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

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CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – II

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Hello Family!! it’s Friday 15th March 2019!! Wow the year is really running fast & we are mid-march already, before you know it, Q1 2019 will be over.

How far are you with your set goals & targets for 2019? Are you still on-track or off the rails? The next 16 days might be a good time to reassess & realign yourself.

Cultivating a growth mindset – I

In my previous post above, I tried to set a bit of a foundation regarding the topic “Cultivating a growth mindset” which was a LinkedIn course I took about 4 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.

We looked at the mind as the battlefield & that if you win in your mind, you will ultimately win in life, it’s just a matter of time.We started talking about the mindset, which is the established set of attitudes held by someone & how this is a reflection of a person’s world view or philosophy of life.

A person can be accurately analyzed based on their mindsets to a lot of things in life & there are both positive and negative mindsets. The good news is that we have the power & ability to shift from one to the other with the key being our ability to learn.

MINDSET IS A CHOICE

Today, let’s take it up a notch!!! We were created by God as tripartite, Man (the human being) is a spirit, armed with a soul & lives in a protective casing called the body that enables us to function here on earth. We have a choice as regards the type of mindset we deploy & engage with in our lives.

Now there is a counter argument to this as most people will say you don’t have a choice considering that you don’t choose your parents, family, society, nation, the type of environment you were born into or grow in & that has a huge impact on your mindset. Yes I do agree but despite that fact, your life is still your life & no one is responsible for it other than YOU!

It’s great to blame others while you are younger & have people making decisions for you, but as you get older, you need to take the driver’s seat of your life & start to make choice decisions. Don’t let your background put your back on the ground, you have the choice to re-invent yourself & evolve to a better YOU despite the challenges of life.

I didn’t have the best of template to follow growing up, but at some point as I grew older, I took it upon myself to shred the old templates, created new & better ones of my own which I intend to pass on to my kids with the mandate to make it better than mine.

TYPES OF MINDSETS

There are 3 broad types of mindsets namely:

  1. Fixed Mindset
  2. Mixed Mindset
  3. Growth Mindset

FIXED MINDSET

As the name implies, those with this type of mindset truly believe that their skills and abilities won’t change, that they’ve reached a certain level and that’s where they can expect to remain.

They see failure as fatal, as the end of the road, they have the notion that everything in life has limits & once you reach that limit, that’s it.

Feedback is not constructive for these type of people, they are unwilling to try new things ( ideas, skills, etc), are threatened by the successes of other around them & they don’t do well under the pressure and challenges of life.

Did I just describe you, someone you know or an organization you know or work with at the moment?

Don’t worry, remember that one of the keys to shifting from one mindset to the other is the ability to learn.

Learning is a a very important ingredient in cultivating the right mindset, so it’s good to know where you are at the moment so that you can map out where you want to be & how to get there.

Do you agree you have a choice in life & about your mindset?

Do you have a fixed mindset?

Are you willing to learn & evolve out of that fixed mindset?

Altering your mindset takes practice, commitment, and focus. When it comes to how you think and process information, there’s no quick fix. But you can make small steps towards how you want to change that over time can make a big impact.

This is my snippet…….. I AM SHALOMESQ

CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – I

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Hello family, hope we are all doing great today? It’s Friday the 8th of March 2019 & we are 65 days into the year already, this means we have a whooping 300 days to go before we shout HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!!

How are you doing with your goals for 2019? Hope you are still on track? I do hope your goals are aimed at ensuring growth this year.

I am a firm believer that we must better ourselves every year, the same way a software application developer releases new versions of their product as they solve some issues & provide further enhancement.

Because I am a personal development enthusiast, I am always attending webinars, online courses, reading books ( e-books & traditional ones) & always seeking for knowledge – which I regularly share on this blog – this new series is not strange to me.

About 4 months ago, I took a LinkedIn course (LinkedIn Learning is a premium service) on the topic “Cultivating a growth mindset” 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 series will be a review of what I learnt during the course.

