Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! As I walked into my apartment after speaking somewhere few days ago, I looked at the television and discovered that Turkey and Croatia were playing at Euro 2016 in France. Am not a football fanatic but for the few minutes I watched the match, I saw something that triggered this discussion. While the players were fighting for the ball at the corner area, one of the players mistakenly kicked the corner flag and damaged it. Right before my eyes, the organizers brought another corner flag and replaced the old one within few seconds! Even the commentators commended the organizers for their strategic planning!
I took my diary and began to analyse that incident. What if the organizers did not have an extra corner flag at that crucial moment? What if they concluded during the planning stage that the wood or whatever they used to construct the flag was strong and there was no way players can damage it? Am sure the organizers thought about that, but they went ahead to purchase extra corner flag in case of any eventuality!
If you attended our conferences (Inspire Africa Project Conference) last year, am sure you will remember the various ways I defined planning. My favorite is; “Planning is the ability to live in the present and operate from the future.” This is where most Africans fail woofly! We don’t plan beyond today because we have the habit of abandoning our responsibilities to God.
Even though P.W Botha’s summation of the black man’s behavior was derogatory, but he made some salient points. He said that; “Most Blacks are vulnerable to money inducements. I have set aside a special fund to exploit this avenue. The old trick of divide and rule is still very valid today. Our experts should work day and night to set the Black man against his fellowman. His inferior sense of morals can be exploited beautifully.
And here is a creature that lacks foresight. There is a need for us to combat him in long term projections that he cannot suspect. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year: that stance, for example, should be exploited.”
Well I may not agree with all the things he said, but if you take a critical look across Africa, especially in Nigeria, you will discover that some of the things he said was like a prophetic declaration. How many Africans plan their lives beyond a week? Maybe few!
I have heard many people say with pride that they do not like planning because they are not even sure whether they will be alive tomorrow or not. That sounds nice, but they forget that they have parents, siblings, and more importantly, children! Planning is not a sign of faithlessness. On the contrary, it’s a sign that you have complete confidence in God for the provision of what you have not seen .
If you suddenly become sick or incapacitated, can you still comfortably take care of yourself and your family? If the answer is no then there is a big problem. If you must work before you can meet your needs, it means you are not planning beyond twenty-four hours! One of the reasons why organized labour strike actions doesn’t succeed in Nigeria is because millions of us cannot meet our daily needs unless we earn an income.
Why should someone work for twenty-five years, and he or she doesn’t have a plot of land anywhere in this world? How can a business man labour to grow his business for thirty years only to become a beggar at old age? The answer is lack of planning!
I was shocked the day I saw one of the leading importers of building material products in Nigeria (in the 80s and 90s) hustling as a bus driver in Lagos! Well if you ask an average African what happened to that man, am sure they will tell you that either the man made his money through cult or his enemies rendered him useless in life. I totally agree with that assumption. But that man was not just a church goer, he was a preacher! Up till today, he is still serving God passionately! I think he ended up as a bus driver because he failed to plan for today when he was swimming in millions.
If you look at the creation process you will see how God strategically planned the earth. He did not start the creation process until He created light to dispel darkness. He did not create fish until He provided where they will live-water! If He had created fish before He separated water and dry ground, am sure they world have died.
Before He created animals, He first of all created trees and vegetations to serve as their houses and food. God did not create man until the earth was well structured. God planted a garden called Eden and provided seeds which Adam would plant in order to have enough food before He created Adam! God created man on the seventh day after He strategically planned the earth so that there won’t be confusion! If God is your Creator you must follow His footsteps by planning your life in advance. Don’t wait until things become so bad before you start.
Jesus said; “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.” Luke 14:28-32.
He was indirectly saying that if you really want to make heaven, you must sit down and plan for it because nobody will go to heave by mistake! In the same vein, before you can build a tower (your future) you must sit down and plan how to accomplish it, otherwise, you will lay the foundation and abandon it. And you know what will happen- people will mock you.
Before a nation can go to war, the leaders must sit down and strategically analyse the strength of their soldiers, their ammunition and other weapons to see whether they can defeat their enemy. Otherwise, they will start pleading for ceasefire in the middle of the war! So you can see that planning is winning! Are you ready to strategically plan your life from today? Wisdom is profitable to direct! To be continued. Keep soaring!
On the 26th June, 2016, at Villa Park Hotel, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, I will be speaking at Inspire Africa Project Conference! The theme is Money Making Opportunities In Nigeria! We made the admission affordable (N2,000) so that an average Nigerian youth can attend the conference. You can pay or transfer into this account and come with your teller; King’s Uncommon Wisdom Limited. 0141855113. GTBank.
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