Change – You Must!
By Shepherd Magombedze
Introduction In these dynamic and changing times one can not afford to be satisfied with the status quo. Success and being competitive requires corporations and individuals who are continuously, consistently and effectively improving. Anything else is not enough. Continuous improvement is the only remedy for notable progress. This is where change is the agent which will separate you from the rest. Individuals who will thrive on and embrace positive change will be winners.
This paper has one single intention, to fire you up and set you on the path for permanent positive change! If you fail to change and be a person on a path to tremendous success after reading this material, then I have failed. I mean it. You will not fail if you take this material seriously. You are being set up for your next level. This material will separate you from the rest. The difference will be noticeable. Read on.
You are not a loser Losers do not read such materials as these. By virtue of reading this material you are not a loser. A loser is a passenger in their own lives, waiting for success to happen. The looser might have some wishful thinking, waiting for success to happen one day. However it never happens, because those who succeed dream about success visualize it, set definite plans about success and ruthlessly execute their plans.
The loser is found aimless loitering about, while others are in pursuit of purpose. He buys time or more appropriately sells it. In killing time, he kills opportunities
and hence closes the door to success. Procrastination can be defined as counting minutes and wasting time. A looser is good at that.
If you ask me to give you an unreliable person, I will give you a loser. The looser is not there when he is expected and has a nick for not being at the right place at the right time. Losers are time wasters. Guard against procrastination – it is the thief of time. Let’s exorcise the loser’s demon.
Exorcise the loser’s demon • Eleventh hour rush and last minute rush for completing work hence substandard showing due to lack of enough time. • Last minute queuing and jostling due to lack of seeking for resources and completing tasks in good time. • • Implausible excuses for not meeting deadlines Contentment with bits and pieces – to passion for wholesome and completed work. • Subdued passion for excellence. Lack of follow through to ensure that standards are met so as to guarantee required workmanship. • Consorting with time-wasters and failure to focus on key responsibility areas.
From now on see yourself as a success. Your life is changing. You are transforming. I will require something from you, since total transformation will require total cooperation and total input from you. I will require the following from you: • A thorough and critical self-analysis and critique of how you have been conducting your life affairs. An evaluation of how and why you have failed. Be honest with yourself. • Change in personal attitude and behaviour
Once you know how and why you failed grab the bull by its horns. Take ruthless and persistent tough action to purge the attitudes and habits that have caused you to fail. • Change in intrinsic and extrinsic value Start seeing yourself as a special person, a successful person and a victorious person.
A Development plan and goal-setting Develop a vision, plans and actions for the achievement of your success.
Personal mastery, focus and success Master yourself. Only you can change yourself. The Holy Bible says: He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city (Proverbs 16:32)
Self-actualization Aim high. You deserve more. You deserve the world. You are the best.
So What is Change? Change is transformation from one state to the other, for the better! It requires a re-look into the status quo and then requires the taking of alterations towards improvement. Personal transformation Who are you? How do you see yourself? Take time, look into the mirror. What is the character in the mirror? Is that character a front-runner, a self-starter or a mere shadow? Is that picture a true paragon of virtue or just a nonentity of no worth? Who is that person really? As a man thinks, so shall he be! “Man is what he believes.” Take care of how you see yourself because you become what your own mind fashions.
So, who are you for real? Do you have a good positive self-image or selfdenigrative views of yourself? Are you confident and assertive or just a person
lacking confidence? Average individuals always exhibiting a false image, they are ecstatic about minor accomplishments. I trust you are not a resigned person, seeing yourself as useless and merely taking up space and contributing nothing. Who are you?
What are your values and preoccupations? • • • • What do you see as value? Is it true or ‘fool’s gold’ What tops your priority list? Is it really important? Is your time spent sensibly? What are the returns? What activities sap your energy? Are they worth the trouble?
Take note that time a non-renewable, and should be used wisely. Once wasted, it can never be used again. It is how you spend your time now that determines your future. Destiny tells a story of either prudence or frivolous wastage in earlier time. Imagine yourself at the expiry of your remaining 15-20 years. At that time your knowledge will be serving little or no purpose in advancing years. Your face will be developing irreversible wrinkles and beauty will only be a faded memory. At that time health will fail you and body organs will ache. Nothing will be exciting and almost everything boring. Will you then be a person of no recognition, no influence, and simply irrelevant.
Where exactly will you be? • • • • • • Old people’s home? Dwelling of own choice? Calling shots? Making your own choices? Living by someone’s decrees? Dependent on someone?
Definitely your attitude will tell where you will be. Attitudes define character. They can make or break a person. “Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.” (William James)
Yes you are the only person to blame for where you are today. Your destiny is in your hands. Grab the bull by its horns. Change now! Victims of the blame culture perish in fury, bitterness and hate. They spend their time in fruitless search for obstacles to progress outside rather than deep soul search. They focus external locus of control rather than introspection or soul searching. Don’t fail to take responsibility for own faults and failures.
