Have you ever heard of Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020? I remember when I was quite young and always heard about it. I wonder what happened to it that we no longer hear about it, or at least it has become quiet.
Curiosity made me always want to know about it and what it meant. There was Jo time in the early to late 2000s that you’d tune your TV or Radio sets and you wouldn’t hear broadcasters speak about it. Eventually, I got to know that Vision 20:2020 stood for Nigeria’s goal to be one of the top and leading 20 economies in the world by the year 2020. It is very fun to say out loud, 20 20 20. I was excited as per being a millennium child. It meant a lot.
However, it is 2020. Has the dream died or has it been lost? Could we no longer run with the vision of the pioneers or does the country no longer desire it? Have we forgotten it or is that we meant top 20 in Africa and not the world? Or we should wait till December 31st, 2020 by 11:59pm before we judge and settle scores?
Vision 20:2020 or not, a lot of us are like Nigeria (well, we are Nigerians and our individual and overall attitude has an effect on the state of the nation), we set goals we cannot live up to. We have big plans and dreams but on a set day our achievements are staggered and stagnant.
So, do we set resolutions or not? Yes, we still do. We set things we can achieve over time, we set goals, plans, desires, purpose, aim to grow, learn and develop until we get what we want.
If you are reading this in 2022, this is a good place to start.
HOW CAN WE SET ACHIEVABLE RESOLUTIONS?
- Have a purpose: let your resolutions be well defined, let your plans have an expected end, let it satisfy a part of your life, give you fulfilment, let it allow you grow and give you a sense of accomplishment.
- Don’t heap up plans: Start small. When planning, enable your long term goals can be broken down in a way that can be intertwined. From long term goals, create medium and short term goals. Have steps and process. With that, along the way, you don’t get weigh down and tires and abandon it all together. Little beginnings matter.
- Create a timeline: monitor your progress. Always have the end in sight.
- Celebrate your little wins: this gives a sense of accomplishment and the desire to do more.
- Have an accountability partner.
Don’t just plan. Make sure you can live up to it. Calculate the cost. Have expectations. Prepare for the downsides. Be consistent.
A Drop of Honey for Your Year.