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How To Stay Focused In This Fast-Changing World

By Peter BREGMAN

I was late for my meeting with the CEO of a technology company and I was emailing him from my iPhone as I walked onto the elevator in his company’s office building. I stayed focused on the screen as I rode to the sixth floor. I was still typing with my thumbs when the elevator doors opened and I walked out without looking up. Then I heard a voice behind me, “Wrong floor.” I looked back at the man who was holding the door open for me to get back in; it was the CEO, a big smile on his face. He had been in the elevator with me the whole time. “Busted,” he said.

The world is moving fast and it’s only getting faster. So much technology. So much information. So much to understand, to think about, to react to. A friend of mine recently took a new job as the head of learning and development at a mid-sized investment bank. When she came to work her first day on the job she turned on her computer, logged in with the password they had given her, and found 385 messages already waiting for her.

So we try to speed up to match the pace of the action around us. We stay up until 3 am trying to answer all our emails. We twitter, we facebook, and we link-in. We scan news websites wanting to make sure we stay up to date on the latest updates. And we salivate each time we hear the beep or vibration of a new text message.

But that’s a mistake. The speed with which information hurtles towards us is unavoidable (and it’s getting worse). But trying to catch it all is counterproductive. The faster the waves come, the more deliberately we need to navigate. Otherwise we’ll get tossed around like so many particles of sand, scattered to oblivion. Never before has it been so important to be grounded and intentional and to know what’s important.

Never before has it been so important to say “No”. No, I’m not going to read that article. No, I’m not going to read that email. No, I’m not going to take that phone call. No, I’m not going to sit through that meeting.

It’s hard to do because maybe, just maybe, that next piece of information will be the key to our success. But our success actually hinges on the opposite: on our willingness to risk missing some information. Because trying to focus on it all is a risk in itself. We’ll exhaust ourselves. We’ll get confused, nervous, and irritable. And we’ll miss the CEO standing next to us in the elevator.

A study of car accidents by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute put cameras in cars to see what happens right before an accident. They found that in 80% of crashes the driver was distracted during the three seconds preceding the incident. In other words, they lost focus — dialed their cell phones, changed the station on the radio, took a bite of a sandwich, maybe checked a text — and didn’t notice that something changed in the world around them. Then they crashed.

The world is changing fast and if we don’t stay focused on the road ahead, resisting the distractions that, while tempting, are, well, distracting, then we increase the chances of a crash.

Now is a good time to pause, prioritize, and focus. Make two lists:

List 1: Your Focus List (the road ahead)What are you trying to achieve? What makes you happy? What’s important to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can’t work 25/8.

List 2: Your Ignore List (the distractions)

To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary questions: what are you willing not to achieve? What doesn’t make you happy? What’s not important to you? What gets in the way?

Some people already have the first list. Very few have the second. But given how easily we get distracted and how many distractions we have these days, the second is more important than ever. The leaders who will continue to thrive in the future know the answers to these questions and each time there’s a demand on their attention they ask whether it will further their focus or dilute it.

Which means you shouldn’t create these lists once and then put them in a drawer. These two lists are your map for each day. Review them each morning, along with your calendar, and ask: what’s the plan for today? Where will I spend my time? How will it further my focus? How might I get distracted? Then find the courage to follow through, make choices, and maybe disappoint a few people.

Source: Harvard Business Review

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CREATED TO BE CONTAGIOUS

By Adeleke Adeite

When you meet some people they add meaning to your life and when you meet some people they add misery… Contagious people are creative, crazy, constructive and compelling.

~Adeleke Adeite~

I will appreciate if you would take time to read this, reason and then review your lifestyle.

History is a record of actions and actors – things and people worth carrying to the next generation; it is filled with characters who did crazy things or better still, it is filled with contagious characters; people who are eco-friendly; those who came in contact with them got infected with new life, light, love, lesson, lore, laws and lifestyle.

What effect are you having on the people who come into contact with you?

According to The Webster Dictionary, contagious means communicable by CONTACT.

