Winning By Starting

Winning in life begin by taking step. And every step you take gets you closer to your dreams. So, don’t allow procrastination to take the place of your manifestation. You may never know what you can do until you take step. Always remember as Peter A. Cohen advice “There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps”
I came across this inspiring article “Winning By Starting” written by David Abioye. He wrote:
• Starting the journey is where the power of winning lies.
• No one ever wins unless he starts.
• It will be a day dream to ever think of winning without starting.
• Join the race if you ever desire to win.
• Start if you ever think of finishing
• You necessarily have to be in a body if you want to end as head.
• A major syndrome that plagues the youth is the feeling that ‘there is time’.
• But there is really no time for anything.
• The earlier you start whatever you want to do the greater the opportunity you have to win.
• Wake up to responsibility and start your journey now!

Stay Open To Change

A wise man remarked, “Life is a personal adventure, where you stop pressing, learning, and growing is where things stop working”
The key is, stay open to change. Never settle for little because; you have what it takes to make a difference. So, try new things, dare the impossible, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Most often, mistakes is what gives you the opportunity to learn what works, doesn’t’ work, and area to focus on next time.

Eight Types Of Friendship

Friendship is everything whether personally or professionally. It determines our impacts, our success, and our growth in life. In the race of destiny, some friends will make you fly, others run, others walk, and yet, others will make you crawl. Thats why, “If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl but, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.” Good friends do not only keep company with us, but they also bring out best in us.
I came across this inspiring article written by Liz Spencer and Ray Pahl. They identified 8 different types of friendship.

1. Associates: They are people who only shared a common activity, like a hobby or a sport.

2. Useful contacts: They are people who shared relevant information and advice, typically related to work or advancing ones career.

3. Favor friends: They are people who helped each other out in a functional manner, but not in an emotional manner.
4. Fun friends: They are people who socialized together, but only for fun. They didn’t provide each other with a deep level of emotional support.
5. Helpmates: They are a combination of favor friends and fun friends. They socialized together and helped each other out in a functional manner.
6. Comforters: They are like helpmates, but they also provided emotional support.

7. Confidants: They disclosed personal information to each other, enjoyed each other’s company, but weren’t always in a position to offer practical help, for example if they lived far away.

8. Soul mates: They displayed all the elements.

As I said earlier, friendship is everything whether personally or professionally. What stage are you or rather, which types of friendships are you targeting?

Face Your Fear PT2

Sometimes, one of the key reasons why we are not taking steps or doing what we suppose to do is because of fear. Fear of making mistakes or rather failing. John M advise, “Mistakes are something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing. But if we don’t risk failing, we won’t get the chance to succeed.” Always remember, failure is delay, not defeat. So, you still have chance to succeed…

Understanding The Season You Are In

Life is about seasonal. Your ability to identify the season you are in gives you the opportunity to know what to do per time, when to do it, and how to go about doing it.

I believe every season whether personal or professional has its own timing. If you miss your time, you have to wait for the next season.

For example, Premier League has its season but any club that fail to prepare for that particular season might miss the triumph, and other benefits attached to it. Also, when a student misses admission process he/she has to wait for the next academic year.
The same apply to our personal life, dream and purpose etc. There is a time for dreaming, preparing, planning, setting goals, and yet another season for taking steps to ensure you accomplish all your desire goals.

• Dreaming stage: It is a discovery stage that’s, seeking to discover your purpose in life. The problem you want to solve. The value you want to add to people’s lives.
• Preparing and planning stage: Once you discovered or defined your purpose, then plan how to accomplish it.
• Setting goals: Break your goals into short and long term. Some can be achieve weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly.
• Take step: Regardless of how much you dreamed or planned, without taking step your dream will turn to a day dream so, take step…

Here’s the question:
• What season are you currently?
• What are you doing about it?
• What is stopping you from doing it?
• And what must you do to ensure you accomplish your set goals?

Stop Planning and Start Doing

Most often, we spend too much time planning and forgot to do the things we have planned. In his recent article on LinkedIn, Ilya Pozin CEO of Open Me, considered the true cost of over planning.
Planning and productivity don’t always go hand in hand.
Just because you’re great at planning, doesn’t mean you’re actually getting anything done. The most successful people — entrepreneurs, business owners, and even everyday professionals — are those who actually make things happen. In fact, if you’re spending the majority of your day planning, you may be sabotaging not only your productivity, but also your career.
It’s not that planning is a bad thing. But too much of it will take up an unnecessary amount of time. It may also lead you to believe that the more time you spend in the planning phase, the better the outcome of what you’re planning will be. When in all reality, it’s better to dive in and tackle potential problems as they arise.
It’s time to put the brakes on your excessive planning, and actually accomplish something. Here are six tips to help you stop planning and start doing more on a daily and long-term basis:

1. Limit your planning. Cap off your planning by putting an actual time limit on how much you spend per day, week, or month. This will keep your planning efforts focused and decisive. For example, 60 minutes a week of planning should do the trick. Place your focus on getting ideas off the ground, rather than agonizing over the details.

2. Get moving and maintain momentum. An idea is just that until you actually put it into motion. Unfortunately, finding and maintaining momentum to get an idea or task off the ground can be a struggle.
So you have a bunch of ideas or projects you’ve been planning out both mentally and physically, drop your fear of failure and nail down a start date. It could be tomorrow or next week, but write it on your calendar as the day you put your plan into motion. With the right amount of passion and dedication, any road bumps you experience will be translated into a learning opportunity or a chance to pivot.

3. Visualize your goal and act accordingly. Take a look at the big picture of what you’re hoping to accomplish. Take the approach many successful business CEOs have used and look at creating the minimum viable product (MVP). This means developing something that meets the bare minimum requirements and improving it based on necessity.
For instance, the project you keep moving to the end of your to-do list. Visualize what the MVP would be. Once you’ve completed that, you can run some tests and gain more insight from your team and/or client to help it grow from there.

4. Use a method of trial and error. You don’t always have to plan for things to go as planned. This sounds confusing, but it’s best to approach your actions as a basis for trial and error and not failure. For instance, say you’ve finally kicked your idea of starting a side business, an Ecommerce website, into motion.
Develop a method of trial and error to see what is and isn’t working as you build your company. So you’re not drawing in as many visitors as you would have originally hoped, test out some new methods of marketing and see what does and doesn’t work for your company.

5. Live by the 80/20 rule. Sometimes getting things accomplished means finding out what main factors will produce the most results. The 80/20 rule is broken down like this: Twenty percent of what you do in regard to something will produce 80 percent of your results.
So when it comes to that project you’re currently stalled on, look at the big picture and systematically remove steps until you end up with just the basic 20 percent that gives you 80 percent of what you need. By accomplishing these you will be fighting the need to create a completely perfect end product and also boosting your efficiency.
6. Trust your gut. The most important part of actually getting things done is trusting your own abilities. Once you let go of your fears, you’re actually going to be able to accomplish the big things on your to-do list.
Planning to perfection isn’t realistic. You’re never going to get it perfect anyway, so you might as well just get it done and accept that you will always have to tackle problems in the future.

How does planning get in the way of your daily tasks?

The Size Of Your Dream

The size of your dream will determine the type of challenges you face. Little dream attract little problems. And the bigger your dreams the bigger the challenges you face. So, all you need is persistent. Persistent to keep trying..to stay focus.. and never give up… The reason is that “Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure”