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.

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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.

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.

  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.

From Survival Mode to Thriving Mode

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When a mindset is inculcated in some individuals that the word ‘difficult’ should be acceptable at all times, this can maintain an indelible mark of that word in the mind regardless of situations.  The word difficult has negative connotations and can be a way of informing the person that: “Just survive, do not try because you will not thrive.”  My response to that subversive undercurrent is: “I have to give my intentions and actions a chance for my betterment, in fairness to me and the potential beneficiaries of my work/business.”  Yes, that is being realistic, optimistic, intuitive, rational, fair and prudent.

The first step you may notice is that the perceived ‘difficulty’ did not actualise as previously thought.  Snippets of the difficulty soon melt and evaporate into the stratosphere.  What you now have left is more opportunities to further your agenda of moving from survival mode to thriving mode.  You are in the driving seat; all you need to do is change to a higher gear, from two to three, four, and five as you progress.  You soon realise that there has been a cessation of surviving and thriving is no longer a far cry, but it is all you are now experiencing.

You are on the motorway/highway, be mindful that you will need to change lanes too and ultimately, the mode of transport.  Yes, you need to check the rear view mirror for safety only, and do not be obsessed by some of the relics of history that could serve to distract you, making you lose concentration on thriving.  The things, people and places that are antithetical to your mission to thrive are most probably ‘excess baggage’, just travel light, you will have less to think about and less to carry.  The word of caution here is you should ensure that you maintain your philanthropic values.

There are needy people who are truly deserving of your help, not imposters; your wisdom and judgement are key elements here. The deserving needy should not suffer abandonment; they are your extended family in this global family.  Regularity at charitable work and activities should be a given, you are now blessed financially.

You have moved from survival mode to thriving mode, others may say that you have self actualised.

Congratulations!

 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.