So God created man in His OWN IMAGE, in the image of God…male and female created He them.  ~The Bible, Gen 1:27~

A man cannot be contagious until he is a carrier; it is what you are carrying that people can contact from you. Nobody has nothing; somebody has something. It is only a nobody that has nothing to offer. It is not all contagious people who have something worthwhile to offer; it is what you are loaded with that you can lend to others, yet not all loaded people are contagious people, some people are not willing to affect the lives of others with what they have and they die with loads of treasure in them. What do you load yourself with. Are you ready to affect others positively?

For you to be a contagious person, the most important thing is to identify yourself, who are you? A person who is carrying a wrong identity cannot live a right life and cannot produce the right result even though he has the right content because he does not know the quality and use of what he has.

There are so many giants living like ant because they are blind to their breed, there are so many wonders living like worm because they are yet to wake up into the reality of their world. Until you know who you are and what you have, you will not know what you worth and what you want and by extension what you can offer.

Have you ever sat down to ask yourself these questions.
1) Who am I?
2) Why am I existing?
3) What talent do I have?
4) What can I use it for?
5) Where am I?
6) Where am I suppose to be?
7) What do I need to do to get there?

Until you discover yourself, you cannot deliver, until you deliver, nobody will desire you. Discover yourself!

Imitation, for want of a better word, is suicide; it kills the real you.

~Femi Asu~

So many people know who they are but they lose what they are pregnant with by covering themselves with intimidation, inferiority and hence imitation.

Everyone cannot be the same; there is something you are best in that the best footballer is worst in. Discover that thing and build on it, as a poet, find that form you flow well writing; a medical practitioner should have a specialty; a pastor should have a crazy zone; an engineer should have an area of concentration.

Apart from knowing your identity, you need to know how to use and manage your identity; knowing that roses are flowers is not enough, knowing their romantic radiance and how to tend them is very important. Know how to use that talent, treasure and trait you have and improving upon them is very important. Contagious people are continuous assets.

Lastly, to be a contagious you should be complementing. Let your contact with people change their lives for the better; use your resources to raise role models; choose to charm champions; make people happy; delight in designing the depressed with delights and make the world better than you met it.

Shalom!

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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O Death, How Dare You Snatched Our Matriarch?!

By ‘Femi Asu

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.” ― Lemony Snicket

 

That indeed captures my mood that black night when the bad news of her sudden death hit me like a bomb blast. No sooner had I logged into Facebook around 11:00 on Monday night than my eyes caught a post by Vincent Nzemeke, a member of our pen family, Campuslife. It read thus: “RIP Ngozi Agbo, God be with you till we meet again!” I just could not believe my eyes. It immediately sent shivers down my spines; goose pimples began to suffuse my body; tears were welling up in my eyes; my heart was thumping with trepidation. I needed someone to tell me I read the wrong thing. I queried loudly: “No, Aunty Ngozi…It’s not possible!” I was still chanting in dismay when my phone rang. It was Opeyemi Dibua, another member of the Campuslife family. I said to my brother whose attention my chanting had attracted: “It is finished. So it is true? Ope wants to tell me about it.” I picked the call; the story was no different: Aunty Ngozi is dead!

She needs little or no introduction. Indeed, she was an amazing amazon: tall and strong. She bestrode the journalism firmament like a colossus, armed with a “tall” dream (as tall as the biblical Tower of Babel) and a strong determination. Her dream was to salvage the future of the Nigerian youths; to raise role models in a depraved society through the instrumentality of the media. So, she launched into her dream, believing passionately in its reality and efficacy. And then she hit the ground running.

