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Volume 01 Issue 17: Decide and Move On

“Take your time. Don’t make a decision in a rush. Take all the time you need to think it through”. So we are told; whenever we need to make an important decision. Back in school those who were last to leave the exam room were envied by others who thought they would get the highest marks because they took their time to think through their answers.

We tend to take our time, tell people not to rush us. Those who seem to rush through decisions are mistaken for being careless, impatient, and their decisions judged before-hand as wrong until proven right.

Taking time to think is quite in order. But it doesn’t mean you do it slowly. Taking a week to come up with an idea doesn’t make it any better than the idea you come up with in an hour.

Working fast does not necessarily mean inaccurate. Speed is not in contradiction with good and correct choices. Taking too long to make a decision doesn’t guarantee that the decision eventually arrived at is the right one.

The faster you work the more efficient you are. Back in exam rooms, those who finished before everybody else tended to score the highest marks. You have to learn to make a decision quickly; within the shortest time possible and move on to other things.

Think quickly about issues at hand and make decisions promptly. Act with speed on your dream before someone else who lacks the passion you have for it runs with it before you do.

Lillian Chebosi


Volume 01 Issue 16: Tread the Path of Most Resistance

Excellence is doing something right the first time and doing it well. It is the art of exemplary performance, a personal responsibility. We are all capable of excellence. Since everyone is unique, each of us was designed to be the best at something. This implies that we shortchange ourselves whenever we fail to produce our best work. It is easier to be floppy and get by being average at everything. But if we want to go far in life, we must aim for excellence, the path of most resistance.

Excellence is about being faithful with what we have been entrusted with. It is the stewardship of our resources, talents and skills. We are warned that if we are not good stewards of other people’s resources, we won’t be trusted with our own. But it is also right to say that if we are not faithful with our own resources, we risk losing the little or much we have. A story is told in the Bible of a servant who wasn’t faithful with one talent he was entrusted with. That talent was taken away from him and given to the one who had made good use of what was entrusted to him. Hence the feeling that those who have always seem to get more.

There isn’t much satisfaction in doing something just to finish. That is not the way to live. I believe there is a desire for excellence in each of us. We want to be outstanding at the things we do. Excellence is not something we do just when people are watching or for people to see and applaud us. Excellence is for ourselves. We feel good when we do things well. Excellence is meant to make us feel good. We are made after God’s own image. When we operate at our best, we are like him, excellent. God looked at everything he created and said that it was good. We should be able to say the same about our work. We ought to autograph our work with excellence.

Discipline yourself to produce your best work. Raise the standards for yourself.  Until we hold ourselves to a higher standard, we will never rise above the mediocre. Only you know the quality of work you can produce. Move away from the culture of doing things in a shoddy manner and aim for precision. Refuse to take anything less than the best from yourself. Once you decide to do things well, you will find that your brain will start being precise without thinking about it.

When we embrace excellence, our focus shifts from competing with others to outdoing ourselves. A little competition with others is healthy but the larger part of competition in life should be against ourselves. Because deep down we know we can do better. We can rise up and do things well.

Lillian Chebosi


Volume 01 Issue 15: Setting Goals for Growth

We may still be refining our resolutions and work plans for achieving our goals for 2011. As you plan, be sure to set the standards that you will use to measure your progress as you go along; because only what gets measured gets done. If we do not measure how well we are doing against a set standard, anything will be good enough for us. We will risk settling for less than our best.

We set goals because we want to grow. We realize that we can be more than what we have become so far. It is commendable to want to grow, but we have to be committed to work it out. Personal growth takes discipline. We must discipline ourselves to do what we need to do every day to reach our potential.

A desire for self improvement begins with self discovery. I can attest to the fact that we do not remain quite what we were once we discover ourselves. We cease to be comfortable with the status quo. Our ignorance becomes clear to us and it pushes us to learn some more. Self discovery spurs within us a hunger for growth, a love for learning and application.

Once you decide what you want and the goals you want to achieve, recognize that growth is a process and stick with it. It isn’t something that you do a couple of times and then set aside. It is something that you determine to pursue continually.

We succeed only in what we give attention to. The secret of achieving our goals lies in our daily preoccupation. Isn’t it funny how at the beginning of the year we set a goal to go a certain direction but get preoccupied with actions that take us in a different direction? We can do things differently this time. What we do on a daily basis determines what we get out of life. The Bible warns that we reap what we sow. The honours is then to occupy ourselves with actions that are in line with we want to achieve.

