Mrs. Olajumoke Adenowo is a Nigerian Architect, Pastor, founder of AD consulting, author, radio host, convener and philanthropist. I’ve been learning her life story for a while now to know how she has been able to live a fulfilled life. She has been a lover of art, creativity and building works since she was little. She grew to love these things more and decided to put all her God-given talents to work and how these paid off well. Today, Africans celebrate her works and she is an inspiration to many women.
Have you ever imagined being a lady who has her to-do-list all ticked?
Okay, you know the feeling that comes with it, yeah? That’s exactly how you feel when your wish is granted.
Let’s take a brief look at the meaning of the word “dream”, it simply means to hope or wish. Now, how do you pursue or live your dreams?
As a young lady, I never really had the opportunity of being properly mentored. I was growing to be that comely and successful woman I’ve always dreamed of. As I grew, I realised my academics was my primary priority as regards fulfiling my dreams, so I geared up. Little by little, God helped me. Over the years, many more things that I love to do began to unravel and I had to spend time brainstorming and achieving those things too. It might be overwhelming but with the help of God, from time to time, no matter how huge your dreams are, as long as you’re ready, it will come to pass.
Remember your dream is your hope or wish. Well, this is what every individual has in mind consciously or unconsciously; you surely desire something for your life. Nobody ever lives just to live, we definitely look forward to a wish or grant. As we grow, our minds grow too, we begin to think, make strategies and map out certain plans. Take note that this is a peculiar attribute of an adult, no little child would really have plans figured out at a tender age. At the stage of adulthood, your mindset is developed and ready to establish certain things.
Below are few points highlighted to help you;
1. Be diligent: The conscientious of work is what we describe as diligence, anybody can work but not everyone finds it worthwhile and yielding. The determination and drive to work will go a long way in helping you live your dreams. It is a process that must be strategic. In the long run, you find your dreams turn to goals then to pass. Those who dertermine to reach their goals elevated and found amongst the best.
The appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied (Proverbs13:4 AMP).
Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men (Proverbs 22:29 AMP)
2. Set realistic goals: The process may seem tasking but trust me, you have to painstakingly get what you desire. The goals you set are your aims and they must be as achievable as possible. For example, if you want to be a renowned fashion designer, you wouldn’t fold your arms at home and begin to imagine, you must set out and set aside i.e enrol in a fashion class, get a fashion icon and learn from that person, read and learn about styles and trends. You should also get mentored by someone who is in that field, of course a professor cannot mentor in such area. Dear friend, gear up!
3. Pursue and live: Yes, purse and live. You may have some setbacks while trying to make it happen but you will only mar your efforts if you relent. Look back at where you started and get back on your feet again. Avoid criticism, this may hinder your progress. Apostle Paul is a perfect example of someone who pursue and lived his dreams regardless of the tough circumstances, he wrote; I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith. [As to what remains] henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return) (2Timothy 4:7,8 AMP). Allow your goals flow beyond imagination and make God and man proud of you. Yes you!
4. Acknowledge God: This is the last but most important point; as children of God, He wants us to trust in Him completely and wait for the right time, you must understand that even while you wait on God, you have to continually pray. Rest in Him and know that He is a God of times and seasons. You surely acknowledge God in your desires when you make your supplications known to Him, solely trust Him and let go of any decision He doesn’t want for you. As the psalmist wrote; Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass (Psalm 37:4,5 AMP). The world has evolved, things have changed and this has given us many options to freely live. Yet, there is a standard that can never be jeopardized or taken for granted; it’s the Lord’s standard. We do not outlive His words, for it brings truth and peace to us.
Have you discovered your dreams yet?
Are you making the right decisions and setting achievable goals?
Have you prayed it about and it seem like nothing is happening? If yes, share your story we want to learn and help you!
MEET THE AUTHOR
Agbedeyi Dorcas Bonuola, is a certified biochemist and Vice president of Build Nigeria Scheme. She loves writing, brainstorming and helping people.