How to be Financially Independent

Financial Independence is a subject that I came across recently and I have taken some time to understand what it really means and entails in the last one year. I have also read a few books relating to money management and discipline to further educate me on financial independence.

A study performed by the Royal Society of Art found out that seven out of ten workers in the United Kingdom are “chronically broke”. This is a very shocking statistics! However, if you don’t do your research, you will never know, basically because we are all so good at hiding our financial woes.

What Is Financial Independence?

Financial independence means reaching a level at which you have adequate time to be able to do things that make you happy and whilst doing these things you do not have to worry about money. To put this in simpler words, you are financially independent when you have enough money to finance the same lifestyle you have currently without a regular job.

In the culture I grew up in, the money subject is an uncomfortable one which a lot of people try to avoid.

When the subject of money comes up in a conversation, many people end up quoting verses and give various reasons as to why money doesn’t really matter to them. The most popular is a verse from the bible which states that “… money is the root of all evils”. This is the bible being quoted wrongly.

I have to say I am not yet financially independent as at the time of writing this but I am actively working towards being financially independent.

Here is a question to ask yourself, “If I do not go to the job I currently do for six months or one year, will I be able to pay for my mortgage or rent, utility bills, clothing, car finance, fuel, insurance, entertainment, fend for myself and my family, as well as put food on the table?”

If your answer is no then you are not financially independent.

Some people mistake earning a high salary for financial independence. The fact is it does not matter how much you are earning, if you are not financially literate you will struggle to achieve financial independence. It is not about how much money you earn but how much money you can keep. How much of that money you can make work for you.

You can ask how I know earning a high salary does not equate to financial independence. Well, a lot of people earn a high salary but at the same time, they have a lot of outgoings, for example, mortgage, luxurious cars on a high repayment plan, expensive holidays and especially tax!. Although they are on high salary but the rate at which the money is spent on bills will always leave them waiting for the next paycheck in order to go through the same cycle ‘over and over’ again.

A good example is the case of celebrities who are creative and earn a lot of money from their talent exploit, a lot of them end up going bankrupt quickly because they do not have financial advisers who suggest to them how to manage their money and still live a fancy lifestyle. A lot of them even lack money management skills.

The question I asked myself when I started my journey towards becoming financially independent last year was; “How can I gain financial independence as quickly as possible?”

In order to achieve anything in life, it is important to have a number of set goals with actionable plans to make them a reality.

Greg Reid once said “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” This is a very powerful quote which I have started applying in my daily life.

There is no point in having a goal without a plan in place to help you achieve it. Do not be like a sluggard that says “one day I will be rich, one day I will lose weight”. If it is not backed by an actionable plan it ends up as a mere dream.

Steps to Financial Independence

Here is a list of steps I think can guide a person to financial independence:

  1. Know where your money is going.

Call this budgeting or any financial term you want to use. The truth remains that if you do not know where your hard-earned money is going you can never achieve financial independence. A lot of people are scared of looking at their bank statement or even reluctant to open any money related letter that comes in the post, it is better to face your fear and deal with any financial issues before they get out of hand. That said, I do not study my bank account with hawkeyed vision but I most definitely know where my money goes when I get paid.

It is not the responsibility of the bank to check your bank statement for errors that might have come from the wrong deduction in bills or some subscription you thought you cancelled but the subscription fee is still being deducted from your bank account each month. That is your job. You should stay on top of and up to date with your finances.

  1. Spend less than you earn.

An old adage says “cut your coat according to your size”, in actual fact that is wrong. I will say cut your coat according to your cloth. You cannot cut your coat according to the cloth you do not have, so it makes more logical sense to cut your coat according to the cloth you have not your size.

This quote really comes into play here. Spending less than you earn is not rocket science. For example, your current monthly income is £1000; if you do not have any other means to earn more, then you need to spend less than the £1000 you get paid each month.

Save up for things you want instead of buying it on credit card. Do not do an impulse buy and before you buy anything, shop around for discount, you might perhaps be able to get it cheaper somewhere else. If you do not have a lot of money and you are too busy shopping around, I do not think you can achieve financial independence. Whatever you cannot afford please do not buy.