THE BATTLEFIELD

Now let’s set some background to this considering that we started this journey with the aim of not giving up despite the failure of last year, looking to set goals that will stick in 2019, comparing goals & growth noting that the ultimate reason to set goals is to achieve growth & growth is achieved by stretching beyond our comfort zone.

One thing that ties all of these together is the mindset.

During my penultimate year in college I moved from the hostel to join a very dear friend & colleague of mine who had the privilege of getting a one-bedroom self-contained B.Q behind a professor’s apartment. This friend of mine introduced me to a lot of things, he had books, CDs & a radical way of thinking that I totally admired.

He introduced me to the ministry of Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes, CeCe Winans, etc. One of the first Joyce Meyer books I picked up was “The Battlefield of the Mind“.

Human beings are tripartite in nature – We are spirit beings, with a soul & live in a body here on earth – and there is always contention (war) between the desires of the spirit & the body. The battle ground for this contention is within our soul – which contains our Emotions, Mind, Will, Intellect, etc – and whoever wins in your soul dominates the entire being.

Have you heard the expression “Emotions are bad leaders, but great followers“. Anyone ruled or lead by emotions is a disaster going to happen, but if put under check & properly supervised, emotions are fantastic.

Now this is not just some spooky or spiritual theories, it’s also been checked & proven true by researches done the field of performance psychology.

WHAT IS A MINDSET?

The English Oxford Dictionary defines mindset as the established set of attitudes held by someone. In psychology this is defined as a belief that orients the way we handle situations — the way we sort out what is going on and what we should do. In decision theory and general systems theory, a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people. A mindset can also be seen as incident of a person’s world view or philosophy of life.

In basic terms, your mindset tells the world around you the type of person you are, a lot of things about you can be accurately determined by just reading or observing your mindset. So just like there are 2 sides to a coin, there are positive & negative mindsets, and anyone can shift from one side to the other at any point in time. The good new is that you have the power to change your mindset & the key is learning how to make the shift.

Permit me to drop the anchor here & let this simmer a little bit, we will pick it up in the next post as inspired.

Do you understand the power of your mind?

What type of mindset do you have?

Are you willing to change?

This is my snippet…….. I AM SHALOMESQ

SETTING GOALS THAT’LL STICK IN 2019 – Part1

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As we wrap up the month of January, I will like to share with you some recent information I got from a webinar I attended late last year on how to set goals that’ll stick in 2019.

This webinar was arranged by one of my coaches – Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt)

I have been setting personal annual goals for close to 2 decades now & sometimes I hit the bull-eyes & sometimes I miss, but what I have seen constantly despite the success or failure is GROWTH.

You can review a couple of my previous posts on personal development & goal settings from the links below

According to Michael, there are 5 proven strategies to overcome goal failure.

I’ll take a stab at a few now, conclude in another post & hopefully it will be of help to someone out there.

Strategy #1

Get SPECIFIC about what you want. I’m sure we’ve heard about S.M.A.R.T goal setting technique & even the evolved S.M.A.R.T.R ( including R for Reward) or S.M.A.R.T.E.R ( adding E for Evaluate & R for Re-Adjust), no matter what technique(s) you adopt, it all starts with S for Specific. The more specific your goal is the higher the chances of achieving them. Setting a goal to save money or lose weight this year is good but it will become more achievable if  you are more specific of how much you want to really save  or how much weight you intend to lose this year.

A key factor that helps in being specific is to have a end in mind. Have a mental picture of what you will do with the saved money or how perfect you will look in that dress when you wear it. In the case of weight loss, I know some folks who actually ordered their dress in the anticipated size, kept it in their closet & looked at it everyday as a form of motivation. This picture & a vision of the end zone keeps you motivated.

Ask yourself these questions:
At the end of this year, what will I want to have achieved?
‣ What will I regret not doing?
‣ What will matter most to me?

