consider the ANT – part 3
“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise…” Proverbs 6:6
Consideration 2: Ants have no overseer…
Have you ever stopped to watch an ant hill or a trail of ants at work? It is an amazing sight. At times it seems so chaotic, but in reality, it is a well orchestrated symphony of productivity in which every ant knows and executes their part.
Proverbs 6:6 tells us to “got to the ant” and “consider her ways” and then, in the text that follows,
it gives us one way (of many) that should be considered…
“Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8
This is one of my favorite characteristics of the ant…self-motivation! In essence, the scripture is saying that the ant understands its role and doesn’t need a task-master or even a manager to oversee its actions. The ant motivates itself and goes to work.
Are you a self-motivator?
Here are some thoughts to consider:
1. Get to Work!
I don’t care where you are employed or even if you are not employed at all…GET TO WORK! Just because you have a job does not mean you are working. Honest labor…honest work…honest wages. If you cheat your company or your boss out of your best – shame on you! Here is a great post by Seth Godin on this very subject…read it here!
2. Go Beyond!
Those who Go Up (get promoted) first Go Beyond! Simple…don’t just do the minimum…don’t just get by…Go Beyond! I don’t care if you are making minimum wage…work like you own the place and soon you will no longer be making minimum wage! Go Beyond the call of duty…commit to these ideas: Be Early (15 minutes or more) Be Ready (dressed for success, have all necessary tools or equipment) Be Enthusiastic (wake up…get that crap out of your eyes…be excited for the day and the job) Be Willing (do whatever it takes for the company to have success…within the bounds of moral character of course) Be Strategic (help your company do better and achieve more than ever before)…chew on that for a while! “How to Become CEO” by Jeffrey J. Fox is a great read on this idea…you can buy that book here.
3. Give it Time!
Don’t quit after 5 minutes of un-noticed extra effort…for that matter, don’t quit after 5 months of extra effort. If not for anyone but yourself…give the extra effort! You never know what is being noticed and what is not…you never know what is happening behind closed doors to set you up for success. Beyond that…it’s the Law of Reciprocity…simply, what goes around…comes around! If you have had bad habits in regards to your work ethic (or self-motivation) then it will take time to change others view of you. First, you have to break the old habits (consistently…and no, you really don’t have opportunity for relapse. If you are known for being late and you show up early all week…and then on Friday you relapse…guess what – no change…no chance). Then you have to establish the new pattern (pattern = repeatable over time…a long time).
For the ant…self-motivation is a matter of life and death – it is for you too. Life = Living your dreams and succeeding…Death = just existing!
Monday…Part 4 – Ants communicate by touch…