OPTIMISM – II

#TGIF Family!! It’s another wonderful day to be alive, it’s the penultimate Friday in the month of July 2019. I can’t believe how fast the year is running out. As usual, I will still ask about your goals & targets for 2019, are we on track or off-track?

No matter the answer, just keep keeping on & do reach out to me if you require my support in attaining that goal. Slowly we are building that FB community as a means of support & it would be great to have you as a member.

For the second time in a roll I am working out of station & it’s becoming like a regular affair now, but to say I’m enjoying myself is an understatement.

Based on the various events, I’ve experienced during the week, I’ve been inspired to continue the “Cultivating A Growth Mindset Series” with this post (The 10th in the series). There is really no time to summarize the discuss, but you can click on the links below for a post by post access at your convenience.

OPTIMISM
FAILURE NUGGETS – II
FAILURE NUGGETS – I
THE TALENT TRAP – II
THE TALENT TRAP
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – IV
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – III
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – II
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – I

In the last post, we defined OPTIMISM

As the quality of being full of hope and emphasizing the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen. I also highlighted that this is not just blind faith, but the trust in a God that makes everything work together for my good. No matter how things twist & turn, how many obstacles or challenges I face along the way, I ALWAYS choose to see the good parts & know that it will all work out well.

This week, the story of Joseph (the dreamer) in the Bible has been on replay in my mind constantly. He was hated by his half-brother because of his dreams, his uniqueness (11th son of Jacob) & the coats of many colors his father made for him.

Totally ignorant of the schemes of his evil half-brothers, Joseph was a jolly good fella & one day his half-brothers decided to kill him, but Reuben (thank God for Reuben, I also have a Reuben in my life) found a way to save him & they ended up selling him to a camel caravan carrying spices and perfumes to Egypt as a punishment & they said “We will see what will become of his dreams

One thing was very clear in the story of Joseph from the time of the plot to kill him till he became a god to Pharaoh as the 2nd in command, God was always with him & he prospered. That is the key to my optimism, even in the darkest of the darkest day – as long as I have God with me – I will be fine & everything will work out for my good. In the end, after the dust settles, it will only be GOD & I that will stand.

I will continue to be diligent in my work & do it to the best of my abilities, but I leave a space for God to also do his thing. That is the covenant I live by & stand for.

WHO OWNS THE FUTURE?

This might look like a trick question as I know the answers could be in multiple folds & dimensions. But the simple answer is:

THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO CAN CREATE IT

Psychological research tells us that high levels of self-belief enhance your confidence, which, in turn, increases your chances of reaching goals. To put it simply, Henry Ford was correct when he said, “If you think you can “or you think you can’t, you’re right.” when we talk about optimism, we’re not talking about blind hope.

If you want to achieve success, reach goals, develop your skills and mindset, the most effective way to do this is to utilize an optimistic and realistic approach.

You can do this by following a simple exercise.

Firstly, take some time to consider what it is you want to achieve. This is your vision.

Secondly, create your mission statement. Why is it important you achieve this? What does it mean to you? The more emotional you can be here, the better. You want to really connect with your mission as this will help you to keep moving forward, even when the terrain is rough.

Thirdly, set yourself clear goals that will help you to reach your vision. You want to make sure your goals stretch you, help you to develop, and are achievable with focus and effort.

Fourth, for each goal, detail what you’ll do to make these a reality. What do you need to learn? What skills do you need to develop? Who do you need to speak to to help you?

Finally, how are you going to measure success? Detail how you’ll know when you’ve achieved your goals. Your vision is your guide. Your mission is your optimism. Your goals, tactics, and measurements are how you will create opportunities for yourself.

NUGGETS

Once you achieve your set goals, dont plateau there. Enjoy the victory for a while & press forward & onward, THERE IS MORE. The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement & I personally follow the management & business principle of KAIZEN

Kaizen is an approach to creating continuous improvement based on the idea that small, ongoing positive changes can reap major improvements.

Until my next post, do have a fantastic day & weekend.

This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ

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CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – IV

Happy Sunday family!!! This is the last day in the month of March 2019.

Usually I don’t post on Sundays, but my routine was altered a bit since I worked the most part of last week out of station but I will surely get back to the regular schedule ( i.e. post once a week mostly Fridays) in April.

Today, after the church service take some time to review your Q1 targets for 2019 & assess where you are on the way to where you are going.

Make adjustments based on my suggestions from recent posts on the topic of goal setting for 2019 as listed below:

Setting goals that’ll stick in 2019 – Part 1

Setting goals that’ll stick in 2019 – Part2

Setting goals that’ll stick in 2019 – FINAL

For the entire month of March, we’ve been looking at the series topic “Cultivating a growth mindset” which was a LinkedIn course I took about 5 months ago as part of an e-learning trial team for my company’s HR department. This class was taught by Gemma Leigh Roberts, Chartered Psychologist, Executive Coach, and author.

This is the 4th post in the series & there is really no time to summarize the previous posts, so please feel free to pause here & check them out as listed below before moving on.

PART I

PART II

PART III

GROWTH MINDSET

So, we’ve taken a look at the fixed mindset & mixed mindset, our focus today will be on the last type of mindset & the actual reason for this series, the GROWTH MINDSET.

