THE BULLDOG APPROACH

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TᕼE ᗷᑌᒪᒪᗪOG ᗩᑭᑭᖇOᗩᑕᕼ

One of my favourite quote has been, “𝑰𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔”

You are not a serious person if you always give up at one attempt.

The universe has certain of it’s components that are stiff-necked.

It’s not their fault, it’s just their default state by act of nature.

Do you recall the law of motion that states “a body will continually remain in a state of rest until it’s acted upon by a force”.

I can paraphrase that law by saying, “nothing moves until you move it”.

When you deviate from science to the reality of life, you will agree that there are some situations, people, and tendencies that will not shift ground until you do the uncommon.

One of the thrutch you need to change or move things and people, is the force of persistence.

Let me look for ways to elucidate this idea. Erm …

Uh-huh! Please come with me in your fancy.

There was this smaller bulldog that would always jump five fences just to engage a bigger bulldog for a fight.

Anytime it does, it got beaten mercilessly by the bigger bulldog.

But the smaller bulldog was persistent, gutsy, determined and valorous.

It never saw giving up as an option until it gets whatever it is it wanted from the bigger bulldog.

Whenever it has been beaten, it will stay back for several days, after it cures, it will return to the bigger bulldog again for another round of fight.

This continued for a long period of time and the usual was always the case.

But on a certain day, which was the seventh time for such encounter.

As the smaller bulldog set out again for another encounter, the narrative changed.

Upon sighting the smaller bulldog coming again for a fight, the bigger bulldog started running away.

The bigger bulldog said, I know I can beat you, but I’m tired of you.

You weary me. Don’t you ever give up? Well, I have given up on you. You are too stubborn.

You can now have whatever it is you want. It said all of these as it ran away and never returned again.

That was the day the smaller bulldog took back it’s possessions and became in charge of the territory.

Wasn’t that stunningly impressive?

You know how they say, “little things teach us big lessons”.

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve failed. If you don’t give up, that challenge will eventually give in.

There is a popular maxim that says, “quitters never win and winners never quit”.

Why not weary that stubborn situation or person with persistence and watch them let you have your way.

Need I remind you of the unjust judge and the poor widow. How the poor widow wearied the judge with persistence until he granted her desire.

“𝒀𝒆𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒅𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒆, 𝑰 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒃𝒚 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒂𝒍 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒆” Luke 18:5 [KJV]

Do you still remember that fellow that visited his friend very late at night when he has slept, just to beg for bread for his guest?

Nonetheless, his friend had to wake up at night to give him bread [his desire], not because they were friends but because he wearied him with consistency [continuous knocking on his door].

“𝑰 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖, 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅, 𝒚𝒆𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒂𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒂𝒔 𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔”
Luke 11:8 [NKJV]

It takes several blows from a hammer to fix a nail to hold a joint.

If you are used to a one-off approach to your challenges, you will achieve little or nothing.

Hit, hit and hit again, if you want to move something.

For the record, persistence doesn’t equal stubbornness here.

Even though they are like staccato and legato, kinda sound similar but exact opposite in function.

For the purpose of clarity and distinction, while persistence tends towards a positive result, stubbornness leans towards a negative outcome.

“𝑰𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔”

Nothing is impossible, just believe in yourself.

Never stop trying and do not give up because of failure.

You will get it right this time….

Let’s see at the top.

Thank You.

ODAFE Austin Johnson
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  1. Nice article. In lives journey we must PUSH to take delivery or bring to realization our desired Success.
    What is PUSH?
    P= press
    U= Until
    S= Something
    H= Happen.
    Apostle Paul in Philippines 3vs14 said ;
    ” I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
    So, in the pursuit of the actualization of our goals and aspirations be it spiritual, academic or carrier wise, the need for persistency and consistency can not be over emphasised, thus the need to apply the BULLDOG APPROACH in all that we set out to do.

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