The problem that majority of African youth have in life is that they do not know exactly what they want to be in life. This is the crux of the matter. After each seminar I run across the length and width of Africa, I receive numerous phone calls and text messages from young people telling me of their inability of ascertaining what they really want to be in life. My answer to them is always: “Make it your number one goal to determine what you really want to be in life.” Until you discover what it is you want to be in your entire life, you will continue to be stuck up in your comfort zone, and the so called rat-race. A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel. The increased image of work as a “rat race” in modern times has led many people to question their own attitudes to work and seek a better alternative or a more harmonious work-life balance. Many workers believe that long work hours, stressful jobs, time spent commuting to and fro, less time for family life, has led to generally unhappier workforce/population unable to enjoy the benefits of increased economic prosperity and a higher standard of living. Do you want to continue with your rat race or do want to make a change?
Start work on your future today. Do not waste time any longer. Sit down and think and determine what you want. Thinking is the spade work of life changing process. How do you start? First, believe that nothing is impossible for you to accomplish. Have faith in your ability to achieve any dream or task you lay your hand on. Second, write down everything that you would want to be, do and have, without thinking of any obstacles or limitations that may hinder their realisation. Your ability to set goals in life and make serious plans for their accomplishment is the master key to success. It is important that you write down your goals on paper. This is very important. Do not ignore it and never think that you know your goals at heart or in your head. Third, just do as Theodore Roosevelt once advised: “Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are.” Don’t wait for the perfect situation to present itself before you make a move. Lao-Tse, the ancient Chinese philosopher said that: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Only begin and the future will unfold.
Fourth, determine what you enjoy doing. What gives you the most, the deepest satisfaction in life? What are your core competencies? Successful people do what they love to do. So how good are you at what you do? What is it that you do in an excellent fashion that you are worth the kind of money that you want to earn? Fifth, determine the price you are going to pay to achieve your goal. The Law of Cause and Effect is the iron law of the universe. For everything that you want, there is a price that must be paid. This price must be paid in full and in advance. Resist the temptation of comfort zone. And remember that the secret of getting ahead is getting started.