BellaNaija is proud to partner with the organizers of Gidi Culture Festival. So, what exactly is Gidi Culture Festival? It is a movement which serves to provoke insightful thoughts, towards the motivated and empowered African youth. It is the voice for the youth, by the youth. The African society seems to have failed the youth; unemployment ravages its populace, to the extent that the will to matter eludes the average citizen. Our society in its acknowledgement of social strata has barricaded the common man from the luxuries of quality, accessible entertainment in a safe environment. The Gidi Culture Festival bring this to an end and has been noted for its novel ideas in giving back to the community with its Beach Sweeps and Dreams project. This 8-part series hopes to send a meaningful discourse among young people today.
The dictionaries may define ‘determination’ as firmness of purpose and so forth. Motivational speakers and our life coaches define determination as being an unyielding perseverance to succeed in life. This conversation seeks to address its loss.It may be a subject that should not be examined in isolation based on the peculiarities that surround its object, and divergent circumstances. After all nobody knows what life has served you.
As young adults we dreamed dreams, we reached for the stars in our minds, we approached all things with the can do might. This wasn’t borne out of a juvenile tendency, but a heart that knew it could conquer the world. Then we got beat by life.
‘How did I get here?’ you wonder. This hopeless place, where your ambitious spirit that desired to take over the world has been replaced with thoughts of “one day at a time”. In your despair and forlorn you feel the thick cloud of complacence overtake the beams of hope and determination you once were, the overflow of ideas you personified now says I try nah – at least I have a paying job; I live in a three bedroom flat; I have a nice car with air conditioning and I don’t wear clothes from Bend Down Boutique anymore. There is no more thirst! You have been sucked in.
Where are the globe transforming business plans you had lined up years ago? You look at them now and you wonder, ‘oh my God did I write these?’ You ask, where is that person who thought up all these great ideas? I will give you the answer for free, that person got beat by life and is sucked in.
Remember your days as a young adult. Remember the fire you had in your bones. The picture was crystal clear and it said that life had to be good. It said that at 30 you must have achieved X, at 40 Y, and at 45, when you had planned to retire, XYZ was to be in place. But at some point the demands of life coupled with a line-up of responsibilities crept in and then you lost it.
If you pursued higher education, perhaps you served your father land Nigeria and then the journey began. Job search in Nigeria can be brutal, endless series of aptitude tests with nothing to show. Years later you finally find something that would excuse your friends and family members from being harassed for financial assistance. You took the chance believing that it was the humble beginning to a great end but then the years rolled bye and you find yourself saying “I have made efforts to break out of the average earning to no end”, now the feeling of helplessness and a general loss of purpose ensues.
We make excuses like, “I tried all I could to move to the next level”; but truthfully, did you? Or in your heart did you feel like there will always be time to get to the part where you make the effort to execute you dreams and passion.
It is given that going through life in itself can be quite a ride, but we have to keep our eyes on the goals we have set. What a determination to succeed means to you is very likely differ from the next person. But whatever the yard stick, there is a universal acid test. Have you achieved all that you set out to at this time of your life? To some, this question will always seem unrealistic but to others, it is a call to the path of greatness again. If you are feeling lost at this moment, all hope is not lost and all you need to do is take one step at a time towards your dreams.
Here are some tips to get back on the path to actualization:
Go Back to The Drawing Board
Regrouping is the word here. Make a plan as to how you want to execute your goals. Think back to the things that caused you to be determined to succeed, draw strength and inspiration from them as you embark on this return voyage.
Set Achievable Targets
This is an indispensable key in execution. It is one thing to set targets, yet another for your targets to be achievable. Remember that unrealistic targets may lead to an abandoned venture – you do not want to set yourself up to fail!
Set Progress Checkers
A good way to go about this would be timelines against proposed actions. Bear in mind that there are other aspects of your life that will keep clamouring for your time and attention, in order not to lose sight of your personal goals a track system should be in place.
Be Open To Modifications
Again we live in an ever changing world. Some of the ideas that were relevant a decade ago may need to be revisited and updated. Carrying out specific industry relevant research is a smart way to handle this. You want to stay fresh in your proposed space.
Hang With the Right Crowd
The power of influence cannot be over stated. Like minded people are your best bet in this time of transition. You should be with people who are determined to make a difference in life as well; people who will give you the right counsel and the extra push you may need in your low moments and in critical decision making.
In finishing, you can be all that you want to be in life. Staying determined despite the fact that life may not be as easy as it is said, but is sure to guarantee your desired end. As Tommy Lasorda rightly said “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination”. This is a call to pursue purpose again, a call to re-determination.
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