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Be Intentional


Hello everyone. Trust you had a good week last week. I apologise for not putting this up yesterday. It was due to technical difficulties but hey, its still Sunday somewhere in the world right? 😀 Anyway, we’re headed into the week of National Chocolate Day (which most of you call Valentine’s Day depending on your priority. Mine’s chocolate!)

This year, our focus is on making progress not just movement and in order to do that, we need to be INTENTIONAL about decisions we make. One of the major reasons for taking time out to restructure the blog is to be intentional about the voice we project from here.

Decisions make or break you. Its up to you to make every decision you take count – they serve as building blocks for your future and the future of your environment.

Let me break that down a bit. The truth is that whatever you’re doing is bigger than you! Take elections for instance. You decide not to get your permanent voter’s card (in Nigeria) because the government according to you isn’t performing well so it’s none of your business!. Do you know that with a 100,000 people like you, even just you, the decision of government leaders can be changed? Yet, we just sit and stare.
P.S. In case you didn’t get the message – Go out and get your PVC (Permanent Voter’s Card) if you haven’t. I don’t want to hear story!

Being intentional is a combination of first deciding to do something and then making a decision in line with your goals and core values. That is a topic for another day. This year we can’t afford to be reactors – we should be proactive and if need be, be responders.

The difference between proactive people and responders is simple. Proactive people create their environment and act accordingly. Responders just occupy the environment then act according to the stimulus supplied. Its true that they are reactors but these ones are delayed reactors. They put into consideration certain factors and evaluate before response. You know how I said ‘if need be’. Well this is because we cannot 100% control what happens around us. In those scenarios, we need to learn to respond appropriately and not just react. Being a responder is a great skill to master but being proactive is an even greater skill.

We’re supposed to be reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People together. This book is amazing at opening your eyes to the concept of paradigm shifts and its importance in setting priorities and effective schedules.

Remember your decisions affect your environment so when you’re tired of being a solution provider, someone in need of that solution suffers. You don’t need to know the person to do your part. Be intentional to show up in the place of purpose EVERYDAY regardless of how you feel and strive for excellence in all you do. Lasting success is NOT accidental. It may seem sudden but it is a planned work. You expect it because you make decisions into it though the world just sees you ‘blowing’ overnight.

Most of us usually picture the future as just ours. Let me shock you. Your future belongs to all of us! Really, everyone but you owns your future. You are responsible for it but we own it so you have a responsibility to us. Don’t get me wrong, you’re not to live your life for people’s approval but you live life because people need you to do your part in the puzzle of human relationships.

I’ll stop here.
Cheers to a life of INTENTIONALITY,
Shay.

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