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#BeInspired Mondays with IK: Promoters and Inhibitors



High school Chemistry teaches us about Catalyst – a substance that alters the rate of a chemical reaction, without itself undergoing any permanent change.

Humans who have made or are making a difference in the world have also been referred to as Catalysts – Change Agents.

Today’s feature is about another aspect of the catalyst discussion. That’s catalyst promoters and inhibitors.

A catalyst promoter, simply enhances the catalyst’s performance, and an inhibitor does the opposite.

You and I, just like catalysts have promoters and inhibitors. The goal is to be able to recognize the difference and decide where (with whom) to spend your time (with).

Sometimes, we go to sleep for too long, and we need promoters to wake us up, not people tell us to adjust so they can have space to sleep.

There is power in having an accountability partner. This is why group meetings/discussions for people who have similar challenges, achieve great results.

It is iron that will sharpen iron, hence you have to look for your “sharpeners” – people who will always add value to you and multiply your output.

The total output from two persons working together will be greater than the sum of the individual outputs of both parties if they were working alone. Accountability is the gamechanger!

We must continue to ask ourselves, “Do people I spend most of my time with add value to my life, or do they reduce my productivity?” If they do not add or multiply you, modify your timetable because your success and fulfilment is at stake!

Look for people you leave their presence happier, better informed, inspired, and motivated to achieve your goals.

On the other hand, inhibitors are catalyst poisons. I believe maturity is learning to recognize what is irrelevant (to you) and leave it behind.

While it is expected that you and I should be open to ideas and be flexible with our plans, we should also be careful not to be distracted by everything that passes in front of us.

Success is a product of deliberate action over time, and we ought to decide who/what takes our time, putting into consideration whether it/they is/are worth it.

The people you meet and the places you go define who you will eventually become.

In the end, it’s about you and your goals and you get the credit (or whatever reward/consequence) for whatever happens.

1 Comment

  1. annabel ada

    April 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Yea… I love this article. Hard truth

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