Ants are tiny insects that we see everywhere. You can see them among the leaves when you go for a walk, you can also see them in your house if you left some food on the floor. According to Britannica, there are about 10000 species of ants, and they are pretty popular in hot climates. No wonder they have made it to the Bible.
Proverbs 6:6-8 says, Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
So what can we learn about success from an ant? There are four characteristics that an ant demonstrates that each of us can follow, which can guarantee our success. They are persistence, focus, communication, and collaboration.
Ants are persistent
Ants show a never-give-up attitude when it comes to everything that they do. You find them in odd places, and you also find them doing incredible things to find food. They even travel long distances to find food. They migrate the whole colony in a matter of hours to over the issue they have in the natural habitat.
Highly persistent ants will keep on pulling objects that are much heavier than their body weights for hours, hoping that they will eventually be able to drag the food to their nests.
Ants are also tough to get rid of. The Irish Times reported an incident where a house built on a farm in an ant’s territory could not get rid of them entirely even after 20 years. Think about that for a moment. The ants kept coming back even though the location hurt their existence.
Persistence is a crucial character to possess on your journey to success. The journey is not going to be easy. Gaining your territory will need your complete effort. No one is going to hand it to you. Setbacks are a natural part of the journey. Learn from it, pivot away, and move on to your final destination. Lingering too long will negatively influence your ability to think about your next steps.
Ants are focused
Ants demonstrate a purpose in all the things that they do. You don’t see ants roaming around aimlessly. Each one of them takes on a role in the colony and performs that role till they die. The male ants live for a week, but queen ants sometimes live as long as 30 years, depending on the breed. No matter how long their life span is, the ant goes about performing the role that it had taken on.
An interesting fact about ants is that one ant is not assigned a specific role for life. The ant assumes a position based on the need that arises in their surrounding. An ant that is patrolling the area of its nest will turn into a forager when it sees some food. An ant will not pass by some food, thinking that is not my job. Neither will it say someone who will come after me will bring the food in.
Ants are focused on taking care of their colony, and they do everything they can to see that goal to be true. The ants are willing to serve and be a part of their community.
Laser-sharp focus is necessary to see your goals come true in your life. An unwavering desire to realize your vision is a quality that attracts others towards you. “What you watch grows.”
Ants are excellent communicators
Ants use three different ways to communicate with other members of their colony. They use a chemical called pheromones. These are the chemicals that are responsible for the long lines of ants that you see. They also use sounds and touch to communicate with each other.
Communication is the number one skill that you need to realize what you dream in life. The level of expertise you have in skill is directly proportional to the success you will achieve in your life.
Proverbs 25: 11 says A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Communicating with yourself and with your team are two different games. When to speak and when not to is something that you learn with experience. When to explain, defend your position, apologize, listen and take on the opinion of others are all part of communication.
The largest of ant colonies are estimated to be around 300 million individual ants. How would such a colony survive without proper channels of communication? There needs to be a seamless flow of information between all the ants to thrive in any location.
Another important fact is that ants don’t have ears, and so they communicate by listening to the vibrations. Focus, another skill we talked about earlier, plays a vital role here.
Ants are fantastic collaborators
Ants depend on each other to enjoy the life that they have. They eagerly take on various roles and perform to the best of their ability. The ants follow each other and cooperate with one another to achieve a common goal.
Ants can organize themselves to take on any task, be it defending their position, building their nest, protecting their food and eggs, build protection from flooding, or anything that is needed for the colony.
The vital thing to note here is that ants don’t have leadership or managerial roles within their colony. So no ant is there to tell others what every ant should be doing. How does a colony of ants then accomplish so much? Shouldn’t there be chaos? Isn’t that what happens when a group of intelligent humans comes together to do something?
1 Corinthians 12: 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
Ants make decisions on what they should do based on what the need is around them. Individual ants don’t have a big picture, but they all have it collectively, which drives each ant’s actions that are part of a colony.
When working with a team, everyone in the group should see the vision for themselves; otherwise, the members’ performance will be half-hearted, and the progress hindered. Learning to collaborate with one another on a team that has come together is essential to achieve the goal.
Ants demonstrate key characteristics that we should adopt in our lives to realize success in our lives. Ants reveal that size or position does not matter. Employing everlasting principles will help anyone reach their goals even if it seems too big at the start. So what are you waiting for?