The Seven Practical Steps To Achieve Your Goals

Sometimes in the journey to chase our goals, we get confused on what steps to take. Below are seven practical steps that helps in giving that goal/dream the light of day.

STEP ONE: Decide exactly what you want. Most people never do this.

STEP TWO: Write it down in clear, specific, detailed language

STEP THREE: Set deadline. Set sub deadlines if the goal is large, long term or complicated.

STEP FOUR: Make a list of everything you can think of doing to achieve your goal.

STEP FIVE: Organize your list into a plan based on priorities and sequence, based on what comes first and then what must be done before something else can be done.

STEP SIX: Take action on your plan immediately. Don’t delay.

STEP SEVEN: Do something every day, no matter how small, that moves you toward your goal.

Like my mentor will say, if you fail it is your fault and if you succeed it is your fault. Just choose which fault you want to befall you.

Culled from Olugbenga Asaolu

What is the Catch?

There are actions carried out today, which we pay dearly for, tomorrow.

The story is told about a hustler who knocked on the door of a farmhouse to scrounge some milk and a few eggs. An old lady answered the door and gave him the eggs and milk he had asked for.

He was well known in the district, and he wasn’t particularly surprised when the old lady invited him in for coffee. 

Once inside the farmhouse, the old lady pointed out through the kitchen window to her lovely daughter, who was at the time feeding the chickens.

The girl had an hourglass figure, long blonde hair and pretty face. “If you take my daughter’s hand in marriage,” the old lady told him, “you can have the farm and the money we have in the bank.”
 
The hustler gulped down his coffee, fled the farmhouse and drove his horse and cart back to his mother’s dilapidated cottage.

When the hustler told his mother of the incident, they were both of the same opinion. There must be a catch; they would be sure to lose something. They spent many hours puzzling over this but came to no conclusion.
 
Some years later, the hustler was in the same area and again came across the farmhouse where the incident took place, although by that time he had forgotten all about it.

He knocked on the door to ask for some eggs and to his surprise the beautiful daughter opened it. His mind raced back and he remembered her mother asking him to take the daughter’s hand in marriage, the farm and the money.
 
Curious, the hustler could not help asking, “What was the catch, years ago, when your mother asked me to marry you?”

The girl replied, “No catch at all, I simply fell in love with you, but was too shy to get to know you. So my mother asked for me. Alas, she is dead now and I have married the farmer on yonder farm.”
 
Beloved, be ready to take your opportunities when they come. According to William Feather, “Opportunities are seldom labeled.”

Culled from Uju Onyechere

Who pays?

In his book Seizing the Moment, James W. Moore recounted his experience when he was in college.

A new student has just been transferred to their school and who in their classroom sat opposite him in semicircle arrangement. Often he would look across and see him sitting there.

He had the saddest face. He seemed lonely, and understandably so. He had arrived at mid-semester, didn’t seem to know anyone, and was always alone. He remembers feeling sorry for him and thinking he ought to make an effort to welcome him, get to know him, introduce him around, befriend him. But somehow he just never got around to it.
 
Then one morning he picked up a paper and was shocked to read the headline: “Local College Student Commits Suicide”.

It was the transferred student! He had left a note saying he couldn’t go on because he felt so lonely. It was then that James realized he had missed his moment of caring. 

Beloved, now is the best time to show someone you care. This is the best moment to do that which you have been putting of for ages.

The next second, minute, hour or day maybe too late. You and I do not know what will happen next except our creator.

According to Napoleon Bonaparte “Every moment lost gives an opportunity for misfortune.”

It is said that tomorrow is pregnant and neither of us knows what the outcome will be. So now is the time to do it. Or else someone may pay with his life.

Culled from Uju Onyechere

The Magic of Daniel Webster

He was just beginning his career as a lawyer; he took a case for a fee of $20. The case turned out to be a very difficult one, and in preparing for it, he had to make a trip to Boston, which in itself cost more than he was going to earn as a fee.

He was determined, however, to do a thorough job on the case and win it, which he did. In retrospect, it seemed like a small case, but at the time, it was a big victory. Years later, a large company approached him on short notice, asking him to undertake a case for which they were willing to pay a very handsome fee – in fact, a fee quite stunning at the time.

As Daniel Webster reviewed the case, he found that it was almost identical to the one he had researched and won nearly twenty years before for the fee of only $20. He took the case, and just as before, the verdict was in favour of his client. Mike Murdock said, “The quality of your preparation determines the quality of your performance.”

Stop thinking about the money; rather think of how to do a good job first. If you deliver quality job, surely, the money will come. Target to be indispensable. Autograph your job with excellence, and the rest will be history.

Culled from Uju Onyechere.