While others whine about harsh, prohibitive and frustrating environments others are seeing acres of diamonds everywhere. Open your eyes and see your wealth! Do not be a destitute of opportunities. See opportunities. The world has not ended yet. Don’t be an avowed pessimist.
A pessimist has difficulty in finding opportunities. An optimist finds opportunities in difficulty.
Set high ambitions for yourself. Have an iron will. Being lukewarm and virtually imperceptible will not take you anywhere. Have a rude awakening. Dispel those hopes dashed by chronicles of failure, suffocated by inaction, lack of focus and many uncompleted programmes. Don’t let your ambitions be extinguished by peers self-actualised at low accomplishments. Who do you hang around with? Take care not to build your monuments around failures.
Little effort is little achievement! Be a man/woman of action. How much effort have you exerted since you set your ambitions? Take a cue from our contemporaries. What is your purpose? Why do you exist? Did you just arrive into the world to occupy space, consume resources and just depart living no legacy? Oh! What a wasted life!
So what must you do? There is still a chance. The cruel age is not here yet but soon will. Do yourself a favour. Now! Only you can turn yourself around… if you really want. Set a personal resolute decision.
Define your desired goal. Identify prime time for quiet solitary contemplation e.g. 4.00 am. At that time, set a high and lofty goal which will be a real achievement. This should be a giant leap from where you are currently. Set a concrete one not some shadowy notion. At that prime time and in the secrecy of your mind, trace the path to the goal, lest you lose focus. Lay the stepping stones, lest you slip and sink. Believe in yourself, lest you dare not. Do something, lest it remains a pipe dream. Set definite precise actions towards your goal lest you become a loser through inaction. Let all your decisions that follow be determined by these high goals you have set for yourself.
Seek knowledge as your vehicle to progress Have you noticed that a knowledgeable last born is listened to more than and unschooled first born. Knowledge and ideas are not enough on their own. So as you seek knowledge, transform ideas and knowledge into wisdom or commercial value. Ideas, no matter how great, if not used will die on the vine like grapes. Myles Munroe says that the richest place here on earth is the graveyard, because the graveyard is full of men and women who had great ideas but died without their fulfilment. Surely you do not want to regret in your grave or when you get to heaven. If all you are after certificates, you will get valueless pieces of paper.
Start you own enterprise now! You will reap what you sow. Therefore get into serious determined action. Give legs and arms to your ideas. Start your own enterprises now. You will retire when you elect to. Do not be deceived. Working for life is not good enough. Pension and insurance are not enough. The 8 to 4 job has little risk and also
meagre returns. You can be offered perks that are invitingly deceptive. Don’t be deceived by a false comfort zone. You will one day be unwanted and will go home.
Work hard and work smart! Therefore keep your nose to the grinding stone. Hot collar and brow wet. ‘Sweat not sweet!’ Supercharge yourself on value adding activities. Do the utmost not just the bare minimum. ‘They come to work as late as possible, work as little as possible and go home as early as possible’ (Thabo Mbeki’s State of the Nation Address, February, 2004)
Develop a work ethic. Shun a life of a prosaic lifestyle of half measures. Exert distinguished effort. Do more whatever you do. ‘Go the extra mile’. Shun You cannot
mediocrity. Averages are not good enough. Stop ‘bean counting’. succeed by pointing at failures of others.
Live by the sweat. Not falsifying facts, claims, overtime. No feet shuffling or time killing. No malingering and false pretences No blackmail by ‘go-slows’. No mobdriven sit-ins. Not even strikes. ……if you are on course to greatness.
Personal Development Plan Therefore develop a continuous improvement plan with stocktaking milestones. Painstakingly evaluate your progress. Give credence to yourself. doubt in yourself. Do not complain. Cast away
Out-grow a ‘chip on the shoulder’ type
character. Do not quit or throw in the towel. Do not expect others to do everything for you. They have their worries too. Bemoan: Lost time and wasted effort, missed opportunities, sloth and idleness.
Clean up your act. Shed off baggage before a fresh start. Hasten to regain lost ground. Assert yourself and unlock your full potential. Be incorruptible, many
armchair critics of are patently corrupt! Desist from: Idle talk, gossip and peddling lies, intrigue and backstabbing, mud slinging and character
assassination, bad habits stand in the way of success. Change now!
Exemplary Conduct Lead by exemplary conduct. Be a dependable person; sincere honest and
truthful, a considerate team player and citizen; empathetic, fair, a reliable business practitioner; your word being as good as your bond.
Excercise 1 Give three major hurdles that have limited your growth since. State your ultimate goal and your plan to achieve that ambition. Half a page only.
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