Right thinking matters to our effectiveness.
But the most important aspect of thinking we must improve upon as leaders is called long term thinking.
Long term thinking is a virtue that is not recognized by many people and organizations. The evidence of this is clearly seen in our approaches to leadership, ministry, governance and spirituality.
The convenience of short term thinking has reduced the life span of many causes, visions, organizations and movements.
One of the reasons so many organizations, individuals and leaders who starts great causes loses relevance and required impact is because of short term thinking approach.
Long term thinking is the ability to avoid the temptation of being trapped with the immediate. It’s about using the assessment of future implications to determine how things should be done in the present.
Don’t be Trapped with the Immediate
Recently, I had a discussion with one of our top leaders in Purpose Reminder Christian Mission about the reason some leaders have no sense of purpose attached to what they do.
We discovered the fundamental problem is the inability to consider the long term thinking effects of what they are engaged in.
When we don’t consider future implications in whatever we choose to do, we will surely be trapped in the temptations of the immediate.
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
1. What is the eternal value or consequence of what I’m doing presently?
2. Will I be fulfilled after putting all my energies into this relationship, business, profession or ministry?
3. When I make all the money and achieve all my desires, will I still be confident to say that I have not destroyed my personal values and character?
4. How will my decision and involvement in what I have chosen to do lead others to find fulfilment of their God-given destinies?
Kindly take time to think over these things. Getting sincere in your answers will upgrade the quality of your thinking and your life’s effectiveness.
Father, Please, help me to be eternally minded in the things I commit my life to.
“Long term thinking is the ability to avoid the temptation of being trapped with the immediate.”
Make The Platform|Journey of Leadership Devotion|Leadership Lessons from the Ant Series ©2019 |Thanks for reading.