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PROCRASTINATION, A DREAM KILLER

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Procrastination, a Dream-Killer

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck

Once upon a time as a sales manager, my reports were​ always late. I was a natural procrastinator. Whenever there was something to be done, my first instinct was to do it later.

Does this remind you of yourself? Do you have a task on hand you’ve been thinking about and putting off? If yes, my advice is that you start climbing that hill now – thinking about it will not make it smaller.

Take it or leave it, procrastination is a silent burglar of joy – kill it before it ruins your dream.

Have A Cheerful Day!
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Did you know? – Leonardo da Vinci was a notorious procrastinator. He completed fewer than 20 paintings in his lifetime and spent 16 years on the Mona Lisa alone.

PROCRASTINATION

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Procrastination

“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller

Do you often avoid essential tasks for the unimportant?

You need to know that whatever does not further your long-term goals is unimportant.

Therefore, never wait for vital tasks to become urgent before you attend to them – it’s one quick way to kill yourself with stress.

When next you’re tempted to put off doing something, remember that procrastination is the lazy man’s apology.

Have A Fruitful Day!
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Did you know? – Research has shown that procrastinators often have a weakened immune system, meaning that they are prone to develop gastrointestinal problems and suffer from cold as well as flu more frequently.

PROBLEM AND SOLUTION

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Problem and Solution

“After every storm, the sun will smile; for every problem, there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” – William R. Alge

Think about this: Since nature functions based on opposites – black/white – it means every problem comes with its solution.

Sometimes, it is the inability or lack of will to look long and deep enough into the problem that makes it take longer to solve.

Indeed, some problems are not problems – it is the thinking that makes them so.

Have you observed how some problems fizzle away merely by just ignoring them?

So, when next you have a problem, realise that the solution is there with it – solve it, adjust to it or just let it go.

Good Morning!
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Did you know? – Within 5 minutes of waking up, you have forgotten 50% of your dream.

LOVE YOUR PROBLEMS

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Love Your Problems

“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” – Lewis Grizzard

My Economics Teacher in Secondary School was a practical man. While teaching us that man’s needs are insatiable, he added a thought we considered profound: “Those who retire into a life of idleness die a lot faster than those who retire but keep active. The idle brain begins to wither because it stops experiencing challenges.”

Are you currently facing problems? Count it joy, because they’re guidelines for progress and not signs of regression. When you remember the last time you successfully overcame a significant challenge, you’ll recall the joyful satisfaction that came with it.

Such, my friend, is the structure of life. Your challenges are meant to keep you relentlessly on the move, thereby making your life more exciting and your brain exercised. Every problem you encounter is designed to keep you energised.

One thing is clear. Within every problem you encounter is the seed of its solution. Without problems, man is without seed, without seed man is without life.

Go. Love Your Problem!
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Did you know? – Long-term stress can increase your risk of mental health disabilities.

DON’T BE PUSHED BY YOUR PROBLEMS

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Don’t Be Pushed By Your Problems

“The measure of a man is not how he acts when things go smoothly, but how he acts when he is challenged.”

How do you respond when under pressure?

There is pressure everywhere – with friends and family, colleagues and neighbours. It could be emotional, financial or psychological. But whatever the kind of pressure, how you respond to it is what determines its impact on you.

As you age, be sure to grow as well, for it is never a guarantee. Little wonder some adults still have teenage mind-sets. When under pressure, they flip out. Instead of stepping out of themselves to look at things with a victor’s mentality, they see issues with a vanquished mind-set.

Don’t be pushed by your problems –
Be Led By Your Dreams.
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Did you know? – The higher we go, the less air there is in the atmosphere above us.

BE PROACTIVE

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Be Proactive

“Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life, he can only respond by being responsible.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Are you a fault-finder, ever ready to blame someone else for your situation?

The truth is that there will always be someone to blame, and in most cases, it would seem right in thinking it is their fault.

However, if you search deeply enough, you’ll discover the seed of your actions that culminated in the situation.

Therefore, be proactive and not reactive, for, by the former, you’re a victor and by the latter, a victim.

Start now to be proactive; by making a brand new start, you create a brand new end.

Have A Great Day!
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Did you know? – Being proactive saves time and money.

BELIEVING A LIE ( A true life Story)

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THE STATEMENT

I remember as a young girl I tuned the television set and heard a woman say ‘believe your husband, trust him even if you know what he is saying is not the truth’
For some strange reasons that statement keeps creeping into my thoughts over two decades after I stumbled upon the station as a child.

As a young adult, I pondered why anyone would advise that you believe someone even when you know they’re telling a lie. Maybe she put it the wrong way. Perhaps she meant it otherwise I wouldn’t know.

So one year into marriage I had a glimpse of what she could mean.

