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2013! Let’s Get Rolling

Welcome to the New Year folks, praises be to God for sparing our lives and bringing us safely into the year. That means something, it means you are important, you have value, you have something to add to the scheme of things, you are the change we need and you have to get rolling ASAP! I remain committed to my charge and that is helping us “Create a New Reality”. I have promised not to write anything if it won’t be helpful to the reader (including me).

I am not a subscriber to the New Year resolutions making party, partly because most people hardly achieve 50% and partly because I personally usually don’t get things done that way; if you are, good for you. The thing is this year you have to increase your overall effectiveness so 50% won’t cut it. That’s just a ‘C’; the call is for excellence this year so let’s raise the bar to at least 70%. Effectiveness requires deliberateness and not wishful thinking and blind belief in things becoming right. Effectiveness is about well conceived and thought out actions with intended results. Suffice to say, effectiveness is all about planning!

You must have heard the catch phrase “He who fails to plan plans to fail” many times; well, it’s more than a catch phrase, it’s the truth and it has power to set you free from whatever current trappings you find yourself. Be it financial, career, relationships, even in ministry. It’s a code that works across the board.  For instance, how can a graduate with B.Sc Statistics not be able to use SPSS and want to get a job as a statistician in these current times? If you want financial freedom, you must have a plan for it. An outstanding career that will eventually lead you to the top of the food chain or a skyrocket career that will get you to the top in record time – you choose, and whatever your choice is, you need a plan. You have the right to dream, so do it. After waking up, put pen to paper and plot your path to the fulfillment of your dreams.

At the beginning of last year, I had just 2 things to achieve; 1.) Get closer to God. 2.) Make money! Sounds simple right? Well, it turned out not to be so simple because of some things. I was in my final year, studying pharmacy in the University of Ibadan! Now throw writing my project into the mix. That literarily meant I had little time. To top that off, I had a Drama Night to plan. That on its own is another time consumer. These two things succeeded in making me drop the making money goal. Standing here now, I’m going to pass on to you what I learnt.

There will always be times in your life when there are things you can’t control. You have to identify all of them and like an obstacle course(such as the one seen in military training camps or NYSC camps) and begin to plan your ascent around them, with full knowledge of what they are and what it will take to overcome them individually.

Prioritizing: this will help you do the right thing at the right time and not to muddle things up

Time management: the risk when chasing multiple targets is always wrongful allocation of resources, the mother of all resources is time, so its allocation is of ultimate importance if you really want to achieve anything in the end

Desire:Know what you want and why you want it and don’t let anything take your mind of the why especially.

Finally, I have also observed that deadlines greatly improve one’s ability to focus, so help yourself by placing deadlines on your targets this year. I believe in God who strongly believes in you and I can say with certainty that this year is your year. So let’s get rolling

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Maiden

 

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While Men Slept

Hey guys, how have you all been, great I believe. I have been great too. I just had my drama night in school after much postponement, and for that I’m really glad and thank God for His help and faithfulness. I’ll tell you this without a doubt, “God takes care of His Own”, it doesn’t matter whether or not it’s a he/she, a property, or whatever it is, once you make the claim that it is God’s, He steps in and takes care of everything. My Life Belongs To you O Lord! (You might want to say yours too).

That was by way of introduction, what I really want to write about is the place of leaders in this age and how much people are seeking for true leadership, someone to literarily lead the way, someone to tell them which direction to Go. I must concur with Karl Marx at this point, he said “Religion is the opium of the people”, that is true because I can’t imagine a world without a Jesus said this and as Christians, it’s expected of us to obey or a world where the words of the holy prophet (SAW) is not there to guide people. It would be chaos! But then Nature Abhors a Vacuum, something would have filled that space up in no time.

As some of you might know, I’m in my final year in school and I was the drama coordinator of my fellowship (Winners Campus Fellowship @wcfui on twitter), I recently handed over. Almost all fellowships form a forum of all final year students, and a day was dedicated to us finalists, so for weeks now, we’ve been rehearsing for our Finalist Sunday! Automatically, I was put in charge of the drama to be ministered on that day. I twiddled a little while but I got to writing the script too close to my test and I was unable to cogitate for too long without thinking of my test, so I wrote the first thought that came to mind. And the drama was a classically dry one, I didn’t need to be told, I knew it was. But we had no choice so I submitted it like that and ran away to face my drama night (yes I admit I ran).

On the final day of rehearsals, I had concluded that we were not going to act that drama, either we had a replacement or we don’t act. Not acting on its own is like breaking a 17 year old custom, but I was willing to risk breaking that than to appear a mediocre. Everyone kept asking me ‘how far’ with the drama, I wasn’t in any mood so I was just faking the smiles and nodding. But then, more people were asking how far? Then I got to thinking, the person in charge of songs came up with a beautiful song to sing, the dance guys had done a marvelous job with the choreography, and here I was giving the sanest and worldwide acceptable excuse any writer could give “I had Writers block”. I mean it was perfectly acceptable, I had writers block for Christ’s sake, how was a new script supposed to appear? So I sat there, put my feet up, and was gisting with someone who perfectly understood my situation. Everything was ok, but then I noticed, time was ticking and the problem isn’t going anywhere.

That was when I realized failure is not an option, and no drama means that I failed in my charge. So I did the smart thing, called for outside help! Holyparcel I called and instantly he answered, I presented my problem to him, including my Writers block, I couldn’t write does not mean I can think. As a leader, you should be too proud to fail and never too proud to call for outside help so far it guarantees success. A true leader should be as objective as possible, know when to remove yourself and you inadequacies from the equation and do what you have to do, recruit essential personnel to achieve the goal before you. So Holyparcel had an idea, which was skeletal, so I went to the front of everybody, acknowledged the wackiness of the previous script, mind you I gave no excuse for it, though I had a rather tenable one. I had to write 7 tests in 4 days! But what is past is past. I relayed Holyparcel’s idea to everyone, and together we filled it up. Everyone was on a roll after that and even though it was around 4am in the morning, everyone was contributing and before you know it, our drama was ready, we even had fun doing it.

I’ll start by telling what I learnt from this episode, and you add yours too. No single person can see it all.

So the first thing I learnt is, no excuse is acceptable,

Failure is not an option.

It doesn’t matter who came up with the idea as long as we are a team because Together Everybody Achieves More!

When you take the initiative, people will follow you, but you have to take it first or else, it’ll remain dormant.

Even when the excuse is tenable and acceptable, don’t accept it. Nobody gets to the top without being hard on him or herself. Don’t cut yourself too much slack.

You have to rise to the occasion, it’s in you!

What else did you learn friends? Please share! Perhaps I might learn more!

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