A growth mindset, doesn’t believe there is a limit, it believes that skills & abilities can be changed & developed over time. The latest research from the fields of performance psychology indicates that people that consistently perform at their peak have one thing in common, it’s not a certain ability, it’s not a specific skill, it’s not even knowledge, it’s a mindset, and to be precise, a growth mindset.

Whether you want to push the boundaries of your current ability to achieve more, inspire and lead others to create success, or learn to thrive in challenging situations, a growth mindset is your fuel.

A growth mindset really is about lifelong learning and a belief in your ability to grow and develop. This will dramatically improve your performance, productivity, goal achievement, and happiness. It’s all about changing your thought process to view challenges and disappointments as opportunities to learn and develop.

Your mindset has the power to change your game at work and in your personal life. The key is learning how to make the shift towards a growth mindset and if you’re already there, learning how to maintain this way of looking at the world even when facing challenges.

I work with people everyday & I’m very observant. It’s amazing the type of mindsets I encounter in a 24hour period in which people just settle for their comfort zone & are not willing to try something new & they will fight you when you attempt to show them what the issue is & how they can get out of it.

Personally, I’ve been working on my mindset for years, I don’t take NO for an answer, I believe in the fact that I can find a solution to any problem, situation & challenges. One of my 2016 post explains this better, please click on link below.

SOLUTION PROVIDERS!!!

I also believe in the management consulting theory of small, continuous improvement developed by the Japanese (The TOYOTA Company) after World War II called “KAI ZEN“. The post link below sheds more light on this.

KAI ZEN

I have an abundant & not a scarcity mindset, so I share my thoughts & ideas with people on a regular basis not afraid that they will steal or use it as I believe I’m connected to GODTHE SOURCE of all things– and I can not lack.

There is still a lot to unpack in this series but I’ll drop the anchor here for now.

Like the series graphic shows, an individual with a growth mindset does 7 things:

  1. Sees failure as an opportunity to grow
  2. Can learn to do anything, develop new skills & talents
  3. Sees challenges as a means of growth
  4. Knows efforts & attitude determines ability
  5. Sees feedback as constructive
  6. Is inspired & not intimidated by the success of other
  7. Likes to try new things

I have a GROWTH MINDSET!! What type of mindset do you have?

This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ

CAPACITY!!!

capacity

At the beginning of this year, I made a simple decision to be a better version of my 2015-self in all areas. I have started working on it & 56 days into 2016, I am noticing changes. There is a Japanese word that is apt for this time & that word is “KAI ZEN“. It is the practice of continuous improvements, in relation to this is the word CAPACITY.

I realize that for me to be better than last year, I must increase my capacity, I must grow up & stretch to the next level. I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook page that says “When God wants to grow you, he makes you uncomfortable”. An HBR article says “staying within your comfort zone is a good way to prepare for today but a terrible way to prepare for tomorrow”. I believe this to be very true, almost all of the time, our success in life & elevation to the next level is outside our comfort zone & it takes strength & courage to make the move & get better.

Like it’s said, change is the only constant thing in life & as a minister in my church recently said “the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement” , we must strive to be better & reach our maximum potential.

There are a few points that I will like to highlight in the light of this topic.

Forget about the PAST

This is a very important point. We all like to reminisce about the good old days when things were great or boast about our past achievements. It’s good, but it’s water under the bridge, like my pastor will usually say “Yesterday’s excellence is Today’s mediocrity”.

Be like Apostle Paul in Phil3;13, He forgets the things behind him & focuses on the things ahead. There is more to conquer, more exploits to be done, more things to discover.

A car has got a very small rear-view mirror to look at the back, but a very big window to look ahead. I am aware that people also hold unto past hurt, pains & negative feelings, but the same way you forget about the success you must forget the hurts too.

I know it’s a very difficult action to take but we must learn from the past & move on speedily.

Alignment

When I think about capacity, I cant help but think about the act of filling a bucket or cup with water from a tap. To get the maximum amount of water into the vessel there must be an alignment between the vessel & the source.

God is the source of everything, He knows the end from the beginning & he has the best of intentions for you as an individual, align with God to locate your purpose in life & let him direct your path to fulfillment.

The moon reflects the light of the sun when it’s in perfect alignment & that’s how it rules the night time. You must be connected to a higher authority, get to learn from someone ahead of you in the area you have chosen to improve on. Everything that works is connected.

Little Foxes

Going with the same bucket analogy, I realized that one thing that would hinder a vessel from reaching full capacity is a hole. The higher the number of holes, the more difficult it is to fill up.

 

The bible talks about Little foxes that spoil the vine (Songs of Solomon 2:15), we need to keep an eye on those little things like bad attitude,offense, insecurity, unwillingness to learn,etc.

A little rudder controls a big ship at sea, learn to deal with things quickly & don’t let them hold you down & keep you on the spot.

Networking

To reach your fullest capacity you must include & engage others. Like  John Maxwell will say “All of us are smarter than one of us“. You must learn to collaborate with others in your quest for success & greatness, your net-worth is determined by your network.

Organizations today are looking for people with the required social skills to network & perform well in a team & not just their technical abilities.

As the world gets smaller & smaller everyday with technology, the ability to collaborate is getting richer & deeper as you can work with someone on the other side of the world on any project. So don’t think locally, think BIG, think Global!!

Do you have a plan for improvement & for increase in capacity?

No matter what happens this year, be determined to have measurable progress in relative time.

This is my snippet. I AM SHALOMESQ!!!