In 2011, I remember one of my friends posted a funny stuff on facebook, he wrote, “I just checked the expiry date on the can of milk I bought and it says 5-MAR-2013. That means the world isn’t going to end in 2012.” He was right, afterall! The world didn’t end in 2012 as the Mayans predicted. His reasoning was wrong anyway. All the same I’m glad you made it into 2013. Happy new year.
For me, 2012 was a good year. And I expect that 2013 will be better. Many of us equally have that expectation. However, many limit their expectations to their thoughts, they don’t make concrete plans or take steps that will help in birthing and actualising those expectations. For some of us, we don’t take steps because of fear of failure, for others its just laziness and some others are held down by fatalistic views. Life, most times, answers to demands. Those who get things out of life are mostly those who make demands on it. I have been careful not to be absolute about life’s formula because life is not a subject of mathematical precision, there are exceptions but you can’t afford to hang loosely onto life hoping to be one of the few exceptions.
At this point, Let me share my favourite poem once again,
“For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ASK,
But once you have set the wages.
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That ANY WAGE I HAD ASKED OF LIFE,
Life would have willingly paid.”
All I want to do here is to encourage you to put plans in place to make 2013 the year of your dreams. My father in the Lord, Bishop Oyedepo says, “expectation is the mother of manifestation” and says further that “if you don’t have a goal, you are a goat.” The first step to take in turning your expectation into realisation is to write it down, this is because one of the essential features of goals is that they are written down. Hear what the Almighty says,
“And the LORD answered me, and said, WRITE the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” (Habakkuk 2:2).
When plans and aspirations are written down, they are supplied some raw form of energy to become reality. There was the story of a university lecturer and some students I recently read and I’d love to share it. The man called ten of his best students and gave them an assignment to come up the next day with a description of where they see themselves in the next ten years. The next day, three of the students came with explicit notes describing themselves in ten years’ time and how they’ll get there. Four other students had a clear picture of where they wanted to be, just that they didn’t bother to pen it down. The last three said they felt there was no need to worry over such a thing, for what will be will be. Ten years down the line, the professor set out to find these ten students and see how they were faring in life. He didn’t encounter any trouble locating the three students who penned down their plans, they were making waves in the country. Of the four who knew where they were headed but didn’t just write it down, he found one of them blazing trails while the remaining three were still struggling. None of the last set (the fatalistic three) was close to success.
Life is more than a game of luck and accidents. Its good if we write down our resolutions. Haven’t you noticed that ALL great corporations in the world clearly write out their vision and mission statements? Its not just a trend, its because there is great wisdom and many benefits in writing out goals and aims. I have also written out my goals for this year in my orange diary, let me share just two of them:
1: Write more consistently (at least once in a month, so any month you don’t see anything on this blog, draw my attention to it.)
2: Learn to play the piano (ahahaa, that’s a “big fish” if you know me.)
People, its not too late to write your expectations down. Live purposefully.
Once again, happy new year.