We’ve all been there. Women at least. It took reading Lean in to realise that my doubts and fears are not unique to me. Infact they are normal, and I can take those bold steps and not let fear cripple me. I can do it all afraid. I stepped into 2019 declaring I was fearless. Half the time, I was freaking out! 😂 #truthbomb
People are often in the habit of declaring a year to be a year of certain things to them. Some have lost faith in it. Some don’t believe in it 😎
I have never been one to bother with these things but in 2017, in my church (FOTA), 2017 was declared a year of Grace & Greatness with the usual 14 days prayer and fasting at the start of every year. One prayer point stood out for me – I will not be naked, disgraced or ashamed. I tapped into it and it became MY WORD.
I prayed this prayer point all through the year especially when things were beginning to look tough or looked like I was about to be ridiculed and disgraced. God always answered. Example? A child in my family owned school I was managing at the time, and a medical emergency that could have ended his life but rather thankful he was saved. Imagine what they would have done to my “school safety” career.
Yes emergencies happen. Yes CPR may not always work. Yes prompt medical treatment might fail. Yes people will still believe that despite all the efforts and quick action, it’s still your fault anyway 😂. Human beings.
2018? I didn’t give the year any word. Go with the flow things. Something was announced in my new church but that was it. Though I held onto those same prayer points of 2017.
Looking back, I realise I should have chosen a word for 2018 to reflect where I wanted to be. That would have helped me focus on what was important and my journey towards achieving them.
I have my limitations. Like most people, fear tends to limit me. Fear holds me back sometimes. Other times, I’m so courageous just because I know not doing at all is worse – you just will never know how it would have turned out, and trust me, I love to know.
So 2019, I choose to be FEARLESS. I choose to step out in faith and just DO IT. I choose to go after what I need and what’s important to me. I choose to pay for business coaching to help me get to the next level. For the things I hope to achieve, fear suppose, and is catching me 😝😜 but I choose to remain strong and hopeful. It’s not a life and death matter so can’t give myself high blood pressure all in the name of “scaling”.
Having a word doesn’t have to be your thing but 2017 and the way it turned out, tells me having a word and letting it be a part of your everyday works wonders.
I’m taking bold scary steps this 2019. Here’s what I have set out to do in 2019:
1. Self employment in the UK
If you know UK life, you know this is a big, scary but doable step. Opportunities abounds, unlike Nigeria where your efforts are constantly frustrated. But do we seize and utilise them? Not always. Fear often stops us from reaching our full potential.
I told you in my last post that I was going to venture into self employment here in the UK to allow me spend time on Safe Schools as it has suffered tremendously in the last year.
I haven’t been satisfied with my staff and productivity. No fault of theirs. Learning from all our mistakes and making necessary changes.
2. Rebranding as a Safety Strategist
Simply means, I want to help organisations and schools create great safety cultures and meet their legal safety responsibilities using signature workshops and strategies I have used, learned and seen work. You will be amazed how simple they are to implement.
I am rebranding myself on LinkedIn and will probably do less of personal and more of business on Facebook as Safe Schools Nigeria needs Facebook at the moment. You are free to connect with me. I have resurrected my LinkedIn profile (I now like it. Shock right? I used to hate LinkedIn with a serious passion because of the so called experts). I genuinely now hate the word expert.
Is anyone really an expert at anything? Aren’t we all learning new things and ways of work everyday? I’m satisfied with being a Health and Safety Practitioner, Consultant, Strategist…. You name it. Just not an expert. I strongly believe I’m a Strategist – I someone know how to create programs and ways of work to suit any situation and get Safety results. I don’t believe in the one-fits-all or copy and paste methods, and I try to avoid them. Not reinventing the wheel, but tailoring safety programs to meet the values, needs, cultures of organisations and schools.Is anyone really an expert at anything? Click To Tweet
Plus I have a Signature Workshop I’m currently creating for organisations and a School Safety Practitioner Course on the way. Exciting times. Will share more soon!
3. Blogging again on HSEWise?
I have resolved to start blogging again. Baby steps so let’s see how that goes. It will start off as one post every 2 weeks. So yes, I’m safety blogging again – this time around as a Safety Strategist, sharing content on creating simple safety systems and culture that works wonders. Enough of jargon and unnecessary processes. My focus will be on safety management, safety culture and safety compliance.
Come February 25th, my first safety post will be live on HSEWise. I will be sharing on how to tailor safety services and solutions to meet the needs of your audience based on my experience working in Nigeria and the UK.
4. My global attempt
Safe Schools Global was registered in the UK in August 2018. We will be live on the internet soon – planning, planning, planning. Will share what we will be focusing on when I introduce it officially to the world. I’m so excited about it as we will focus more on providing a virtual service than physical (yep I just leaked a little of the gist lol).
I look at all my plans and know they are all doable. The only challenge really is funds as I am a stubborn professsor that doesn’t believe in most fund raising tactics, so will be exploring ways to generate the fund we need to take the next step. Nothing good that you set your heart to achieve is impossible, so I hope to share good news on this soon.
I will do all of this freaking out and wondering what exactly I am up to, and just how I will pull them all off 😂🤣. No shaking – all I set my heart to do, I have done even if it meant me inconveniencing myself and depriving myself of certain luxuries.
My dreams are too valid. Join me?
So tell me, what’s your word for 2019 and why?
© Professor Ike
#2019 #happynewyear #fearless2019 #fearless #thisprofrocks
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