If you are already struggling with your personal finances, do you really need that sky or satellite subscription? You can easily watch Freeview TV or instead spend your time educating yourself on things that will help your personal development and even your finances.

Do you need that gym membership? Go for a run instead, it is cheaper and you will get to enjoy the free natural air.

A lot of people go into debt chasing want when they already have what they need. Here is another statistic for you to ponder upon: ‘The number of motor finance agreements for new and used cars had grown from around 1.2 million in 2008 to around 2.3 million in 2017’

Is it really necessary to drive the latest car? I still drive a very old car and as long as it can take me from A to B without breaking down all the time, I do not really care what it looks like. A lot of people get into debt showing off and impressing their family and friends.

  1. Increase your income

It was not until I celebrated my big ‘Four 0’ that I realized that I could increase my income outside my normal day job.

Do not get me wrong, you can still increase your income in your normal job. Maybe this is a topic for another day but the following are my tips to increase your income;

  • Negotiate for a pay rise from your employer.
  • Improve your skills or add more skills to your skillset and look for another job.
  • Change career.
  • Start a business, this one is my favourite and this is what I am doing at the moment.
  1. Saving And Investment.

I will write in detail about this another time but this is the real deal if you want to actually be financially independent.

One of my earlier points stated the need to spend less than you earn if your expenses are less than your income, what do you do with the leftover? The answer is simple, you save and invest what you have leftover.

A study commissioned by Skipton Building Society shows that a quarter of the British population has no savings. The sky-high monthly outgoings and attempts to clear the substantial debt before putting money away regularly emerged as the main reasons.

Saving is one part of the equation and investment is the other part. It depends on what you are saving for but it is important to put some money away to look after those unfortunate life occurrences.

I remember an incident that happened a few years ago, a strong wind took off some of the ridge tiles on the roof of our house, and the cost to fix it based on insurance valuation was around £304. But unfortunately, our excess was £300; this means the insurance company was only going to pay us £4. Would it have been worth it to claim from the insurance company? We decided not to claim and pay for the repair ourselves. This is a simple example of life’s unfortunate occurrences.

If your goal is to be financially independent, you need to learn about investing. Investment simply means that you put your money where it can work for you even while you are sleeping.

There are lots of passive investments which means you don’t have to do much, the common example is stock and shares, property could be passive as well if you have a management company looking after it for you.

An investment could be risky and it usually depends on your risk tolerance. It is always better to seek the advice of experts before you carry out any investment. In investment, there is no guarantee that your money will grow. Investment is still a better way to grow your money than savings if it is done the right way and for a sustained period of time.

Financial institutions are not really going to help you grow your money in a savings account. Do not get me wrong on this; you need to put some money where you can reach it when life’s unfortunate situations happen. And the rest need to be invested in shares, bonds etc.

Savings account could pay you interest of around 2.5% annually while investment in stock and shares historically could return up to 7% and even better, a property could earn you up to 12% annually.

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How rising early will help you to be more productive

To be productive is to be active and have a fully functioning mind to combat mental tasks. This means you are able to get important things done, things that are connected to your top-level goal. Staying productive isn’t always easy but you can attain a high productivity level.

I have seen people that have a mindset of luck. There is nothing like luck. Preparedness that meets opportunity is what people regard as luck. People that want to get lucky do not put in the hard work and usually do not prepare for their day.

When you take care of little details of your daily activities you will win the battle of life. There is an adage in my culture that talks about little wins.  Small consistent wins are what usually turns to a tsunami of success and big achievement over time. Become discipline with your time and you will be more productive and feel happy.

There are habits if executed correctly and consistently will help increase your productivity and will help you to be happier and fulfilled.

Now for my number one watchword that will increase your productivity.

THE POWER OF EARLY RISING

Different people think in different ways and we all form different habits over time. Some people believe they are night owls and that’s what works for them. However, for every rule in life, there is always an exception.

Stay with me for a few minutes and I will show you why you need to form a new habit of waking up early if you don’t already do it.

Look, I am not talking here about medical professionals, IT, and Security professionals etc. who have to work night shift because they have to. I am talking about people that work a normal day job or in a business.

