DISTRACTIONS. - 10/01/2020
It's only right I start this by wishing you a Happy New year and more importantly, grab your attention to the first thought of the new year. With the new year already in progress, I’m sure many goals and targets are being set, or perhaps you're already thinking of milestones you want to reach before we conclude this year and call it a wrap. I began fashioning my new year with a scripture from the book of proverbs which said, "Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you".
This is just day 10 of 365 and it is very unlikely that distractions will not come your way. Your ability to overcome distractions will be the number one determinant of how successful your year will be and more importantly, help you along the way in discovering more about your purpose. One thing I am learning this year is that proactive habits create an environment to make the right choice easy in the sense that the more you develop useful habits and eliminate those that cause distractions, the easier it becomes to flee from these distractions when you find yourself there.
Do not allow anything to hinder you from achieving what it is you've set out to achieve this year just for momentary pleasures. It’s crucial you begin to understand that time really waits for no man and you could be susceptible to allowing people or things to hijack your day therefore leaving you distracted. An addiction to distraction is the end of your creative production and the beginning of a path of regret and a jar full of "I wish I had" which you can easily avoid.
SUCC£S$ - 08/02/2019
For a while I’ve battled with my understanding of the word Success. In this generation of millennials, we constantly strive to obtain success and every action and decision we take is a result of the envisioned success we long for. I guess it has been ingrained that a successful life is a prosperous one and those who do not achieve success often have "failed" in this race we call life.
However, take a moment to truly question yourself on what you define as "Success" because this very word holds a subjective and personalized view which varies from individual to individual. Some view success from a material and financial standpoint, without the mere essence of money they cannot consider themselves a success because to them, financial prosperity makes them feel fulfilled and successful.
There are others who see success as happiness and the state of reaching whatever goal he or she desires even though it may not lead to an increase in wealth but at least they feel a sense of accomplishment as they were able to finally get what they longed for all this while. I don't necessarily believe there is a right or wrong answer to the way we define success as people come from different backgrounds which has shaped their level of understanding when discussing this topic. I just encourage all to aim for success in what i have learned is the 7 departments of our lives.
WHO ARE YOU? - 19/01/2019
As I sit here writing this, I want to pose this question to you which I feel is paramount in our daily journey in this thing we call life. Who are you? No seriously, take a brief moment to assess yourself and ponder upon this question at hand as I ask again who are you? If I attach a psychological lens to this question, it really just comes under the one word which I’m sure you're familiar with... "IDENTITY".
Identity is the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person and more importantly in today's society, we are concerned with how these qualities, beliefs and personality traits are conveyed towards other people in our society. Whether it be friends, work colleagues, or just random strangers we meet on an everyday basis, our identity shapes and defines us, creating a picture that we as photographers of life have taken and choose to share with the world. When I think of identity, the first thought that strikes me is names. For example, when meeting someone new, the customary routine begins with "hi my name is-" but do you ever think about the meaning of your name? Why that name was given to you or the story or factor that led to that name being passed down to you? That alone in itself portrays your identity and who you are. Your name alone bears the essence of your life itself, the only thing people have to judge you by in those couple of seconds before truly getting to know you.
Okay where am I going with this? Well simply put, many in today's generation are creating a facade by choosing to construct an identity that is not befitting to their true selves. Understand who you really are for the betterment of your self-esteem without the constant fear of being targeted for not being more like those who you see and are surrounded by. Being yourself costs nothing at all because nowadays people do anything and everything to become noticed and inclusion is one hell of a drug you shouldn't be taking.