GET OFF THE STARTING BLOCK (2)

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Last year, by divine inspiration, I wrote an article on "Get off the starting block". Surprisingly, it became one of my most read articles, which drew many interest. I boiled it down into three subheadings, in which I shared insight on (1) Don't get stuck in indecision (2) Stop paying attention to the voice of failure and (3) Don't wait for a perfect circumstance before you hit the ground running.

However, I will be sharing a new train of thought in this second layer on "Getting off the starting block". I hope it spurs you into action and culminates in a new success story for you.

I believe to get a head start, you need to BEGIN TO MAKE INROADS IN THE PURSUIT OF YOUR GOALS for the year. You cannot afford to begin this year as a loafer, while wasting away time and opportunities to make a significant footprints in the sands of time and live a fulfilled life. As time begins to slide by, get into your stride and pick up new skills and competencies that would stand you in good stead.

In getting off the starting block, you also need to BURN THE BRIDGE OF FEAR AND DOUBT BEHIND YOU while you keep your eye on the ball. Put in a different way, "Get off your fears, worries and doubts" to make a start on the pursuit of your goals. According to John Maxwell, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great" .

It bears mentioning that being close to success is not synonymous with glowing with success. A pursuit that is close to success but no cigar is capable of inspiring regret. Most times, people bail out on their goals while being unaware of their closeness to the finish line. Hence, you need to BURN AND BRIM WITH THE FLAMES OF CONFIDENCE AN OPTIMISM to finish strong. It certainly pays off to disabuse your mind of the thought of bailing out before the end of the line.

To top it off, as you get off the starting block, you need to BLOW OFF DESTRUCTIVE CRITICISM expressed to get you off your stride. Take no account of destructive criticisms expressed to undercut your passion. Make light of your mistakes which may draw disheartening criticisms but leverage them as learning experiences to help you shape up and get ahead of the park. Remember the words of Aristotle, "To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing and be nothing."

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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