I cannot stray from proverbial words of the culture where I was raised. I was thought early on in life that ‘owuro ni ojo’ (the morning time is the most important period of the day).

A pearl of wisdom I found in a book by Malcolm Gladwell, ‘Outliers’ which motivates me is, “No one who rises before dawn 360 days a year fails to make his family rich.”

This wisdom came from ancient Asian rise plantation culture. The wisdom also relates to having an advantage over the morning time to do valuable stuff.

Research by Christoph Randler, a biologist from Harvard found that “morning people” are often more positive, more optimistic and more likely to experience satisfaction in their lives.

It can also be argued that several night owls are known for their creativity. The truth, however, is that they can also pay the price by becoming more likely to succumb to depression and other psychological problems. The mind too likes to calm down and refresh.

If you wake up early consistently every day you could have up to 15days advantage in a year than an average person.

Think about this

Chris usually wakes up at 7am while his friend Luke wakes up at 6. Let us assume Luke makes most of the 1 hour between 6am and 7am, this means Luke has 15 days advantage in a year than Chris.

A lot of people in the world do the minimum to just make a living. However, making your life a masterpiece and contributing something meaningful to the people around you and the world requires something more.

Waking up early to plan your day and do some of the things that can help you move towards your goal is more than the minimum required of a human being.

A large percentage of people of the world stay late in the night watching TV, playing games or partying and then wake up late in the morning to join the craze of rush hours. Things do not happen without you having the right strategies to make them happen.

When I talk about rising up early and how it increases your productivity, I am not talking about rising up early to watch television or just sitting on the couch doing nothing. What I am talking about here is rising up early to do the little things that help move you towards your top level goals.

It is easy to give excuses like, “It is difficult”, “I do not think I can get up early”, and “I just love my sleep”. But the truth is anybody can do it. Anybody can be an early riser; it takes just dedication and sacrifice.

Sleeping late is a habit and old habits are hard to stop. In fact, new habits are equally as difficult to form. Based on research it usually takes about 66 days to form a new habit, which is roughly 3 months. Don’t worry if you struggle in the beginning. Just think about the benefits in terms of increasing your productivity and happiness.

Common Tips To Help You Wake Up Early

There is no denying that cultivating a better sleeping habit can significantly improve your productivity.

I know, some of you are thinking these tips are basic and common sense. But you need to understand that common sense can be very difficult to apply and an average human does not practice common sense.

Tip 1. Go to bed early.

If you want to wake up early and have an advantage in the morning and get more things done, then you need to go to bed early.

How early is early? It varies from people to people. For me, if I go to bed at 10pm, when I wake up at 5.30am I feel very fresh and full of energy. That five hours and thirty minutes of sleep work wonder on me. Sleep is good for the body and brain but you don’t need too much of it.

Waking up early, however, does not mean sleep deprivation so going to bed early helps you maintain the quality and amount of sleep your body needs.

Remember, good quality sleep is more important than the amount of sleep. UK National Health Service (NHS) recommends 8 hours sleep for an adult but some people need more or less. What this means is that people like me can afford to sleep for five hours thirty minutes and wake up fully refreshed while certain people will need the standard seven to eight hours of sleep to feel as refreshed as I am.

Tip 2. Detach yourself from your phone

This tip should come as no surprise to you really. Our lives presently revolve around what we can or cannot do with our phones. So detaching yourself from it should be a great idea.

Before the invention of the artificial lights that we all enjoy today, people used to stay in darkness during the night time. Light during the day is good for boosting our attention, reaction times, and mood but at night, it’s very destructive, distractive and can affect our sleep.

Blue wavelength light is very common in an electronic device with a screen including your tablets, smart mobile phone and computers. We are all increasingly exposed to this blue wavelength. Blue light which comes from our mobile device can affect sleep. This blue light is the reason why a lot of people do not get enough sleep at night because they have their phone with them while falling asleep.

What then can you do to prevent the blue light from disturbing your sleep?

Again, this is not rocket science. I started this not too long ago. I stay away from my phone at least 30minutes before I go to bed and I do not have my mobile phone with me by my bedside.

It is difficult to do but it is possible for you to do this. In the age of mobile phone addiction, you just have to use your willpower to detach yourself from things that will not let you have a good quality sleep.

