“By failing to prepare, your are preparing to fail” Benjamin Franklin
It is atimes frustrating to patiently wait for something you have no idea what time it is set to arrive. For example, a job offer, promotion, sponsorship, marriage and many more. Imagine a graduate that is still hoping to get a job since three years of finishing varsity; imagine an employee still waiting for a promotion since 10 years of employment in a company; imagine an application for a land acquisition or contract that is still pending since two years of applying; imagine a 36 year old lady still waiting for a spouse, the list is unending.
In moments like these, it is easy to give into despair, anger, bitterness and perhaps blame everything and everyone else for the unfavorable circumstance but oneself. Wait! pause a bit and try to answer these questions;
- How prepared are you for what you are waiting for?
- How resourceful are you to maintain what you are waiting for?
- How matured are you to handle what you are waiting for?
The case could be that tomorrow you receive the appointment letter or promotion letter to start working the next day but three or less months along the line, you are unable to cope with the job and therefore you quit or get fired. Perhaps the sponsorship arrives but along the line you feel like quitting because the pressure is more than you can bare. The man or woman of your “dreams” may arrive but character flaws may strain the whole relationship and therefore one of you may decide to call it a quit etc. It is therefore important to remind oneself that training or preparation does not start when the package arrives but rather “before it arrives”.
Proper preparation prevents poor performance ~ Anonymous
The “waiting period”, though dreadful, is a crucial part of the pending package. What are you doing with you time? Time wasted cannot be regained and Time spent productively is not wasted. Out of 24 hours each day, how much is given to sleep and productivity? How much is spent on working on ones bad attitude, negative mindset or building vocabulary and sharpening talents or existing skills etc. How much is spent on social media? how much is spent on unproductive or vision-less friends? How much is spent on reading and application? How much is spent on like-minded people? The more time a person spends improving themselves the less likely they are to feel overwhelmed during the waiting period. The more time a person spend working on themselves, the better their chances at succeeding.
To be continued…
by MisG Chinonye Ifezue