Effectiveness in personal life and group interactions is ensured only through the application of correct principles. All builders of things that will endure recognize the importance of a strong foundation. We practice this in physical structures but disregard this rule many times,unfortunately, in personal and interpersonal life. Profound ideas for effectiveness are discussed on the blog.
Effectiveness is not efficiency.
Most times, effectiveness has within it efficiency but they are different. It
has been said that efficiency is doing things right while effectiveness is
doing the right thing. Effectiveness is focused on accomplishing the objective.
It is not just doing things. It is not just being busy. It is not even being a hardworking
person. It is getting what should be done done sustainably. We need
effectiveness personally, in families, in business organizations, in government,
in every human endeavour. The obvious consequence of ineffectiveness is WASTE,
Effectiveness is founded on these 3
·Purpose—there must be a purpose. Trying to achieve
effectiveness without a purpose is like trying hard to score a goal when the goal
posts are down. It is purpose that defines effectiveness. Therefore, to be
effective individuals, organizations, groups must have purpose.
·Long term perspective—effectiveness cannot be
disconnected from a view of life that goes beyond the now. The farther you
sight, the more effective you will be.
·The Whole (Holistic view)—being holistic in view
refers to a kind of outlook that sees the whole and the relationship between the
parts. There is an unmistakeable interconnectedness in life. This means that
progress in one aspect usually affects progress in other areas. The same way decline
in one area affects other parts. The effective individual is aware of this and
uses his resources with prudence.
I was born very foolish. You, yes you, were born very foolish. King Solomon said, 'Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child'. It is the responsibility of the child's parents (or foster parents) to take out some of the foolishness. ( I said 'some' because no one can take out all the foolishness in a child's heart). How will parents who themselves retain much of the childhood foolishness help to rid a child of much of the foolishness? The child raised by such parents has the task of ridding himself of some of the foolishness his parents should have helped with.
We are somewhat disturbed when a young man/woman manifests a level of foolishness that is expected from a younger child. Everyone of us still carries about some of that childhood foolishness. However the degree varies. I dare say that your success in life is determined by how much you have ridded yourself of the childhood foolishness.
The process of departing from childhood foolishness is a path we all must take to attain maturity(wisdom) whether we had a great headstart with our parents or not.
Note: Now that you are grown you can't keep laying the responsibility for your foolishness at your parents' doorstep.
I had always thought a manger as an animal house. How wrong I
was! A manger is actually a feeding trough for cattle or horses. The most
precious gift of all time was laid in the manger! So Jesus was not just laid in
some place in the animal house. It was actually the feeding trough. It does not
cease to blow my mind the fact that God chose to give the Saviour in such a
lowly place. It was no coincidence that the inns were all filled up. God wanted
it so. This points some things out to me:
The things of greatest value are with the lowly.
Things of abundant worth do not need extensive packaging. The value will still show forth. In fact excessive packaging may belie a content of little value.
Value is not always in the celebrated or well-known place.
It still blows my mind that the greatest of all gifts was
given in a manger!