Tip 3. Set Your Alarm To Wake You Up

 It is very important to put your alarm away from your bedside, well that is unless you a very deep sleeper. When the alarm rings and you have to get up from the bed to stop it then you are already up and it is then easier to get on with your morning routine.

The trick here is you need to make sure you wake up at this same time every day. After some time you will be surprised how your body will get used to it and you will not need an alarm to wake you up.

This is what has happened to me after years of practice. I now naturally wake up between 5am and 5.30am without alarm. By 5.30am I am usually up from the bed.

I have used the power of early rising to get more things done and to be more productive. I am now a better person. If you don’t already, I hope you will form a new habit of early rising and improve your life.

Advantages Of Waking Up Early Are Highlighted Below

  • Waking up early will give you more time to exercise which in turn improves your health.
  • When you wake up early it means you have enough time to plan your day, you are not rushing, therefore, you are able to be more productive.
  • Waking up early will help your mental health because you will be more relaxed because of the advantage of the early hours
  • You also have the advantage of not skipping breakfast because you are in a rush in the morning. Breakfast is a very important meal and will help you maintain a healthier diet.

Cultivate the habit of sleeping early and rising early today and you’ll be surprised at how productive you are about to become.

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Money Psychology

Money: the center of our madness as humans, the reason why we run helter-skelter all day long and at times even night. The reason why we must find purpose and work towards making that purpose the best it can be. As humans, whether you agree or not, we are money driven.

But this generalized madness has to have a pattern, or is there no pattern to this madness? Read on to better understand the pattern to this madness.

A lot has been said about money and its concept. The argument will probably go on for generations to come. But should there really be an argument about it? What I think is that the concept of money and its psychology is just perspective, at the end of the day we are all saying the same thing. This has been said a lot of times. I will say it again here.

Money above all else is leverage. Money in terms of psychology can then be referred to as a tool that can be leveraged to achieve our needs and wants. It is a tool that can be leveraged to achieve freedom. It offers security and peace of mind. No doubt money can also bring you happiness by helping to tick lists off your bucket list.

Look at it this way, it’s the end of the month and you have just been paid your salary. After paying all your bills there is little or no money left right? Then you are already immediately looking forward to the next paycheck. It is how the cycle goes.

You are driving an old car and on your way back home in the evening you hear a noise from the car, you managed to get the car home without breakdown. The following day you have to take it to the mechanic workshop to check what is wrong with it.

On getting to the mechanic workshop, the mechanic runs some diagnostics and checks the car. You are then told it will cost you in the region of £700 to fix the car and get it to proper working condition and it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Failure to do so means you risk the car breaking down on the road and it will cause more damage which will cost more money to fix.

If you have enough money saved for emergency or you have car insurance, you won’t have to worry too much. But let’s say you do not have any money saved you will have to resolve to the use of credit card or another form of borrowing. This is what I mean about money offering you security against unfortunate occurrences.

There is an adage in my mother tongue; here I am talking about the Yoruba language. “A janilaya bi ailowolowo, ailowolowo ohun gan ni baba ijaya (nothing frightens like lack of money, lack of money is the mother of all frights)”. This Yoruba adage is talking about having money to look after important necessities of life without having to panic to meet you and your family’s needs.

I have identified 6 things you need to know about money and I hope it will help you have a better understanding of the psychology of money.

Money Is Attracted By Idea

One idea can make you wealthy. Look, I am not talking about wealth in terms of health or relationship. I am talking about wealth in terms of money.

The good thing is that we all have ideas. Actually, an idea is very cheap. But your idea is worthless until you take action and turn it to money. A lot of wealthy people’s wealth comes from ideas, I am talking about self-made millionaires and billionaires who built their empires from scratch.

There are a lot of wealthy people that I can use as examples that you possibly have heard their name before but the obvious examples are Richard Branson, Bill Gate etc.

The even best thing about ideas is it doesn’t have to be fully original; it just has to be unique in its own way. Because trust me, I don’t believe in original ideas, an idea that strikes you as original is also being thought of by at least 6 million other people. The thing with ideas is that it favors the brave and the most determined.