Over the years, her brainchild has immensely impacted positively on the lives of many young people. Mrs. Ngozi Nwozor-Agbo, the initiator, and editor before her death, of the famed “Campuslife” in The Nation newspaper, was truly a trail blazer; patently a pacesetter, and really a record breaker! I call her a journalistic Amazon. She was a mentor, a teacher, a source of inspiration, a friend, a change-agent, an enabler of dreams…

Just like yesterday, she started Campuslife, proudly sponsored by Coca-Cola Nigeria plc and Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Plc. Today, on many campuses, Campuslife, nay The Nation, has become a household name. Many students have now cultivated the wholesome habit of reading a newspaper, courtesy of Campuslife. Campuslife is now many a student’s delight as they look forward to every Thursday to read the news from various campuses. To put it mildly, her initiative is a giant leap for mankind, if I am to borrow the words of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Until I started reading The Nation in 2008, I did not know her from Adam. I happened to meet her for the first time in March 2009 at a seminar held in Lagos at Hallifield schools, Maryland , organized by Mrs. Rosemary Onyebigwa, CEO of Selective Insightz Limited. She was one of the facilitators and I enjoyed her speech titled “Attitude: the Success Determinant”. I was glad to meet with the woman who had been publishing my articles. She was very accomodating and self-effacing.

Aunty Ngozi literally boosted my desire to continue writing for Campuslife. She often told me, “Femi, you write well, but I have issues with the pictures you send.” I had to improvise since I did not own a camera then. I remember particularly the feature story I did about the failed promise of the Yar’Adua-led government to generate 6000 megawatts in 2009, she had to tell me to resend the pictures.

I deemed it necessary to do this piece basically because her brainchild, Campuslife, has tremendously helped me in broadening my journalistic horizons.

She will eternally be etched in my memory because she made positive indelible impact on me. I cannot forget in hurry her editing of parts of my yet-to-be-published manuscript; her contribution will no doubt be acknowledged.

Since its inception, Campuslife has provided a platform for students in higher institutions to make their voice heard; it has given many, like me, an avenue to sharpen their writing skills. Campuslife is, unarguably, the first of its kind in the history of the Nigerian press as far as campus journalism or student reporting is concerned. Students are given a rare opportunity to practice journalism, as it were, irrespective of their disciplines.

Aunty Ngozi was able to make Campuslife what it is today, not because she was the editor, but because she was able to get along with young people. She related and interacted with us as a mentor. Her weekly column “Pushing Out” spoke volumes about her passion towards the betterment of the future of the Nigerian youths. She did a wonderful job co-ordinating Campuslife with over 100 correspondents across the nation.

All said and done, she was a journalistic amazon. She was a woman who distinguished herself, pursuing the noble cause of impacting the Nigerian youth positively.

O death, how dare you snatched our Amazon?! The matriach of our pen family you took away. But death you failed! It’s a lost battle for you. Can a cobweb entrap an elephant? Never. Though Aunty Ngozi is no more here, but her influence will forever remain with us. As Samuel Butler said; “To die completely is to be forgotten; he who dies and is not forgotten lives forever.” We cannot forget her in a hurry; she lives in our hearts because she made inroads into our lives; her impact were immeasurable. Adieu, Aunty Ngozi!

This is indeed a sad reminder for all of us that we are not here to stay forever. Like it or lump it, one day we will be evicted from this reality show called Life. Our deeds during this great show, and not the fact that we are evicted, will determine our eternal bliss or eternal blues!

Let me leave you with the immortal words of Stephen Grellet:

“You shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there is any good thing you can do or any kindness that you can show any human being, please do it now; do not defer it or neglect it, for you shall not pass this way again.” (Adapted)

Why Sitting At Work Can Be So Deadly

By Robert Glatter, MD

Thomas Keeper sitting at his desk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you sit all day at work, you may want to pay attention to recent research which demonstrates that prolonged sitting at work raises the risk of dying from cardiac and metabolic diseases, as well as the risk of dying from all causes, even if you work out or exercise.

More recent research is focusing on how sedentary behavior–including sitting and lying down– serve as behavioral risk factors for obesity and chronic disease. As employees spend 9 hours a day or longer at work, with fewer than 20% of jobs involving physical exertion at some level, (with many people spending at least 4 hours a day sitting at work), sedentary time at work is high, leading to dangerous circumstances for the many people affected.

