Put Your Best Foot Forward

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Have you ever felt as though your dream is being frustrated or even seemingly dead?  If so, rest assured that your dream can be revived to vibrancy.  Even butterflies, amphibians and reptiles hibernate; and when they do, it does not mean that they are extinct.

A frustrated dream is not necessarily a dead dream; that is just an interlude.  You are not vanquished and can therefore give your dream the oomph it needs. You just need to make better use of the amalgam of strategy and tactics.  Sun Tzu, a military strategist who wrote a book titled ‘The Art of War’ informs us that: “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, and tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat”.

You are an individual who is well skilled and whole in spirit, ready to march forward in the business, scholastic or philanthropic world. The best direction is forward, not retreating or, ‘advancing backwards’, which is actually retreat but put differently.  Being alert and astute can give you leverage and help to tip the scales in your favour, soldier on…

If you love what you do, just bear in mind that determination plus hard work, minus laziness equals success; there you have a working formula.  As the year winds down, your mind and body clock should not do so by default; it is the year that is winding down, not your mind and dream.  It is an equally opportune time to put your best foot forward, go ahead.

 

I wish you well.

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With Your Brilliant Ideas, Have a Great Start this Monday

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You might have been in your comfort zone at the weekend, rightly so.  You deserve the best in both work and pleasure.  There is a time and place for particular things in life.  A balanced life is usually a happy life; I’m yet to learn of anybody who is averse to happiness.

I start by commending you for the brilliance of your ideas; you are resourceful and adept at your craft.   It is a new week, a fresh start and you are bustling with new ideas.  The numerous opportunities before you await your decisions. It is another day to make choices.  Your intent to make this week better than the previous one, is something that many people would concur with.

If you made some rough decisions last week, yes, that was last week.  It is a new dawn.  Any situation that presents itself as an obstacle is an opportunity for you to skill yourself in that particular aspect. The hidden positives in a situation can be obscured by the superficial negativity, which is not deep rooted but only apparent.  Just unmask the superficiality of the hindrance and the reality of the empty threat is revealed.  It is akin to a prank that you should not allot a great measure of seriousness to.

You know what needs a great measure of seriousness, your craft.  Now, your ideas are a vehicle on which those that count on you will ride.  I trust that it will be a smooth and happy ride, because you believe in yourself and there are those that believe in you.  You are both interdependent: they benefit from your professional services; you have a loyal client base.  If you are a student, you derive benefit from the learning and facilities at your institution.  On the other hand, your high grades can contribute to your institution of learning being held in high esteem.

As a healer, I’m hopeful to having a great start this Monday, and I wish you an equally great start in your field.

I wish you well.

Strategic Ambiguity

Strategic Ambiguity

I believe that one of the valuable attributes of a good chess player is strategy; they are often wonderful strategists.   Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term goal or aim.  In life, it can be a helpful thing to have strategies for the aims and goals we have, a kind of master plan of how to get what you want and to where you want.  Self-made guiding principles that are followed through, in charting a way forward through the choppy sea of life.  In doing so, nasty surprises may not be totally eliminated, but can be greatly reduced to negligible levels.

However, a word of caution is that in doing so, there has to be a healthy amount of strategic ambiguity.  Yes, strategic ambiguity in a world of competition in almost everything; from studies to work/business is a helpful tool.  I do not mean to be apocalyptic but, the realities of life seem to suggest that perhaps not everybody is charitable towards another.  This is where strategic ambiguity can be helpful in protecting you from uncharitable groups and individuals along the way to achieving your goals.  Reading and knowing situations and people at a given point in time and place can help to inform you if it is worth being clear or ambiguous.

You know your intentions well, but you may not know or be so sure of other people’s intentions.  Make god use of your social intelligence skills.  Just because you could be strategically ambiguous as and when necessary, you should maintain consistency regarding you/your organisation’s strategy. When you review situations and see where you have been, where you are at the moment and if your goal is within reach, is how you can tell whether you are making good or slow  or no progress.  Where re-calibration of particular aspects is necessary, do just that.  Additionally, your wellness matters and should be maintained.  Furthermore, where other professional expertise can be of help, mine inclusive; you can  make your wise choices at your convenience.

I wish you well.

Be Decisive

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In our personal, business and professional lives, making particular decisions can be a nerve-racking moment for some, while others relish any such opportunity. However, when you have facts about the matter on which a decision is to be made, that should facilitate you to make an informed decision. Be decisive, you will have something to carry out or otherwise. Indecision can have drawbacks, including missed or lost opportunities. Therefore indecision can be a barrier to progression, achieving goals or success.

Being decisive is of critical importance to the growth of your business. It also allows for business development or, professional development in your chosen avocation, including research. If you are decisive, you can build on and vastly expand your ventures and body of knowledge. Sometimes one may think: ”what if something goes wrong?” How about the thought: “what if all goes well?”

Should you inadvertently make a decision that yields wrong results; firstly, you will have the satisfaction that at least you made a decision. Secondly, there is always room for improvement. I’m not advocating recklessness, but imparting information about remedial actions. You can always evaluate the situation and use your wit and other strengths to salvage any mishap/s. It is also part of your growth, both individually and in a corporate sense. It is also a pertinent phenomenon in the ascendancy to success.

