John Maxwell wrote: The secret of your success is based on what you keep on your daily agenda. He went further to say that, "If you make a few key decisions and then manage them well in your daily agenda, you will succeed." Therefore, it goes without saying that if you would make headway in life and lead a successful life, what you keep on your daily agenda should set the tone for your success story. Every day provides you with the opportunity to grow your potential, capability and knowledge bank. So what you deposit into your knowledge bank in the short term would influence the prospect and magnitude of your earning in the long term. On the strength of this, you cannot afford to fiddle away your time. You cannot expect to be in the limelight if you are underplaying the import of making most use of your time. Successful people are forward thinking and would prefer to make wise investment now so they could build up a rock solid foundation and edifice for the future they desire.

Therefore, if you want to reach your goal, you must be willing to ask yourself some salient questions; one of which is, "Am I going in the right direction?" This is a question of PROGRESSION. If what you keep on your daily agenda is much of amusement and self indulgence, you run the risk of floating through life. And because some people are yet to come to terms with the fact that there is no gain without pain, they make light of wise counsel to embrace diligence. By putting hard work under the radar, they decrease the odds of emerging in the spotlight. Another salient question which successful people ask is, "Can my daily to-dos help me to gather pace in my race to stardom?". This is a question of MOMENTUM. While it is commendable to make progress, you can determine the pace at which you want to get to the finish line. It would be beneficial to spot speed bumps, diversions and distractions that are receding your pace to reach your desired altitude and wisely dispense with them.

Finally, you must be willing to answer the question, "Would I be able to maximise my potential based on the line ups on my daily agenda?" This is simply a question of FULFILMENT. It bears mentioning that the people who lower the bar for themselves don't make the headlines. In order to get to the high point of your trade, profession or career, you need to make the habit of raising the bar at each phase of your success story. You don't have to benchmark your success against someone else success story. What should be top of mind for you is that, as you exceed your target, keep setting new standards. It isn't time to rest on your laurels. You shouldn't allow yesterday's success to get in the way of tomorrow's success. Hence, don't allow your talents and potential to gather dust when it can be exploited to enrich lives without leaving you stuck in poverty.

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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