Where vision is clear, life mission is possible
INtention is a great human thought and idea. every move in life begins with it. With intention, possessions are possessed, marriages are consummated; families are strengthened; and dreams are fulfilled. Intention is like a tattoo in the heart of a man striving to achieve a dream. Dreams and desires are spurred into actuality and reality through human intentions. But be reminded my friend, a human intention not followed by an action leaves a dream in detention. All human intentions must promptly be followed by actions. that is the thrust of my treatise this week.
Intention gingers a wise man into setting goals towards a dream. It stimulates and motivates him until the dream germinates into fruition. the beginning of a journey towards a lofty dream is to draw up goals. Anyone with big dreams without goals will not hit the gold. Setting a goal draws a bold line between people who only dream and those who are sincerely prepared to have their dreams fulfilled. All human minds are goldmines. Out of them flows what makes a man fulfil his destiny. All human minds are goldmines; but a mind without a goal in life will end up without gold. As you read this, I ask: Have you set your goals for 2020?
If you have not set goals for yourself this year, you have not begun a journey into newness. Always remember that what a man does not start, doesn’t get started; what he doesn’t begin, does not have a beginning. the dream you have set for yourself, begins with clear goals drawn towards it. Check out personalities who seem to have accomplished a lot in life; and check out nations with testaments; they know where they are headed and exude an enviable confidence because they have goals. effective goal-setting is a master key a person who wants to be successful needs. You may be working very hard at what you do, but without setting goals you will find out that your hard work doesn’t yield meaningful result.
At one point in the “Alice in Wondefland” story, Alice stops at the crossroads to ask Cheshire Cat which road to take. He responded by asking:
“Where are you heading?”
“I don’t care much where,” Alice said
“Then, it doesn’t matter where you go,” Cheshire Cat replied.
Continued from Thursday
As a result, Alice wandered aimlessly in her travels. that is the story of very many men and women without goals in life. Goals are desires made precise with a deadline attached to them. It is not too late to set goals if you haven’t done so by now. This acronym “S.M.A.R.T.” should be a good guide for you.
You must set S.M.A.R.T goals that motivate you. Make sure you also write them down and follow through. Many human beings were in a hurry to get 2019 out of the way hoping for better days in 2020. But ask how many have specific plans and goals towards the dream they wish will help them stride higher in the New Year, or someday in the future? Ask the President of your country; the senator in your district, and the governor in oversight over the affairs of your state, what are their goals for growth and development of their territories and of their citizens from now and into the future. the response you receive from them is an affirmation whether it’s a blind man leading you; or a man of clear vision is in charge of your destiny. Your community may be in slavery if your ‘Oga” is a man without goals.
Where goals are sculptured even in gold, the journey doesn’t end there. Don’t leave home without focus. You must focus on your goals. It is a truism that life does not give to a man what he deserves; but what he demands. Demanding a thing in life is not just requesting what we want. It is dreaming a dream and expecting the dream to burgeon into fruition through the power of focus. I was inspired by the story I recently heard about one of my daughters. At age eight, Grace had purposed in her heart that she was going to become a neuroscientist. She also dreamt in her young, innocent but determined mind that she would be studying the course in one of the best universities in the world. She chose Stanford University. Grace will turn 18 in March; and universities have already begun offering her admissions as a result of her stellar academic achievements. She turned them all down. Her dream is to sit in a classroom with others from all around the world in Stanford. She applied to the school, and a few months ago, Stanford invited her for a familiarisation event about the college. today, Stanford has given her an admission offer! In the fall of 2020, Grace will be a student in Stanford University studying neuroscience. She conceived the dream when she was eight years old! A man’s level of focus determines his future. When focus is broken, dreams burn up in the oven of failure.
No man is empowered by God to just wish success and prosperity into existence. If it were possible, there will be no single beggar on the rowdy streets of New York, or lagooned highways of Lagos. What man gets better deals doing the same thing; working the same strategy; and expecting different results? Know I not! the same job level cannot get you a different income. the same education level cannot get you through new doors that require higher educational qualification. The same kind of cohorts of pals cannot get you a new network. It is only when a man’s vision is clear that his mission becomes possible. Human vision becomes clearer ONLY through the power of focus.
Legendary American basketball coach, John Wooden, was called “Wizard of Westwood” because of his focus on preparation. He took the University of California, Los Angeles to winning 10 NCAA National Championships in a 12-year period. At every practice, he kept the goal – the next game – in view. Why? Because, as he said, “It’s too late to prepare when opportunity arrives.”
Focus and distractions are sworn enemies. this year, my friend, don’t get distracted by the mundane. Distractions are life’s side attractions which lure men into a fast-tracked destruction. Stay in your lane as you focus. No man dances all over the map and is able to map his ways out of mess and poverty. Find your assignment and stay on it lest you become a man in life’s entrapment.
My friends, time is an equal-opportunity employer. the same 24-hour time of day available for a man in Imesi-ile is the same available to a man in Mexico. the richest man in Geneva cannot buy more hours; neither can the smartest scientist in Chicago invent new minutes to add to his time. No superman who thinks he is God can save today’s hours for the purpose of putting them to use tomorrow. What we all have is today. tomorrow is a selfdesigned promissory note. opportunities to do certain things in life are attached to time. the winter is divinely different from the summer. the rainy season ain’t the same as dry season. Between and betwixt these seasons are things you can and cannot do. What you waste, you lose. Wasted time is wasted destiny. A man who loses time is a lousy loser. time is an impatient beast! It comes quick and cannot wait to leave. What you need to do today that you leave till tomorrow will be 24 hours too late. Get up and get going and quit wasting time that will never wait for you.