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My phone rang in the middle of the night and I was forced to wake up from my sleep. It should be an emergency at work I thought. I struggled to pick the phone and it was my friend who said he was celebrating his birthday at a community club and wanted me to join the party. I looked at the time again and it was 2.00 am.  I politely mentioned to him that I will not be able to attend since I was not informed earlier and also told him how I felt about the midnight call.

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Immediately I got off the line, I decided to view my call history and logs. I decided to write out each caller and estimated the reasons and value of each of the calls. I noticed that I have been having several conversations during the month that had no estimated present of future value.

I went further to evaluate the list of my friends and their contribution to my goals and I noticed that there was no correlation.  I knew I had a lot of work to do since it was clear to me that my network determines my networth.

The innate value of a network and what you get out of it can make or break your chances for development.

Your time is valuable and networking can be hit and miss if you cannot assess the value of your network first. Before you start networking, find out about the network and how it can help you move toward your goals.

Having a dream is important in life and having short goals that every day moves us closer to every day of our dream is even more important. In our previous article, we have emphasized the need to have a purpose or a dream and run with it, but it is also pertinent to mention that Whatever your desire is, you need to measure your daily activities towards the realization of this singular desire of your heart. It isn’t just about having a goal or writing down a mission statement, what you do or decide not to do every day all matters in the end to whether your desire will be fulfilled or not.

If you will make any significant impact in and with your life, your daily actions and inactions must be reviewed for change (D.O.K)

I have come to realize this simple truth that what you do is not far from who you become. It is as simple as what you spend your time doing, you become good at, so it boils down then to how you spend your time. In a single day, you have only 24 hours, at the end of this 24 hours, the summation of what you have done that day will show if you are setting yourself up for success or for failure when it comes to fulfilling your dream or your desire. Let’s review these everyday actions that impact on our goals.

  1. Your call log: these are the people you are in daily contact with, your association, your close network. These people are very integral to the person you become and whether or not your dreams will come true. Do these people challenge you? Do they inspire you or are they just gist lovers, you know, friends that like to carry around the latest gist. If we check your call log, what kind of people are we going to find? If they are the kind that helps you to take those baby steps to fulfill your dreams then congratulations, if otherwise, then you need to review contact list as quickly as possible.
  2. Your financial statement: how you spend your money is also very key. People who have shown to be prudent with money eventually succeed when they are in management roles, be it at work or in government or even in education. Let’s have a look at your financial history and see what percentage of your money goes to what. In many cases, you can always know via a person’s financial history whether a man is as honest as he says he is.
  3. Your diet: our body thrives on good food and good rest. Feeding it with junk is a sign that you do not take what you have seriously. It doesn’t matter how lofty your dream is if you are not in good health either as a result of what you eat or how you rest, there isn’t much that can be done. So to enjoy the progress of your dream, watch what you feed your body!
  4. Your library: what books are you reading? I once heard my pastor say, read a book at any time and you gain knowledge but read that book in a moment of crises and you gain instruction. In this case, there are no crises but there is a desire or a dream in your heart. If you read a book tailored in that direction, you will gain plenty of wisdom and instruction on how to bring that dream to reality.

Conclusion

Networks grant access. Access increases opportunities. Capitalizing on opportunities leads to success. Timing and talent are important factors, but having the right network to leverage when you need it vastly improves your probability of success. 

Many people have big dreams and great desires to be this and that, but only a few take the due diligence to ensure that their daily actions are in line with their endpoint.

Don’t just do nothing, start daily, start today to consciously set yourself up for success!

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