Another major action that’ll help you stick your goals this year as you go specific is to consider multiple domains, I personally call it the Wheel of Life. As human beings, our existence in life is tied to a number of domains & over the years I’ve identified about 6-7, but with the webinar Michael expanded my views using a different concept call The Circle:

The Circle of BEING
‣ Spiritual
‣ Physical
‣ Intellectual
‣ Emotional
The Circle of RELATING
‣ Marital
‣ Parental
‣ Social
The Circle of DOING
‣ Financial
‣ Vocational
‣ Avocational

I do realise that not everyone operates in all of the domains but no matter what, you do exist & relate with these 3 circles (or 10 domains) one way or the other.

Based on your preference, it’s important to prioritise & get clarity of your expectation within these domains so as to avoid blurry vision.

Action Point #1

Write 7-10 specific goals you want to achieve in 2019 with reference to the 10 domains. Just have like 1 goal per domain ( if possible)

Specificity matters because it makes your aspirations achievable.

“Dreams may be imaginable but goals are actionable.” –Michael Hyatt

Strategy #2

Concentrate your efforts on just a few goals. I’ve fallen into this trap a couple of times over the years in which I end up with like 25-30 goals & it’s not surprising that my success rate in those years were dreadful ( below 20%). However, my high success rates years in recent times ( about 60%) are tied to few goals upon review.

When you have so many goals, you weaken your aspirations & fracture your focus. To achieve big goals in life, successful people ( Winners) will tell you that your focus needs to be sharp & highly concentrated – The lazer type of focus.

“Man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” —Ancient Proverb

Action Point #2

Get 2-3 critical goals that you’ll be lazer-focused on every quarter ( 90 days)

30 days have passed…… Do you have set goals for 2019?

Are they specific enough to motivate you? Do they cover your multiple domains?

What are your targets for Q1 2019?……… Do you have lazer-focus?

This is my snippet…. I AM SHALOMESQ!!!

The Weakest Link

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Hello everyone, hope we are all doing great as we get to the end of the 4th month in 2018?

There are still 8 fantastic months to go & I hope we will all make the best of it to ensure that the year finishes on a grand style.

It’s taken me a while to develop this post & it all crystallized recently when I was privileged to be on an interview panel & one of the usual questions popped up again… “Do highlight your strengths & weaknesses?”

It was interesting to see almost all the interviewees easily answer the first part of the question while they virtually struggled with the second part. It was clear that no considerable thought was given to the weakness part & I recalled at another time that someone answered the same question saying he had no weakness.

It is important to note that no one is perfect & we are all striving toward perfection, we are all work-in-progress in the hands of our maker.

As we progress in life, one of our major duties is to constantly access ourselves to refine & compound our strengths & eradicate our weaknesses. As the saying goes “A chain is as strong as its weakest link”.

Growing up I enjoyed watching a game show called ” The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link is a British television quiz show, the first original episode was broadcasted on 14th August 2000 & the show was presented by Anne Robinson a very fierce & intimidating woman.

The whole idea of the show was to get 9 total strangers to work together to win money by answering series of questions in a short time in multiple rounds. At the end of each round, the weakest link must be voted out until the last 2 contestants emerge who now go for a final round of sudden death in which the person who answers the most question wins.

Whoever gets the most questions wrong, wins the least money or loses the most money is the weakest link. Since it’s a strategic quiz show if there is a tie, the strongest contestant gets to pick who the weakest link is & that person is eliminated.

In comparison to our lives, we should be constantly playing this game. I carry out this exercise regularly with members of my team at work & I get very different responses.

Some embrace it while others don’t see the need for it & totally reject it, but it has been really helpful & uplifting for those who took the advice & went on the journey.

There are some behaviors, traits, characters, friends & people around us that we should really analyze & categorize as weak links & we need to eliminate them from our lives so as to move forward. I am sure you can think of a few right now!

But, unlike the game, doing this could be very difficult as most of us are comfortable with these weaknesses & just accept it.

To effectively manage & handle our weaknesses we must firstly know them. It’s difficult to manage what you are not aware of.

I recommend doing a personality test. There are so many of such tests online which usually includes SWOT & DISC analysis.

