Dedication, Commitment is the Key

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Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its very existence on its stated purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli


Life is a journey that deserves to be travelled with fervency. Those that have uncovered their purpose on earth first discovered that there is no one that couldn’t do something. But what distinguishes those who are able to do something from those who do nothing is their characters towards what they are doing; their dedication and commitment played important roles in shaping their lives.

Leading a fulfilling and successful life is a matter of choice. Deliberately or not, you will encounter situations where you would need to choose what you want to do – not only to do it for the sake of marking attendance – but for the sake of doing it to derive joy, happiness and significance by changing the world we live. Therefore, you cannot just conclude you can do something, you have to develop the characters and skills to do it optimally.

The first choice you have to make towards renewing yourself is to declare to yourself that you will make yourself part of what you wants to do. Making this resolve will instill the energy you need to do it at any time, it makes you dedicate and commit yourself and you never looses foresight in your life. Paulo Coelho says, “Life is enthusiasm. Try to remember where it was that you hid away your enthusiasm.”

We have once or many times in life be discouraged by people around us not to do something we have concieve within ourselves. The mistakes we mostly do is that we loose our inner power to the acceptance of others when we allow them to speak negative voices into what we have envisioned and that derail from our paths in life. That is why Henry Ukazu submitted that “In the journey of life, you have to maintain your lane by remaining focused on the ultimate goal or price.”

The question that we should ask ourselves now is: Do we have ultimate goal? Do we have something that keep us surging even in the face of uncertainty and challenges? Significant people achieve their goals by finding the path to their happiness and they get stuck with it. Not that they don’t fail, fall, or been tormented, but they get hold of themselves to their cause than it can take any force to pull them down. “When achievers fail,” says John C. Maxwell, “They see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic.”

It is this believe that spur Maxi Obiageli, a teacher in Borno State (Northern Nigeria) who was hailed from Abia State (in the Eastern Nigeria) to come to limelight few weeks ago. Despite the torture and barbarity that are happening where she lives, she remain steadfast to what she loves. She stays in Borno State doing her job resiliently and she gives no room to distraction and discouragement. Her story exemplifies patriotism, commitment and dedication to one’s cause.

On the 6th of February, 2019, the governor of Borno State, professor Babagana Zulum paid an unscheduled visit to Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 Primary School. At 6:30 in the morning, Obiageli Mazi was the only teacher to have resumed work by that time. As a class teacher, the governor was surprised and called for reviewing of her post and promote her in respect to her qualifications. Obiageli Mazi was promoted from class teacher – where she has been for the past 30 years – to the post of Assistant Head Mistress of the school.

Her commitment and dedication paid off. For once, she rise to stardom and she became a mentor to posterity. How you decorates your soul and what you injects into your mind nourishes your body and influence your emotion. You don’t loose something in your life because you don’t have the power to achieve it, you only looses it because you don’t awake the power in you to respond to your call.

Challenge yourself today on what you can commit yourself to. Assign to yourself something you can dedicate your time to. It is never too late to dedicate or commit yourself to something. Age, academic qualifications, acceptance, negative people and other things are not enough to hold you down. Gbenga Adebambo advises, “We don’t stop having vision because we have grown old; we grow ‘old’ because we don’t have vision.”

Sulyman Sodeeq Abdulakeem is a writer who co-authored the book “Responsible Living: Live to Fulfill Your Potential.

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