We fear that we are not qualified enough; that we don’t have what it takes to succeed. God does not give us a passion for something without the means to do it. He not only gives us a dream but he also provides the resources to fulfill it. Take the initiative to grow in spite of your current state. Don’t wait to have it all together to start doing what you want to attain growth in. Start with the tools you have at hand and you will certainly find better tools as you go along. Don’t be intimidated by the progress of people who are miles ahead of you in their journey either. Acknowledge that most worthwhile accomplishments begin small.

Lillian Chebosi


Volume 01 Issue 14: Commit Yourself to Action

I get very excited at the commencement of a new year; because every new year is a new beginning. It gives us yet another opportunity to get it right regardless of how the previous year turned out. A chance to leave behind the challenges and failures of the past year and embark on a new journey. A journey full of potential for new successes.

How do you want 2011 to turn out for you? Granted, there are things that are out of our control but there certainly are a host of things that are squarely within our grip. Was 2010 a success or a flop for you? Were you able to attain the resolutions you made or did most of them fall through the cranks? Well, whatever the case, 2010 is behind us and before us is a brand new chance to have a go at getting it right all over again.

In case you didn’t achieve your goals for 2010, the best you can do is get over it and embrace 2011 with renewed zeal and determination. In case you did well, that success is now in the past and it would be foolish to bask in the glory of former success. In fact, the stakes are even higher for you if you attained most of your goals for last year. It’s time to look at what went well and build on your past successes. Aim higher. Aim for the moon; you may not hit it but you will be happy to land among the stars.  “The greatest danger is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”. Michelangelo.

Your success in 2011 is about becoming more of who you are capable of being. Imagine what you want out of 2011 for yourself and others, then plan to and do something every day to make it happen. Having realized the importance of daily habits, I appreciate how they have a way of getting one on top of things. The important thing is to do something each day, even if you think it is a small thing. It is in the bits and pieces that the overall goal is realized. As you set your goals for 2011, break them down to the things you need to do monthly, weekly and daily; and then commit to it to attain what you set out to do.

Hold yourself responsible to a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Take charge of what becomes of you in 2011. Don’t shortchange yourself by leaving anything to chance. Create a living plan; something flexible, realistic and achievable. You can revise it as you gain more information and experience. Each morning visualize what you want to see happen and plan your day while remaining flexible enough to handle the day’s surprises.

Cease from making resolutions for resolutions sake and call yourself to meaningful action. Commit your plans to paper since writing down your goals calls you to action more than anything. As you set your goals, answer the question “why”. Why do you want to achieve that? Is it in line with your purpose? Unless the reason to the why is compelling enough, you will not have the motivation to do what it takes to achieve your goal.

Lillian Chebosi


Volume 01 Issue 13: Embrace Your Uniqueness

God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. There are certain things that come naturally to each of us. Things that we not only do with ease but we also have fun doing. It could be organizing, cooking, entertaining, educating, motivating, decorating, designing, landscaping, I certainly couldn’t begin to try to exhaust the list. We have jobs that we endeavour to do well and be outstanding at, and rightly so. A job is what we are trained to do, a skill we sharpen along the way. But there is at least one thing that each of us is uniquely good at. It is our gift. It is the thing that people praise you for, yet to you it’s not a big deal. People who take for granted what you do well and don’t want to lend a hand usually say something like “You have a touch for hosting. Why don’t you host the next meeting as well?” But if you think about it, it isn’t just a touch. It is a gift but you still have to work hard at it to do it well. A gift unattended is not good for anything.

God has built in each of us talents for specific purposes. If you haven’t already, find your natural talent endowments and sharpen them to limits of outstanding excellence. Every gift or talent is a solution to someone’s problem. When you utilize your gift, you become a solution provider to someone, an answer to their prayer. Someone’s need may never be met until you get started utilizing your gift. Find something you like to do so much that you would gladly do it for nothing; then learn to do it so well that people are happy to pay you for it.

It does not matter what you are good at. What matters is your discipline to exercise your God given talent and strive to be the best by diligently working on it over and over again. Take the risk to serve your talents to a world that may at first seem disinterested.

Lillian Chebosi