April, it is hard to believe that a new quarter of the year is on us again.
The first 3 months of 2018 is gone already. It is time to do a review. One major thing I learnt last year was to ensure that I review the year, that I review how I spent my time. Don’t just get into the next quarter without looking bad at the last one.
I’d like you to take some time out to think about the last three months. Celebrate its win and understand its loses. Review how you spent your time, the places you went to and the things you did. Time is the gift you have to fulfil your assignment.
- Remind yourself of your vision: Ask the question, ‘how is this bringing me closer to the vision I carry in my heart for my life?’ If the activities that you have engaged in the last three month haven’t moved you forward you need to change those activities. It is not only about being busy is it about being productive. One important thing to learn would be how to say no. No to the things that are waste of your time and your resources although someone might get offended if you say no.
- Review your relationships: What are the relationships you have kept and the ones that you have lost and the ones you are building. Ask the questions of why and find out how they have helped you or hindered you. You are an average of the people that you hang out with, so be deliberate about who gets into your space and who influences you. This quarter plan to build new alliances that would strengthen you. Make a resolution to be a blessing to the people you are surrounded by also.
- Review your process: If you have experienced success in the last 3 months, document the process that got you there so that you can sustain it. If you have failed, find out why and make the necessary adjustments. Learn from past mistakes but don’t allow it to stop you. You are a phoenix you can burn to ashes and wake up new. That’s why there is a resurrection.
- Round up your excuses: The reasons you have given yourself for not maximising who you are or taking necessary steps. Make a list. Whatever those excuses are: lack of funds, resources and relationships, zero or little confidence, your location, the fear of what people would think about you, lack of opportunities and training. Round up those excuses and begin to find answers and solutions to all of those excuses. If you need funding, find a way to raise funds or start with what you have, you need a certification, go get one. Whatever those excuses are get rid of them.
- Plan the next three months. What do you want to do in the next three month and what are those activities that can get you there.
Write it down and place it somewhere you can clearly see it.
You don’t need to write down a thousand things, choose one thing you want to do this next three months. Choose something that pushes and challenges you.
- Face your fears: Don’t allow fear to determine how far you can go. You see most of our fears are only holograms. They appear to be real, they have a face and a voice but there is no substance to them.
You certainly do not want your epitaph to read, “here lies a man who played small all through his life because he was scared”. Take risks.
- Choose growth: Whatever you do choose to become a better person and be intentional about it. Common ways of achieving growth include reading books, take training, attend seminars, webinars, join communities of like minds. The stretching happens when you decide to get on the road and try.
- Give back: Serve the people around you with the gifts that you carry. Teach what you know. Help everything that you can. Remember it is not only about you. Those who think about themselves alone don’t go far.