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.

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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.

  Success through Abstract Thought

 

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How did they get so smart? Their intellectual powers were developed by a medium that fostered abstract thought”.   – Neil Postman

Abstract thought allows us to think of things that, if followed through and actualised, often result in innovations and actions that are beneficial to many.  Abstract thinking allows us to journey out of the present moment as in here and now.  Abstract thinking is like tapping into a repository of ideas that you can implement for your betterment.  A person thinks of doing or making something that is not present. A lot of innovations are products of abstract thinking.

On a corporate level, abstract thinking can give rise to prudent strategic planning, implementation and increased customer satisfaction of your products and services.  Abstract thinking can give to realities of value addition to your products and services.  Organisations and leaders often talk about their vision for the future. It is that abstract thinking that is translated into reality in due course, and when successful, the benefits are trans-boundary.  In such circumstances, it can therefore be said that the organisation’s or leader’s success is attributed to abstract thinking.

On an individual level, you can use abstract thinking to foster good business ideas and good leadership.  Let me make reference to a commonly used old saying: “You need speculate to accumulate”.  The speculation aspect is abstract thinking action.  Individuals who are experiencing stagnation and not making good progress in achieving their desired goals have a course of action that they could take.

Exploration of abstract thinking can bring about relief from such confining and repulsive situations.  I was once in a situation that did not foster progress; in fact it subverted developmental thoughts and ideas.  I now celebrate my new found freedom to put my skills and abilities to good use; for the benefit of myself and others.

One of the greetings often used in churches at the end of the service is: “May peace be with you”. The Islamic greeting: “Asalaam alaykum” has the same meaning: “Peace be with you”.  Indeed, this is a very true assertion; I believe that when you are at peace, you can be more innovative; be it in leadership or business.

I wish you well.

 Reflecting Holistically

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Reflecting on the week/month/year, whatever your vantage point, it is a helpful exercise with a multitude of benefits.   Business or whatever work necessitates good productivity and efficiency for good financial rewards to be realised.  However, reflecting on the work and well-being to date is a helpful tool in improving efficiency and output.  When reflecting, you know how you went about what you went about, and you need to know how you could manage a similar situation better, next time.  Reflecting and devising better strategies is a work in progress because situations are dynamic, changing over time and ever changing.

Additionally, that board meeting or business deal could have either diminished or boosted your self-esteem.  On reflection, you have learned what you have learned, know which areas need improvement.  Did events unfold according to your expectations?  When you look at expectations versus reality and there was a mismatch, this becomes an obvious trigger for better strategy and action next time.  Furthermore, realistic expectations rarely disappoint.  Preconceived ideas can be a two edged weapon, they can be of help or a hindrance to achieving desired outcomes.  Open-mindedness, the receptacle for all that comes is a good thing, coupled with an analytical and discerning mind to make the right decisions.

When reflecting, I exhort you to take a holistic approach, among other things, integrating your well-being as well.  Wellness should be pertinent to your future plans and aspirations, self neglect should not be an option to explore.  Taking a holistic approach to reflecting, by integrating your well-being can stave off: self neglect, low productivity, low returns, diminished confidence, avoidable morbidity and the adverse effects of some medicines.  As a certified healer and herbalist, I can be of help where situations necessitate and where my assistance is requested.

I wish you well in your endeavours.