Living in the details is something I am known for. When God designed me, he gave me an uncanny ability to be concerned, interested in, and remember many of the tiny little details of a project or work situation (I wish this ability worked as well in my conversations with wife! LOL). I grew up thinking everyone was like this but realized in my late teen years that this was something I was more adept at than others.
I am not advocating for every RealChristianBusinessman out there to start living “more in the details” as much as I do.
If you are conscientious about what you do, and aware and follow through on the things that go into having success around a project or client, the reward will be much greater.
Read the title again: Conscientious effort is seldom unrewarded
I recently read a statistic that said being detail oriented and showing follow-through produces FIVE TIMES the results of having high intelligence.
Conscientious effort and follow through mean more than gaining knowledge. It means more than chasing down the next degree; More than winning a game of Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit.
God wants us to be productive while we are on this earth. He talks about it in the Bible:
“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” Prov 18:9 (NIV)
So when you are at work this week, put into practice that which will allow you to show detail and follow through. Make a short list for each project you are doing, write it down, keep a note on your computer, then DO something about that which you are working on – follow through on it until completion. There are many time-management things that have been discussed in this blog as well as in numerous books and podcasts, so figure out what works for you and put it into practice.
Also consider writing down the title of this blog post and putting it somewhere that you would read everyday as a reminder. The effort will be worth it!