The power of counsel
Counsel provides safety
As a first year student in the University many years ago, I made it a point to ask those in the second year about their first year academic work. They revealed helpful tips about lecturers, courses, departments and even the best ways to study for certain courses. I was better equipped to handle my first year (by the counsel received) and make the right decisions about my education.
It’s possible to work hard and still not produce commensurate results, so good counsel is a necessity. Jesus said, “Seek, and you will find…” If you don’t seek counsel, you won’t get it and you may end up repeating past mistakes. Regardless of your line of business, career, education and your quest for greatness, there’s someone who has already gone ahead and achieved the things you desire.
Solomon said, “Every purpose is established in the multitude of counsel.” We must take note of that word “multitude.” If you must access information that would transform your destiny, you must keep seeking counsel till you have sufficient information.
How do we get counsel?
One channel of receiving counsel is through the written materials of those that have gone ahead in the area of our quest — this would open you up to what they have done and enlighten you on the best way to handle your project. As an engineer, caterer, lawyer, or a professional in whichever discipline you have chosen, you will find that as you read up, you will produce better results.
With the fresh information, your thinking pattern changes and your output is enhanced. “As a man thinketh in his heart so he will become.” Proverbs 23:7
If you must move with speed, you will need to build on the works of other people that have gone ahead.
Isaac Newton said: “If I have seen any further, it is by standing on the shoulders of those that have gone ahead.” Every professor builds on the works of other professors.
Mentoring is another channel of counsel. It is said that your mentor is the prophecy of your future. The Bible feeds us with several examples of people who were mentored. These people eventually produced results after the kind of their mentors. For instance, Moses mentored Joshua; Elijah mentored Elisha; Jesus mentored His disciples. If you submit to quality mentoring, you will produce fruits after your mentor. So, choose your mentors wisely.
We need financial mentors; we need family mentors; we need spiritual mentors; we need ministry mentors. If you are privileged to have access to good mentors, do all you can to guard your relationship with them. Respect the time spent with your mentor and learn to ask them quality questions anytime you meet them. Observe how they do things and honour them (learn to give them gifts, etc.).
I pray that God will connect you with quality mentors that will show you the better way to achieve your dreams; men that will impact your life and help you achieve uncommon result, so that the better days ahead of you will come with speed in Jesus name. Amen.
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