Four Most Dangerous Enemies of Progress: Steve Obiakor


We have been dwelling on success and how to achieve it irrespective of what success means to you. We have identified several routes and the challenges peculiar to them as well as how to meet these challenges. More often than not, we see people identifying others as their enemies of progress. Whilst we continue to preach that success is a result of self-driven proactive attitude rather than what we think of others, this article looks at four most prominent enemies of progress.

  1. Procrastination;

It simply means doing your today tomorrow. It is generally known as a thief of time. According to Brian Tracy, those who procrastinate live on the island of ‘Someday I’ll’.  When you procrastinate about the things you ought to do, you don’t just postpone your success, you lose it. The opportunity of tomorrow is not the one missed yesterday.  Every opportunity missed is gone and that is what procrastination does. It is the number one enemy of progress. A lot of things lead to procrastination. Some of them include setting unrealistic goals, trying to be perfect and therefore waiting for the perfect time that does not exist. We must set realistic goals so that implementation process no matter the difficulty would not be too cumbersome. Complex situations could be very discouraging and that is what complex goals bring. We must not try to be perfect; we are humans and are bound to fail; failure is not an end but an opportunity for a new beginning. Do not wait for a perfect time to do what you ought to do. Start reading that new book today; start the walk out exercise; start that Masters programme. Do not postpone that new skill you want to acquire! Start it today. The most important step in every journey is the first one; take it and others would follow.

  1. Lack of Consistency:

Consistency means regularity and continuity. It guarantees your reputation and your acceptance which in turn guarantees success. Consistency breeds trust. Consistency is an element of hard work and dedication.  As you become consistent, your result doubles and progress is guaranteed. Once you begin to deviate from standards, your results become less effective and ones it becomes obvious, failure sets in. consistency is not stagnation;  it doesn’t mean remaining in one position for as long as the process lasts. It means being constant in other virtues such as hard work, dedication, patience, perseverance, productivity and hope.   It means to constantly adapt to changes and dynamisms of the society and the environment where you operate. It means not allowing the challenges (which must surely come) to weigh you down. That which we do consistently with a positive attitude and a positive mind set shall surely yield the desired results.  When whatever you think, say or do are in consonance with one another, we have enthroned consistency. If what you think is different from what you say and do, be rest assured that no one can trust you.  Set your goals, make your plans and put them in motion.

  1. Lack of Self Discipline:

Self discipline is an element of consistency. Lack of self-discipline breeds other enemies of progress such as procrastination and inconsistency. Self-discipline means doing what you should  irrespective of the desire to do otherwise. There’s the desire to sleep all the time, eat and drink, play and be merry, watch television and all that. But we cannot because life hasn’t been friendly enough to make it so. Many though do not have the opportunity to do all mentioned above, yet they fail to do what they ought to do. Self-discipline is doing what you have to do when you have to do it. It is a habit developed overtime; no time is too late to start. When you practice self-discipline, gradually it becomes part of you. You’ll notice that more commitment has been put into what you’re doing. You’ll notice more efficiency at your efforts and you’ll get more and more effective results. You need self-discipline as a student; that book has to be read no matter how boring it appears; you have to attend those lectures; you have to prepare for those exams and write them. The desires to do otherwise are huge but with self-discipline you can achieve your goals. You need self-discipline as a career employee. You must get to work early and begin the days tasks. Avoid cutting corners; Don’t always believe you can explain yourself out. That’s a serious enemy of progress. Those who lack self-discipline abandon their goals at the slightest challenge. They manufacture excuses and series of reasons and explanations why failure was the only option. They are only interested in quick results, short cuts and quick money schemes. Once self discipline is learnt, it gives birth to self-control, consistency, self-dignity, self-respect and other good habits that guarantee success. Enthrone self-discipline today and you would conquer all other enemies of progress.

  1. Ignorance

Ignorance is absence of knowledge. Everybody in the world has knowledge of one thing or the other. Therefore, nobody is a complete ignorance; in the same vein, nobody has absolute knowledge of all things in existence. The question is, how much knowledge does one require to succeed in life? Your answer is as good as mine! Knowledge is as  deep as the ocean! It is unlimited as fast as the human understanding goes. Knowledge has to do with the amount of information, facts, skills, level of understanding, abilities etc we are able to garner through education. Knowledge is power, knowledge is supreme, knowledge is life and you know what? “People perish for lack of it” (Hosea 4:6). Going to school or being a graduate of any higher institution or a skill acquisition college is only a foundation for knowledge. Knowledge must be built, developed and it’s development is continuous till death. Even on death bed, wise minds continue to acquire knowledge till the last breath. Where is knowledge acquired? It is acquired everywhere through careful studying, searches and researches.; careful observations and internalisation processes. Perhaps the easiest way to acquire knowledge is through reading. Reading is one of  the commonest ways of studying and one of the easiest ways of acquiring knowledge. Those who do not read are not  different from those who cannot read. Reading gets you informed and information is power. He who is not informed is deformed. You need a great depth of knowledge in your endeavour in order to move it to a level of success. Do not stop the process learning for ignorance is a serious disease and a great enemy of progress.

6 Replies to “Four Most Dangerous Enemies of Progress: Steve Obiakor”

  1. Witty write up! Thanx again. Research development remains the key to developing knowledge. That’s wer we r lacking as a pple. Let’s advocate “knowledge development” Thanks

  2. Procrastination..My father(God rest his soul) strongly preached and fought against procrastination in every thing we did…..God help us overcome this “enemy of progress”

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