Hello, and welcome to the second half of 2015.
How did the first half go? Did you make a truckload of money, travel the world, learn something new (even if it’s a new way to make fried rice) or buy a car? Or did life give you such a serious (maybe not too serious) beat down that you’re more than happy the first half is over? Well, we can all bid January to June goodbye, and I can tell you they won’t be coming back.
So we might as well embrace July and her sisters sharply. I thought the first half of the year went by very uneventfully, considering that Nigeria took forever to change governments, and many of us thought the process would be bloody so the country’s economy and indeed everything else was pretty much on lockdown. Glad that’s over as well. I sold my car in March and swore by all the gods of success and ambition that I’d have bought a new one by June. The same June is gone now and there’s no new car yet. Oh well.
I want to write about something I think affects a lot of people (methinks).
You remember the excitement of the New Year? The burst of energy that you have when you’re making plans and doing projections, setting goals and all? That’s January o. Then April comes and for some reason you’re nowhere near where you thought you’d be by April. This could have happened for a number of reasons. Things were slow, they didn’t go according to your plans, or something came up that you didn’t anticipate, anything.
Life happened. And whilst life happened, being the dogged fighter that you are, you’re not one of those that give up at the first sight of a challenge, you kept at it, kept going, kept trying, kept doing, until you suddenly realized that you’re just going… well nowhere. And you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, how did I get here? This isn’t where I set out to arrive at na.” And you’re blinking in the style of the disoriented.
Well, it’s because you were probably just going, trying and doing, without the passion and zeal that’s required to result in success. The right amount of heart that we all need to transform any situation is no longer in play, and it’s not your fault. No, it’s not. Anybody can get there, no matter their phenomenal level of willpower. Trying and trying and trying can do that to the best of us.
So what does one do at this point? Well, I have devised a formula, lol. It’s called KAI! (Kick Against Inertia), a three step formula. Sort of a kick-yourself-in-the-behind tactic to gear you up again. So, first you go back to what inspired you in the first place. Yes, revisit the beginning and see again what you saw the first time, before the hurdles came. If you wrote down your plans and goals and strategies in a journal or somewhere, find it and read it over and over. I know from experience that it works. You’ll soon find that those feelings of optimism and high energy levels will return.
You wanted to do this, you wanted to change the world (or “your” world). You still do, and you still can. Another thing I think you should do is think about the things you could do differently. I mean, there’s no one way to do anything, ask Thomas Edison. If it didn’t work one way, try another way. Keep tweaking until something gives. I assure you, it’ll happen. Third thing, those hurdles and challenges are not there by accident. Don’t resent them, they must have taught you something. What is it? Document it so you never forget. It’ll help you sometime in the future.
So darling, it doesn’t matter that you didn’t make a truckload of money, travel the world, learn something new (not even a new way to make fried rice) or buy a car. Neither does it matter that life gave you the beat down of your life, pun intended. It’s only first half. You have another half year to work with. Ensure that by the time second half is over, you’ll be insanely happy, for different reasons this time.
I’m rooting for you.
Be great, always.