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WHO ARE YOU – SETTLER OR SOJOURNER?

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When flying to a long distance country, most often, you transit on another country, either for the pilots to take a short rest, or for the airline to reconnect you with another flight. Transiting does not make you a permanent resident of that nation. It is only a stopover. On some stopovers, you are given the opportunity to go for sightseeing in order to kill the boredom of waiting for God knows, how many hours. Some countries of transit may look more beautiful than your destined intent, but that doesn’t stop you from continuing with your journey when it’s time to go. If your flight leaves you behind as you go window shopping, you’ll mourn, wail and blame yourself for being so unconscious. You don’t jubilate for being abandoned where your original destination isn’t.

Anyone with a vision is on a long distance journey. This journey is full of transit points. Each transit point appears very attractive, and looks better than intended destination. The seduction of each transit point is a lure to those who aren’t convinced about where they are going. A large percentage of people make up this section of the pyramid.

A man, who isn’t convinced about the need to reach where he originally saw in his dream, comes with a half-hearted determination. With a half-hearted determination, he sways and swerves even before the wind preys. This man sees every reason to either park by the roadside, and makes it his permanent home, or go back to where he’s coming from. He yields to frustrations, dances to the music of regression, and sets up a new club called Impossible to Reach. That is the story of a man whose fighter in him is asleep.

In the past couple of weeks, most of the clients I had to mentor weren’t young people, but adults with broken dreams, and some, with completely dead ones. One major factor I have discovered with some of them is that they are settlers. Some have things they can fall back to, therefore, when they come in contact with the least resistance, rather than fight in order to move forward, they look back, and cling to the minimum comfort they have behind them.

If you still have something that makes you look back, away from the goals you want to achieve, you are a settler. If behind you, there is something that distracts you from pushing ahead to that sweet picture you see in your heart, you are a settler. Settlers easily get distracted. Settlers complain over tasks that are one step above their usual assignments. Settlers blame everyone for any mistake or error they commit.

I know one settler. She moved from one section of an organization to another, simply because an additional responsibility was added to the usual task. The outcome of her job is dismal, yet she grumbles over anything and everything. When in her current section, she had no place to hide because excellence was demanded, in just two weeks, she ran again, looking for a more comfortable region. My submission is that whoever runs from responsibilities is irresponsible.

There is another set of settlers; those who are cheaply webbed by peanuts. Once in school, my professor told us the story of a former student. He graduated, and when he couldn’t find a job, ventured into entrepreneurship. He decided to start packaging processed starch. He would process the starch himself, package them, and take them to companies that need them. Soon, his customer base began to grow, but also very soon, he made a bad decision. One of the companies offered him a managerial position with then, what was considered a fat pay check. Without thinking twice, he accepted it. If only he had resisted, maybe, just maybe, today, his company would have been a household name.

Irresponsible decision making, succumbing to frustration after trying for a while, ignorance, laidback mentality, background, experience, and many other factors contribute to having a settler mindset. This mindset keeps people and organisations in a stationary position. The probability of stationary positions receding to devastating statuses is high. Therefore, the best option is to keep going; no waiting, no loitering, keep moving!

Sojourners don’t loiter. They are easily dissatisfied with where they are. They want to grow; they want to advance – they want to do better than the status quo. Who are you; a settler or a sojourner? Your actions and decisions will answer who you are!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken is a leadership Motivation, Strategy and Personal Development Writer, Blogger and Speaker. He writes for a number of magazines and blogs. He is also a mentor and published author of several books.

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