YOUR ONE WORD

YOUR ONE WORD

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word … BUDDHA Your one word is the single, powerful and inspiring word that sums up who you are and all that you aim for in life. Reducing who you are into one word will force you to become crystal clear about your essence. This one word will sum up your reputation – your personal brand. It will be the backbone of how you live your personal life, business life, useful also for your personal publicity efforts. You will personify this word, live up to it, deliver on it 24/7/365, every time you package yourself, every time you walk into a room, in every conversation, in the way you perform every task and in the way you deliver on your commitments. This word will sum up the outcome that all your possible audiences will expect from you in everything you do or anything you are involved in. Living this one word means that you will be intentional about demonstrating it in all that you do and all that you are. A few months back, I watched a BBC documentary into the private life and achievements of the eccentric music performer and producer Will.i.am – William Adams – in which the actress and author Joanna Lumley spent time with Will.i.am in his home town of Los Angeles, to shed light on the man behind the global brand, Will.i.am and his impoverished upbringing in the projects of Los Angeles. At one revealing moment, Joanna asked: Joanna Lumley: If you had to think of one word that’s most important to you, or that sums...
TIME = LIFE

TIME = LIFE

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE  Our greatest resource is our time. The thing about time is that it finally runs out. Whether it’s 30 years or 60 years that you’ve got left, one day, your time will finally run out. All that will remain is the difference you made. So be conscious of time. Use it wisely. Today is not a rehearsal for tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone for ever. Another thing about time is that it is not lost. You are living it. Our time is our life. If you waste your time, you waste your life. What ever you choose to do today, know that you are exchanging a day of your life for it. To achieve your life goals, you will need to become a master of your time management. The line between success and failure is often found in the five words, ‘I did not have time,’ which really means, ‘I did not make time.’ We all have the same number of minutes in an hour that Leonardo da Vinci, Mother Theresa or Thomas Jefferson had. Make a decision to use your time for what is important to you. Never postpose what is important. Don’t waste your time on tasks that are inessential to your life goals. When you are faced with a number of tasks that all seem important, why not invite prioritisation into the equation. Prioritisation will help you to ensure that tasks or...
RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor. MARIANNE WILLIAMSON We all have days when we experience some discomfort, fatigue, even darkness. At such moments, it may help to remember that history has shown that the most successful lives were filled with many moments of darkness. Every dark moment presents us with two choices: to stop the journey or to keep going. The only thing that happens if we stop is regret. To keep going is much harder, but always the right choice. The single trait of all successful people is their resilience through dark periods; they never stop. They endure. They understand that life is incredibly challenging. They understand that none of us gets out of here alive and that, in the end, what really matters is the difference we made and the legacy we left – something that will inspire others long after we’ve gone. Like them, you will come to see that the road to something great is mostly paved by pain, discomfort and despair. You will learn that despair makes one strong and that its accompanying darkness often brings character, polish and direction, helping us to become the best version of ourselves. So, however bleak things may appear at this moment, Don’t bail; the best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap. Professor Randy Pausch Some of the greatest works in history were created during incredibly challenging periods in the lives of their creators. Consider Martin Luther King Jr’s famous gospel...
CONFRONTING YOUR ENEMY

CONFRONTING YOUR ENEMY

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. WINSTON CHURCHILL Yes, we all have an enemy. Confronting your enemy is important. Why? Because it strengthens you, helping your growth and success. It may even eliminate that enemy. Please note that I said confront, not attack. Attacking your enemies gets you nowhere. Ignoring them gets you nowhere. It is confronting them that will get you somewhere. The novelist and playwright James Arthur Baldwin, once said that, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”. You have to confront what or who frightens you – what holds you back from growth. You cannot afford to play the ostrich and bury your head in the sand, hoping that they will miraculously disappear, and there is no magic wand that you can wave to get rid of your enemies. You have to face them down. If you don’t, their hold on you will get stronger and stronger. My observation is that it is far more powerful and fruitful to become a person with a cause than a person with a grievance. When you are face to face with an enemy, you are up against a discovery about your true strength, because until you’ve faced and fought your enemy with everything you’ve got, you’ll never discover how strong you are. What frightens me most is how quickly many people settle to what they call their lot. A bullying boss or partner who frequently undermines your existence, or racism or corporate slavery … whatever yours may be, you’ve got to face...

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