Friends, I’m excited for the coming year, 2017. It will be an amazing year. It will be the best year so far for us.
I want to share with you 17 things you should know as we enter the year 2017 in few days from today.
1. IMPOSED LIMITATION
People will always want to impose their limitations on you. Don’t allow them. Most people think that because they failed at doing something, nobody will ever succeed in doing that same thing. They will try to impose their limitations on you. Refuse. Believe you can fly.
2. IT WILL BE MESSY
Things will not exactly work out the way you planned or expected. The journey will get messy. You will contemplate quitting. Don’t quit. Go through the pains and sweat and emerge victorious.
3. EXPECT DISAPPOINTMENT
Your friends will disappoint you and screw things up. Don’t expect too much from your friends. They will not fulfill some of their promises. You should always move on with your life in spite of the disappointments.
4. LET SOME THINGS BE
Don’t always try to prove people wrong. There are things you shouldn’t argue or debate about. Allow some things to unfold by themselves. Let some things be. Allow some people to discover the truth by themselves. Don’t respond to everything.
5. SOME PEOPLE WILL NEED TO GO
Learn to let go of certain friends that talk you down and doubt your dreams. Your journey doesn’t demand you travel with all the people. There are people you should allow to exit your life. There are certain people that will actually need to go out of your life for you to reach your goals.
6. DO IT NOW
You will never get more time or chance to accomplish your dreams. You have the time or chance now. As days roll into weeks, distractions will increase. Things that will demand your attention will increase. Whatever you push forward may never be accomplished again. There are things you should do immediately and take it out of the way. Do it now. Just do it.
7. COMPETENCE IS WHAT YOU NEED
Don’t fight your competitors. Don’t talk them down. Don’t malign them. The only thing that destroys competition is competence. Pursue excellence and competence. If you are known for something, you will not fall for everything. Find your edge and keep sharpening and honing it.
8. BE HUNGRY
There’s nothing you can’t achieve in life if you really want to achieve it. Human determination is stronger than death. If you are hungry, you can accomplish anything. If you really want it, you can have it. If you hungry for something, you will work for it, and you will get it.
9. DREAM BIG DREAMS.
Dream dreams that are bigger than you. Start an evergreen project or campaign. Create a signature program or event. Write book series. Create an amazing 30 days challenge on social media. Write a groundbreaking book. Just do something that will amaze you.
10. BE YOUR BEST
There are many amazing people out there. Celebrate them. Learn a thing or two from them. But never be intimidated about anyone’s achievements or skills. Nobody is better than you and you are not better than anyone. We complement each other. If he can sing, can he sketch? Be the best you can be.
11. DON’T IMPRESS THE WRONG PEOPLE
There are people that will never appreciate what you have. Deal with it by finding the people that believe in you. These people will celebrate and honour other people’s ignorance and mistakes, and see your own amazing results as nothing or thrash. Don’t force people to accept you. There are people that will never celebrate you. Quit trying to impress them.
12. BUILD QUALITY RELATIONSHIPS
Don’t joke with quality relationships. You can never rise in life without some quality relationships. You will need recommendations. People will ask people about you. Cultivate and nurture quality relationships.
13. CHOOSE YOURSELF.
Invest in yourself. Give yourself. Build yourself. Work on yourself. Don’t be carried away by your passion to make impact in your generation that you forget building yourself first. Register for some training programs. Get some quality training in the area of your vision concentration. Choose yourself first.
14. KILL PROCRASTINATION
Time flies. Get started with your life and work out some actionable strategies and plans on how to navigate through the year. 365 days are not difficult to exhaust. Get going immediately.
15. THINK AND GROW RICH
Be a thinker and a doer. Don’t just join the queue. Learn to deeply engage your mind. Don’t run away from challenges. Think and come up with ideas on how to eliminate your challenges or profit from them. There’s always a way. Opportunities abound. Think and grow rich.
16. READ AND WRITE MORE
Read more. Write more. You can start by reading a book every month and reading an ebook every week. You can start by writing 250 words every day. As you write, your writing skill will be sharpened and your creative juice of ideas tend to flow more. If you hear a new word, Google it and read more about it. If you hear about a public figure, Google him and read more about him.
17. STAND ON GREAT SHOULDERS
Take note of all the public figures and thought leaders in your industry or area of vision. Search them one by one on Facebook and Twitter and follow them. Watch their videos on YouTube. Read their books. Attend their programs. Associate yourself with them.
2017 will be an amazing year. Be prepared to maximize this new year and keep on becoming the best you can be.
You don’t need anyone’s permission to live your best life, make impact and create results.
By: Rev. Alex Uzor