Did you have substantial accomplishments in 2015? Have you lingered in one prolonged phase of life with no tangible evidence of growth? But your life is full of activities. Mark timing. The way you begin 2016 will completely set the tone and stage whether 2016 will create new breakthroughs or will just be a repeat of 2015. Or a repeat of your last 5 years! Would you want a shift from making excuses to revealing results in 2016?
One decision can alter the course of your entire life. Your destiny is inextricably bound to your choices. Why do most new year resolutions fail? Listen to me, my fellow citizens, beloved countrymen and women. I speak with intention not for attention. I am with you on this ride, to inspire, mentor and coach. At some point, I made some decisions that positively altered my life course and I began to enjoy living a fulfilled life of purpose.
I happen to be a director of Xplico Insurance Company (XIC). On the eve of 18th December this year, we were giving awards and bonuses to company employees pegged on annual performance in a lively function held at Safari Park Hotel. One young man took home a cool KES 4 Million home while some of his colleagues, regrettably, cannot even qualify for a loan of the same amount in a company that surpassed the 2Billion mark in annual turnover. The story of many employees in XIC is the plight of majority of Kenyans. I was wearing two caps in the momentous event in the sense that I was also the key note speaker. Allow me to share with you one of the ten principles that I shared with the over 200 employees who graced that colourful ceremony.
Your ultimate life goal influences your choices. Your choices dictate your daily habits. Your daily habits define your character. New year resolutions that are not anchored on a lifetime commitment (goal) cannot last more than 17 days. As Dennis Waitley observed, failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving. And perhaps the greatest researcher on success in modern history, Napoleon Hill, indicated that the difference between goals and dreams is that gaols are dreams with a deadline.
Goals, however, compete for the same time. Prioritizing helps you avoid drifting through life – abdicating for others to decide for you.
In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in his country, observing that 20% of the people owned 80% of the wealth. The original thoughts of the guru have now been extended to various fields including in the discipline of achieving goals whereby it is argued that we achieve 80% of results in life from 20% of our efforts. The secret, therefore, is to identify the 20% and focus our all like laser.
Wisdom, hence, is not just identifying what to do but also identifying what NOT to do. Life is full of distractions. Selection is the name of the game. We see it too often in nature. In the jungle, we see a cheetah zeroing in on one prey. No scattered efforts. Diffused life hardly has any impact. The more you spread, the less the impact.
No wonder most people are victims of life’s twin tragedy: we set too small goals and we expect to achieve them speedily. In so doing, we overestimate what we can achieve in one year and underestimate what we can achieve in, say, 10 years. This is because we often don’t see clearly a long distance into the future.
In plain language, to achieve your life goal, there will be no big reaps but many tiny steps, forward. Remember that the path of least resistance makes men and rivers crooked. Unfortunately too many people do not have a clear lifelong goal. That’s why they keep shifting goal posts. They are not sure whether they should try politics in 2017. Or whether to continue in the corporate world. They live waiting for whatever life brings. Waiting for stuff to unfold. No wonder nothing informs their daily conduct. And they continually underestimate the value of wasting a day.
It is said,
If you want to know the value of one year, ask the student who failed the final exam
If you want to know the value of one month, ask the mother of a premature baby
If you want to know the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper
If you want to know the value of one day, ask the wage earner who has six children
If you want to know the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet
If you want to know the value of one minute, ask the passenger who missed her flight
If you want to know the value of one second, ask the person who survived the accident
If you want to know the value of one mille-second, ask the Olympic silver medallist
In this life transforming seminar, dubbed, Secure 2016 in 90 Days, I will help you identify your life long goal for which you will spend your entire life pursuing. I will release to the public, for the first time, two complementary tools that I developed, “Personal Accountability Matrix (PAM)” and “My Life Star” that will help you track your progress on a daily basis. These tools will focus your energy along your natural inclinations, gifting, talents and aptitudes.
Not long ago, I tested these life tools in another company that I invested in and the net results speak for themselves. In the end-year event we held on 21st Dec, the employee of the year award in the beauty company was given to a young man who was hired mid-year at ground zero. Coupled with colossal inspiration, he consistently followed the mentorship program to the letter on a daily basis. You too can do it. There is no silver bullet, golden key or a magical formula. Your resolution to succeed is the only requisite for us to journey together.
At a discounted price of only KES 1,000 join me at the Laico Regency Hotel on Friday the 8th January from 6pm sharp to 8pm to enjoy a head start in 2016. Some people are fond of attending events several minutes later. Kindly note that we have inculcated a culture of respecting time. The last seminar, 4th Dec, about 12 participants turned up when we were through with the meeting. For you not to miss the logical flow of the vital lesson, you are well advised to be prompt taking into account all variables like traffic.
For logistical purposes, bookings for the seminar will close on Monday the 4th January 2016. All members of SENSE 101 LIFE CLUB (with valid membership cards) will NOT pay for this particular meeting. In addition, members will be given the DVD for the last meeting free of charge. To join us in the upcoming event or to become a member of our mentorship club, SENSE 101 LIFE CLUB, call: 0718315551; 0721419430 or 0722278176 or/and email: email@example.com.
With the exception of January, we meet the first Friday of every month to examine contemporary issues. In August we examined, “You Don’t Need A Job”. In September we examined, “Personality Dramas”. In October, “Why Men are Linear and Women are Cyclic”. In November, “False Money” and this month (December, 2015), “Don’t Go Down Without A Fight”. Search for Dr. Kinyanjui Nganga on YouTube to listen (free of charge) our previous messages and browse previous inspirational articles at: www.kinyanjuinganga.com.
Dr. Kinyanjui Nganga, PhD – Life Coach, Mentor, Corporate Trainer & Motivational Speaker