Clarity for the year | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

I believe that for many, today, the fourth day of January 2016 is the first working day of the year. If there is anything you need to start with, it is clarity for the year. You can’t afford to get into the year and start on a very clumsy note.

For this month, what will you achieve? Do you even have a list of the things you are going to achieve in the year 2016? How are you going to achieve those things that you have set out to achieve? What moves do you need to make on a daily basis that will take you in the direction of your goals?

Let me give you some examples that will help your goals this year. I know someone who wanted to have a certain amount of money at the end of each year. He has a job and there is a cooperative society in that organisation. So what he did was to ask the organisation to remove a certain amount from his salary every month. At the end of the year, the cooperative society will return the money to him and will embark on any project that pleases him.

Another person who is my own cousin has a plan for taking care of his rent. Every month, he would send some money to an insurance company and at the end of the year, the insurance company will return the money to him. That way he never has to sweat about getting money for his rent.

Someone might be reading this and wondering, ‘what if I don’t have a job and money to put away somewhere?’ Now that’s what you have to take care of. This is not the year to wait endlessly and hope that a job will come. This must be your action year.

I want to suggest that while you are hoping for a better job, come up with a plan for a moderately small business. If it is moderately small, it will be easy to ask people to either borrow you the money or give you as a gift to start the business.

If you are not one of those who always think that one business is too small or your status is bigger than that business, then you will be able to make remarkable progress while others are still looking for jobs.

I want to suggest that you take a sheet of paper and write down a few things you will like to achieve before the end of this year. You may write only a few things so that it can be easier for you. You may also write up to five or ten things. The other side to it is to have a goal for each month.

Don’t keep the goals in your head. Don’t even say I know all that I want to achieve by heart. Write the goals and make them plain. Put them somewhere you can see them from time to time. Set reminders on your phones for the time given to each goal.

This is something you must do in other to go into the year with clarity. If you make the mistake of going into this year without clarity, you may waste half of the year before realizing that the year is gone.

You must also note that the year has started running very fast. It may not be obvious but don’t be caught unaware. Hit the ground running immediately and do as much as you can.

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