Take Ownership Of Your Year

As is customary, a new year is ushered in with renewed zeal and uncommon enthusiasm. For many, an opportunity of a new beginning, for some, a chance to consolidate on the feats of the preceding year. However, in the final analysis and as far as day and night theory go, there is really no difference between December 31st and January 1st. The only smidgen is in what the calendar suggest. A new year.

Whatever your propositions for the new year is, there is a need to start early. Life has dealt to everyman equal measure of time and what each man does with his is entirely his prerogative. What might not be entirely up to him is the consequence of his actions. Starting early means turning those earmarked plans and resolutions you have written down to granular every day to-do list. in addition, there is the need to also learn from the past. It is a cliché but one laden with truth, that what got you here might not take you to the next level. Look at the past, review the past three years, seek a pattern of actions you have been taking that have not yielded desired result and alter the dynamics. Try something new. Realise that part of trying something new might be throwing caution to the wind and drowning those familiar voices of conservatism. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained. You have to buy the ticket to win the lottery. This is what it means to take ownership of your life.

Something you must remind yourself upon the dawn of everyday is that your life is slowly but surely ebbing away and you have to make it count. You only live once. This is a call to review your habits, friends, network, dreams and ask yourself if you are settling for less or giving this life a big wag. More than ever before, it is a time of inquisition. You must tell yourself the home truth and be sincere enough to make a call. When all is said and done, it's your life. Minutes quickly become hours, hours into days and days into weeks. Weeks metamorphosis to months and before you can say Jack Robinson, you have a year. It is quicker than you think and it is with this sense of urgency that you have to chase your dreams like never before.

And then, there will be the inevitable. Brace yourself for it. No matter how you painstakingly orchestrate your year on paper, life will happen. There will be blockers on the way. People will throw trash at you, doors will slam closed before your face, some of your plans will crumble like a pack of cards, there are nights you will wonder if all the hustle is worth it. When those moments come, remember why you started. Remember your dream. Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel. Find strength from the prospect of your goal. Find strength from friends who have walked same path and survived. Find strength from God. Make no mistakes about it, it is not going to easy. If it was, there will be no struggles in life. In the words of Hark Markham, “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

Happy New Year!


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