YEAR 2019: FOR GOOD OR FOR BAD


The year is full of promises of good and wonderful things to come. People are full of life and big dreams of what they want to accomplish before the year runs out.

For us to accomplish our goals, we need to do three significant things:

1. Act

2. Be consistent

3. Cross mistakes

In this 2019, start doing something, be it work, learning of a trade, art or business, just starting to be productive.

If you are already engaged productively, try to have multiple streams of income.

Set a goal for yourself, something particular you want to achieve for this year.

In journey of life, in pursuit of your goal; you cannot make it by being an island. Surround yourself with people that will inspire you, individuals who will make you feel and perform better, persons who will challenge you for good.

Think positive, belief in yourself but be realistic.

When you see lions praying to God, don’t join them believing that you all are for the same purpose. You can be positive that they won’t chop you since they are praying, but be realistic too that after the prayers, they’ll remain lions and God will feed them with flesh.

Plan your year and ensure you are productive; you can create idea on what to do by doing that which you have passion for; it can be a hobby or something you do with ease. Even if you are not perfect in it, with constant practice you will become a genius and professional.

In whatever you do, be viscous, steadfast, dedicated, resourceful and committed in it.

Consistency is the oil that gears and puts your action on the right track to success. It means repeating an act for improvement. It is positive habits that will make you achieve your aim.

As you improve in your abilities and earnings, ensure you put fractions aside as savings. You can use this money to accomplish a goal or put it aside for investment.

Imagine, if my goal is to buy a car or purchase a house before the year ends, I will start planning and saving part of my earning, let’s say N50k a month. As the year roll by I can increase the money to N70k or N80k depending on the rate at which my earning grows. As the year ends, I should be having close to a million naira for what I want to do.

This amount might not be enough for my purpose, but it’s a starting point. The most important factor is that I have a plan and I’m committed to achieving my aim.

One major thing consistency does is that; it makes you better at what you do. You might not see the result initially but as time goes on you start appreciating yourself for the positive step you took.

Think of the likes of Ronaldo, Mercy, Mikel and host of others in football, they do not make it overnight, they practice everyday in order to be good at what they do and today, they are super stars.

The famous Nigerian musician, ‘Davido’ in one of his ‘tweets’ said that when he started years back at the age of 17, all he had wanted was his music to be played even once in a radio station. Today, he is a household name with elephant bank account because of his consistent effort in making himself better at what he does.

All the designers we use, do not fall from the moon, people created/sewed these materials and perfected their act thus becoming what we call designers.

Even as a politician, you cannot wake up one day and say you want to be a president of a country or even a councilor. You must start somewhere and with constant effort, you will reach your target.

As you journey this year in pursuit of your goals, there will be mistakes, learn from them and move on. Do not try to cover them or defend yourself, they can distract you from focusing on the main issue which is achieving your dreams.

When I started using pen in my primary school, and I made mistake, I would try hard to erase it, before submitting to my teacher.

Sometimes, I use chalk to clean my mistake but it later reappeared. So I began to use saliva, it worked, but only to leave holes in my books.

My teachers then used to beat me for being outrageously dirty. But all I tried to do was to cover my error.

On day, a kind hearted teacher who loved me so much called me aside and he said, “Anytime you make a mistake, just cross it and move on”. He said further “Trying to erase your mistakes would only damage your book to nothing.

I told him in protest that I don’t want people to see my mistake. My loving teacher laughed and said “Trying to erase your mistake more people know about your mess and the stigma is for life”

Nobody is above mistake in life, if you happen to make one, cross it over and move on. Do not expose yourself as a result of trying to cover your mistakes. Better things are ahead of you.

Find and strike out your 2018 mistakes and move into 2019 with a fresh note.

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