“Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.”
(Prov. 24:27 NLT)
Recently, Twitter sent a recommendation to me to follow a certain young cerebral Nigerian. I did a quick background check and discovered that we have somethings in common and I decided to follow him. Since then, he has not stopped inspiring me with his tweets. His name is Fola Aina. I recommend him to anyone that wants to make a difference — especially to our youths.
In one of his many tweets that resonated with me is — “ Preparation precedes elevation.” As simple as his thought is, it provoked deep thoughts within me —especially as I have been waiting on God for directions for the new year and decade. And what more? God has revealed to me that as a ministry we’re entering a season of unending momentous elevations.
Greatness is not stumbled into — it is intentionally prepared for. The depth of your preparation determines the height of your performance. Just recently, we saw the impact of preparation in the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz. While Anthony prepared to regain his three heavyweight world titles, Ruiz was busy partying and carousing according to him.
As we approach the dawn of a new year and new decade, it becomes imperative to prepare pristinely — to maximize the opportunities that God had already programmed for us. It’s a new year and a new decade with new opportunities and challenges. Tomorrow is here today! What we do today will determine the outcome of tomorrow.
Things are fast changing. Technological changes are like the speed of light. Artificial intelligence is transforming how businesses are run. Psychographics are taking over demographics in decision making. Diversity and inclusion have become major considerations in the global scene. And more…
Therefore, we need to be thinking ahead and getting ready to embrace both the opportunities and challenges to maximize not just potentials but possibilities.
There are three major areas I will advise you to prepare.
1. Spiritual preparation.
The Bible revealed to us that King Jotham became mighty because he prepared his ways before the Lord. ( 2 Chron.27:6)
Only God knows tomorrow! He reveals His Himself and Ways to those that fear Him and care to be in league with Him through the knowledge of His Son Jesus.
In this season and always, seek God’s face in prayers and in His Word for wisdom, strength and guidance. Also, live in obedience of faith to see His Word manifest in your life. Acknowledge Him as you prepare for the new year. (Prov.16:1; 18:1)
2. Mental Preparation.
The bounties of your spirit cannot be expressed until your mind is transformed and empowered. If you must continuously change levels in life, you must be vulnerable to evolutionary transformation. It’s not enough to have the success mindset for today – but being open to a mind-shift is required for tomorrow’s success.
Feed your mind with the relevant information that will transform your life. Engage in researches and learn from your mentors. Read widely and broadly to have a glimpse of the future and be able to capture the future today.
( Roms.12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph.4:23)
3. Physical Preparation.
When your mind is transformed working with your regenerated spirit, there will be full expression of your excellent glory on the outside. Therefore, you need to review your brand identity to see if it reflects the real you and Who or what you represent.
The psychology of your target clientele or audience demands you appeal to them. To share their minds, your brand must appeal to them. When you get mindshare, it will be easy to reach your marketshare.
Joseph had to groom himself to sell his vision to Pharoah. Esther put on her royal apparel to sell her idea to the King. Man is an emotional being and you need to appeal to his emotionality to embrace you or your product/service. (Gen. 41:14; Esther 5:1)
Finally, forget about what you know or your past success and make it a pristine preparation. God is about to do something new in your life – just partner with Him.
Receive this prophetic Word – “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT)
It’s a dawn of a new day for you!
To pristine preparation,