MARILYN ANONA writes: You don’t have to be a genius, a superman, a hero or an activist to know who you are or what your life mission is.

You do not have a job, I mean no source of income at all… You live by asking for alms from people. Now! You have so many piled up and accumulated needs as a result. Such that no matter what amount someone gives to you, its not near being enough to solve your problems. A friend dashes you a small amount say 1000 Naira, you have needs for something as important as a pant (underwear) but you rush off to the grocery instead to buy a packet of cookies worth 650 Naira. Why can’t you place your priorities right? Okay! You have a job, you live in a 3 bedroom flat in Asokoro and you drive the latest range rover sport, G wagon or BMW… Every year, you spend lots of money on rent. You are still a bachelor. The amount you have spent paying for that flat in 3years is enough to get you a very good plot of land in Abuja. Why do you have to live in a 3bedroom flat in the first place as a bachelor without plans of investment? Why can’t you place your priorities right? Most people have this problem. You live with someone and you are not contributing to the rent. You are just squatting! Yet every new gadget or hair in the market you want to have. Most times, folks misplace their priorities either due to myopism, ignorance, outright foolishness or to impress people. Who are you impressing? In the long run what happens? We all should learn to place our priorities right especially those of us who have limited source of income and no financial security yet. We all know that human beings are insatiable but we should try as much as we can to control ourselves and curtail the love and lust we have for certain things. Yes! You only live once but that is no reason to do things with reckless abandon. If you have an idea of where you are going to in life then placing your priorities right comes naturally to you. If you know what it is you can’t take, you see yourself placing your priorities right. Once you know your values, placing your priorities right is compulsory. You don’t have to be a genius, a superman, a hero or an activist to know who you are or what your life mission is. Luckily, this is the time in your life when you get to take the lead, you get to decide what you want out of it. Knowing who you are and what you want can help set you in the right direction, and the earlier you start thinking about your life mission, the easier it is to make the appropriate decisions and plans to reach it. But honesty to one’s self is required. Once you know your mission and goals, be brutally honest with yourself. Are the activities that take up most of your time really moving you towards your goals? If not, it is time to set some priorities that support your goals, and make sure they get plenty of your time and attention. Critically evaluate and analyze everything you do before and while you do them. They could be spending money and time too because placing one’s priorities right isn’t just about finances. To be able to place your priorities right, you should be able to differentiate between: ***** Want and Need. ***** Urgent and Important. Its very easy to be busy. You could have a to do list as big as a dictionary, but the difficult part is choosing to do the most important ones. To live a life of well placed priorities could be very difficult. But that is the best way to become more effective and reach our goals faster with less effort instead of running without direction like a headless fowl. Placing our priorities right gives us a direction and makes us walk calmly towards it. Priorities are not what you say they are. They are what you actually do. So take
a moment to reflect on how you spend your time and your money, what your priorities have been lately, until now. And reflect on whether those are the priorities you want to live. If not, think of how to change the situation as soon as possible. To achieve your set priorities, think them through, don’t make them so difficult and muddled up and try to live them. I know most of us studied Economics as a subject at least in our Junior secondary school. So we should know about the “scale of preference” principle. It helps us to set our priorities right. So apply it in your day to day activities. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!

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5 comments

  1. I think it time we learn to practice “the scale of preference principle”.You are right Ms.Posh people should learn to set their priorities straight,a lot of people live in an ocean of illusion just because they want to make an impression on others. Denis Lehane once said. “There are so many more important things to worry about than how you are perceived by strangers” and that’s a fact my dear!Nice one Ms.Posh,right on point!

  2. Dis is a lecture dat must be read 2d whole world, babe, God shall take u dia 2stand b4 Kingz & Queens 2speak, not jst inspirational, but motivational principlez.

    Na me tok Am, God Endorse am

    HON. ABIMOSTER

  3. Dis is a lecture dat must be read 2d whole world, babe, God shall take u dia 2stand b4 Kingz & Queens 2speak, not jst inspirational, but motivational principlez.

    Na me tok Am, God Endorse am. I LUV U

    HON. ABIMOSTER

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