Get to know yourself!!  You must see value in yourself to add value to yourself!!

It’s impossible to consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with how you see yourself.

You could also ask people around you for feedbacks especially at work where we spend most of our times.

If you are open about such feedbacks & don’t take it personal, colleagues & friends can be a great feedback system to help in your assessment.

Once identified, you need to start working on eliminating them, get help from books, take courses, attend events & connect with mentors who are strong in your area(s) of weaknesses.

Design & follow a plan of action consistently.

Don’t take on too many projects at a time, take it one by one & you will be surprised at how things will turn out as you work towards getting better in those areas.

I have personally experienced this & it’s amazing…

Let’s play the weakest link!!

This is my snippet, I AM SHALOMESQ!!!

 

New Year: Nothing Will Change Unless You Change Your Mindset

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Hello family!! As we start the 3rd month of 2018, one of our contributors shares his thoughts about how to get the best out of the new year.

New Year: Nothing Will Change Unless You Change Your Mindset

Another 365 days gone, another opportunity given to man to live and to be grateful to the Almighty. Another opportunity to try, succeed, fail, learn and be better. Yesterday is gone, today is another day, a chance to be you, to be great and successful.

Somewhere in your past lies the reason for your present and your actions or inactions today will determine your tomorrow.

The secret to your success is you, your mind, what you do and what you have learned. The reason for your failure is also you, your mind, what you have failed to do and everything you refused to learn.

In the New Year, nothing about you will change unless you change your mindset. The mind is a very powerful tool, it is God’s gift to man. It controls everything about us. It is as deep or as shallow as you want it to be. The difference between an ordinary man and a great man is simply the way they think. A man will begin to make something out of his life the moment he makes up his mind to be great and commit to doing the hard work required to be great. Success does not come cheap, no successful man or woman has had it easy. The secret to your success is in what you do daily, it is a culmination of your past and present efforts.

Even though God truly chooses who He favours but many men have plundered such favours and blessings by their own actions or inactions. In as much as your destiny is defined by God, your decision is defined by you. God’s job is to favour you and provide you with opportunities, but your choices, your actions, and inactions will shape your destiny. Many men have left their own part of the “Man/God Contract” entirely to God forgetting that miracles happen only when a man has tried his very best and he is helpless.

In this New Year, endeavour to Work as Hard as you Pray, because irrespective of how much you pray, God will only bless the work of your hands, not your fantasies. Therefore stop making excuses, set achievable and realistic targets, and achieve results. Stop being ordinary, do the extra to achieve the extraordinary.

Happy New Year!

TAOPHEEK BABAYEJU

What is in your hands?

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Last weekend was very hectic for my family & I as we had about 4 events to attend across town, but we eventually settled to attend just 2 events ( The children’s inter-house sports competition at their school & a wedding ceremony in church + reception).

After the sports competition, we took our kids to a friend’s place who had volunteered to take them out to the cinema with her daughter for the day while we attended the wedding ceremony & reception.

As we got ready for the wedding, in between we stole a few minutes to catch up & our discussion drifted towards what we are doing in our respective spaces in helping the next generation to be better.

Then some questions were asked “What are we doing? Are we producers or consumers?”

It seems there is no sitting on the fence here, if you are not producing, then you are definitely consuming.

According to Oxfam International, the world’s top 1% earn 82% of wealth generated in 2017 & a quick look at those 1% shows that ALL of them are producers, these guys produced something that the rest of the world couldn’t do without from Fashion to Cars, to Tech to Telecoms, etc.

This got me thinking all through the day & then I remembered a portion of an Alvin Slaughter’s song that I love called That’s When, the part says “What’s that you have in your hand. I can use it, if you’re willing to lose it. Take the little you have and make it grand. I am El-Shaddai and I’ll more than supply your need…”

Greatness in You

November 2006, a company launched a TV ad with the catchphrase “There’s a drop of greatness in every man …” That company recorded huge success as the marketing campaign brought about phenomenal high sales simply because they resonated with the fact that there is greatness in everyone.