In the study at hand, Anne Grunseit, PhD, from the Prevention Research Collaboration in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Norwegian colleagues investigated the relationship between occupational sitting, body mass index (BMI), and mortality in a general population sample from 1995-1997 (45,259). They evaluated 20 year old patients from Norway, placing patients into the following categories: mostly sitting, much walking at work, much walking or lifting, and heavy physical labor. Patients self-reported their level of sitting at work. They were stratified by BMI (healthy, 18.5 to <25 kg/m2; overweight, 25 to <30 kg/m2; and obese, 30 kg/m2 or greater). About 30% of participants reported having an occupation in which they were mostly sitting.

All-cause mortality increased as BMI increased from normal weight to overweight to obese (5.0, 6.8, and 9.4 deaths/1000 person-years, respectively). The trend was similar for CV/metabolic disease mortality (1.8, 2.8, and 4.4 deaths/1000 person-years, respectively). After adjusting for BMI and other variables (light and hard exercise, education, sex, general health, smoking status, and cardiac disease), sedentary work was associated with higher all-cause mortality and cardiac/metabolic disease mortality compared with occupations with significant walking, significant walking or lifting, or heavy physical labor.

Based on the study, all-cause mortality risk increased along with BMI for all levels of occupational activity. For employees with a healthy BMI, the mortality curves over time were the same for all levels of activity, but separated according to activity level as BMI increased, with the greatest risk for sedentary workers in the obese range. As an example, someone who has an active occupation (involving walking and lifting) had a 27% lower chance of dying than someone who mostly sat in their occupation among those in the obese category. Cardiovascular mortality risk was about one-third lower among overweight participants and 45% lower among obese participants who had walking and lifting occupations compared with sitting.

The author concludes that those in occupations involving some activity have lower rates for all-cause and cardiovascular or metabolic disease mortality, even when adjusted for demographic, health, and physical activity characteristics outside of work The study further demonstrated that the protective effect of occupational activity appeared to be significant for the groups whose BMIs were in the overweight or obese categories.

One limitation of the study is that it did not include a category for standing, and did not adjust for quality of diet. Strengths of the study included its prospective and large general population and  long follow-up time (12-14 years).

The take home points from this study:

1. Reduced sitting at work would benefit overweight or obese people the most because they already have a higher baseline risk for mortality.

2. People would likely benefit from spending more time standing at work.

3. Using a “medicine ball” as opposed to a chair may be beneficial to engage core muscles if you must sit at work.

4. If you do spend a fair amount of time sitting at work, take frequent breaks to stand. Added tone from standing will allow your muscles to expend energy.

Source: Forbes

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Utomi, Awosika, Ighodalo, others inspire Nigerian youths to leadership

By ‘Femi Asu

EMINENT Nigerians including erstwhile presidential aspirant, Professor Pat Utomi;  Mrs. Ibukun Awosika and Pastor Ituah Ighodalo at the maiden Methodist Church of The Trinity, MCTT, Leadership Conference for Christian Youths in Business and Public Life have urged Nigerian youths to set forth  at  dawn with new values and rise to the challenge of  leadership.

The programme, which took place at the auditorium of the Methodist Church of The Trinity, Tinubu, Lagos last Saturday focused on  ‘The Building Blocks of Effective Leadership.’

Speaking on ‘Leading from Where You Are”, Mrs. Awosika said: “If we cannot  get the next generation thinking and acting right, we can’t change our country…Every opportunity we have, however small it is, in the place of accountability, we can effectively positively affect the environment where we operate.”

She told the participants: “You don’t have to be the president, governor, CEO of a bank, etc to be responsible where you are. The question is ‘who are you?’ How effectively have you chosen to be accountable where you are now.”

She said there are many dishonorable men that are called “honourable” in our country. Title, she added, is not what leadership is made of. “It is the manifestation of the impact and change you can make where you are. If you can influence two people, that influence will go on.

“The opportunity for leadership will always emerge. You have an opportunity to manifest as a leader, although it comes with a responsibility. And every opportunity also presents an opportunity.

