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How to achieve your goals for 2019.

Many times we flow with the tradition of writing our new year’s resolution or outlined plan. We do this without really following through the plan.
A popular adage by the father of time management goes thus; if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. (Very familiar with that right?)
Also Habakkuk 2; 2 explains the importance of stating and writing our visions down. For two years now I have cultivated the habit of writing my vision for the year down, even though I don’t achieve them all, I have a pass mark of 50% when reviewing it. So clearly I know the importance of writing down and reviewing as the year goes by.
I would take you through certain steps to having a productive year:

  • Write your visions down, clear in black and white: one important thing about writing your vision for the year down is that it somehow create an image of what you want and would work with. Also, it doesn’t just stop at writing, you have to make sure your goals are realistic ones and not just vague.
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  • Create visual images of your vision: there is something about seeing. It motivates you for something greater. For some people, this has worked for them when they put commitment into it as well. For example, where one is trying to lose weight, putting a visual image of the size he would want to be later on.

  • Find an accountability partner: some of us cannot by ourselves be disciplined on some certain thing which is not bad. What it just means is that you need someone to make you do these things. Again don’t deceive yourself here. Be sure you are choosing one that is hungry for success as you are.
  • Do it afraid: do you have a project you’ve been procrastinating because you are scared it won’t work out or you are not just sure about the delivery. In this New Year do it afraid, your plans don’t need to be fully formed. The result of doing it afraid in 2018 is this blog.
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  • Surround yourself with those that are ready to see you succeed: if you stay around with a bunch of lazy people, you might end up like them except your inner motivation is stronger than the outside resistance. However to be on the save side, get rid of every toxic and poisonous relationship that would be detrimental to your success.
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  • Read books: many youths don’t read again, however, we cannot overlook the importance of information and knowledge. You don’t need to read about 100 books, start small and make sure you don’t just read but rather let the knowledge you gain reflect in your life.
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  • Flee away from your comfort zone: people say step out but I say flee. Run as far as your legs can carry you.
  • Be productive, not busy: so because I say flee does not mean you just involve yourself in everything both the one that is not producing too. Evaluate each day so as to be productive and not just busy. Find the pattern that works best for you.

  • Involve God into the year: don’t neglect the place of God. Except God builds them that labor would labor in vain.

There are still other things to consider in achieving your goals as the list is inexhaustive. You should find what works best for you and feel free to share at the comment section.

An interview with Ajibowo Olajide founder RYSE and an

Ajibowo Olajide is a law graduate of Babcock university, whose acute interest is in youth development and growth. He recently just published a book ” Everybody is born pregnant”. he is the founder of a registered NGO; Redefining Your Self Esteem Africa (RYSE Africa). He is a man of purpose and gifts.

Introduce yourself please

Olajide Ajibowo

Founder, Ryse Africa, author of Everybody is Born Pregnant.

In all these I see you have a keen interest in youth development right? Why?

I love to see young folks happy, filled with hope and fulfilment despite what they might be going through. This has always been my motivation for youth development.

What is your key motivation in all that you do?

Holyspirt and purpose

With the computer age and all that is happening so fast, how can you rate the youth development limited to Nigeria?

I believe a lot of Nigerian youths are technologically aware. They may not necessarily be advanced as much as other youths in the world, but they know enough to help improve their skills and knowledge. For example, an average tech savvy youth need not go to a business school before he can grow his business, he can simply go on Google or watch YouTube videos. That being said, there’s still so much advancing that’s needed in the computer space to aid development for youths.

Okay, Your NGO RYSE was just registered. Where do you see it 5 years from now?

It’s RYSE Africa. In 5 years, we would have at least established a significant number of branches/groups as we have in Babcock University – RYSE BU, across Nigerian Universities and some African countries by God’s grace.

Could you please give us a sneak peek on what your book is all about?

The book, Everybody is Born Pregnant is a breath of fresh air in helping young people and even older generations to see beyond themselves and harness the potentials in them through the discovery of their  purpose, by so doing they become problem solvers,  value makers and God chasers.

jide, theseunfakorede, danielotabor and victorspeaks

Who are your role models and mentors?

Myles Munroe (my mentor from the dead), Td Jakes, Adebola Williams, my sisters just to mention a few.

What are the values so important to you as a leader

Integrity, sincerity, patience and grits are very key values that must never be taken for granted. Because it will be needed every step of the way.

Your biggest let down so far?

I’ve had so many let downs in my life. But I’ll just say one of it. Last year when I was still doing my law degree in school, my team and I, RYSE BU planned our annual conference, DOPE (Discovery of Purpose) conference. After all the speakers were invited, and people registered for it, the authorities cancelled the conference. It was a tough time for us, because we lost a lot of money and probably credibility in the eyes of many.

How were you able to come over everything?

It was God really. A quote from TD Jakes was just it. The quote was: if God doesn’t take you out of your problems, he’ll bless you through it. That quote with an amazing team helped me overcome.

Favorite books of all time?

I’m not sure I have a favorite book. I’m a selective reader, so all the books I’ve read are favorites.

Toughest decision you’ve had to make?

To risk everything to achieve my dreams despite the lack of money, support from family, friends and loved ones.

And having to leave my comfort zone everytime.

“Lack of money” what’s your take on idea execution and the money factor?

Here’s what I think about ideas and I wrote this in the book, once you conceive an idea, it attracts three things: people, places and resources.

With those three things, money can be derived from them. With people, I.e relationships, you can have things done for you for free or very little money because they are interested in your idea. Places: your idea will put you in a location that will help you execute your ideas. And finally resources. Ideas attract financial help mostly from people you do not know. Resources doesn’t necessarily have to do with money, it could be the things that you’ll need to achieve your ideas.

All of these three things can only work when you position your ideas in the right place for people to know. If not, you’ll only be winking in the dark.

It’s also important to say that, the lack of money at the initial stage of your idea should not stop you from pushing.

Hmm.nice and insightful.


What niche would you say you have carved for your self?

Well, creativity is my niche.

Final address.

My final words are: the earth is stamping its feet for your manifestation. So, don’t give up, don’t give in, you only become a failure when you fail to lure courage and strength to push when you fall. Thank you and God bless.

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