Richard Branson wasn’t the first to think about hot-air balloons and airplanes, neither was Bill Gates the first to think about the idea of a supercomputer. Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t even the first to think about social media and Steve Jobs wasn’t the first to have an idea of what a super smartphone and computer should be.

But the similarity between them all is that they all had an idea and they all worked hard to see it become a reality. Hastiness in ideas is wealth.

Their businesses that generate millions of dollars today started with an idea, whether original or not.

Money Can Get Bored

The economy of the world operates on money. Money moves fast, and the velocity of money is what makes economies grow and boom. Imagine if everyone keeps money under their mattress and in their wardrobes. The economy of the world will not grow, it will stagnate and there would be no need for banks.

With this concept in mind, we can agree that no one can get rich just by saving their money. I am not asking you to go and invest your money without first learning and inquiring about how investment works. What I am saying is that money must go round for it to be of any real value. You spend money to get money.

Money likes to reproduce; if you do not allow it the freedom to produce babies for you then it will go after people who will give it the freedom to produce babies for them.

Let me put it in another way, money likes to work so it does not get bored. This is the reason why wealthy people are wealthy because they know how to enslave money and make it work hard for them. The idea is simple; you spend money to get money.

Money Is Shy And It Likes To Be Attracted

I saw this concept in Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’. Poverty does not need to be attracted because it will come to you itself. Poverty is harsh and bold while money is shy.

If you want to get rich and wealthy, you need to attract money, it will not just come to you because it is one of its nature to be shy. You have to persuade it and know the way to attract it to come to you. Ideas, savings, and investments have proven to be money’s best magnet.

Money Likes Genius And Creativity

I am sure most of you will be thinking, I am not a genius, I’m not even sure if I have a high IQ. Well, I have good news for you, we are all geniuses, you only just need time to understand yourself and discover the area that you are genius in.

Somebody once said, take Tiger Wood in all his glory to the football pitch and see how he will perform. Actually, as at the time of writing this article, Usain Bolt has undergone a trial in Australia and he is now on his way to becoming a professional football player having achieved extraordinary things in athletics. This is an exception but really he is not going to be able to compete at the highest level in the top leagues.

Rumour has it that Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of the biggest social media platforms is a very poor programmer but look at the empire he has gone on to build.

The point here is to discover yourself, master a trade or develop a high-income skill. And thanks to technology, we are lucky to be living in the best time in the history of mankind. You could become an expert in a particular topic in less than a year and monetize your knowledge.

Money is attracted to creative people and the world now only cares about the value you can bring to the marketplace. It doesn’t matter where you’re from in the world, your color, sex, religion or whatever. People only care about the value you are offering them and they will be happy to part with their money for a valuable service or product. It’s just how the world is now.

Money Likes Service

What do I mean by this? This nature of money is biblical and it comes from your ability to serve other people. God loves it if we serve His other children. In the book ‘Business Secrets’ from the Bible, Daniel Lapin talks about the fact that serving others is something that God is really interested in.

Do you know what? The more people you serve the more money you make. Instead of chasing money, think about how you can serve by offering quality products and services that will solve a problem. That’s the easiest way to build a profitable business.

Our hands were designed to create things just like how our legs were designed for transportation. Traditionally, people will create a product with their hands and walk with their legs to the market to offer it to people in the marketplace for a price and they will make money. This is what serving means.

The money that comes from service is the evidence that you have served. It is compensation that you get after you have served.

Money is the consequence of serving other people. This is the spiritual nature of money.

Let me give you one example. Shea butter is mainly found in Africa. If you have taken time to source for shea butter in African and take it to Europe or America. By doing this you have helped take the product from a place that it is in abundance to a place that it is scarce. This is service and the more people that buy it in Europe or America the more monetary reward you will get.

Serving others can come in various forms. If you are ready to serve money will be attracted to you.

Money love people that respect it

There are a lot of people that live a high consumption life. One of the natures of money is that it likes producers more than consumers. That is why you see somebody on a lower salary having more net worth than somebody on a high salary.

Remember it is not how much you earn but how much you keep. A lot of people earn a high salary but they spend it all to finance their lifestyle, their status means that they have to buy expensive houses, cars, and expensive holidays abroad to maintain their status in the society.