“In becoming leaders of our nation, we must lead ourselves first,” she said, adding that virtues and values are very critical in self-leadership.

“Every choice you make today will affect your opportunity tomorrow. Your lack of self-leadership and self-discipline will take you away from opportunity of the future. Self-leadership is the most important thing; you need to learn to discipline yourself.

“Leadership is not about what people think you are; it is about what you think you are. In your pursuit of leadership, you must never lie to yourself. If you are true to yourself, you will be true to others.”

She urged the participants to learn to recognise the value in everyone around them. “The biggest asset that you have is human beings and respecting them for who they are is critical to your leadership development. No one is useless. Never measure people’s value by what they have; look at their inherent value. The people you know today, you don’t know where they’ll get to tomorrow. There are no nobodies in this world

“Keeping your heart humble is a very important part of leadership. Everybody around you has a great value that they can add to you. The solution you seek can be with anyone. Respecting each person where they are is critical  to our manifestation. In building up yourself as a leader, you must be a person who can relate with people conveniently.”

She urged youths not to shy away from leadership, saying “Leadership opportunities abound around you – in your schools, office, place of worship…don’t wait to be elected; there are things that you are capable of doing to bring about development. There is always reward for doing what you know how to do and doing it well.”

Speaking about character, Awosika said the best leaders can be destroyed by character flaws. “Commit to a life of good character, of doing that which is right to all men, big or small…When you are standing right, you will have the courage to challenge situation.’

“Leadership will cost you, but every price that you pay to do the right thing will eventually pay off. It is not about what you choose to do today; it is about what you choose to do overtime.

“Leadership is not about you; it is about the things you hold dear, the values that drive your everyday actions whether someone is there or not.”

On his part, Prof Pat Utomi spoke on “Empowering Youth Leadership in Combating Corruption: Towards Creating a Network of Corruption Intolerant Youth Leaders”. He said: “One of the challenges  we have is the challenge of how to keep our conscience fresh.”

“I always say that corruption kills; it is not a joke, literally, corruption kills. Corruption should be understood as something that does grievous harm to the common good of all. Every corrupt act takes away some possibility from your future.”

“Put simply, corruption is an unjust obtaining of advantage for a price. Corruption makes production or the outcome of production less certain. It creates uncertainty in the environment…We have become notorious as a country and it has cost us dearly.

“At the heart of what has crippled the potential of our country is corruption. It is killing us. Our country is severely challenged. It is a disease, a cancer that is eating away the possibilities of progress in our country.

“The youths are great agent of change…the youth don’t have the burden of yesterday. They are not hostages to the errors of yesterday. He challenged the youth to “set forth at dawn with new values.”

Prof. Utomi highlighted some of the drivers of corruption in Nigeria: “The culture of instant gratification, the image of the big man, the loss of the sense of contentment and celebrating the wrong things by the media.”

He urged Nigerian youths to learn to hold leaders accountable by using the Freedom of Information law. If we learn to speak up against people who are not doing well, tomorrow will be that of our dream. There is hope for Nigeria.”

Pastor Ighodalo in his address titled ‘Faith, Ethics and Values in Business and Public Leadership” said Nigeria is one of the best countries in the world. “There is a lot of hope for Nigeria and the instrument of hope are the people looking at me right now. Nigeria is really good to be great because you are going to make it great.

“We have lost an essential ingredient in this nation – leadership. A leader determines the direction of an organisation.

Said he: “The greed quotient, the desire for affluence, the desire for money, the desire for power is so overwhelming that it blinds the eyes of people to common good.”

He defined values as “broad preferences concerning appropriate courses of actions or outcomes. We don’t have the right sense of values. The amount of rot and decay is so deep.”

A leader, he said, must be a visionary, have the ability to communicate the vision, a team player, wiling to serve and add value, passionate, hardworking, determined to succeed and trustworthy.

“One of the challenges we have in Nigeria is that most of our leaders want to be served and not to serve. They must be willing to serve to make life better for us.”