A quality that is common in leadership and in the business fraternity is the ability to take risks. You have to decide whether to take that risk or not. You have to make sound and timely decisions, because your support-base and clientele count on you to do so. In being decisive, you may not be all things to all men and women. It may seem like a situation that is far from desirable, but at least it is the truth. Not being decisive can also be a risky sanctuary. It is best to emancipate yourself from the mental slavery of not being decisive.

Say what you mean and mean what you say. In doing so you exhibit clarity and honesty, and you earn the trust and confidence of those that you transact with.
In being decisive, do not lose hope that you are in a confining situation that you cannot extricate yourself from. Do forget that there is always a rationale for your decisions, as well as room for rectification where necessary.
I wish you well.

2017+ My Rightful Place is At The High Table

2017

Metaphorically speaking, in years past during my infancy I was given things to eat, which I ingested without chewing.  The meaning here is that I accepted things without the necessary analysis to inform me, regardless of whether the things were good for me or not.  In infancy we start with no teeth, hence the reality of ingesting food without chewing.  As I grew older, I developed a set of teeth to chew what I ate before swallowing; this is the sense of ration and analysis.

As years progressed, a set of wisdom teeth developed. I became mindful and reflective, in addition to being rational, intuitive and analytical.  The saying: “older and wiser” is very apt in this context.  With reference to one’s age, the most common question is “how old are you?”  This leads one to infer that the older one gets, the wiser he/she is expected to be; yes, it is a general expectation.

Expectations versus reality can have different outcomes for different individuals, including situations that are circumstantial and beyond one’s ability to have leverage.  Ordinarily, however, some individuals may inadvertently compromises themselves and are often short-changed by not realising their true worth.  As of now, if you are in business and act on your business plan/s, for those in academia, if do your scholarly work with due attention, you are more than half way there.

My work ethic in business is an amalgam of action (-) mediocrity (+) mindfulness (+) intuition (+) ration (+) reflection (+) analysis (=) realisation of my true potential and worth.  Therefore my rightful place is at the high table, not at a lower tier table among crowds, nor among those seated on floor.

I wish you a happy and prosperous new year.

Information + Action = Realization & Transformation

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Ordinarily, in our daily lives we have wishes and aspirations and seek to advance ourselves.   Instinctively, in the quest for our advancement, the necessary information is then sought.  The information obtained serves as a precursor to, and underpins the action/s for our cause.  Therefore only relevant and necessary information is crucial here to avoid information overload and possible distraction.

Analysis of only relevant and necessary information saves time while allowing for focus on the goal/s at hand.    More often than not, information gathering tends to be the easy part of the segmented endeavour to advance. However, without translating the information into action, the incomplete exercise seems futile.  Therefore action adds to our body of knowledge, inter-personal interactions, skills and organizational/corporate experience.

At the action stage, is where I would encourage individuals to have vigour and tenacity to realize their goals.  Once the realization of goals is achieved; manifestations of transformation continue to exhibit themselves as time progresses.  Action is the road less travelled by some people, yet it is part of the synergy.  Realization sets a precedent and impels a person or organization to transcend to greater heights.  When transformation is tangible, this gives a feeling of true emancipation.

I wish you well in your New Year resolutions.

Determination + Constancy + Optimism

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If you give up every time you don’t achieve the immediate gain you want, you’re just guaranteeing that the worst is going to happen.” – Noam Chomsky

Life and its intricacies include learning curves that need to be navigated skilfully; with determination, constancy and optimism, in order to have desired outcomes.   You cannot guarantee that all that you do will not have any hiccup/s.  However you should endeavour to ensure your unwavering determination and input, in order to have your desired outcome/s.  Pertinent to the process of striving, is avoidance of mediocrity and not being cheated into settling for less than what you truly deserve.  Be determined in pursuit of the expansion of your business ventures, good health, scholarly attainments or provision of good leadership.

Your determination will prevail over the subversive whispers in your mind.  Empirically, the pessimist associate’s message to you regarding your endeavour/s is often similar to the inhibiting whispers.  In these circumstances the choice you need to make does not need any more clarity… optimism.  A simple challenge to the inhibiting insinuations is to enumerate a few of your achievements and then know that it is possible to achieve things.  The rationale here is that the pessimist wants to take you down the road of: ”give up.”  If you went down that road, it would not facilitate achievement in your undertakings.  Therefore your achievements exhibit the fact that it is possible to attain your goals.  Once you are clear about what you want to achieve, your brain will be a conduit and receptacle for the specifics of how you navigate your way to achievement.

In the midst of your endeavours, there could be a glitch or two.  The glitch means that it is a simple endurance test which you should pass by affirming that: “you will not distract me, I will maintain my constancy.”  In acting this way you will have decapitated the glitch/s; and this sends an exemplary message to any other potential glitch.  The resultant effect is that it will be plain sailing for you to your desired achievement.  You may now concur with me that determination, constancy and optimism facilitate attainment; and if so, good riddance.

I wish you well in your business ventures, quest for good health and wellness, scholarly attainment, happiness and good leadership.