DCL 6.2 Instruction | People Who Lack Initiative

Video Presentation: John Hull, President / CEO EQUIP

When it comes to initiative, there are really only four kinds of people:

1.  People who do the right thing without being told.

2.  People who do the right thing when told.

3.  People who do the right thing when told more than once.

4.  People who never do the right thing, no matter what.


A talent-plus person takes action without being told to do so. Why doesn’t everyone do that? Consider these reasons:

1.  People who lack initiative fail to see the consequences of inaction.

2.  People who lack initiative want someone else to motivate them.

3.  People who lack initiative are looking for the perfect time to act.

4.  People who lack initiative are in love with tomorrow.

Remember: Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy person.



  • Take some time to discuss the areas in your life where you need to have more initiative.
  • What are some reasons why you procrastinate?


You should frequently review the daily dozen list from Today Matters (Notebook 1). Do you remember the 12 important areas to focus on in your life each day?

Attitude: Choose and display a right attitude daily.

Priorities: Determine and act on important priorities daily.

Health: Know and follow healthy guidelines daily.

Family: Communicate with and care for my family daily.

Thinking: Practice and develop good thinking daily.

Commitment: Make and keep proper commitments daily.

Finances: Earn and properly manage money daily.

Faith: Deepen and live out my faith daily.

Relationships: Initiate and invest in solid relationships daily.

Generosity: Plan for and model generosity daily.

Values: Embrace and practice good values daily.

Growth: Seek and experience improvements daily.


All of us tend to procrastinate in some area of our lives. If something is unpleasant, painful, uninteresting or complex, we sometimes put it off. Yet to reach our potential and become talent-plus people, we must reject procrastination. We must show initiative.


Reflect on these suggestions to help you become a talent-plus person in the area of initiative:

1.  Accept responsibility for your life.

2.  Examine your reasons for not taking action.

3.  Focus on the benefits of completing a task.

4.  Ask a friend to help you reach your goal.

5.  Allocate specific time to tasks that are difficult or unpleasant.

6.  Break large tasks down into smaller ones.


Follow these steps to break a large goal into manageable parts:

  • Divide it by categories that require certain skills.
  • Prioritise it by importance.
  • Establish deadlines.
  • Delegate it according to abilities.
  • Accomplish it by teamwork.


The hardest part is getting started. It is the start that often stops people. You must take action in order to become who you desire to be. Desire isn’t enough. Good intentions aren’t enough. Talent isn’t enough. Success requires initiative.


Remember: The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.


Biblical Case Study: The Ant and the Sluggard (Proverbs 6:6-11, 20:4)

King Solomon calls our attention to the ant. One of the smallest of God’s creatures becomes one of His greatest teachers. Think about some of the lessons we learn from the ant:

1.  Ants don’t need a boss to tell them to get started.

2.  Ants work hard and need no one to force them to keep working.

3.  Ants don’t waste opportunities to take action.

4.  Ants understand that their actions have consequences.


By contrast, King Solomon has plenty of criticism for the sluggard (lazy person) who lacks initiative and succumbs to procrastination. The sluggard makes only one commitment: his leisure. The lazy leader makes no difference in his world. When leaders lack initiative and lose their diligence in doing the work of the Lord, they become spiritual sluggards and worthless to the Kingdom. Wise leaders know their time is limited. Jesus underscored this when He said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). Leaders in the Body of Christ must remain diligent in doing good and in encouraging others to do likewise.

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