He warned the participants, saying: “If you compromise your values, it will eventually lead to systemic failure. One of the things I want to disabuse your minds of is about material things. Material things are not real things; they are figment of the imagination and apparitions of the mind. What you are going to leave behind is what you have done, not what you have.

He said the values that make for good and sustainable leadership are “truth, honesty, integrity, objectivity, fairness, competence, confidentiality, trustworthiness, humility and approachability.”

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Waiting in Womb of Wishes

By Adeleke Adeite

The womb of wishes may be filled with finest of dreams;
Dreams are designs of a man’s dearest desires or destiny.
Destiny cannot be a done deal while you slumber or sleep;
Sleep makes you stranded in the street of seeming success.

The wings of wishes whirls in the wind of wonders;
Wonders are the wildest works done by working wishers.
Wishers who wield their wits to bring worth out of worms
Worms whirls in a woeful world on wings of wishes.

The wheels of wishes steer lots of thrilling thoughts;
Thoughts alone cannot sail men through to their thrones.
Thrones may be a theater of thrusts or theories;
Theories are good when they give birth to greatness.

The wind of wishes whispers wild and wealthy words;
Words can win a ticket but walking gets you there.
There you are whirling with the winds of wishes?
Wake up from the womb of wishes and be a wonder!

 

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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THIS IS THE FIRST STEP…

By Chris D’Cruz

concrete stairs

Everyone in the world is eager to succeed but only a few can achieve their dreams.

This is because most people never believe in themselves and their abilities. Some studies have shown that some people have a deep inner feeling of not being good enough while some people have negative thought of all types.

However, we should know that believing in ourselves is the first step to success. So we need to learn how to believe in ourselves.

First, you should love yourself and understand that you are a unique  individual.

Before doing anything else, you should firstly understand that you are an individual and there is no other person just like you.

This is the key to establishing self-esteem and self-motivation. As you are special you must have your own set of abilities, thoughts and skills that other people do not have. So do not feel inferior in some way or other because everybody is unique.

Just believe in yourself and your abilities. Moreover, you should know that if you want to receive love and confidence from other people, you should love yourself first.

Then, you can try to ignore other people’s opinions sometimes.

Some people are concerned about other people’s opinions when they do something. They think that they can not succeed unless everyone agrees with them. However, we should not live or die by other people’s opinions.
Though sometimes other people may give us good suggestions, we should have our own opinions.

Next, try anything you would like to try.

If you are interested in something, just try it. Do not think too much and do not mind other people’s opinions. When you succeed in doing one thing, the feeling of victory can build up a sense of self and can help you believe in yourself.

After trying several times, you will find that you are more confident even if you are facing with big challenges.

Last, you need to have the right attitude towards failure.

If you have been beaten down long enough and think failure is a terrible thing, believing in yourself can seem impossible.

Therefore, you should learn to have the right attitude towards failure. You need to know that failure is common in everyday life and it can happen to anybody.

So you should consider failure as nothing more than an experience and believe that you can gain success one day.

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…YOUR GAIN, NOT YOUR GOAL

By Adeleke AdeiteMoney

Money is a mighty medium, it is not a motivation.
Excellent employees work to learn and not just to earn.
Money is a super substance, it does not bring satisfaction,
Lo, some super rich men take solace in suicide.

Health is wealth but wealth may not mean health.
The rich also die untimely – no money magic.
Money can pay big bills, it can never buy breath;
Money provides good food, how about good mood?

So many bright and big brains are behind bars;
The mindless motion for money is their manacle.
So many sterling strikers were stripped of stars
Because they made paper their purpose’s pinnacle.

Money has both real and face value – so beware.
Not all sweet smiles spring from a sincere soul
Money, men and materials will one day flare;
It is good you have all as gains and not as your goal.

