The year is still a new one! We are just 36 days into it and there is still so much time for one to plan and reap the benefits thereof.
The question then is “HAVE YOU MADE YOUR BED YET OR YOU BELIEVE WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF ON ITS OWN”?
Life is a long high way, a journey full of twists and turns, you’ve got to face it prepared – at least to the best of your ability. If those who have prepared still fail at certain endeavours, what then is the fate of those who deliberately refused to look ahead?
No matter how long it takes, your level of preparedness comes back to either hunt you or make a way for you. The twist and turns will either a way for you or send you down the ravine of extinction.
You have to open your eyes to see the clear signs that life spare no one at all. Life must happen, but you do not have the strength to cry over both the things within your control and the ones outside your control that will definitely go wrong – you just have to be ready for some things.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR BED AND SUCCEED ON THIS JOURNEY:
a) Discipline: “to train (yourself) to do something by controlling your behavior” – Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Putting yourself in check, learning to look at the bigger picture, avoiding shortcuts with dire consequences in the future, abandoning the convenient for the necessary. Realising that a minute of pleasure can cost you the entire year and worst still a life time of greatness.
b) Sacrifice: Make a sacrifice today that would guarantee your future.
You cannot hope to grow career wise and still be spending money on frivolities with lean resources. Develop youself, get trained, get experiences that will position you for greatness. You still have many more years, the fun things and moments are not running away, do what has to be done today to guarantee a fun-filled life tomorrow.
c) FOCUS ON YOUR PURPOSE: Everyone has a reason for living – find yours. No one attends classes meant for Architects and graduates as a Zoologist, the lesson then is stick to your purpose and only do things that will advance your course. A little distraction here and there will only leave you trailing behind those who have decided to stay focused. When you value pleasure above purpose, you lose your life value.
d) WHAT IS YOUR VISION?
Look towards the future – where you could be, what you could achieve, what prices lie ahead. SEE POSSIBILITIES. Having a mental picture of where you want to be helps you work towards it with a greater sense of purpose.
e) CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS:
The fear of failing has held a lot of people back. The fear of how my tomorrow plans will fail has stopped many from waking up into tomorrow. Do not let fear limit you. Push your thoughts towards positivity.
f) CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS:
Your emotions can becloud your sense of judgement. It can prevent you from making the right choices. It can hinder your growth. Put your emotions in check, think critically on everything, weigh your choices. Do not harbour negative emotions.
g) WATCH YOUR HABITS:
Your habits can either make or mar you. Cultivate habits that will help you achieve your goals. “Our habits determine our character, our character determines our destiny. Only good habits bring about success”.
h) BUILD VALUABLE RELATIONSHIPS:
Relationships are vital for growth in all spheres. The people you meet on a daily basis could be the ones who help take you to your next level. Be courteous and don’t take people for granted. Most importantly in building relationships, try to sieve the chaff from the wheat. Do not waste time with people on a different mission from yours. That everyone is on the same bus doesn’t mean everyone is heading to the same destination! Choose your companions wisely!
i) DEVELOP TENACITY:
The ability to stand strong in your low moments with unwavering commitment to your path, will help you in the day of adversity.
There is nothing wrong with crying and being afraid but let your determination be stronger than your weakness. The storms will certainly come but with roots deep enough, you will survive the stormy night and mornings of uncertainty. Be stronger than they mistake you to be!
j) CHANGE YOUR STRATEGY:
Whether you are an entrepreneur or in paid employment, learn to reevaluate your strategy to be certain it is yielding the desired results and meeting the needed objectives. As an entrepreneur finds out why sales are not going the way it should, why you competitors are doing better, why you have been left behind – no matter how WELL you keep doing the wrong thing, the results will always remain the same. As one in paid employment, develop new approaches to solving problems; when your strategy keeps giving the team positive results, you become indispensable and the appraisals ratings only keep getting higher per time. Try new methods, rethink your strategy!
Success in life is not by chance nor by luck, you must be prepared for your moment of opportunity. Work hard, work smart, make your bed now – it still early in the day!
Do the best you can, this can eventually be the year you will always make reference to.
Be Notches Higher!
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