Badejo offers life-changing tips on personal transformation
Dolamu Badejo’s The Journey to Your Personal Transformation (Gihon Spring, Lagos; 2016) will aid readers in experiencing substantial improvements in the area of personal growth. Badejo adopts a workbook style format, which keeps readers actively engaged while reading the book. In only seven distinct steps, the author takes readers through a life-changing journey of personal transformation.
In the first step, ‘A clean slate,’ the author reveals that the primary assets needed are the quality of thinking and richness of one’s imagination. As put by the author, “Where you see yourself is already guaranteed if you can imagine and think yourself there.” The first task in this session is for readers to write out all their expectations after reading through the book and the positive changes they would like to observe in themselves.
Step two, ‘Desire and prepare,’ goes a stage further in explaining the importance of pursuing the desires that have been made through clarity of thoughts and specifications. It is easy to desire things or changes but the need to specify in clear terms what these things are is very important. Here, the author also strives to help readers understand that it is okay to desire material things and not be limited in the ability to dream wide.
In quoting the book, Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, the concept of being free to dream big is further amplified. “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Moving on to step three, ‘commit to output,’ the author addresses the importance of commitment to the preparatory stages of self-transformation. There are two types of people who are not qualified to be beneficiaries of commitment; the type one being those who do not play any part in contributing in the maintenance of the process and type two are those who are only committed because they want to show that they can be part of the end result and they are not quitters. Your commitment to your self-transformation is not an epileptic journey. The journey to your transformation of self has no destination; it is an ongoing process, a never-ending journey.”
Step four is ‘Unlearn to learn’ and deals with the thought of a continual learning and unlearning process, says Badejo, adding, “When you stop learning, you die. When you refuse to unlearn, you cannot survive: so, you still die. The key point in this step is daring to try something new in order to achieve self-transformation.
There are several strong points in the book that gives it uniqueness in style. This includes the adoption of a workbook format, which has an edge in helping readers stay actively involved while journeying through the book. The author provides a means through which feedbacks can be communicated via email, which helps in avoiding a linear model of communication. Ideas in the book are made relatable through the inclusion of narrative. This is proof that the author recognises the power of narratives in keeping readers’ attention fixed for a longer period of time.