Abraham Lincoln quotes “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”.
This statement oddity was quite revealing. I wondered at the logic behind preparing and equiping one self properly before embarking on a major project. Then it hit me one day. I was suppose to deliver on a major project but even though I was sound in the subject matter. I failed to anticipate the critical thought patterns in evaluation by the audience and subsequent questions that could arise from presenting such project. Needless to say, even with my sound knowledge of the topic, I did not stop to sharpen the axe, but was more focused on my oratory skills than in predicting my audience different points of view when analysing the project.
That day, I learnt a valuable lesson. “Having a great knowledge of a subject material is more important than appearing cool in front of an audirnce”. I knew I was the opposite of what I envisioned. From that day, I made a resolution to abide by the guideline suggested by Abraham Lincoln.
Sometimes, we are so concerned of how people view us and forget that everyone will have opinions about us, whether good or bad. We have to do our best, make every effort to thoroughly prepare ourselves for any task and just do it. Let us not stop to think as this can bring in doubts, fear and tension.
You are much more that You think. Go out there and do great exploits.
May God guide you and never forget to smile while doing it, it makes a great difference while we do.