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You and I are very familiar with the reflection, enthusiasm, planning, goal setting and resolutions that attend a new year. And this is necessary. Even philosophers and scientist agree that we have the opportunity to set a trajectory for our entire year by how we navigate the beginning.
The interesting thing about Beginnings is that they come laden with potential. It offers just that opportunity to close the chapter on our past failures and to proceed to rewrite our history on a new slate. Beginnings afford us the opportunity to stand on the foundation of past successes and to build something better. Beginning is an opportunity to start again. In it, we can disallow the past, its successes or failure, from creating impediments in the future.
You know the best way to begin again? Start by letting go of what was so that you can focus on what you would like to experience instead. Release yourself from resentments, past mistakes, fear, hurt, sadness, guilt and disappointment. This will help you cultivate the renewed awareness and expansive feelings needed for a fresh start.
The essence of today’s post is that these heightened feeling of enthusiasm, optimism, vision, and resolution that we begin a new year with need not die in the first few weeks. It must be cultivated and sustained anew every single day of the year. We must begin again daily, all through the year like it’s the start of the New Year.
Why do I say this? I have come to understand as a fact of life that there will be series of events, starting from the first few weeks that will seek to deflate your optimism by running contrary to your aspirations. Things will not always go as we planned. The difference maker then will be how we harness the power of new beginnings and deploy it all year round. The present is all you have and where real life happens. The present creates a new path and defines the content of the future.
Since every new day is steeped in the opportunities and power of beginnings, how then can we harness the power of daily beginnings?
1. Make a radical commitment to wonder
No matter what you have been through or currently going through, try to Imagine the world through the eyes of a child. Joseph pears says it succinctly “The more we can live in constant astonishment, the more we can harness a new dawn in every moment.” Choose to pause, observe and marvel. This makes life more satisfying and connected. It will help you remember that the minor sparks and hiccups, the things we all encounter everyday and often defined as stressors, are totally trivial after all.
2. Keep track of your perceptions
The power of beginnings hinges on the power of own perception. A chaplain once spoke with a soldier in a hospital bed, “You have lost an arm in a great cause.” “No”, said the Soldier. “I didn’t lose it, I gave it.” Profound! Between your choice and your perception lies your reality. We must keep track of the inner workings of our minds in harnessing our new beginnings.
3. Keep a journal
One great way to keep track of the inner workings of our mind is journalling. Get a small diary, jot down a few notes at the end of the day. What was the mood, tone, texture of the day? You can include a few details of the outward circumstances that made an impression on you. Focus on what happened inwards and record it. This will offer you a retrospective guide as you go through the rest of the year. You just mind find clues to understand yourself more as other impressions come along through the year.
All great things have come because of one initial decision to honour that single moment and to make it a new beginning. The beginning of anything has within it the seeds of the totality of that thing. So, begin the year on a great note. BEGIN EACH YEAR EVERYDAY
The HUMAN LIFE has an INCREDIBLE CAPACITY to CREATE his OWN MEDIA, BELIEVING ONLY what he WANTS and SELLING it to his WORLD. DECEPTION is the INSTRUMENT that ALLOWS the HUMAN MIND to WRITE his OWN LIES as his STORY, to be his OWN MEDIA and his OWN AUDIENCE, together with a FEW WEAK MINDS who wear the GARMENT of HONOR but KNOW NOT its STANDARDS; and so CELEBRATES a LIE as FACT, and MEDIOCRITY as EXCELLENCE. You had better CLEAN UP and to YOURSELF be TRUE, because SOON, the same WORLD that puts its ORNAMENTS on your NECK, is the same WORLD that will REMOVE it with your SHAME in their HANDS. The KING of ALL IDEAS is to KNOW that the LIFE of the HUMAN MORTAL is NEVER about the IMPRESSIONS he can make in the MINDS of OBSERVERS…but in his DEDICATION to the CAUSE of SELF-IMPROVEMENT and DEVOTION to his MAKER. ANY ACT outside of these will have ONLY a TEMPORARY EFFECT that is INCAPABLE of SUSTAINING the kind of MEANING and BALANCE required for a UNIQUE JOURNEY of LIFE. NELSON MANDELA understands this MORE than I DO! It is a CRITICAL PART of his LEGACY. Olakunle Soriyan
Welcome to today’s snippet of LESSONS from FAILURE with OLAKUNLE SORIYAN aired on SMOOTH 98.1. My focus on the show this morning was on PROBLEMS. I have said again and again that few have failed as much as i have. I’ve lost a lot to failure and i have also gained a lot from it. Failure has given me a mental posture towards so-called problems. I learnt it the hard way but it’s free for you here. You see, the three most important things in life after God, are PEOPLE, PLACES and EVENTS. The inter-play of these three creates your life; and correctly interpreting them is arguably the critical difference in people. These three variables create your reality, and when reality is wrongly interpreted, we naively create what we call PROBLEMS. If problems do exist, our most noble commitment should be to master how to solve them…every time. Problems are NEW EXPERIENCES. Learn this, there is always a significant level of DISCOMFORT, UNEASINESS and sometimes FEAR and ANXIETY that comes from the FRESHNESS of a NEW EXPERIENCE, or contact with the UNKNOWN. When you think you have a problem, it is because you have (either by your own foolishness, ignorance, unguarded outburst or untactful-ness or those of others) found yourself in a place your world-view terms as negative, shameful, painful or embarrassing. Whichever way, that place is a place you have not been before or was a nasty experience the last time you were there or you heard or knew someone was there. So we call it a problem. No! It’s not a problem; it is a NEW EXPERIENCE. A NEW EXPERIENCE is a necessary ladder to your next level of relevance; and It is the human duty to hold it to be completely true and self-evident within us that what we call problems are what actually define the relevance and meaning of solutions. If pain is not a reality, then victories and testimonies will be meaningless; as we ONLY celebrate a victory and sing songs of testimony because the situation initially held a potential for pain, shame, embarrassment or even death. Don’t forget that whatever you are going through now can get worse if you don’t get the right thinking and perception. Truth is, we all possess the power to make anything what it will be. It is in your hands!