Diligent means persistent and constant effort to achieve a set goals.
Prov 22:29 says that Seeth thou a man diligent in his business, he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men. A man that is diligent will sit with the high and mighty. If unbelievers are succeeding as a result of their diligence, how much more the born again Christian.
QUALITIES OF A DILIGENT MAN:
HE DOES NOT COMPLAIN:
In this economic recession in Nigeria, it is only the diligent that will stay afloat. Stop complaining, you will go nowhere by complaining. You must get going. A diligent person sees opportunities in every situation. He does not just sit idle and expects a magic, he rises up early and take charge of situations.
HE DOES NOT PROCASTINATE;
Procastination is a thief of time. Stop it before it stops you. Time wait for no one. I will do this and that tomorrow, why not do it now! A lot of people sets goals this year and up this now, they are saying there is still time, their goals is lying fallow. It is the seed you plant that grows! Start Now, don’t postpone till tomorrow what you can do now.
HE TAKES ACTION
Action they say speaks louder than voices. Don’t just say what you want to do but act it. Many people sets goals and just abandon it, rather take commensurate steps and work towards your goals. Stop being idle. Nothing moves until you move it.
HE IS SELF MOTIVATED:
A diligent person have a drive. He has power from within to influence the outside world. He encourages himself. He does not need to be told what to do. He uses his initiative and become productive. He does not wait to be pushed.
HE IS PERSISTENT AND CONSISTENT:
Diligence requires continuing a task even if the task is difficult to complete, a diligent person does his best. A diligent man does not give up easily no matter the obstacles on his way. He believes that tough time never last but tough people do. He also believes that winners never quit and quitters never win. In the journey of life, nothing good comes easy. He keeps pressing further until he achieve a desired result. All the great inventors we have today were persistent and consistent, hence we are enjoying their great inventions.
HE IS PUNCTUAL:
A diligent man rises up early to complete a task or meet up with an appointment. He does not use his productive hours to stay on bed daydreaming. Punctuality is the soul of business. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep till poverty comes in like a thief. Excessive sleep is a hindrance to punctuality.
In conclusion, diligence is a key to great achievement. If you want to succeed this year, be diligent. Go and learn from the ants. Study the lives of great people and you will see the major role diligence played. Its up to you. Be diligent!