New month; new resolutions? : How to plan for the month effectively.

Ephesians 5:15- 16.

15. See then that ye walk circumpectly, not as fools but as wise.

16. Redeeming the time because the days are evil.

KJV

Ephesians 5:15- 16.

So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.

The living Bible ( paraphrased)

As long as you do not take advantage of your opportunities, you will never fulfil your destiny- Pastor E.A Adeboye (from the daily devotional “Open heavens” )

Welcome back again! Happy new month to you all.This month is a month of consistency and productivity for me. What’s your goal for this month?

Well, resolutions or goals aren’t for the year alone. You should have goals for every day, every month, every hour. Now I have a question for you, ask yourself sincerely please, are you happy with how you lived from January to October? Have you been making efforts towards achieving your goals? If yes, welldone! If negative, it’s not too late to begin again.

What is your proximity towards your goal? Is it declining? These are the questions you should ask yourself.

Below are few but powerful steps on how to plan effectively and how to be more productive.

1. Use a planner or a note to list out your goals for the month.

When you do this, it brings the spirit of dedication to you. You begin to have a sense of understanding with yourself. Listing your goals out also reduces stress. It drives you and gives you a room to accomplish more goals.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is no work nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

KJV

The verse there is simply saying, after death, there is no working where we are going hence we should do well while we are alive.

2. Prioritize what’s more important.

Put first things first! I know there are so many things you want to accomplish but you can’t do all at once. Do not multitask, it makes you tip toe around your goals rather than achieving one at a time.

3. Action.

Goals, plans, ambitions, determination etc are useless unless backed with actions. If you write all your goals down and do not act on them, then it’s all a joke.

4. Focus.

A successful man is not a man who knows a thousand things but a man who knows one thing and does that thing better than anyone else- From the book “Spirit of Apollo” by Sidney Newton Bremer.

5. Use deadlines.

It’s just like a student having an assignment, he or she has to submit on or before the deadline. Same way your deadline should be something you are conscious of. Your deadline makes you intentional about your goals.

6. Have a place dedicated to your work at home.

Make sure it’s free from distractions, make sure there’s enough lightning and put other factors in place too. Learn to be organized. Work the hours that suit you.

1 Corinthians 14:40

But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

7. Break up bad habits.

Some people have the habit of scrolling through social media before working. It does not increase your efficiency at all rather it does not motivate one to start at all.

8. Be consistent.

Continuous effort; not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking your potentials. Remember, Winners never quit and quitters never win.

References.

1. thriveglobal.com

2. Spirit of Apollo by Sydney Newton Bremer.

A reminder!

This is to remind you that you are going to have a better ending this year.

Was the first half of this year tough? Don’t worry, it only gets easier from now.

Was the first half of this year rough, don’t worry, it’s only gets smoother from now.

Was the first half of this year beautiful? It only gets more beautiful from now.

No matter how the first half looked like, we, yes, we are having a better ending as a family.

It’s a new opportunity to rise up, start again, beat procrastination, work harder, aim higher because it only gets better.

This year is a year of A better ending.

Do THE WORK!

You take a crash, you get back up and next time, you succeed and that’s a great feeling.

Shawn White.

The heading sounds cliche, right? Someone said “cliches are actually cliches because they work!” It’s actually true. I want to be a perfect writer without writing. To make that happen, I have to work. Like WORK. Work very hard.

Life is a blend of thorns and roses but he who dares not grasp the thorns should never crave the rose. – Anonymous.

You want to achieve something? You have to do the work for it. The richest man in the world is actually a busy man. He’s always working. He’s doing the work.

You have a problem with organizing your day? It’s a perfect time to read Plan Ahead.

Do you need an extremely long post before you become motivated? You aren’t ready then. To become anything or anyone in life, we have to face it! Face your fears, face procrastination, face laziness, control them and not the other way round. You can do this, yes you can!

You’ve got to take those baby steps first then you start walking, then you start running. Look, you begin to fly! -Oladewalaura.

Whatever it takes!

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas Edison.

We all hate failure. I hate failing, you do too. However, failure is just a stepping stone to success. Every successful person has once encountered failure.

Perseverance: Making efforts till the goal is achieved or the task is accomplished. In simple terms, perseverance is doing WHATEVER DECENT THING IT TAKES to succeed. Emphasis is being placed on the ‘decent’ because nowadays, most people think perseverance is doing anything to achieve a particular goal. We see people on several social media platforms, losing their shame just to chase vanity.

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb has been a motivation for so many people and is known for the saying “I didn’t fail 10,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 10,000 steps”.

One thing we should all note in life is that if we don’t chase our dreams, someone else will. You aren’t the only one dreaming. For example, we see several politicians aiming for the presidential post but just one candidate wins!

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Let’s look at some biblical examples of those who persevered.

JACOB.

You can read about his perseverance in the book of Genesis 29 and 30. I will only give a summary. Jacob loved Rachel( his cousin) and wanted to get married to Rachel (This was allowed as at that time). However, he had to serve Rachel’s father; his uncle, Laban for seven years. He was deceived by his covetous uncle who could have told Jacob that he cannot marry Rachel until Leah, Rachel’s elder sister got married.

Also read, the secret to overcoming fear (And God Said!) here.

Jacob had to get married to Leah but he still had his goal in mind ( getting married to Rachel). He decided to serve for another seven years to get married to Rachel. He didn’t give up on his goal. He did WHATEVER IT TOOK HIM to get married to Rachel. Jacob worked for a total of fourteen years( seven years at first for Leah then another seven years for Rachel) before his goal was achieved.

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JOB

Job was a man who feared God to the extent that God boasted about him to the devil. The bible referred him as a perfect and upright man ( perfection is attainable. Stop saying “nobody is perfect”).

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. KJV

Job was a wealthy man. The devil argued that Job is good to God only because he is rich. God permitted the devil to tempt him to test the devil’s claim but the devil was not allowed to take his life in the process.

Before I continue, permit me to digress from the topic for discussion.

Job didn’t lose his wife because his wife was his life. The bible says in Genesis 2:24

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. KJV

If the devil had tampered with the life of Job’s wife, he would have tampered with Job’s life at the same time.

Back to the post now, Job lost everything he owned. He lost his properties, his children, his animals, every single thing . However, he persevered even after losing everything. His friends even advised him negatively but he held on to the fear he had for God. You can study the book of Job for better understanding.

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JESUS

Jesus persevered although His life on earth. He lived a sinless and blameless life. He was once human too. It wasn’t easy.  When His mates were having fun, He was preaching at the temple at an early age. He didn’t allow Himself to be tempted by the devil after fasting for forty days and nights. He was so hungry. Anyone would give up in that case but He didn’t. Thank you Sir.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison.
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There is reward for perseverance. For Jacob, he got married to Rachel and was greatly blessed too. For Job, he got double portions of everything he lost. For Jesus, He is an Overcomer.

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