I was privileged to play in a soccer tournament some 12months ago. My team certainly is not one of the favourites to win the tournament but we were determined to get something out of it. To our amazement and that of others, we found ourselves in the finals. Alas, we blew it when it mattered most. Since we didn't believe we could make it to the finals, we were not confident enough to play against the best team of the tournament. The result? We were battered mercilessly. About some four weeks later, we had another tournament. We again found ourselves in the finals against the same team. This time, we had learned our lessons very well. Not only was the memory of the last game with them fresh in our hearts, we were able to use it against them. We planned very well and countered all their guises and by a hair's breath, we won 1-0 to clinch the title.
I am of the opinion that, there is no failure in life but a man who fails to learn from his own falls. No wonder, the saying, "once beaten, twice shy". At the end of every cause or course, I believe what matters the most is the lesson learned. Should one fail to learn from the events of one's life, then one is missing what matters the most.
It's the year end and everyone is expectant, looking forward to the coming year. On that note, I believe everyone of us should be wise enough to start concentrating on what matters in the end. I have highlighted three things I believe matters most at the end of every passing year.
1. Recall lessons learned
The first thing that matters is to ask yourself, "what have I learned this year?" I have done it myself and I tell you, when you do, your mind likely to go blank for a while but stay conscious and try to recall. I assure you, you'd begin to see the lessons inside the year.
2. Hold on to what you've learned
Like in the football tournament I shared at the beginning, it is important to hold on to lessons learned because then you can channel your course favourably as well as aid in avoiding past mistakes. If you fail to hold on to what you've learned, you'd find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again. And like a failing student, you'd keep repeating the class.
3. Build on what you've learned
Just like an uncompleted building would look undesirable, so would the life of a man that refuses to continue learning. In fact, someone said, "the day you stop learning, you start dying." In 2011, make it a priority and a keen desire to keep learning and building on what you've in 2010. Open your heart to learn more. That's the pathway to growth.
That's it... You are welcome to tell me what you think matters most too...
NB: I would like to use this moment to thank you all for being a fan of my writing on this blog. Without you, this blog wouldn't have come this far. Thanks for the support and votes towards the first ever award this blog won - Most Inspiring Blog Awards in the Nigerian Blog Awards 2010. Thanks to all regular followers of this blog - You guys ROCK! I've learned alot from you guys. Thanks for being a part of this journey. You are awesome!