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Preparing for the end

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

It has been busy for me in the past few months. I have grown by learning from my mistakes. Mistakes are important as they teach us things we would not have learnt by inaction. This brings me to mind to ask how we look forward to our ends.

If at the beginning of the year we had set goals to fire our year, how prepared are we to tick the checklist of things that we achieved and the ones we did not? Let me share with you one of the goals I set earlier this year. I started out the year with a goal to improve myself in the area of reading good books. I set a goal to read three books before the year end. Some may see this as a simple goal to achieve. I am not a good reader but I learnt from my mentor that readers are leaders. Something I want to really be – a Leader.

Unfortunately, I am not a good reader. But have I completed one book? No. Have I attempted to read? Yes. How many books? Four. Should I rate myself by how much progress I have made in reading such books, I would say I have improved my reading skills. I have completed the books in this order:

BOOK 1 (How to Win Friends and Influence peopleDale Carnegie) – 35% complete
BOOK 2 (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey) – 26% complete
BOOK 3 (Men are from Mars, Women are from VenusJohn Gray) – 47% complete and
BOOK 4 (Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hill) – 53% complete

Think of the number of pages in these books and you would get a picture of what my thought process has been like since this year. Have I become better? Yes, in some ways especially in my thought process.

I used to be a person who likes to read on the go. I would rather read a blog on my mobile phone than sit down to read a full book. Now I have found time to read a book and have even increased my “focus-ability”.

Back to the subject of this post. One of the good ways I found in preparing for the end of the year is to take inventory. This to me, is a very important step in self-improvement. It helps you know where you are and guides your measurement and decision on areas to improve upon.

Another way I find useful is to meditate. Switch off all distractions (this should include all phones, laptops, and media player devices). Taking time out to listen to ones self is important in preparing for the end.

Lastly, asking for feedback from friends and family or people who are close to you can be of good help to aid in preparing for the end.

 

 

As the year draws to a close, I become very busy. This is the peak period for me in my place of work. Just in case I have no time to post at Christmas, I wish to thank you for reading my posts this year and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance.

Set a bigger goal for 2014. 🙂

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Let’s learn to live and bless others

Live and love

I just read this blog (http://gbonjubolasanni.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/lets-learn-to-live-and-bless-others/) from a good teacher and I think you can make a difference too. Yes YOU 🙂 .

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Its about spending wisely during the coming holiday season and one of the things that struck me is that we need to get to a level where our lives is not all about us anymore. Even though we have needs, we need to be aware that some people have more pressing needs. Some of us are thinking of the caliber of people we want our kids to school with while some can’t even afford to send their own children to any type of school. Some of us are thinking of balanced diet when some can’t even boast of a meal in a day. Some of us think of designer clothes while some children don’t even have any decent covering for their bodies. We think of living in a better and more serene environment while some kids can’t boast of a proper shelter.

All of these are not bad in themselves as life should continue to get better and better for us all but we need to remember to show love to those who are less privileged for whatever reasons. How else can we do this without giving? Doesn’t the scripture also say it’s more blessed to give than to receive.

I’m a part of an initiative “A thousand smiles” to support an orphanage (Jesus Children Mission Home, Ibadan) that’s been privately run by a family with no regular substantial support before now.

As at today, there are 95 kids in the orphanage with 50 others in people’s homes (adopted, sponsored, etc). This year alone, four of the children gained admission into University of Ibadan, Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with scores over 250 in the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board exams. They also cleared all their papers in the West African Examination Council exams. It’s amazing!! As a group, we’ve been to the orphanage 3 times and thus observed that they need the following:

1. A coaster bus to take them to/fro schools

2. A building of their own and before then house rents for the home and school buildings for the younger kids

3. Increased cost of feeding to enable well-balanced diets for the growing children

4. Educational scholarships from primary – university education

Our dream is to raise N20 million before December 2013 ends to support the above in a Thanksgiving Variety Show/Special Fund Raising Event on 8 December 2013 where the beautiful talents of the kids in the home will be showcased.

You might not be able to make the event but you can join this cause by making a donation as God gives you the grace.

Like I mentioned to some friends, it’s not actually the amount you’re able to give that matters. It’s more of the spirit behind the giving. N20 million looks like a big feat but if 20,000 of us decide to give N1,000 each, we are there already. If 8,000 of us give N2,500 each, we have it. If 4,000 of us give N5,000 each, we
have it. If 2,000 of us give N10,000 each, we have it and if 1,000 of us give N20,000 each, we have it. Let me not bore you with that, I’m just showing you that it’s possible. I believe you can give something that will put smiles on the faces of these kids who will in turn be able to live life with more vigor.

If you’re interested in being a part of this, kindly send me an email via gbonjute@yahoo.co.uk. As you open doors for others, more doors of great opportunities will be opened to you too.

Thank you.

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