DCL 6.2 Instruction | Initiative Activates Your Talent

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to those things that are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14


Talent-plus people understand the importance of the first step. They don’t wait for all conditions to be perfect to move forward. They don’t wait for all problems and obstacles to disappear. They don’t wait until they have no fear. They take action. Where you finish in life is not determined by where you start, but by whether you start.

Video Presentation: John Hull, President / CEO EQUIP

Note the following reasons why initiative is important:


1.  Initiative is the first step to your destination.

2.  Initiative slams the door on fear.

3.  Initiative opens the door to opportunity.

4.  Initiative helps us overcome life’s difficulties.

5.  Initiative is often the difference between success and failure.


No one can wait until everything is perfect to act and expect to be successful. It is better to be 80 per­cent sure and make things happen than it is to wait until you are 100 percent sure. If you wait, it’s likely the opportunity will have passed you by. Are you waiting to take action on any of these situations?

  • A decision you should be making
  • A problem you should be solving
  • A possibility you should be examining
  • A project you should be starting
  • A goal you should be reaching
  • An opportunity you should be seizing
  • A dream you should be fulfilling
  • A friendship you should be cultivating
  • A partnership you should be building


When will you take action?

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