Let’s compare a Doctor and a Civil Servant. A Doctor will normally ear more than a civil servant. A medical doctor sometime might think he has to look good in front of his patient, he might put himself under pressure that he needs a big house to match his status, he will go on expensive holidays. On the other hand, people generally will not expect a civil servant to own a big house and expensive cars. If the civil servant respects money, lives within his means, saves and invest the remaining, he can achieve financial independence before a medical Doctor who spends all his income to impress people.

Do not get me wrong here, I have a lot of Doctor Friends who know what they are doing and manage their money well and on the other hand, I know people on low income who do not know what to do with money.

The point here is that money does not care about your profession or status, if you understand it, respect it and treat it well it will stay with you and work for you.

Give an average person £1000. He will go and spend it all on gadgets, shoes, concerts, and cloths. But for people that understand money, they will turn that £1000 to £1010 and £1100 and it will soon grow into double or triple its worth within a few years.

Tell me. What will you do with £1000?

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What is money

I have heard this phrase that “money is not everything” a lot.

Money is nothing but a medium of exchange. Let me explain. Ideas rule the world, but it is when you turn your ideas into money and you use that money to acquire tangible asset before the money can become valuable.

It is true, I get it that money is not everything. Depending on what time of the day you are reading this article you have possibly spent money today. If you have not spent money yourself somebody else has possibly provided you a service or help that cost them money.

Think about a car without a fuel inside its fuel tank. It doesn’t matter how expensive the car is and how powerful the engine is, the car will not be able to run. The way fuel is to a car so is money to the world and day to day living.

The truth is the world runs on money. If you don’t know before now you know.

You need money to pay your bills, you need money to put food on the table, and you need money to help people in need if you have the same ambition as me. Even money is what you use to generate more money. You must spend money to make money.

Now that you know that the money runs the world, let us dive into a brief history of money.

Brief History Of Money

There are 2 types of money, the first one is commodity money and it is now history, the second type is fiat money which we use today.

Money is a means of exchange. This was evident in the olden days when farming and hunting used to be the major form of profession. Think about a farmer that only plants corn, he will solely depend on his corn to feed his family. I can imagine that his family and himself will never attain a balanced diet if they relied on corn only.

To get other farm produce or meat, he will need to approach another farmer who has what he needs and is interested in his. He will then, for example, trade his corn for chicken. Put it in a simple way, he will give the chicken farmer corn and he will have chicken in return. This way it is a win-win situation.

At a point, this approach to trading no longer made sense. Why? It is simply because it is difficult to judge the values of what you are using to exchange another thing with.

Throughout history, a lot of commodities have been used as a form or means of exchange. Gold, feathers, and cowrie shells are some of the commodities that have been used as a medium of exchange.

Gold is the interesting talking point. Gold is a valuable commodity and during the 16th century, it became a medium of exchange.

Gold was usually stored with Goldsmiths and the people were issued receipts when they kept their gold with a goldsmith. The receipt could then be converted back to gold at the goldsmith shop.

The burden of carrying gold around made people to start using the receipt as a form of exchange. These receipts became the first form of bank notes as we know it today.

Think about the receipts that represented gold. This means that the receipt was not just a paper. It had value and the gold was its value.

People could decide to use the receipt or bank note to trade and pay for items they bought and if they like they could use it in exchange for a gold equivalent.

The Bank of England is one of the central banks in the world that has been issuing banknotes for up to 300 years. Bank of England stopped the exchange of bank notes for gold in 1931.

Bank notes before used to be backed by gold. Bank notes worldwide today are not backed by anything. It is just a paper, an illusion. It is only backed by a promise as shown in the banknote below and the one you have in your wallet.

Money Is An Illusion

The fiat money which is not backed by anything but just a promise is an illusion. Based on what is happening in the economy, the central banks of various countries in the world print money according to the supply and demand.

Money itself has no value, it is only valuable if you offer a service or product and you get paid for this. It is when you use the money you were paid to acquire something valuable before you can say you have money that has value.  This is the reason why the richest people in the world are not just cash-rich but rich through real estate, assets and companies they own.

