It is unbelievable how time flies. It’s just like yesterday when all the fireworks invaded the skies across the major cities of the world, with everyone chanting the songs of joy for the privilege of seeing a new year. Many of us were so full of celebrations and we travelled miles and kilos, to visit and stay with families and friends.
Apart from the celebration, we shared visions for the year and dreamt big dreams, even for the month of January. But here we are, just few days to go and the first of the year will be gone. Unfortunately, some of us still dread to wake up in the morning (especially Mondays) because it will be another day or week of work. This is exactly one of the things most people hate.
To some others, it has been a full month full of procrastination because we lack the will power to pursue that ‘one thing’ we so much desire and want to see in our life this year. We excuse it away by saying ‘there’s still time’ which is actually a wrong mindset to hold if you truly want to make it in life.
One of the things I want to share with you today is vital to overcoming these two limiting propensities or proclivities. Because these two attitudes are strong enough to stop your breakthroughs and expectations this year. And so if you must break out of these this year, you must love what you do and do what you love.
Doing the things you love and loving the things you do is one of the greatest ways to draw inspiration and zest for your daily life. This does not necessarily mean what gives you the most money or most easy to do. It may be a tough venture and at the same time with little financial benefit but yet brings you all the joy that a full bank account cannot do.
Doing the things you love and loving the things you do conquers every pain you encounter daily and provides you with the energy to strive continuously against loss of passion and procrastination. I remember when I was teaching in a high school. It was not a high class job or a high paying job, but it was one of the things I love to do. Because I was in contact with young people who represent my future and that of my unborn children and it was an opportunity to inspire them for greatness, I loved it and didn’t complain about how tough it was to work on such job.
Now, this love has taken me to a higher level of the same job. I want to see young people excel and so whatever gives me that chance to do so wakes me up every morning and places a limiting cap on my urge to procrastinate. I have read elsewhere that loving the things you do is not a good advice to take with an example that someone like Steve Jobs never did what he loved and yet succeeded. I do not think that is true but even that is true, it may be just one example out of 1000. Most people who succeeded or a succeeding are doing so because they are doing the things they love.
You can ask Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, John C. Maxwell, John Stanko, Bill Gates, David Oyedepo, Mensah Otabil, Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Michael Jordan and any other person around you who you know is succeeding. The bottom line is this: if you do not love the things you are doing, it is likely you will soon give up on them out of frustration and the inability to hold on tight in the face of opposition. Love is the foundation of all things, with it, all things are possible, whether it is in your business or finances, family or relationships, job or career.
My challenge to you today is to try and locate the things you love and attempt building up yourself towards mastering your strength in that dimension and soon, you will wake up with zest every morning because you want to jump into it and have fun.
I will see you next Monday with procrastination and fear for what you are doing fully overcome in your life.
Your friend in Success and Excellence
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