Two-thousand and twenty has a plethora of concern to everyone, especially YOU. There are many things to be concerned about, is it the fact that 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade; or that years like 2020 can only be found in a millennia like 1010, 3030; or the fact that the Nigeria government amongst many other nation-states has installed some policies bounded with consciousness in the minds of their citizenries i.e., the Nigeria Vision 20:2020. Again, there are many things to be anxious about this odd year.
Consequently, the continuous mentions of ‘World War 3’ made me indecisive if the year 2020 means war. More or less, I am sure war or negativities is not something I want, I am an advocate of peace, and I voraciously believe that ‘two wrongs would never make a right’. This is only one out of many positives and negatives words that I have heard from people.
My informal interviews with different species of formal, laymen, and professional people have heightened my consciousness about prospective occurrences in 2020. You won’t believe, a Barrister told me, ‘2020 is gonna be a bloody year‘, my further probing was unfortunately not answered satisfactorily. I could not decipher the ‘bloody’ in the statement. I was like, could it be the war-toned tweets of President Donald Trump on New Year Eve? Other reasons I thought about could not just provide a complete thought on why 2020 is going to be bloody.
Could you believe something! Whether good or bad, positive or negative, socially acceptable or taboo, wanted occurrence or unwanted, the spate at which occurrences would unveil in 2020 would be extraordinary. For those that would be successful this year, it would be at a never unimagined quantity. Do I need to say those that would fail this year, would do that prodigiously and severely?
Occurrences, happenings, and unveilings whether for individuals, organizations, companies, governments and nations would have new dimensions attached to them in 2020. Also, prospective events and innovations in the economy, education industry, political setting, health sector, including games and sports, would sporadically deviate (positive and negative) from the status quo.
We need not go far to search for the cause of the above discussed; moreover, it has initially been stated in this article, I hope I have all of YOU with me within! Anyways, for reiteration purposes and to further make things more precise, yourself and I have attached some extra consciousness to 2020. We have specially constructed our psyches, our emotions, our subconsciousness, and our mindsets to add some ‘unnecessary’ rigors to 2020.
Prayer (Go to the next dropdown if you are not a person of faith): Do not forget we are only shouting 2020! Third World War! Buhari! Iran Vs. America! because God preserved our lives. We should appreciate God for the grace to witness 2020. Despite our individualized heightened consciousness, kindly don’t forget to tell your Creator what you desire this year consistently.
Before this year commenced, I have observed people talk about 2020 at an alarming and frightening manner. Thus, I have concluded that I will not be left behind in the already foreseen expectations and exigencies of 2020.
Thus, for the kind of person that I am, and for that rare gem personality that you are, I have pinpointed some titbits to guide us this new year. Kindly be reminded that these titbits individually have books written on them, please do not forget to consult hard and soft materials further. These are the compendium of what I found very important for 2020 since we already have our subconsciousness awoke.
It can be inferred from James Thompson, in his book titled Subconscious Mindpower ‘When you come up with that list, begin by praying an earnest prayer asking for each of those things to be true in your life, and stating specifically that you have faith that these things are yours.’
Have a Purpose: Purpose!!! I can avow that the most incessant term in over 90% of my counselling and coaching is PURPOSE. When people seek help from me, my consciousness is undertoned to observe if the personage has discovered purpose. I always want to know if the person is only living life as life presents itself, or almost doing EVERYTHING, and unfortunately, not doing anything.
There is no hard rule for discovering purpose. Like most motivations, purpose is that particular thing that you cannot do without, something your Mum cannot talk you out on, something you find yourself doing almost EVERYDAY, and then when you complete doing them, you will be happy with yourself! For example, you find yourself playing football from age 6 until you were 25, you’re always discouraged by friends and relatives that not everyone would be a Ronaldo, yet you continue to train every day. Brethren! That is your purpose or your calling.
There is no late time to discover purpose, what is essential is to ensure you discover it. To a relevant extent, I only discovered this Luqman in 2017, despite the fact that that people have known me for excellence several years back. Always look out for Academia, Agripreneurship, Education Change-Leadership (AAE) in my profiles, I always say AAE represents Luqman, look for what represents you! A popular Nigeria public speaker – Femi Chacha Naija in an event in 2019 said ‘know the date you were born, and the date you discover yourself, differentiate the duo and always celebrate the date you discovered yourself’
Time management: I told my family in an annual ‘New Year Meeting Series’ in 2019 that it has started and it would end SOON. They were like, this it is just 1st of January; fortunately, they believed me in 2020. My siblings could recollect easily the very moment I said those words; they exclaimed, So Fast!
In spite of our emotions for this year, I am telling you we only have 365 days (Bomboclat! we have 1 extra day) like every leap year. Time is running, the time you have consumed in reading this piece would never be retrieved, meanwhile, continue reading, trust me, it is worth it. Remember, time is the only resource that, when misused, will never come back.
For you to be celebrated in 2020, you have to plan your schedules and engagements. However, there might be hitches and surprises, yet, work with a time plan and execute your tasks accordingly. Importantly, be accountable to YOU! It doesn’t mean you should not go clubbing, watch Hollywood, Nollywood and every other ‘woods’ we watch, just be conscious of how you spend your time, again it will never come back. A recent post by Zakariyah Wakilah on time management is a good place to start.
Count your wins and know your losses: For every success, you crush in 2020, kindly count them, congratulate yourself, and take out time to chill! Surprise yourself to a beach, a zoo, a holiday, and visit lovely places in 2020.
While you treat yourself, kindly promise yourself to do more to achieve many others that are waiting in your 2020 Goal Book. Accordingly, do not sober too much on your losses. 2019 taught me great lessons on how to move forward, especially when faced with ‘the humanity in human beings’ and/or individual negligence and carelessness.
NEVER GIVE UP!: For some of us, 2020 is just not the year to reap, or should I say 2020 might not bring forth our expectations. It might just be the year we would learn that daunting skill, acquire that knowledge, grab that certificate, pass that examination, cross that finish line, learn new methods, do extra readings and many more.
Remember, while plentiful would be counting their blessings, don’t despise them, move on, 2020 is not the year to give up, 2021 is just a breath away.
Conclusively, as much as 2020 might have raised ‘false/true consciousness’ of ourselves. Allow me to remind you that 2020 is just like 2019, and like every other year, it has started, and it will definitely end SOON. Run your race and be reminded of several years (may we all witness it) beyond 2020, also, know that your actions in 2020 implicate your years beyond.
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