It was a slightly sunny mid-morning and I had just finished washing a few clothes. Gaily I took the bucket of clean clothes towards the window level uncompleted building which served as our clothes dryer in the open sun. I put my bucket down and bent over to pick up one piece of the clothes to begin the journey whilst humming a song. As I lifted my hands with the clothes to spread, my eyes caught it!
A long slithering brown object about the size of my hand walked!
I was sure it moved!
I let out a scream, jumped, and ran towards the house as quickly as my now shaking legs could carry me. The door must have swung open in obedience to the adrenaline that rushed through my hand as I called out to him panting.
Me: Wura!! Snake!
Him: (Up on his feet and walking towards the door with all urgency) where?
Me: By that place where I was about to spread clothes, I saw it there!
By now he was at the location, standing on the window level block and looking into the area where I pointed to.

I was glued to the door as far away from the location as possible still visibly shaken! I soon went inside leaving the clothes outside to spread themselves.

He came in….

Me: Looking at him expectantly I ask, did you see it?
Him: No there’s nothing there
Me: (Baffled) I saw it! There’s something there!
Him: Emphatic with a tone of finality said there’s nothing there.
Convinced I knew what I saw, I kept quiet and stopped asking but I was sure I saw it!

…..Two Weeks Later
Seated in the living room of the family house are a young man, a friend of the family, a husband of mine, and his mother.
I’m walking towards the living room from the kitchen and I hear….

Husband: O’tobi to bayi (meaning it was as big as this)
Man: O’tin bo, o’tin bo (she’s coming, she’s coming)

My mind tells me that he is narrating the story of the snake I talked about some weeks back which he told me didn’t exist. Since I wasn’t a part of the discussion, I simply walked in and sat down casually as if nothing happened and I heard nothing, but again…. I was sure of what I heard!

Three years later…..
One discussion leads to another and the husband of mine tells me that he saw the snake🐍, he watched it crawl into one of the holes of the uncompleted blocks. Then he covered it with another block and boiled water which he poured into that hole 🕳️.

I looked at him…
Boya to laugh abi to punch him gan, I didn’t even know! (Unsure of what do to him exactly)

Me: When! I knew what I saw that day! Why did you say there was nothing!
Him: Oh okay, so I should have told you there was a snake that big so that you will run out of the house right? Then whenever I’m out to work how would you walk around in the compound freely?

I didn’t even know what to make of his logic, I just reminded him of the discussion at the family house and how I decided to act ignorant.

Today, two years after that confession I remember that statement that has lingered for decades from that television station ‘believe your spouse, trust him even if you know what he’s telling you is not the truth, believe him.’

How does one believe a lie and be calm?

I don’t know why I remembered this event today but I decided to share it, perhaps someone out there may pick a thing or two from it.

P.S. I’m not about lying to your partner, I’m sure you know that!

Cheers to a Sunny Saturday!

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ESCHEW PRIDE

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Eschew Pride

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” – C. S. Lewis

Arrogance goes before a fall, so says the wise.

Are you arrogant? Do you look down on others?

Unfortunately, arrogant people often don’t know they are proud because their arrogance prevents them from knowing they are.

To maintain good relationships, to be truly successful with people, pride must die in you. Otherwise, nothing of heaven can live in you.

As John Ruskin has admonished, “It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose someone you love with your useless pride.”

Have a Humble Day!
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Did you know? – People with low self-esteem often worry that improving their confidence will make them arrogant.

BE PREPARED

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Be Prepared

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” – Oscar Wilde

No matter how prepared things still happen suddenly.

Yesterday morning my handset, the battery fully charged and operationally in top gear, suddenly, slowly, went blank, right before my eyes.

The incident reinforced a life-long lesson that any day, anytime, anything can happen.

Therefore, while you hope for the best all the time, be prepared for the worst always, for life does not guarantee that you’ll not be taken unawares.

Have A Good Day!
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Did you know? – Damage paths of tornadoes can be more than one mile wide and 50 miles long.

THE NOISE PREACHERS

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The Noise Preachers

“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water. Just show them your clean glass of water. When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.” – Elijah Muhammad

Every early morning, multiple voices from speakers jolt me from my sweet sleep, howling ‘God is the greatest! God is the greatest!’

Still early, voices in the streets, with rattling bells, scream to lost souls to give their miserable lives to him or face the awaiting fiendish hell.

Daybreak. Huge loudspeakers mount on bigger rooftops harangue my eardrums with cacophonic celestial tongues, promising prosperity without work.

In this competing confusion of faith and sound, I’m inflicted mental and auditory bruises. I am harried into my quiet little corner, and there, there He is – the One they all seek…

Step Inside, Find The God Within You.
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Did you know? – Mind is god.

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