Shortly before I left Port Harcourt for my Masters programme in Lagos State, I had a tête-a-tête with my brother regarding my intentions. He repeatedly asked me if I was sure I was doing the right thing in leaving the comfort of my job to a “strange” land where I had no job waiting and no sure source of income. Each time he asked, I replied in the affirmative. I was sure that I was doing the right thing even though I knew it wasn’t going to be a ‘rosy’ journey.
Rewind to a year earlier, I had wanted to pick up the application form for a similar course in the same university but I had restrictions in my spirit. These restrictions were mostly based on my unpreparedness. It was something I had always wanted to do (I had written the qualifying examination the previous year but failed to make the cut-off score) yet I knew the time wasn’t right to leave my job or step out yet.
It turned out that I made the right choice as I got an even better package this year. Even though I wasn’t very financially prepared for the change, I had built inner capacity in the passage of time. I had also built relevant relationships and gained greater clarity on what I wanted to do and achieve when I arrived. It was a huge step of faith but I just knew for certain that everything would turn out right.
This also applies when starting a new venture or business. Although your dream and passion for it may be really strong, you need to be sensitive to the timing for your dream. Procrastination is an enemy of growth and all things good but it isn’t procrastination if you are diligently preparing for your launch-out.
Farmers sometimes spend several months and years preparing their soil for planting. How much more your business, career or even, marriage? Know what you want to achieve and pursue it diligently but don’t forget to be sensitive to the right timing for it. Know when to pull the trigger but also know when to load your cartridge. Selah!
What season are you in now in the pursuit of your goals