what is your preference? The Kremlin or the Whitehouse? In today’s geopolitics, the salient bone of contention will always be about domination. Who is in charge? Who is in control? Who takes the lion’s share? Of course, such stuff will not be said out boldly, but you can always see the way people and even countries are positioning themselves. People want to preserve their dominion and dynasties.
I can tell you this: That what you see on the global scene is actually a glorified picture of what is in the individual level. In other words, there is something within us that propels us always to want to seek to dominate and at the end of the day to be fully in charge.
Make no mistake about it, wanting to be in charge and to be in control is not a selfish thing. It is not a negative thing. It is not something that should be shunned. In all honesty to seek dominion is simply to be human. The makeup of the human being is in such a way that we shall seek dominion in our lives.
Over the past several episodes, we have been looking at how important work is to the human. We have seen that you cannot identify a man or a woman succinctly if you do not talk about their work, their meaning and their reason for existence. It is as if man was created for the sole purpose of working. Work is not a curse. It is a blessing. It is a channel through which man is blessed, man grows and man develops. It is a good thing.
We further have looked at the different ways in which all types of work are exemplified, and today, we are concluding the mini-series. Here is a recap:
The word dominion is a pretty interesting word. It makes me excited to the core. Now, one of the problems we have in life is that whenever such a word is mentioned, individuals start counting themselves out. It is almost as if dominion was never meant to happen at the individual level. Another aspect if misconception is that dominion has to be against another human being. Nothing can be further from the truth.
To have dominion simply means to be in charge, or to be in control. It has a connotation of supremacy over a territory. I know that is a mouthful, so let us slow down a minute and approach this topic soberly.
We are discussing about work. I can tell you this: That at the individual level, there is an intention for you to have dominion, and that is not a bad thing. The most foolproof way of having dominion is through work. Now listen here: There is no way you will have dominion when the work that you are doing is not “your work”. In other words, you were never meant to do every kind of work. There is only one type of work that you were meant to do…and when you are about it, you create dominion.
A friend of mine published a book about dominating your niche. I heard another mentor criticising that title. He said that in this day and age, you are not supposed to dominate, you are supposed to collaborate. Fair enough. Pray tell me though, if you wanted to collaborate with me, will you do the collaboration just because I am human? Will you collaborate with my work just because I am working?
I do not think so. I think if you wanted to partner with me in any kind of work, you will have to be certain that I am a man for the job. You will have to be certain that I know my work. That I am excellent with my work. You will, in essence, be looking to see if I am dominating in my area of work. If that is not happening, the collaboration will never happen.
I agree totally as far as collaboration is concerned. However, it doesn’t negate the fact that dominion is the foundation upon which collaborations are built. Therefore, dominion is not necessarily a negative thing.
You do this through deploying your core work daily, consistently and excellently.
So the question for today is this: When we look at your “territory”, are you dominating? If yes, then you most probably are engaged in the work that you were sent here to do.