God has given each & everyone of us unique strengths, gifts & talents hidden in our very core & it’s our duty to dig deep, tap them out & show the world what we’ve got on the inside. There is that substance in everyone that could lead to the achievement of great things in life & we will do ourselves & the world a great favour by tapping into it & leaving our footprints in the sands of time.

“We come into the world looking like our parents, but we will leave this world looking like our choices” – Keion Henderson

What to do?

Take a little time & do a S.W.O.T analysis on yourself, ask yourself questions about your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats, find a peaceful & quiet place to think & plan, I like the way Bishop T.D. Jakes calls it, he says take time to stare.

Build your strategy from your stare!!!  Ask these questions :

  • What can I do with what I have?
  • What platforms are out there that can help my gifts & talents to shine?
  • Who can I collaborate with to help sharpen my giftings?

Take steps in the direction of your strengths, talents & giftings & you will be surprised at what you can achieve.

I know people who have turned their stories around just by using their strengths, talents & giftings. A sister who loves organising parties for her friends as a hobby has now launched out into events &  doing very well.

A brother  is rocking an entire industry just by the virtue of his nose. His ability to smell perfumes & to create bespoke scents for people has made him a millionaire & he is targeting a billion naira profit this year.

Another brother who loves to compere is using his talent & sometimes makes more than his monthly salary from the events he handles.

You need to wake up & make moves, this applies to me as well & I am trusting that 2018 will not end like all the previous years.

Dont worry about the past, or the things you’ve lost. Your miracle is not connected to what you’ve lost but what you have left.

Be like Moses, let God use that which is in your hands, the whole world is waiting on you to manifest in your unique way.

Remember, you don’t have to be GREAT to START, but you have to START to be GREAT.

What’s that in your hands?

This is my snippet!!! I AM SHALOMESQ!!!

My 2018 Review

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Wow!! I am short of words after considering all that I’ve gone through & achieved in 2018.

It was indeed an awesome year & I want to say a big THANK YOU to my partners & supporters who helped in one way or another to ensure that the ideas & dreams that was conceived became a reality & a huge success.

Time will fail me to begin to mention each & everyone of you individually but be rest assured that I am super grateful.

Let’s do this again next year! I can’t wait…. or maybe I can…….

For many years, I have always set goals for myself, family & all that concerns me & I spend the first couple of weeks of a new year on a retreat, then regularly gauge my progress till a mid-year review in July & wrap up the year around November where I assess the scores for the year & start to prepare for the next one.

My scores have progressively moved from 10% up to about 70% & I am working hard to get better scores this year.

Traditionally we all start the year with excitement & set new year resolutions et al & even as early as 42 days into the new year, some might have fallen off the wagon already but dont let that quench the fire within you, there are still 323 fantastic days left to make 2018 a great year.

NEW YEAR! NEW STRATEGY!

If you are going to have a NEW YEAR, you are going to need a NEW STRATEGY!

You cant keep doing things the same old way & expect a different result. If you want to experience new things, then you will have to do things you’ve never done before. I will encourage you to spend time alone & just think about what you wanted to achieve in 2017 that you could not & find new ways of achieving them this year. It might require you to stretch beyond your comfort zone, but please be ready to explore, it could just be that you are not achieving them simply because you are not making moves.

Here are a few pointers:

REVIEW!

In the “7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey, the 2nd habit is “BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND”. It means to know where you’re going so as to understand where you are now, and take your next step in the right direction. I did that with the first 90 words of this post, I have a vision of what 2018 will be & I’ve had to cast that vision ahead of time.

Your vision or dream is the picture of the future you want accomplished & it needs to be clear so you know where you are going, understand where you are now & have the courage to take the next step to move you in the right direction to accomplish that vision or goal. Habakkuk 2:2

It will really help if you have a board or a journal in which you write your vision or goals & have time to regularly check them.

There is something really amazing about putting pen to paper & jotting things down, it literally moves the resources of the world to ensure it happens.

