n the previous post, we introduced the subject of how purpose is inextricably linked to effectiveness. In other words, you are effective to the degree that you understand your purpose. Do you know why people are always given Job Descriptions when they are hired? It is so that they can be tracked and measured on their effectiveness. Further, people are given Key Performance Indicators in order to remain effective.
Without these things, one is like a ship sitting on the shores with no direction. If not anchored, that ship can be tossed to and fro by the waves and taken whatever place. Unfortunately, that is how very many people’s lives are. They are not effective; they are not productive because they have not understood the purpose behind their being. When I am engaged in doing something, I do not just want to do it. I want to excel at it. I want to do it and leave a mark behind, a mark of effectiveness.
I am the “why” guy. I normally ask that question as many times as possible, as often as possible until some people get sick of me. The reason why I do that is that I am committed to effectiveness. I never want my ship to sail without a compass, without a direction and without a mission. Even my adventures have a purpose in them.
So in the last post we shared two of the four pillars of effectiveness.
I believe that even with those two pillars, chances are that one will start growing through the ladders of effectiveness. You cannot afford to be incompetent with your purpose, and you cannot afford to live purposeless without infusing a plan in your daily living.
Today, we conclude these powerful thoughts by including the last two pillars. Suffice it to say, I believe that effectiveness is the ultimate design of the Divine. When you read about the precision with which the Earth as a planet is placed in the solar system, you cannot fail to see the original intention for effectiveness being woven into creation.
When you take a look at our own body parts and body systems and how they function, you cannot fail to notice that optimal performance, productivity and effectiveness was the intention of the designer. Therefore, each day that we exist must be an answer to the call of effectiveness and productivity. By the way, we all as human beings love to celebrate effectiveness and productivity. When a goal is achieved, we all celebrate. Each weekend, we gather around TV screens or sports stadia to witness effectiveness and productivity. We keep tabs in form of tables to track the effectiveness of our teams. When our team is disappointing us, we are thoroughly crestfallen, especially if we are genuine supporters of that team.
In earlier posts, I have talked over and over again about the importance of people in purpose pursuit. The fact is that you cannot be able to do everything that you want to do without people. This is both good news and bad news.
It is good news because you get help. God knew how important dependencies are that he pioneered a system called “Helpmeet” for man. Now, a helper is not someone who is weak and subordinate to you, not necessarily in the context of “Helpmeet”. Myles Munroe says that if someone is coming to help you, first you must be doing something. Second, either that person has the same strength as you do or is actually stronger than you are.
Dependencies though can be a headache in that you can be let down by the people that you are depending on. Therefore, the quality of your effectiveness is directly proportional to the quality of the dependencies that you have:
The purpose of technology is to make us effective in our purpose. Technology is more of an enabler than it is a stand-alone field on its own. In other words, technology is infused in as many disciplines as there are. I cannot think if any part of pursuit of purpose that cannot be technology enabled. I love technology because it helps us do things faster, more precisely, accurately, repetitively and in other powerfully effective ways. Come to think of the following:
Our goal today must always be to answer this question:
“How best can I deploy technology in my pursuit of purpose in order to be increasingly effective each day?”
If you keep staring at this question and getting answers out of it, you will be pleasantly surprised at how your effectiveness will increase day by day. Here is the secret: Do not think technology with think for you. Please do the thinking and deploy technology to implement the rest.
I hope that we take a good look at these four ways and go on to become the most effective generation since the creation of the world. Yes we can, and yes we must.