Monthly Archives: May 2015

Are You Ready …?

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Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
Bobby Unser

The prevailing question on my mind as I write this post is: “… when the right opportunity comes, will you be ready?”. I recently watched a video biography of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story was told of how he desired to be body builder at a very young age. Even though the odds were strongly against him to ever accomplish that goal, he engaged in a very rigorous daily routine to pursue a career in body building.  Against all odds, he went on to enjoy a very successful career in body building , acting and politics.

As I reflected on this story, three important things stood out to me and they are listed below:

1. Believe:  It is important to believe in yourself,  even if no one else does. Believe in your dreams, and go for it against all odds. Personally I think it is important to also believe God.

2. Prepare: Establish daily routines that adds value to you and brings progress towards set goal. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to start preparing, start preparing as soon as you set that goal.

3. Never give up: No matter how difficult the going gets , determine never to give. This ties up to my first point, believe you can do it and stay strong.

No matter how big your dream is believe you can do it, equip yourself to accomplish your goals by preparing and never give-up.

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Am I Heading The Wrong Way?

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter Drucker

Have you ever thought about life as a journey? Think about this scenario which assumed to have occurred at a time before the use of global positioning systems (GPS).

You are on a trip with a dear friend to a city three hours drive away. Armed with your map, you headed out in the right direction but while chatting and having a great time with your friend you got off track. Neither of you realized this until four hours later, you were shocked how far you have traveled off course. You located where you are on your map and started your journey back to your desired destination…”

What if you had checked the map midway into the trip? I believe this scenario is something you can relate with. I think about life as a journey and really think it is important to access where you are on your journey. I have listed the reasons for such reflections below:

1. Save time: every mile you travel either take you closer or further away from your destination depending on the direction you are traveling. The same with our lives, what you do on daily basis is either taking you closer or further away from your goal. Taking time to reflect and access progress towards your goals help you to detect if you are on track to achieve your goals or not. The earlier you detect you are off track the better. It is almost mid-year where are you with your goals for 2015?. Practical tip: Take a moment to write down answers to the following questions: 1. What is your desired goal? 2. How far are you from achieving it? 3. What can you do on a daily basis to make your goals a reality? Let your responses to the questions above guide your next steps.

2. Change directions: No matter how far you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can change course and start heading towards your desired destination. A reflective time will help determine if you need to change directions or not. Practical example: You have always wanted to change the way you eat. Your goal this year is to lose 25 pounds by October 2015. You know to accomplish this goal you need to change the way what you eat. It is May and you have not given finding new recipes a thought. You try hard to ignore the fact that you have gained weight despite your desire to loose weight. My question is: if things continue the way they have been since January, will you accomplish your goal by year end?

Where ever you are in your journey, think about what you need to do to accomplish your goals. Stay focused and determined, you have all it takes to accomplish your goals. Go for it!

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The Joy of Motherhood

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Successful moms are not the one who never struggled They are the ones who never give up despite their struggles. – Sharon Jaynes

My boys made special craft for Mothers day in school yesterday and they were so excited to show it off as we drove home. As we talked about mother’s day, my 5 year old son asked ” when is children’s day? I smiled and replied ” everyday” at least in my books. Not a day goes by when a mother is not thinking about or doing something to enhance their children’s life.
The most beautiful thing I have learnt about parenting is to adopt the right perspective and enjoy every moment. I have highlighted a few examples below:

1. Not Perfect but Content: I remember my son’s first 100 day of school. Parents were expected to work with the kids to make hats they will wear to school to mark the day. Days before the day, some parents were already bringing their finished hats to school. I remember seeing those hats and wondering if a professional artist designed them. Crafts is not one of my strong points nor my husband’s ( that may be putting things really mildly).  We enjoyed every bit of the moment making the hat with our son. Guess what? My son believed he had the coolest hat in his class. It does not matter what any body thought, in his eyes his hat was the coolest. One thing I have learnt about motherhood is to not to focus on little short comings but  instead give everything your best and enjoy every moment. Embrace who you are as you make progress to becoming the best you can possibly be.

2. Demanding but Gratifying: Mothers wear many hats, they are the cook, the driver, the tutor, the professional, the wife… the list goes on. Juggling so many responsibilities make schedules very busy sometimes if not most times for moms. Busy has it may be, the joy and gratification that comes with motherhood makes it all worth it. Learning to focus on the joys and gratification of motherhood as we journey to finding the balance you desire is really important.

3. Ever learning, Never giving up: Motherhood is an unending circle of learning. Just when you thought you mastered taking care of your young child, they become teenagers and a new learning circle begins. Where ever you are in your journey, learning is inevitable. No matter how steep the learning curve is, choose never to give up. You have all it takes to successfully raise the wonderful child or children God has blessed you with. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Is Quitting an Option?

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One of the most common cause of failure is  the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat- Napoleon Hill

I remember running my first race,  prior to this race I run regularly with an average of  10 miles per week. Race day finally came and I found out that the terrain was completely different from what I was used to.

The race track was on an altitude much higher than I was used to and for the first one mile I was running up hill. I could have checked the details of the terrain before the race but it didn’t even occur to me at the time.

Several thoughts flowed through my mind during the first  few miles of the race, predominantly thoughts of turning back and simply quitting the race. Quitting was the easiest thing I could have done at that point. Several points  justifying  quitting the race came rushing through my mind as well.  Have you ever been faced with a difficulty and thoughts of quitting flood your mind?

Are you considering quitting a task or  turning back on a journey right now? I hope you find the highlights below useful in your consideration.

1. What does it take to quit? If you carefully think about it, it takes absolutely nothing to quit. Using my race scenario described earlier, I had trained for several months for the race and quitting will only involve taking a simple stroll downhill from the point I was to my car. It takes a lot of effort and perseverance to succeed at anything,  while quitting takes nothing. If you are thinking about quitting right now take the advise in the quote below.

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started- Anonymous

2. How will you feel if you quit?  Quitting dampens morale and takes you back to repeat what you have done earlier, even if you choose a different task. On the contrary, accomplishing a goal after a very difficult experience makes  victory even sweeter. Think about the boost that will give to your self-esteem. You will go on to take bigger task with confidence.  I completed the 10k race in less time than expected, it gave me a huge confidence boost. I doubt if I will still be running today if I left the race.

You have all it takes to win in you, you can win! Believe this truth and declare it to yourself as often as you can and see things work your way.

The difference between winning and losing is a mental one- Peter Thomson

Winners are not people who never fail but people who never quit – Anonymous

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