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Things we have control over

As humans, there are things we have control over. Being in charge is in our nature. We might compromise sometimes but if we all have a choice, we will all be in control. Yet there are a lot of things we do not have control over.

Where we were born, the family we were born into, our sex, the environment and culture we were raised in are just some such examples.

Have you ever heard anyone saying they chose their parent? This is one of the things we do not have control over in life.

Once we grow and develop into a man or woman, we then become the captain of our own ship and the one in charge of our life.

Stick with me for a moment. The fact that we are in charge of our life is established in the best seller book of all time.

See this is not about religion, but the Bible talks about dominion. God gave us dominion over everything he created. I believe we have dominion over things we can see, touch and feel as well as things we cannot see.

How do I know this? Humans are the apex of God’s creation; our intellect ensures we rule even over the various beasts of the wild.

We have been able to use the mind God gave us to create extraordinary things; we have built our environment and created various things that help us to live well and maintain dominance.

The question I am asking you is, are you a spectator or a participant in the world God created?

I have some suggestion for you that will help you to be a participant, this tips will help you on the part to become one of the participants and not one of the spectators.

If you control these three things you will win in life.

Environment

You have control over your environment. This has nothing to do with whether you are poor or rich. It is not rocket science to have a clean environment. Personally, I love beauty.

As you are reading this post, look around and see if things are in order, especially if you are reading this post at home. Look around your living room, or bedroom or wherever you are. Is there order or disorder?

I hope someone will get this, small wins matter, the first win of the day is to lay your bed when you wake up.

See; do not let your cultural belief blindfold you. One of the advantages of laying your bed when you get up from the bed is that it gives you a sense of accomplishment and it sets the right tone for the day.

 

When you see your bed laid, it will help you to feel better and you will be encouraged to tidy up other parts of the room and your house.

Make sure your abode is clean and tidy, a clean and tidy environment will help you think right and unlock the genius and creativity in you.

Time

You must have heard about this before that we have 24 hours a day. Black or white, rich or poor, young or old, man or woman, we all have 24 hours. Time is one of those things that are free to us yet so limited.

And because time is free we all mismanage it.

What do you do with your time? Do you waste your time on things that do not move you towards your goal? I will talk about goals in another post.

Do you just go through the day by default? Are you a believer of taking life one day at a time or do you believe in planning?

If you do not plan your day, the night before or the morning you are going through life by default.

The interesting thing is that you can start anytime. Guess what I started only about a year ago? To properly plan my day, and I can tell you this one thing has been a major game changer in my life.

Health and well-being

I know you will be thinking, you do not have control over your health. I think you are wrong.

See, unfortunate things happen in life, accidents, deadly diseases like cancer, HIV, Ebola, and the likes, are just some of such examples.

The worst part is they can happen to anyone, whether rich or poor, young or old, male or female. However, if you control what you put in your mouth and goes into your body, you can reduce the risk of diseases and sickness.

Let’s use weight as our example here. A lot of people look for a quick fix when it comes to losing weight. They want to keep eating but they don’t want to put in the work to shed that extra pound of flesh.

How to lose weight fast, how to lose weight without exercising, and how to lose weight in 1 week are some of the most asked questions concerning weight loss on Google.

Seriously, you are wasting your time if you buy into this. How long did it take you to gain the weight you have? Probably years and years. You think you can lose what it took you maybe 5years to gain in 1 week? No chance. Eat less, eat healthier, and go out for a jog or run.

If you ask me how can you lose weight? I’ll tell you EAT LESS AND MOVE MORE.

For me, I always look at food as medicine. If you have a headache, as an adult you only need 2 tablets and you cannot have another 2 until after 4 hours.

Anything more than 2 in the stipulated time is considered overdose. This is the way I see food, it is medicine so I don’t want to eat too much of it, I do not want to overdose because it is not good for my health.

If you are disciplined enough to exercise regularly you will significantly reduce the risk of diseases. Remember discipline is the ability to do the right thing even when you do not feel like it.

What I am trying to tell you is that your environment, time and health are all intertwined.

And the best thing is that you have control over them. What you do with your environment, how you interact with it can play a major role in how healthy you are or will be, and you also need proper time management to be able to maintain your health and as well as interact with your environment the right way.

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