LESSONS from FAILURE “Smooth 98.1”
Tuesday 30th April 2013…
Welcome to LESSONS from FAILURE on SMOOTH 98.1. Now, as simple as it sounds, one thing I didn’t understand on time is the need to follow directions. To know that if there’s anywhere worth going, there’s always a definite way to getting there. Whether it is a tangible destination like Ibadan or America; or an intangible destination like success, peace or fulfillment, there is always a route. In the military and in trades like firefighting, the ability to instinctively follow directions saves lives. When I didn’t learn, I was wasting time fixing direction; I was seriously and ignorantly burning precious time and energy that are actually irreplaceable and could have been used to educate myself or spent on more productive things. Truth is, failing to follow directions can get you lost. But one key thing I suffered from in managing instruction and direction was not taking notes. I stored too much in my brain. I didn’t know that a very cheap pen or pencil is far better than a long memory. I thought it was hip to store things in my head instead of on paper. I bragged on my ability to store and replay. Wow! How foolish I was. I didn’t know that my mind has two functions: to pre-play and to replay. Your memory replays and your imagination pre-plays.
How do smart people miss the fact that data is not to be stored in the head? Direction requires that you collect and use data, information and knowledge in a way that allows you to take meaningful actions that add up, avoid waste and minimize error. To do this, you have to use tools like Notepads, Memos, journals, Microsoft outlook, task managers on your phones and PDAs to store those data and information. To imagination I must now turn. Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the five senses. It is the ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects or events that do not exist, are not present, or have happened in the past. It’s called pre-playing. Everyone possesses imagination ability. However, this ability manifests in various forms, one of which is silly daydreaming. I was foolish enough to use too much of idle daydreaming that made me totally impractical and disconnected. The balance is to always use your imagination on something that requires attention. It changed my whole life.
Imaginations are actually the creators of two of the three most important things in life, places and circumstances in events. What if I tell you that visualizing an object or a situation, and repeating often this mental image attracts the object or situation we visualize into our lives? This means that we should think only in a positive manner about our desires, otherwise, we might attract into our lives events, situations and people that we don’t really want. Your life right now is the result of your imaginations of yesterday. Understanding, how to use your imagination correctly, and putting this knowledge into practice, for your own and others’ benefit, will put you on the golden path to success, satisfaction and happiness. There’s no faster way to gaining direction and presence of mind. This is my lesson from failure.