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This is my official new year article. It doesn’t matter when you saw it, I believe its evergreen.

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That moment the hour, minute and second hands all align to the number 12 on the clock just after the last minutes of December, sounds of joy, hearty cheers and glamorous jubilations takes the order of the day. Whether one believes in the celebration or not, this thing called “New Year celebration” has come to stay and no ideology can fight it. This is the moment that network providers begin to count their billions because countless calls and new year messages goes on at that time! No celebration has that power to trigger the amount of traffic that goes on in the cellular networks and of course the data networks! But guess what? The network providers have already established systems that make them get the best out of every moment! So, while we are busy sending messages and making calls, they are busy counting their billions.

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The Social Network is not left out at this hour! Such hours are usually those quiet times in the social network but not so with the New Year’s first minutes! People sleeping at that time of the day is seen as fools because they crossed into their new year sleeping! Some superstitions has it that such people will have unsuccessful year.

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The roads? They are coloured with dust and ashes from tires that are set on fire and people who do that claims they are chasing away the previous year with all its bad lucks, failures and problems! The successful exercise is always celebrated with drinking of beer and dancing!

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With all these frenzy march into the new year, one begins to wonder if people really understand what the new year is and how it happens. I think I will do a little justice to that.


The earth rotates round its own axis and a completion of that is usually called one day. The moon rotates round the earth, and when it is completed, it is called a month. Then, the earth cycles round the sun. The sun is too powerful that its gravitational force pulls the earth round it. The moment the earth completes a rotation round the sun, we call it one year!

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Now, what are people really celebrating? The completion of the earth’s journey round the sun or ignorance? Yes… Almost everyone is celebrating ignorance. IThe new year is not a new world, a new beginning or a new life. This is what people fail to realise and they begin their year with the same procedures they’ve always used and things still remain the way they are or even get worse!

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The New Year day is just the same with every new day! That the year is new doesn’t mean your failures have suddenly turned to success! It doesn’t mean your laziness has suddenly turned to strength and it doesn’t mean your failure to plan has suddenly become plans of success! Pray all you want into the new year, if you have not really put certain things to work, your prayer sees nothing to act upon. You don’t pray for success and succeed when you never planned for success.

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The earth doesn’t stop rotating when its session of rotation is completed! It continues rotating… Unlike us, it doesn’t join us in public holidays, it doesn’t have any single second to spend on nothing! The earth keeps moving!

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Burning tyres in the name of chasing the past year away doesn’t in anyway make any sense. It is in fact cheer stupidity in the highest order. Nothing was wrong with the past year, if anything really went wrong, it is our failure to plan or execute plans that manifested itself. If you still do the same thing you did in the past year, you will get the same result you get.

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Forget it, your theme for the year isn’t what controls your year. Your theme for the year should reflect your focus for the year and what you want to achieve for the year. It is not a magic chant for success! Call it “my year of money”, money will still be far away from you when you don’t work!

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The only difference between last year and present year is change of figures and not change of circumstances. Anytime you wake up to the reality of life, make plans and execute it, you will see result! When I wish people happy new year, I am sure my wish will not guarantee them happiness when they’ve failed to cultivate it. When I wish people a successful year, I know its still my wish for them and not their wish for themselves! What does that mean? When people wish us successful year, they are simply telling us that we must take responsibility of cultivating whatever it is they wish for us.

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We don’t fail because people wish us to fail! Lots of people who failed last year received good wishes from everyone around them but they did not succeed because they never cultivated success.

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One big step towards a better year is being grateful to God! Yes, we’ve been on earth to witness the earth complete its cycle and begin a new one. As long as we live, it is an opportunity to make better plans and do better works! Our living isn’t just to witness things but to be what people will witness! Isn’t that a reason to be thankful to God? Our thanksgiving to God is an act of faith.

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Maximise the potentials of every minute. Be prayerful but be also very active! It doesn’t mean you trust in your ability, but you trust in God’s ability to use you. Do you have a dream? Don’t sleep for another dream till you get it fulfilled.

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Jesus said in Luke 14:28

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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”

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No building or project is executed without planning.

