Don’t be Distracted - Stay Focused on Your Goals!
As electioneering heats up in Nigeria (if you are in Nigeria), coupled with the already crippling economic situation, it is possible for one to lose focus; to, as Yoruba people would say, get carried away by the “noise of the market”. The purpose of this writeup is to encourage you to stay focused. To remain proactive by concentrating your efforts on things you can do something about.
According to Stephen Covey in his book; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Proactive people focus their efforts in the circle of influence. They work on the things they can do something about. The nature of their energy is positive, enlarging and magnifying, causing their circle of influence to increase. Reactive people, on the other hand, focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern. They focus on the weakness of other people, the problems in the environment, and circumstances over which they have no control. Their focus results in blaming and accusing attitudes, reactive language, and increased feelings of victimization. The negative energy generated by that focus, combined with neglect in areas they could do something about, causes their circle of influence to shrink”.
The question for each one of us to ask himself or herself is; Am I being proactive or reactive? Am I focusing my efforts on my circle of influence or on my circle of concern? The answers to these questions will help greatly as you navigate your way into becoming the highly effective person you wish to become. The quote below summarizes the essence of this writeup.
“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Truth be told, disturbing as global or local issues may be, there is very little you can do about them. However, there are some things you can definitely influence - your career trajectory, the growth and sustenance of your immediate family and the determination of its role and place in the overall scheme of things, your health etc. These are things you can do something about, and the time to start doing something about them is NOW!
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