When I Didn’t Score A Single Goal, I Digged Up the Goal Posts And Pulled It Closer.

We make goals to make our eyes shine. If it happens, great! If it doesn’t, say ‘Oh, how fascinating’ – Benjamin Zander

How to achieve your goals

Watch movies, pay visit to friends and family, travel the world, nurture the environment, use the social media, write the business plans, reach more people, and feed the world… I want to do all of these and more, so I feel overwhelmed!

I have loads of things I desire to achieve, but failed! The goals wouldn’t work.

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While I played as an amateur footballer, I used to wonder why it’s just so hard to score a single goal.

At a time, I asked, ‘why are these goal posts too far away?’ At another time, I submitted that the goalkeepers were too professional.

So, I gave up on playing football and decided to look for a solution to scoring goals in my personal life. Good to know, I found a few tips that worked amazingly.

I will share three major tips very quickly. Let’s set the ball rolling.

When your ‘goal posts’ are too far apart, consider trying out these 3 options

  1. Do Nothing

What? Do nothing?

Yes please, give yourself a break. Relax, let go of all the goals for now. Hmm… this is one of the hard parts for me especially when I think of all the things I need to achieve.

But, hey, put your mind at rest. The idea of killing yourself over the future is detrimental. Learn to smell the roses. It is better you work with a peaceful mind than struggle with confused speed.

Every week I make sure I pay all the debts of my sleepless nights. It helps my creativity and energy to be refreshed.

What You Can Do Practically:

  • Switch off completely from everything, sleep.
  • Do nothing.
  1. Dig up the posts and move it closer to each other

At the beginning of the year, with a beautiful pen and notepads, I scribble what I desire to achieve. It has become a habit in the last 3 years.

Then, each month, week and day, I slice the huge goal into bits and doable pieces. After each day, I mark and appreciate myself for a work well done.

In the last 8 months, though with 9 am to 5 pm work, I couldn’t believe I’d written up to 150 new creative posts in my archive and published up to 90 posts on various media platforms.

What You Can Do Practically:

  • Get rid of distractions; put the phones away, focus for every 30 minutes for a start
  • Keep the goals handy. Attach it to your phone’s wallpaper; write it on a sticky note on your desk or laptop.
  • Read it often and move ahead, do it now. Don’t become a professional procrastinator.
  1. Shoot the ball with more tenacity (by buying an extra leg)

When I was in high school, I’d a friend that played the football so well. I sometimes wished I could buy his leg, just to score some goals. It never happened!

In my personal goals, I decide to push myself beyond my comfort zone. Scoring goals takes practice and a lot of discipline. Professional footballers can write an essay on that.

If you can’t buy a second leg, buy some energy booster for the legs you have. Yeah, our mothers had to do extra work to clean our mess when we were babies.

Your life is your small baby, nourish it, be committed and get to work!

What you can do practically:

  • Let your SMART goals be really Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.
  • Be in the company of people that achieve their goals.
  • Rather than complain on how hard it is, get your hands dirty and invest in learning how things work.
  • Alter your regular approach sometimes. Try out new things.

While I am on the journey of trying out more ways to get my goals into the net, tell me in the comment box;

What strategies have worked for you so far?

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8 Basic Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday To Get Ahead In Your Personal Life.

Be curious. A good question can take you a lot farther than a quick answer. ~ JesseLynStoner

Just like babies, I cherish questions, even silly ones and it has helped me dramatically to learn better, listen better and communicate more effectively.

I have made 15 amazing friends from 6 countries this month learning to do this single thing. Hello friends, welcome to #think2riches string 22.

I will share 8 basic questions I ask everyday that helps me find faster solutions to any challenge.

  1. Am I awake?

The mystery of sleep, as Jimi Tewe puts it, is that you don’t know you’ve slept until you are awake. I ask this question to know if I am still dreaming or in reality. I don’t want to spend all my life dreaming, but to start acting. I want to start the venture, do the exercise and send the gift rather than just wishful thinking.

  1. What do I do?

I ask this question to be sure if I am on the right track in my career journey. I want to check if I am on the job just for the monetary gains, social prestige or to add value to other people’s lives.

  1. Who am I hanging out with?

I met a friend, he is 30, he had struggled with smoking and drinking since 18, he said he magically stopped smoking when he changed his set of friends. With light sparks in his eyes, he said, ‘life is pretty beautiful in an wholesome company’

  1. What is happening in my space?

I want to be conscious of my environment, I like to know why my colleague’s face is so dull today, why the people in my neighborhood chant all night. I like to know the social media and development trends. These help me to observe better, it informs my decisions and planning.

  1. Why am I doing this?

At a time, I didn’t feel good spending a large chunk of my time chatting on the phone with friends and colleagues. I recently listed out 5 reasons why I now chat online meaningfully, it includes; to improve my communication, to put my numerous thoughts in short concise format, to polish my English language, to learn to type faster and accurately, to engage people intelligently and with empathy without seeing them face-to-face.

  1. What can I do right now?

Actually, 7 is better than 3. This year I decided to write everyday and publish on facebook thrice a week. After 2 months, writing 7 days a week became a habit than when I wrote 3 days a week. It is easier to keep a habit than to struggle into the habit again.

When I have a lot of work to do, this question helps me to start now. I can call that friend or write that 5-line e-mail. I can trash the dustbin. I can get high smiling. Yippe! I can do it now.

  1. What makes me angry?

I am not sure why I don’t get angry often, but once I do, it will have to do with an abnormally that people do to others. For example, destroying people’s work, imposing your idea on others, stopping others from exercising their abilities and gifts etc.

For these, I will go in a search for solutions, to engage, to research the underlining cause and effects, then act to put things right.

  1. Am I adding any value to the universe?

In many parts of the world, waste human management is a major challenge; check the pages of most newspaper, sad stories welcome the readers every day.

I want to put out good words to my world, I want to lend a helping hand, I want to join the networks of visionaries and shakers working tirelessly to make the world a better place for all of us.

These are some of the basic questions that hold my hands to get ahead daily.

He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool foreverChinese Proverb

What questions do you ask yourself?

Go to the comment box and share what you struggle with daily and what you do to get ahead.

Nurtured Culture

Our fathers taught us the culture and how it relates to nature,
With ancient pictures, they explained with all pleasure,
In fact it was more than a treasure,

The culture featured;
-investment (mental, family, spiritual, health, business, relationship) structures
– and moral fixtures as well,

But then, it was still immature and they told us that it will soon mature,
For it is our future,

That future, some of us now torture,
…no innovations, no SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound) plans, no actions, no more searching and researching, no creative thinking, Oh, please WHY?

All we now have is fractures in our infrastructures,

Can we please awake and venture into some CLIMB (Changing Little Into MegaBucks)?
Can we please turn our transparent plastic bottles into light bulbs?
Can we please package our vegetables, garri and groundnut cake (kulikuli) for exports?
Can we please make exotic cakes from rice grains and electric energy from our urine?
Can we please cook our foods and power our laptops with our faeces?

For now and in the future, we want to embrace our innovative culture,
We will never miss its departure,
But rather, nurture our gestures of greatness.

Keep CLIMB Alive.
Cheers 🙂 and Much Love.