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HOW TO TAKE HOLD OF SUCCESS 

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1. COMMITMENT TO GOD: There must be a delibrate and conscious commitment of what you do to God. God cannot establish your plans when you dont commit to Him. It is man who makes plans but it is God who makes an establishment of that plan. The Bible says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 another place says “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” Proverbs 16:9. You must take a step of your plans and you see God establishing it. You don’t plan to become the President of Nigeria and relax. You must take a step! It is faith that sponsor bold steps! When you believe God is on your side, you are not afraid to take steps. Another way you can commit what you do to God is by being faithful with helping the poor and by sponsoring the works we do for God. By doing this, you are getting God involved.
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2. CONNECT WITH MENTORS: We are in a world where the word “mentor” has been thwarted to mean something else. A mentor is not your “demi-god” or your dictator. A mentor is a counselor, an adviser, a coach and so on. One person is not limited to one person who advises him, you can have even more! People make plans but fail because they don’t have people who encourage, counsel and coach them! God never created man to walk alone. The Bible says “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22. While the Holy Spirit remains our senior mentor, we must always give ourselves to the teachings of the elders or experts! For instance, you don’t tell me you want to do business and a Pastor is your business coach! No! Let’s be realistic here. Whatever field of life you want to venture in, you need to find people who are successful in that field to coach you on that! You can have a business coach and also have a music coach if you are engaging in the two. You can have a relationship coach and still have other coaches or mentors in other fields! You must not neglect the place of experts. Even if you can’t find a coach you can relate with, you can find them through their teachings, books and other materials! You can even write to them and follow them up. Aside that, you need great friends who are supportive and people who believe in you. You don’t need people who will discourage you.

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3. KNOW THE TIME: The time is not the clock! The time is spiritual but clock is physical. It is not every time that is measured by the clock. The Bible says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. Ecclesiastes 3:1. Everything has its own time and every activity has its own season. You don’t expect yourself to succeed when you are in the Church building every time praying for success. There is time for fellowship, there is time for business. Yes, prayer is a timeless activity but when you understand prayer, you realise it is not something you cease every activity to do except on special cases. I pray while am working, I pray while am on the traffic… My heart is always connected to God! There is also time to get married, you don’t get married when you are not ready! You don’t marry because you have made money! There is time to build a house or buy a car! You don’t start struggling to do so when the money is not there for it! You must understand that everything has its time and you must be patient and still persistent to your dreams.

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When I was little, sometimes I would want to eat my breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time because the breakfast tasted delicious! But if I do, I will go hungry for the rest of the day because I didn’t eat according to the correct timing. Things may be trending, but it doesn’t mean its your time to buy it or do it.

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4. DON’T BE DESPERATE: That your mates got married the previous year shouldn’t make you become very desperate for marriage. That your mates all bought cars last year shouldn’t make you become desperate to buy car this year. Yes, your mates may have made so much money but never ever be desperate for all that! Desperation for anything makes you go for anything! The Bible says “Do not wear yourself out to get rich;do not trust your own cleverness.” Proverbs 23:4

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One certain time, I saw myself run into debts, I saw myself unable to pay lots of bills or even feed myself. I discovered that I ran into debts because I was trying to borrow to pay for other debts or bills and I really never saw myself coming out of it in that way. I became very desperate, I started struggling to see how I can make money like others. Suddenly, I saw that my desperation will only lead me into more troubles and I said to God “I am no longer fighting for it! Forgive me for trusting myself. I trusted myself it didn’t work out… Right now, even if the sky is falling, I will trust you”. After that, I had peace of mind. Not that things appeared better at once but I had peace and hope rising in me from nowhere. The Bible says “All this also comes from the Lord Almighty,whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent”. Isaiah 28:29. While your eyes maybe seeing danger and financial crisis, always know that God sees things differently. The Bible says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord”. Isaiah 55:9

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5. BE PRAYERFUL: While you have made plans, you must follow it up with prayers. Prayers can change lots of things! It is in the place of prayer that you make declarations! It is also in the place of prayer that you also receive certain directions. A prayerless man is a powerless person! Things can happen without prayer… I agree. But when you are persistent in prayer and active in execution of plans, you will experience extraordinary results. James 5:16

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You are not in a new world of accidental success, you’re still in the same world where every successful man deliberately worked for it. Its not a new stuff… Its simply the beginning of a recycle… Its just a new figure!

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Get to work!

Happy New Year.

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#KingGeorge

#GracefulGeorge

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