We know about setting S.M.A.R.T goals, i.e. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timely, but modern teachings about goal settings are now S.M.A.R.T.R with the inclusion of another R for either Reward or Review.

ACTION!

A vision without action is daydream!!

Writing your vision & dream is great, but it will amount to nothing if you dont take action.

You need to take steps in the direction of fulfilling your dreams, a journey of a thousand miles, begins with just one step.

Just like a ship looks great tied up at the shore, but it will never accomplish it’s purpose until it sails on the sea, so it is that a dream will look great on your board or in your journal, but will never become a reality until you work on it.

Make moves, take actions & see how the universe will start to align, you might feel that you are waiting on God, but God is actually waiting on you, dont let life happen to you, you happen to life.

Be bold & take courage! Joshua 1: 5-8

Courage is not an absence of fear, but the choice & willingness to do something despite the fear.

Regularly talking & thinking about your vision & dream are also major parts of taking action. Joshua 1:8 says this book of the law ( your vision & dreams) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate on it day & night.

From Hebrews 11:3, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that the visible was created from the invisible. You can also create your own world, your vision & dream by speaking as  2 Corinthians 4:13 says “we have the same spirit of faith, we believe & therefore we speak”.

TEAM!

Team-work makes the dream work!!

As you take steps towards achieving your vision or dream, you will realise that you cant achieve it alone. If your vision or dream will take only you to accomplish, then it’s either too small or not from God. A vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team, check out history & you will find out that any successful vision or goal or dream of high significance & impact had a team behind it. Even at the beginning in Genesis 1:26, God said “Let us make man…”

Start to look for partners & supporters ( those who have strength in the arrears of your weakness) to help you achieve significant results.

Habit 6 of the “7 habits of highly effective people” is SYNERGY. Synergy is the highest activity of life. Through it, we create new, untapped alternatives – things that didn’t yet exist. We unleash people’s greatest powers. We make a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

STAY SHARP!

The 7th habit is “SHARPEN THE SAW

In our current age, information is power! What you know or dont know can make or mar your vision, dream & goal, so stay sharp! Develop the ability of a learner, ask questions constantly, dont be tired of acquiring knowledge. Your mind is a weapon, keep it loaded at all times.

To sharpen the saw means renewing ourselves, in all four aspects of our natures:
• Physical – exercise, nutrition, stress management;
• Mental – reading, visualizing, planning, writing;
• Social/Emotional – service, empathy, synergy, security;
• Spiritual – spiritual reading, study, and meditation;

To accomplish these, you need to be very intentional & proactive, you have to set the right priorities to manage yourself well within time.

I’m committed to doing all of these in 2018 & I encourage & challenge you to do the same & let’s compare notes in November to see how the year turned out.

My intention is to unpack various sections of this strategy as I make significant progress.

What will your 2018 review look like?

This is my snippet, I AM SHALOMESQ !!!

Leadership & Work Ethics – Part 4

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Its so amazing how time flies, by next week we will be welcoming the month of March 2017. This post is a continuation of our series on Leadership & Work Ethics, in the previous posts we’ve looked at the first 3 levels of leadership namely : Position, Permission & Production or Rights, Relationships & Results.

Today’s focus will be on the 4th Level of leadership, which is PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT

Levels of leadership – LEVEL 4 PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT

At this level, the focus of the leader is about the people, ensuring that they reproduce the results again & again. In 2014, I was part of a John Maxwell’s live cast in which he digressed from the main topic about “Thinking for a change“& talked about mentorship & the art of teaching. He explained that the 1st level of teaching or mentoring is imparting the knowledge ( the WHAT), the 2nd level is sharing the wisdom ( the HOW), the 3rd level is helping the mentee DO IT ( TAKE ACTION) while you provide support & the last level is helping the mentee to teach someone else to DO IT.

People begin to follow you because of what you have done in their lives personally. They begin to see the level of investment & value that you can add or have added to them. At this point leaders start to reproduce leaders as the focus shifts to personal development.

Leaders become great not because of their power but because of their ability to empower
others & often times at this level, institutions are formed.

