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Motivation

2016 in review

Tell me. How has 2016 been for you? What were the low and high points? What is the one thing that will always come to your mind whenever you think back on this year? I had a look at my Keynote presentation - 2016: Reimagine. My goals for the year were captured there. Having it on my phone made it a little easier to track. Through the year, I looked at it from time to time and smiled over something that had been accomplished, made a mental note to revisit something that had been forgotten or neglected, or went back to the drawing board if the strategy for a particular goal wasn't yielding...

Count Your Blessings

Hey! We're in December! I'm counting down to the end of 2016. In fact, I have a table with major activities marked for most days. You can call it my last attempt at getting some things done this year or my preliminary efforts towards a more fulfilling 2017. It's easy to think about goals, achievements and plans in this season but it's also important to remember to take a timeout to count your blessings - from the super amazing events to the pretty much everyday stuff that we tend to take for granted. Waking up in the morning and getting out of bed by yourself, having your body function optimally, not losing your...

Success Strategies 3 – Plan

I decided long ago to celebrate the members of my family to the best of my ability each time their birthdays came around. By default, I have those dates on my vacation plan every year. For the kids, the little things matter. Having mummy do almost everything for them is part of the pleasures of their special day. 'Mummy, I want you to bath me and dress me up...

Success Strategies

I watched a leader give an account of his organization's achievements over the past year. He said everything without referring to a document. He had the figures for the key performance indicators logged in his memory and I thought that was impressive. He went further to explain the origin of the ideas that became the vision and goals his entire team ran with until every single one was accomplished and at the end of the event, he happened to share with a small group I was part of a new vision which should be realized sometime next year. Amazing! So I deciphered the pattern - this leader spends time in prayer/meditation, receives divine direction/instruction/ideas,...

Piano Nanny

Some years back, we bought a piano for our son and got him a teacher. I wanted him to have the opportunity I didn’t have to learn to play at a young age. I looked at the piano sitting there a few times and wondered if I should join him on the journey, but each time I thought about it or even went further to attempt it, I would give up because I imagined I was too old to start learning that now. I wondered when I would become good enough or when I would be able to play like so and so. A few weeks back, my husband sent me a video...

Survival 3 – Praise

Hand clapping, toe tapping, hand lifting, dancing, jumping, shouting, waving, singing, playing skillfully or not so skillfully on your musical instrument - these are all acceptable forms of praise. If you don't know how to play any of those other instruments, you can at least play the ten-stringed one, your palms...

Survival 2 – Stay Connected

Apart from the ‘not-so-common sense’ strategies that are widely advised for implementation during a recession, what more can one do to outlast this season of adversity? It’s interesting that the answer to this question will vary from person to person. You may even find that there are some people who don’t need to do anything new or different, and they’ll be just fine, but it’s important to know and to do the right thing. In Biblical times, recessions were referred to as famine or dearth and people responded to it in different ways. Abraham went down to Egypt and his grandson, Jacob, did the same. Isaac went to Gerar and God appeared to him...

Fear Factor – 2

I remember the first time I rode a bicycle without assistance. My dad had repaired four bicycles and  needed to get them home. Only one could fit in the boot of his car so he asked us to ride the others. We often hung out with him in the mechanical workshop at the campus and played or wrote on the board while he worked. He always found a way to keep us engaged so we didn’t distract him or get hurt. Those were fun times. I said, ‘Daddy, it’s too high for me’. I guess I was just afraid. You see, I had been using a smaller bicycle with training wheels up until...

Don't stop

There's more to you than what is your present reality. Whatever you do, don't stop learning and don't stop investing in your personal development.  The way of the good person is like the light of dawn, growing brighter and brighter until full daylight. Our future...