You have a task to accomplish, a goal to attain and or a mark to reach for which you estimated it would take three (3) long hours to achieve but rather surprisingly, it’s been five days now and you are yet to start that task. What’s stopping you?
The three (3) positive attitudes you must imbibe to be successful
It is always a pity to see someone settling for far less than their capability. They never heed to the advice – Be positive.
They thus always conform to the negative manner in which the society portrays things.
You nurse an ambition and pursue it. It is your goal and you focus on it. Many of us see our goal as priceless and worthy of all our effort. But sometimes you find yourself getting distracted from the goal itself, you lose focus and thus eventually lose the goal.
It’s commonplace nowadays to hear someone advice another: “set a goal.” or “Make it a target!”
Goal setting is such an integral part of our everyday lives that gives us a focus, a direction or path to thread.
In my bid to keep up growing and developing (being better day by day), I’ve always been among those who are so eager to set goals but haven’t been on the fortunate side of things when it comes to achieving them.
Everytime I fail to hit a deadline or attain a goal, I keep asking myself -Why is this so? Why can’t I achieve these goals?
I then found out that it wasn’t my goals that were wrong it was my approach to achieving them that was at fault.
Whenever you take action, you get better off when you had only planned, intended, wished or aspired. The statements below are commonly made by people who have a big wishbone and don’t back it up with a backbone of doing:
‘I wish I were a writer’,
‘I wish I were a dancer’,
‘I wish I had started a blog’,
‘I intend to join a music group’,
‘I am an aspiring businessman’,
Does this Sound like you? Many people are in the category of good intention makers but bad action takers.
A few weeks ago I was conversing with a friend whom I hadn’t seen for three years.
After the usual, ‘long time no see’ and ‘how have you been?’ salutations,
he asked me a question – ‘What does success mean to you?’ I was silent for a while and he added, ‘What’s your life target?’
I was dumbfounded by the gravity of the question and couldn’t answer. All through my journey back to school I kept pondering on it – what does success mean to me personally?
I didn’t get to the bottom of it until recently. I now understand what my friend was asking me to do.
Last week I was reading a short story online. It was a good story – suspense filled, captivating flow and well described scenes.
But then as I was reading I began to bump into some potholes.
I was irritated and had to stop reading it.
Let me ask you, Have you ever left an article because it was poorly written?
Or better still, Have you ever written a piece only to receive feedback on it saying: “nice concept but please rewrite”?
If you belong to a writing group or work with an Editor, I bet your answer would be yes!
The 21st century human being is an ever engaged being;
A busy bee or better still a buzzing being.
To him the 24 hour day is grossly inadequate and thus he always has tons of undone tasks.
This causes him to undermine his efforts. “I’m not doing enough!” he asserts.
The truth is, we all want to do more, be more and have more. In short, we crave increased productivity.
To be more productive you need to literally do more. Great, this is why you pick at several tasks.
The’s something about achieving any task, succeeding over any hurdle or beating any Target. As long as you don’t do it – it doesn’t get done. It remains just another item on your task list.
It is true that for many people there’s nothing more daunting than starting out at a task.
It’s spoken about frequently whenever writers meet.
You’ve heard of it or might’ve even experienced it.
Some believe it’s not real but just a creation of lazy writers.
Others claim it happens; that it comes and sucks up their zeal leaving them practically word-less and to some extent with no idea!
There is this certain surge by people today to live a life of purpose. To answer a call to their life’s work (vocation). This increased interest is well reflected in the increasing amount of publications on this subject in recent years. Some of these include Jeff Goins’Art of work, Frances Okoro’s10 steps to walking in purpose, Daniel Nicolas’Innate Abilities, Wilson Biyama’s Purpose, the ultimate pursuit and a host of others. The list is endless. All these are geared towards teaching people to walk in purpose; to live for a cause; to live a life that is worth the days you’ve got; to making your life count.
I know these books had taught you a lot about this subject.
But, the question remains: how exactly do you make your life count? What is the nitty-gritty involved in making your life count?
Well, this post would tell you about a basic truth about this subject.
Everybody out there is busy wishing. Wishing that 2016 goes successfully, that they get this and that and other cool stuff. Wishing is very good it indicates hope and life.
But, I want you to see 2016 in another way. In a whole New Perspective.
A New Perspective.
I want you to view the year 2016 as a new book containing 366 pages. You decide what you write on each of those pages. To make 2016 a successful year you need to see each moment as an opportunity. Begin to see the goldmine in every second. Kayode Ajomole of Decounsellor would say “you need to wear an opportunity lens”. The way you look at everyday circumstances determines the way you think about them, the way you act towards them and thus your attitude.
I would like you to remember to :
Set A goal for 2016 for he who fails to plan, plans to fail.
Schedule your tasks to save time.
Prioritize your tasks to save resources.
Be happy and
Additionally, you should tag the year – it’s cool. For instance I call 2016
“My year of Multiple Distinctions, Divine Breakthroughs and Continued Excellence.”
It is true, there are lots of things we planned and even worked towards but were unable to complete them. This should not cast us down as there are on the other hand lots of things which we’ve accomplished.
A couple of weeks ago I told you how to concentrate on writing one thing at a time. That was preceded by a post on where I go to get inspired to write. Each of these topics had to do with the primary thing in writing – ideas. Without them there’d be nothing to write or talk about. Ideas are the crux of writing, the nucleus.
Everybody does several things every day; our task list is always lengthy. We all have many things to do on a daily basis. Some are routine while others are not. The fact that we have lots to do makes it common to end a day with one or many unfinished tasks. Continue reading →
Three steps to Using your past as learning boards
Every day we come across circumstances which are new to us. We find ourselves on unfamiliar paths. As the days sum up into weeks, months and years, we garner a truckload of these new circumstances and they become our life experiences.
Due to the high level of productivity required of humans nowadays, work at night and it’s normal after a long hot day with work and other responsibilities getting your attention. You get tired and look to caffeine containing foods like coffee. This is a good post for the night owls who work well at night. You don’t need to take coffee anymore!