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The second habit (rooted in the pleasure pain principle) affects the choices we make in very interesting ways. Let me ask you…
There is a very interesting party coming up in two weeks time; you are required to be there and there are two main delicacies on the menu:
a. ice cream, and b. fruits. The most interesting part is that you are required to choose either ice cream or fruits, but not both knowing well that the fruits have more health benefits than the ice cream; which one will you be choosing?
This kind of scenario was presented to a group of people, and being health conscious,
most of them said they would be choosing fruits. Two weeks down the line when the party was actually held,
most of them ended up choosing ice cream during the party. This was influenced by the pleasure-pain principle which says that…
“Man is in constant motion towards anything that gives him or will give him pleasure and away from anything that gives him or will give him pain.” Let me illustrate this principle, and its effect, with another example…
If you are very observant, and very objective or practical / realist, you will agree with me that there is no substitute for hardwork, if you want to enjoy good things in life. Fortunately, most people know this; even the Bible makes it abundantly clear; Proverbs 6:10, and Proverbs 10:4-5, and so many others. Lets look at the following two scenarios…
Scenario 1: I come to you and read Proverbs 6:10, Proverbs 10:4-5 and all the scriptures that talk about the need to work hard and do a powerful exposition on them. Soon after I enter into a period of declaration: Beloved, I declare to you (by the unction of God upon my life) that my brother (my sister) God is going to set you apart and favour you supernaturally. From today, just pray fervently (for the effective, fervent prayer of the righteous avails much), fast at least once a month, pay your tithe, sow a fat seed; give a fat offering, and have faith. Serve the Church diligently, especially serve the man of God, and God will cause supernatural orchestration to catapult you to heights you cannot imagine; for eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. You will break through without sweat! Aaaaah you did not hear what I said, ah! I said you shall break through without sweat! Indeed what others will have to toil night and day to obtain, you will get that and more without having to work sooooo hard! Because you are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. Shout “I receive it!”
Scenario 2: I come to you and read Proverbs 6:10, Proverbs 10:4-5 and all the scriptures that talk about the need to work hard and do a powerful exposition on them. Soon after I enter into a period of declaration: Beloved, I declare to you (by the unction of God upon my life) that my brother (my sister), you need to work hard! Hardwork pays! Oooo you didn’t hear what I sad ah! I said hard work pays. Just as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and the others you know worked had ah, you also need to work hard otherwise life will not be easy a. Shout “I will work hard!”
Now, the question is, of the two scenarios…
1. Which one will you shout the loudest amen to? And…
2. Which one will you give a bigger offering or seed for; if you are asked to?
Statistically, the answer is: Scenario 1; even if subconsciously.
I have put that hypothesis to test a number of times. In the survey,
I present these two statements and ask church people to choose either A, or B, or both A and B (as in the two together).
Admittedly A sounds pleasant, and B sounds unpleasant.
The last time I conducted this survey, guess what… Even though majority of church people indicated that they needed a combination of the two (and I was glad about that), those who believed that ‘God would solve all their problems and provide all their needs, wants, and cares’ were ten times (multiple) the number of those who believed that they would have to work very hard to find the solutions / answers to their needs, wants, and cares.
Let’s explore the issue of harwork a little more; you are very likely to get the heebie-jeebies on this ‘hardwork’ issue, if you consider that a lot of people throng to their work places on a daily basis; some jostling and sweating. It is very tempting to think / presume that they are working hard; No! Is this man on your screen working hard? Not necessarily, though he may be applying a lot of physical labour.
There are 9 principles that come in when we talk of what it means to really work hard, and in most work situations people seem to apply only one or two; so some people prefer to rather use the expression ‘work smart’ instead of ‘work hard,’ but it’s a matter of semantics.
One fundamental quality that characterises true hardwork is
‘Thinking.’ And here ‘thinking‘ refers to ‘Creative Thinking;’ not ‘Worrying.’
So someone like Henry Ford
said that: “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it” or as Sir Joshua Reynolds puts it: “There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the reallabourof thinking;” Meaning when a situation demands that one has to think creatively, chances are that one will do everything possible to try and avoid it, and that may include leaving our earthly physical or practical responsibilities for ‘God’ to (supposedly) handle; by only ‘praying and observing other religious requirements’ and hardly taking the required or adequate practical action preceded by and / or laden with ‘creative thinking.’
As Thomas Edison observed: “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” And remember ‘thinking‘ here refers to ‘Creative Thinking.’ We will discuss that further in due course.
Indeed, ‘Man is in constant motion towards anything that gives him or will give him pleasure and away from anything that gives him or will give him pain.’
So what can we do to avoid this habit?
When it comes to making decisions or taking actions (or even inactions) do yourself a big favour by asking: “Am I being objective / real, or is it that I am being negatively influenced by the pleasure-pain principle?”
Especially you have to work hard; now you know I don’t mean that you should just exert brute force of labour, but that you should apply a lot of creative thinking. I saw a very profound statement being circulated on social media not too long ago; it said, “Do not solve laziness with prayer. If you don’t work hard, you’ll spend the rest of your life in church shouting: “I receive it!””
That’s what I wanted to share with you about the second habit that makes life difficult; if you have any questions on what I have shared so far you may pause this video and post your question at the comment section below. Great!
PS : This presentation is an excerpt from my book: PURPOSE COMPASS; for more about it you may click here. To see the other popular, very surprising and easily avoidable habits that are currently making your life difficult, or otherwise will soon make your life difficult, you may click here.