“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.”-Thomas L. Friedman
Have you ever wondered what the most essential thing is, that lions need to survive in the forest? Could it be strength or speed, size or weight? As much as these are important, there is still one quality that is indispensable. Every lion needs this to survive. Without this, it will starve to death. It is FOCUS.
As 2017 wraps up and 2018 beckons, you need focus to achieve your goals. Focus on who you want to become, not where you are today. Focus on the prospects, not the problem. Don’t try to accomplish many things at once. Dream big and set a goal. Then make up your mind to pursue that one and only goal with all your heart. Just as a lion spots its prey, gives it a hot chase until it gets to it, overpowers it and feasts on it, so also you need to stay focused on this goal and see that you achieve it.
Procrastination is a major hindrance to the realization of your dreams. It is the thief of time. How many times have you said you would do something that would bring you closer to the realization of your dream but after a while, you dumped it? Friend, it’s high time you made Focus your indispensable companion.
In setting your goal(s), it’s imperative that you make it SMART—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and put a Time frame to it. Most importantly, write it down and constantly go back to it to ascertain the level of your progress.
NOW is the best time to pursue that career. NOW is the best time to enroll for that post graduate programme. Now is the best time to plan towards seeing that country you’ve always fantasized about.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”-Eckart Tolle. You have wished for too long. You have dreamed for too long. It is time to get up and chase your dream. Pursue your goal until it becomes a reality.
I wish you a successful new year.