should be working
and you made up your mind that that is not the way to go. They may look at you somehow, mock you, conspire against you, try to think that you are the odd one and they are the better people.
A time will come when those doing wrong are doing it boldly and those doing the right thing are doing it so timidly, that the wrong appears to be the right and the right appears to be the wrong but that devil is a liar.
Stand and do the right thing boldly and then outshine those who are doing the wrong thing. But don’t forget what I just said, it is better to walk alone than to walk with the wrong crowd.
It is important to take a stand even if you have to stand alone.
Conformity is the enemy of destiny, conformity is the enemy of quality, conformity is the enemy of dignity, conformity is a limitation of destiny.
It doesn’t matter who is patient with average, you refuse to be patient. They may be people you respect.
I have been to offices before where people I love, respect and value are busy blowing vernacular with their tribal people. That is one of the worst things anybody can do in a secular setting. Where people of other languages are there, you are speaking across their heads. All of a sudden I said, what? I thought this person was educated, I thought this person was civilized, I thought this person understands how to behave.
Yes, you can speak your language but speak it in your house, speak the one everybody can understand.
And if you are alone with your tribal man you can speak to him.
It doesn’t matter who is behaving substandard, it may be someone you love or someone you respect but you see him misbehaving; he is eating corn, he throws it out of the car and you are inside the same car with him, he finished a wrap of biscuit and threw it out.
Threw out for who to pick it from the road? What a barbaric behavior, highly uncivilized behavior.
At times you come across people like that who behaved in a very very low way, refuse to conform. You may not correct or challenge people like that so it doesn’t look personal and if it is someone you can correct, you can but if it was someone you can’t correct, you hate the behavior and make up your mind to do the right thing.
You must have zero tolerance for mediocrity on the journey of excellence.
Be averse to substandard operation and to the point where you refuse to manage anything that is not optimal.
God is placing His seal of excellence upon your life and changing your life stories.
And those who knew you before will begin to value you because of your excellence.
- Continuity of improvement: Proverbs 4:18.
We have just said that excellence is not a destination, it is an adventure.
You continue to improve on the things you do and that is a major secret of excellence.
At the introduction, we said, that everything that is visible, audible, tangible is improvable.
Anything you can see can be improved. Anything you can hear can be improved. Vision can be improved, sound can be improved, anything you can touch can be improved.
We said also at the beginning that ‘the largest room in the universe is the room for improvement’.
Somebody say a loud Amen. Somebody say a louder Amen.
Lift your right hand and say I shall continue to improve on the things of my life, say the loudest Amen.
If you are not updated you become outdated, antiquated and outmoded.
Do you understand what I am talking about?
The ancient house that was built 40 years ago, it was the outstanding, shining house then but today if you look at it now, may be there are other fanciful designs now. What was celebrated then can only be a monument today but there are other celebrated structures now.
You remember the 504, 404 of those days, you remember those vehicles with the big nose, the lorry of those days that they use to whine with the hand and all those things. Today, those are not things that are celebrated except for antiquity purposes.
But if you want this journey/adventure of excellence to be exciting and fulfilling then there must be continuous improvement. Continuous improvement is a function of number 6 which is called value for knowledge.
- Value for knowledge: Knowledge brings new edge.
Light makes people to shine and light equals information, revelation, knowledge, understanding.
Knowledge, information they bring distinction.
To be lighted is to be uplifted.
People are deformed when they are not informed. People get malformed when they are adequately not informed.
You know what they call genetic malformation? Where a child was born with a hand of some fingers missing or some valves in the heart are not functioning, it is a disinformation of the genetic code. The information that should have formed that finger was missing so the child was born with a missing finger.
It’s when people are not correctly adequately informed that they get malformed or deformed. That is congenital malformation and that is malformation everywhere.
If your life is not going to be deformed, if your assignment and what you do is not going to be deformed or malformed, you must be informed.
- Diligence of labour: excellence answers to diligence.
It is the diligent laborer that experiences excellence in life.
Hard work is doorway to high flight in life. No one forces his way without work.
No one flies high who does not work hard.
When a person comes out with a first class degree, work went in. While other students are going for parties and playing around, he was buried in work.
When you see a first class athlete, that person worked. I heard of Wilma Rudolph who worked herself for almost 16 to 20 hours every day for 4 years before she appeared for the first Olympics and then the second one.
The first woman in history to win 3 gold medals in an Olympic competition. 100 metres dash, 200 metres and then as the anchorwoman for the relay race. She pushed herself.
You do not reach your potentials without a stretch.
There is no reach without a stretch.
You make up your mind to work; you are going to work on structures, you are going to work on organization, you are going to work on order so that it can come out well.