Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources towards accomplishing a defined goal. If you can sit down to strategically structure your life, you will develop a laser beam focus that will guarantee unprecedented success in every area of your life. If you want to live an organized life, you must learn the secret of planning.
Strategic planning is a systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and the ability to translate this vision into clearly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. This definition shows that planning is not possible until you envision a desired future.
One of the major reasons why some of us finds it difficult to plan is because we don’t have a vision. If a man sees himself moving from Lagos to Enugu, nobody will beg him to sit down and strategically plan on how to move from where he is to where he wants to be! So while others are playing around because they don’t have any destination in view, you are strategizing on how to move from where you are to where you desired to be. Planning is not possible until you have a destination in mind.
Traveling frequently for speaking engagements has helped me to understand the true meaning of vision and planning. Nobody wakes up and decide to travel, unless you have an emergency. Sometimes I speak in two or three cities at a stretch, and to plan for that journey, I have to arrange everything I will need in each event. My destination determines my preparation!
Let’s consider the areas you need to plan. (Don’t forget to attend Inspire Africa Project Conference on the 26th of June, 2016 at Villa Park hotel, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos. See the handbill for more information, or call 07032681154).
1. Plan Before You Marry. A man is not qualified to marry unless he has a steady income and a roof over his head. It’s only in Africa that a man who lives in his parents home will propose to a lady and she will accept his proposal. When God said that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, He was indirectly saying that before a man should think about marriage, he must have his own home and be financially independent!
A lady said to me one day, what if the man doesn’t have a steady income and a home and he is getting old, what should the man for? My answer was simple, the man should remain single, die and make heaven! There are things you cannot manage in this life, one of them is getting married unprepared. Many people died prematurely because they started living under intense pressure right from the day they got married!
A man that wants to get married must ask himself, what will it take to cater for another man’s daughter and four kids! You can live comfortably in one room apartment as a bachelor, but the moment you’re dreaming about marriage, you must rent or buy a bigger apartment. Why? Because you are now two in the house, and children will soon start arriving.
As a bachelor, you may not cook in your one room apartment from January to December, but the moment you marry another man’s daughter, you must cook in that house on daily basis. You will soon start paying school fees and even lesson fees. You will buy diapers for one year or more whenever God blesses your home with a baby.
If three babies arrive at the same time, it means every baby stuff you buy will be multiplied into three! If any of your babies refuses to be born through the natural channel, then you must have between N180,000 to N400,000 for caesarean section!
I saw a young man who was begging for money to pay for hospital bill because his wife had her baby through caesarean section, and he did not have N180,000 to pay. I asked the man, are you the one that impregnated your wife or did another man do it on your behalf? He looked at me aghast because he didn’t understand what I meant. I said to him, you have nine months to prepare for the delivery of your baby, what were you doing all these while?
A man who impregnated his wife should prepare for the coming of the child! And you must prepare for either normal delivery or caesarean section. Having your baby through caesarean section is not a sign of faithlessness, but the ability to use your God-given wisdom to save both your wife and the baby. Dear young man, marriage is bigger than sexual gratification. Getting married means responsibility! If you are not ready to take full responsibility kindly remain single and make heaven in peace.
A young man who was getting ready to marry without having any source of income said to me, “Sir, the Lord will provide for me and my family!” I said, young man, if you don’t want to die before your time, kindly make sure you have a steady source of income before you say ‘I do’ to another man’s daughter. I am using the phrase ‘another man’s daughter’ to show you the gravity of what you are going into! Am not trying to stop you from getting married, am just showing you what it takes to get married so that you can prepare for it.
Dear young lady, you must also plan on how to have a stress free marriage. Do you know how to cook at least, five different soups? Well, your husband might cook sometimes, but you’re the commander in chief of what goes into everyone’s stomach in the house. Are you ready to submit to another man? I know that you’re equal with your husband but the man is the head of your family.
Planning is the step by step approach to accomplishing your task. Before you make up your mind to marry any man or woman, you must sit down and strategize on how to make that union a blissful one!
Steve Maraboli said; “When you establish a destination by defining what you want, then take physical action by making choices that move you towards that destination, the possibility for success is limitless and arrival at the destination is inevitable.”
Warren Buffet puts it this way; “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Do you have a strategic plan for your life and destiny? To be continued. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities!
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