I have learnt that only an evaluated experience truly teaches us wisdom.
This is why “Shaped by Seasons” is a special one to mark my birthday in a few days.
On this episode I share major life lessons that have helped shape my perception about life. Behind each lesson is a story, an experience from each decade / season that have gifted me with growth, to live more intentionally and be better prepared for opportunities.
In the first decade , my parents promised us a gift of holidaying in London with mum, but with a caveat. Excel and top your class. I was like “travel out?”, “London?”… Yes I will…
And so I pushed myself and stretched… Heaven smiled on me. God lavished me with favour. I did top my class by divine intervention and yes, that summer when Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson, I travelled with my mum and younger brother. My first time in a plane (being knowledgeable…lol), my first time outside Nigeria. It was so memorable, I haven’t forgotten some details from that trip till date.
It taught me this – a reward will come when you strive for it. It may even be delayed sometimes, but it will come.
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Have you ever tried driving on a foggy day? Bet you didn’t do it without turning on your headlamps. And for those of us who use glasses to see better, we sometimes have to wipe after moving across rooms/spaces with different temperatures. All because clarity is everything to moving safely in the desired direction.
Another instance where clarity is key is when you’re getting instructions to a task, project or for direction when finding your way in a new terrain. If you don’t have the required clarity, you could mess up an opportunity or actually got lost.
I have learnt, that getting clarity in life is one of the keys to greatness or success. And if you ever find yourself drifting, trust me, you need clarity.
What’s that one thing you need clarity on today? What do you do when you need clarity on an issue?
We’ve learnt a lot about the significance of a strong network. Your network makes up a huge portion of your net-worth. But a unique perspective would be this – how diverse is that network?.
I was reinforced with this a little while ago when we had a conversation during a family dinner at home and my daughter shared a perspective I might have never considered that easily on the topic discussed. Listen to the full story on on the Episode 4.
By all means, include those who will challenge you in your network. People with results, people with experience, richer perhaps and more likely smarter. You need however to enrich it with cutting across age generations or backgrounds. And sometimes, these may mean people who will learn from you and stretch you to pour into them, That way, you are positioned to get the best of possibilities from a variety.
I dropped a hint on this on the last episode of The Polished Lens. You should listen to it if you’re yet to and get the full gist😉
So many of us (yes I mean this, because some are not yet in that space or season where they are driven) want to do a whole lot with our lives. Many even use the mantra – “die empty”. However the error that is easy to make is with comparison – comparing your speed, direction or growth with another person.
Sometimes comparison lets us see what is attainable and we get challenged to stretch. But ultimately your main goal should be to outdo yourself over and over again. To ask yourself everyday- how will I outdo my yesterday. So that years down the line, you can be comfortable to pat yourself on the back and say, see how far I’ve come.
Start today, if you’ve never considered it – outdo your yesterday 👊🏽
It’s post launch but I’m still excited about finally having this channel to share my life lessons so far so someone would be inspired to make better life decisions and thrive.
Episode 2 is up now on Spreaker, Stitcher and iTunes. It’s Wednesday and new episodes will brought to you fortnightly. You don’t want to miss any, so do subscribe, and share with family and friends.
On today’s episode, I share a Part 1 from a 2 part series of particular lessons I have learnt in addition to just setting a yearly goals list. Don’t worry, I won’t be talking about how to make your goals S.M.A.R.T. I know many of you know this and some practise it already.
Instead I focus on these two lessons –
Add a separate 3-5 years list to that yearly list, or do only a 3-5years goals list.
Hmm… in my few years of existence 😁, I have tried many new things.
Yes indeed!! Architecture, HR, Fashion Design ( that’s probably new to many😂), Photography, Blogging, Family Life… you all know the newest baby 😎 – Podcasting on “The Polished Lens”.
A few things tie them all for me. One is learning all the way, and another is starting out with baby steps.
You see, it doesn’t really matter if those steps you take at the beginning of a new season or project or job or relationship, are small, maybe even slow and wobbly. What’s great to remind yourself is that you’re moving, towards perfection, towards maturity, towards mastery.
Compliments of the Season to you all! I apologise for being away for such a while. For those of you who asked me, then, that: ‘Did you take me off of your mailing list? I have not gotten any of your messages in a while.’ I apologise for not coming back as early as I thought I would. Yes, so indeed, something has been cooking and it will be officially launched in 2019 January. I’m excited about it. And I just wanted to say thank you, first of all, to everyone for their attention and for being such a wonderful audience, since the beginning of this year- when I started this platform. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me feedback, at some point or the other, on how relevant the messages were to them or to people they knew- at the times when I shared them.
So yes, something has been cooking and it’s going to be a more structured way of sharing my messages. It’s going to be a podcast show, which will be officially launched next week… next month. I’m excited about it. I really just wanted to say that this is really going to be my last share in this format.
Going forward, I’ll basically just be sharing a link, and then you could download the podcast episode, listen to it and be blessed as usual. I wanted to also leave us with this.
Being the end of year, I know a lot of us have been having a great time with family, with our friends and with loved ones. I know that some of us have already started positioning for 2019 as well, looking forward to the great promises that it seems to have with it. I’m looking forward to 2019 and I know my family is looking forward to 2019. I know a few of my friends who are looking forward to certain specific things coming through for them in 2019- at the same time.
I feel like this would be the right time to drop just a brief lesson or nugget, or something that we can just be aware of. And that’s the fact that, in life we can do things better- live better when we are better informed. If you look at any area of your life right now, where you seem to be struggling- it’s probably because you don’t know something that you need to know: something you need to, probably, learn from people who have gone through that path before or people who have a better understanding about that thing, that could help you to make a change. And sometimes we do know some of these things- but we have not been deliberate enough to start doing them. Or, we have not been disciplined, you know, about doing them.
So, I would encourage us as we go into the New Year to really assess the areas of our life where we really want tangible changes, and begin to ask ourselves: “How can I position to learn more, be better informed and then, make a better decision in this area so that I can indeed live the life that I want properly in this area?”.
This is exactly what the show that I’ll be launching in January, would be doing. The intent would be to help us to see things from a better perspective- so that we can make life decisions that would, indeed, move us forward and help us to also be a blessing to people around us.
I’m excited about it and I just wanted to say thank you- ahead of time- for everyone who would be sharing the links, downloads, who would be downloading and sharing it. I look forward to feedback, as well, because no one is an embodiment of knowledge. They’re things I would love to learn from everybody, so I’ll be looking out for your feedback and your responses. I would definitely appreciate you, sharing the links with other people as well. Thank you so much for being a wonderful audience since the beginning of this year.
Thank you for the attention you’re also going to give me as you continue to follow in the months to come. Thank you so much also for being wonderful in one way or the other to me- for everyone who knows me personally. I just wanted to say, a wonderful season to you all again and to wish you a fantastic and phenomenal 2019. Thank you so much. God bless you.