Bill  Gates is a typical example. After achieving so much success in business, he has now turn to the pursuit of the total eradication of diseases like malaria & other around the world with his foundation. It’s no surprise that Mark Zukerberg is also towing that line seeing that he was mentored by Bill. Oprah Winfrey built a school in South Africa for girls so as to add value to them to become successful in life as she is & to even surpass her.

A lot of religious institutions across the world have leaders at this level who have spent time to invest in people & their development & they have significantly transformed lives in their millions.

In my life & career over the years, I’ve work so hard to move along the leadership ladder from Level 1 to 3 & I’ve achieved some successes & results along the way by the grace of God. Now I am working even harder to move into level 4 in which I begin to add more value to people, to empower them & ensure that they become the best they can be & achieve results of their own.

Success vs Significance

While talking to airmen at the Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas last year, John highlighted the difference between success & significance. Success is all about “self” while significance is about “others“. Level 4 leaders move from just achieving success & results to significance by reproducing the same results in the lives of other.

I love watching dance shows like “Dancing with the Stars(DWTS)” & “So you think you can dance (SYTYCD)“, but I fell in love more with SYTYCD when the producer Nigel Lythgoe started a fresh season for kids ( SYTYCD – the next generation). With this action, the show has moved to a level of significance beyond all other dance shows & I personally believe that true generational success requires succession to be complete & lasting.

In the coming posts, we will look at the last level of leadership, delve into another leadership concept & finally highlight some work ethics that ensures success.

Are you a leader? What is the level of your influence? No matter where you are now, strive to move to the next level. There is much more to achieve!!

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Living Intentionally – Final

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Hello everyone, this will be the last post in my series on living intentionally.

In the previous posts, we’ve looked at defining living intentionally, what it involves & what it allows you to do:

  1. Move from intentions to actions.
  2. Gain the value of front-end thinking, which involves having to plan ahead.
  3. Be inspired  to make everyday count.
  4. Make changes one step at a time.

In today’s post, I will like to look at the various areas that you need to live intentionally.

As previously stated, living intentionally involves living a deliberate,consistent & wilful life as defined by John C. Maxwell in his book Intentional Living &  also in a  couple of his presentations on the topic.

We must pursue Living Intentionally in the following areas:

Become intentional in the area of growth. The only guarantee of a better tomorrow is to grow. Change is the only constant thing in life & we must strive to get better everyday. In 2017, work to be a better version of your 2016 self, upgrade yourself across all lines. Learn a new skill or language, read new books, no matter what it is ensure that you add value to yourself.  Life keeps moving forward, if you stay stagnant, you will be left behind.

 

Become intentional in your attitude. Its a choice, attitude is the main thing, it makes a difference in your life. As the saying goes, your attitude determines your altitude. This is very important, going by the common HR mantra “Hire attitude & train skill“, your skill is great, but your attitude is much more important.

Become intentional in relationships. Be intentional with those you hang with. Be around people that will challenge & inspire you. Prov 13: 20 (NIV) says “Walk with the wise and become wise,for a companion of fools suffers harm“. If you hang around Billionaires, given enough time you will become one.

Become intentional in your purpose. Find your purpose & fulfil it. Dr Myles Munroe usually says ” When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable“. Don’t just drift through life, know why you are here,what you are meant for  & the effects you need to imprint on the sands of time.

Become intentional in the area of significance. Success is mostly about ourselves,we are basically selfish people by nature & I am also guilty of this but I’m learning each day that significance is mostly about others.Its when you intentionally think about others & how to add value to them that you become significant. I’m beginning  to realise that if you help other people get what they want, other people will also help you get what you want.

Being significant is all about value add. You must value people, think of ways to add value to them, look for ways to add that value, take actions with the aim of adding value ( you add the greatest value in the area of your gifting, passion & the needs of people) & encourage others in your network to add value to people.

On a final note, most people don’t write their story………they only read their story. Living intentionally puts you in the driver’s seat of your life & ensure that you write your story.

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