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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“Today’s ‘SWAGGER’ can be tomorrow’s ‘STAGGER’”

By ‘Femi Asu

Hope you could make sense of that statement.  I stumble on those words recently in a newspaper advert; it was all about having a pension plan. If you have yet to catch the drift, here is an explanation from the advert:  “Your very essence defines the word ‘swagger’. You live like a king [I think, it is more apt to use “like the biblical prodigal son”], but what about tomorrow?”

Living large, to be sure, can be fun, but it can also be detrimental to the fulfillment of one’s dreams. It is easy to engage in conspicuous consumption –  spending money or buying things you don’t need just to show off; it is easy to be a couch potato – watching television all day; it is easy to spend the day on frivolous activities, meandering around with a swagger. But it is not easy to achieve anything worthwhile in life. It requires a great amount of discipline.

“You will never be disciplined in your life until you have real vision,” says Dr. Myles Munroe, “Vision is the key to an effective life because when you see your destination, it helps you to discipline your life in ways that train, prepare, and provide for your vision.”

In his book The Principles and Power of Vision, Dr. Munroe posed the question: “How disciplined is your own life in relation to your dream?” Here are some of the questions he said we should ask ourselves if we truly desire to make a difference with our lives.

*What am I using my energies on? What are you putting your heart and soul into? Is it worth it, based on your purpose?

*Where am I investing my money? Your vision dictates where you put your resources. Are you buying things that are more expensive than you can afford and that you don’t need? Are you so much in debt that you can’t channel your money toward fulfilling the vision in your heart?

*What movies and television programs am I watching? If you know where you are going, you will choose to watch things that are related to your vision because you want to invest that time in your future.

*What books am I reading? Is what you’re reading helping or hindering you? For example, if all you’re reading is romance novels, you are living in a fantasy and not your true dream. You could be reading something that helps you in the knowledge or skills you need to fulfill your vision.

*What hobbies am I pursuing? You can choose to play games that prepare you for what you were born to do.

*What am I taking into my body? There are talented, gifted people who are dying prematurely because they consistently eat food that isn’t good for them. If you’re going to make it to the end of your vision, you must take care of your health. Your vision may take twenty years to be fulfilled, so you need to start eating right and taking vitamins now. If you neglect your health, you will be more susceptible to sickness, and by the time you are halfway to your vision, you may be too ill to complete it (or no longer here).

*What am I risking? Are you abusing alcohol, drugs, or sex? If so, they could easily short-circuit your vision. For example, if you are a young woman who is being pressured into having premarital sex, think about how that might affect the fulfillment of your life’s dream. Will it be easier to fulfill your goal if you have a baby out of wedlock or are infected with a sexually transmitted disease? If a young man starts to touch you inappropriately, tell him, “You are interfering with my future. Take me home right now.” You must protect your vision.

*What is my attitude towards life? If you know where you’re going, you can keep your attitude positive. When things go wrong, you can say, “That’s okay. This is only temporary. I know where my true destination is.”

Choose to live well. Associate with people and be involved in things that are conducive to your dream.

Please, bear this in mind: Today’s ‘swagger’ can be tomorrow’s ‘stagger’.

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Save the Last Dance

By Adeleke Adeite

A man and a woman performing a modern dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let not the needless noises from folks sound nice;
Let the virtuous voice of your vision be your spice.
Until you know how to shun the shield of shadow,
You may not see the reality of the rarest rainbow.

The county of critiques is a creative place to visit
But the seat of the scornful is a pleasant pit.
Flattery is the fools’ art of flaunting fairest flame;
No amount of praises can lend long legs to the lame.

Two eyes to behold life’s sweetest and sour sight;
Two ears to hear deary duels and duets of delight.
We are exposed to the echoes of edification and error
In a terrain with trail of tenderness and terror.

Books are but a blend of  bought and borrowed beliefs
And reading them may rouse resentment or relief.
The aura of human attitude: apathy or allure
Should not be the paint of your passionate picture.

Listen to the loud lyrics of lies, love, laws and life;
Hear the songs of soothing sensation and strife.
Yet you cannot blame anyone for your burnt or bloom,
Save the last dance, decide your own dawn…or doom!

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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