Why you must be courageous enough to make brave choices


You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. Nancy D. Solomon

Image result for Images for CourageEvery day, we set targets, map out our goals; rely on Heavens grace for them to come through. But then, we get disappointed, sometimes frustrated and defeated, ultimately leading to loss of interest, when things don’t get done the instant we want them. Well, it is human; we have all been there at one stage in our lives; but then, the difference between those who are already living their dreams and those still dreaming is the choices made, actions taken and their perseverance.

Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah says 'the greatest sin in the world is the sin of indifference.

The question "to be or not to be" is a decision we must take every day. When we choose to be indifferent, we give a nod to evils to thrive.  The change we seek must first start within, you must choose to act, even if you choose not to act, at least you made a choice. The greatest risk in life is the not taking risk at all. Remember that if you fail to stand for anything, you will fall for everything. Choices not chances define who we are. The decision to act comes with the discipline of patience and perseverance.

Image result for Images for CourageHave a cause that you live for and that is worth dying for.  Do not settle for less than you deserve because you wouldn't want to come across as greedy or ungrateful. Be wise enough to know when to draw the line. Go all out and take what you want from life. Be bold and a master of your life”. Maryjane Okobi

Our Nation's founding Fathers long had a dream and despite several oppositions, they were unfazed, today we have Nigeria.  In the movie Selma, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and even in the face of daunting challenges, racist taunts, he stood his ground, kept his head in the game, persevered in his steps and despite paying the supreme price, today Barack Obama is President.

I feel it is terrible for us to start talking about #BlackLivesMatter because in the first place there should not be any distinction among people united under one common national philosophy of “In God We Trust”.

These happenings basically spit on the graves of people like Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and all civil rights activists. Though it brings to the fore the much debated Gun Control legislation, but what is wrong is wrong. This is what you get when the Police Force is over militarized as you have in Nigeria. Luckily for us, when you put your hand into your pocket in front of a checkpoint, the policeman is happy because he knows he will get something from you. At least that is the joke country making the rounds now.
Forgive me; this is not a class in National Security or Disarmament!

When your dreams seem like they are bigger than you, wake up, divide them into episodes and seasons but most Importantly like Winston Churchill would always say "Never Give Up!" "Never Give Up!" "Never Ever Give Up!"

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in his 2015 Independence broadcast said "impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results".  Even if we continue to groan under the many severe economic hardships in Nigeria and blame him for the many lopsided political appointments, there is a whole of potency in his words. If you are looking for anyone to school you on perseverance, he is your many for it was his fourth attempt that won him the election and the coveted prize.

Most times we get all holed up in our cocoon; too afraid to pick up the brave stick, move out and fly. Sometimes still, we are all in a hurry to spread our wings and fly out on an adventure. Hear the words of Mohammed Ali "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." 

The butterfly stays in its cocoon, looked within, draws strength, grow deep and develop from the inside before going outside. It understands the essence of development, of waiting for the right time. Learn from the butterfly. Grow within then fly, grow deep before spreading!

Image result for Images for CourageThe man who preserve is brave; although bravery is not perseverance. The patient man avoids mistakes because he plans well. While speed is profitable sometimes, order, patience and perseverance will win you the greater success.

Slow but steady, let courage drive your decisions!

“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”  Max De Pree


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