HELLO 2021

How do you say happy New Year in your dialect? In Yoruba language, we say aku odun titun. Here’s to wish you a bright new year of phenomenal achievements and all of God’s best. You’re probably thinking Mojola you’re so late! Well, it’s better late than never right?

I had a grand New Year blog post idea, I was going to write you words that would usher you into the New Year with great enthusiasm, words that would help, lift and guide you through the year but it turned out that I needed the words even more. I woke up on the first day of this year with so many emotions surging through me. I was sad and scared and upset and angry and confused.

I was so restless in my spirit as I felt like I had so much to do in so little time. I had questions, doubts and fears intertwined like the hydra. Asides from gorging on a big bowl of fried rice and about five bottles of maltina, I did absolutely nothing on New Year day. If you’re wondering how I could be moody and still eat so much, the answer is not far-fetched. Problem no dey finish so I need to chop o

I started to get a grip of myself the following day, I prayed out God’s word and affirm Debola Deji Kurunmi’s “naming the year” confession. I felt so light in my spirit and I had to assure myself over and over again that God had enabled me so I would run and not be weary. This confidence in Christ made me cool as a cucumber as I could now sit down to plan for the New Year. I wrote down 21 goals and how I planned to achieve them.

Let me tell you a story before I continue

It was a beautiful Sunday after church service in 2012. We were converged at our usual meeting point for Anglican youth fellowship, monthly birthday celebrations. I remember admonishing others that day with a short speech that I titled “the next decade”. I had just graduated from secondary school and It felt like I had the hopes of a hundred persons embodied in just me; I was optimism personified. I started by asking a rhetorical question of where they desired to be in the next decade. I went ahead to tell them where I wanted to be.

 I was going to be somewhere so great, a place of influence and power. I would have hit the Forbes and bagged loads of recognition both local and international. I would be probably married but definitely out of Nigeria. I would have scads of investment and could afford the finest mundane things, I would be a kingdom millionaire; a financier of Abba’s affairs.

 At that point in time, the next decade seemed like a really long time to me and I felt like it was ample time to achieve all I said. My beloved brethren in the Lord, It just occurred to me that next year is that next decade I spoke about and I so cannot say that I am at that place I envisaged, I’m not even certain I’ve ticked any boxes on the list yet in fact I’m still somewhere in Nigeria praying fervently for PHCN to bring the light as I write this blog post. What’s that thing we say about motivational speakers and perspire to aspires? I think I’m also guilty o

I honestly thought that reliving that moment In 2012 was going to make me really sad but on the contrary, it actually made me laugh so hard. Okay, don’t think I’m an alainironu but I assured myself that I was going to get there, where I am currently is a track record and so long as I have breath in my nostrils and I do not give up, I am going to be happily successful; I know this like I know my name.  My goals are valid and there are no deadlines.

What are your goals?

What are your short term and long term goals? Do you have them written down or they are just piled in a mental note? It’s very important that you have your goals written down. How do you intend to achieve them? Have you any measures in place? Have you written down distractions and pitfalls that can deter your goals? How do you intend to get rid of them?

 You’ve got to be really deliberate about your goals if you desire great results. Stop procrastinating and get to work; nothing really changes by just folding your hands and twiddling your thumbs. You need to put in the work.  Only a fool expects a bountiful harvest without planting, you need to sow in order to reap. Dear reader, it’s time to spring to action!

Encumbered by distractions?

What are the distractions you’ve highlighted and how do you intend to get rid of them? A major distraction for me years ago was television, I was a professional couch potato as I could watch TV round the clock. Asides from watching Joe Biden’s inauguration, I honestly cannot remember the last time I sat in front of a television. I saw it as a major stumbling block so I sold my television and ran as far as my legs could carry me. Recently I discovered a huge chunk of my time went into social media and I had to install the anti-social app to serve as a check for me. Be honest with yourself, are you caressing your distraction or fighting it? You need to stand up and fight it, remember there is no champion without a fight so fight to the finish!

 I think it’s high time you go shopping for some Spandex shorts, pom-poms, and cheer shoes as you’re going to be cheerleading! You are going to need some badass cheerleading skills for just you! remember that the motivation needs to come from within. You are all the ginger  you need to actualize your goals so do not wait for external validation or some sort of extrinsic motivation. The onus is on you.

what’s a dove doing in a pigsty?

Well, except it desires to wallow in mud, a dove has no business with pigs. The importance of your network cannot be overemphasized. Have an association of like minds; people that make it easy to align with your goals, people that help and challenge you to be a better version of you.  I’m sure you’d agree with me that not all of Joseph’s brothers were bad; it only took a few bad apples to corrupt the crew to sell their brother into slavery. Who is currently in your circle? Are they impacting you positively or negatively? You should undertake a sincere assessment and do the needful.

The God factor

I saved the best for the last. There’s a great God who is genuinely interested in your goals. He wants you to live a happy and fulfilled life and He is overly interested in helping you achieve your goals. I am a strong believer in the supernatural ergo I know that men are divinely fortified and helped by God to win in all their ways. Wondering how to enlist the help of God? Just ask it’s that simple.  And this is the confidence we have in him that whatsoever we ask according to his will, he hears us.

May you rise, shine and soar above all odds, may you win on every side this year , may God bless you abundantly with the gift of men, May all your goals become a reality, May 2021 become a significant reference point in your life, this is my earnest prayer for you.

Cheers to smashing your goals!

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18 comments

  1. I was about to ask why you haven’t posted in a while and just as i was about to message you ,you posted i was so happy cuz I needed some of your beautiful, comforting , funny , pleasant words.You really give me motivation and inspiration to write quotes and I learn alot from your blogs . Thanks for the inspiration 😁love you♥️

  2. I was about to ask why you haven’t posted in a while and just as i was about to message you ,you posted i was so happy cuz I needed some of your beautiful, comforting , funny , pleasant words.You really give me motivation and inspiration to write quotes and I learn alot from your blogs . Thanks for the inspiration 😁love you♥️

    1. You should see as I was just smiling sheepishly reading through! Your blog post is yet another reminder and a wake-up call…Thanks for being such an amazing writer in our time!

      In between, what is that anti-social app called again? It might do someone some good out here😆

      To smashing of goals and raising the bars in 2021, Cheers🥂

  3. I was about to ask why you haven’t posted in a while and just as i was about to message you ,you posted i was so happy cuz I needed some of your beautiful, comforting , funny , pleasant words.You really give me motivation and inspiration to write quotes and I learn alot from your blogs . Thanks for the inspiration 😁love you♥️

  4. I’m just sending a note, a smile, with thoughts and prayers to you today.
    You’re the best!
    Your thoughtfulness is a gift, it will always be treasured…..
    Have a great day sis!

  5. Happy New Year to start with.. Oomo, God is helping you and us ooo. I must confess it has really been so easy with me for a couple of months now, in that I felt the same way if not more of how you narrated at the beginning of this post.However it may be, all thanks be to God who hasn’t given us as a prey to the evil ones.. For all I know, it is well!.

    Thank you for the encouragement you put up here, it helps me personally most times.. Your strength is renewed like that of the Eagle’s.

    Like forever, I wish you the best,
    Cheers girlie❤❤❤

    It’s a great year, already babes!

    1. awwww
      sending you virtual hugs my darling Matilda, I know of a fact that Abba does not desert his beloved so be rest assured that its a part of the process. Remember Elijah’s Cherith to Carmel experience?
      Amen to your prayers and I love you very much

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