#DONTBETHATPERSON- Round 2 for 2014

I recently became a blogger at ElleAfrique, an online portal for women and by women.  I off course got so busy, one thing led to another, and found myself not committed to that once-a-month post.  But Now I am going to take my own advise. #commitment. And to do that, I recycle back to the first blog I wrote for them- which pretty much gave me the courage to kick myself back into gear.

You see, I found myself falling into category one. You know, the person whose life was all about other people. That is until I found myself with a calendar full of appointments, and I couldn’t find time to even read a book. Which for someone who is a bookworm- is a shame.

So here is part two of 2014. And here is my advise to MYSELF- and to you as you will find it in the ElleAfrique’s article on “How to Improve Your Chances of Success”.  Here are the 5 Challenges:

  1. BE YOU:  They say that no one can impose their ideals on you without your permission. That stands true especially since it always seems that those around you have an opinion on what you should eat, wear, and what career is best for you. .  #DONTBETHATPERSON who ends up living everyone else’s dreams but their own! The truth of the matter is that no one knows how to be the best you, but yourself. So here is the challenge to you, BE THE BEST YOU!  Take everyone’s opinions, weigh them, and at the end of the day, do what is best for you. If you are like me, you find yourself engaged with people on so many levels and it is so LOUD that it can overwhelm you. In marketing, we call this the “clouding factor”. The trick is  to sift through all the noise and find your voice, and then make sure your voice is loud enough for you to hear it
  2. BE AN ACHIEVER:  Have you ever tried to employ someone and looking at their resume, you see a list of things that they have DONE, but fail to see what they have ACHIEVED?  In 2014, #DONTBETHATPERSON!  Be the person that plans to achieve their goals.  Be the person who doesn’t live a life as a doer.  The problem with being a doer is that you go about life doing things for the sake of doing them with no specific goals, therefore no way to see what you have achieved. So the challenge to you this year is to make S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable., Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals.  This way, you have ways of setting benchmarks that you can track by the end of the year.
  3. BE ALIVE:  By now, you know the saying- #YOLO – You Only Live Once! So make it count.  Life is too short, but even in the worst of moments, life is beautiful and worth exploring.  Make sure that you step out of your comfort zone, explore new things, meet new people, take on new projects, (unless you are a workaholic), and most importantly take every chance to celebrate life at its best. #DONTBETHATPERSON living within the constraints of their routine and refuses to step out of their comfort zones to see what else life has to offer.
  4. PARTICIPATE: This goes hand in hand with the above point. Participate in your community. #DONTBETHATPERSON who lives in a community and has no idea what is going on in your neighbourhood or community. More importantly, participate in building your community. In Africa, we are used to being told that we are not doing enough to make sure we get the leaders we desire. Why not start with 2014? Whatever your interest, be it education, youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, childhood development, politics…etc, find a way to be involved. Imagine an Africa where we all embody that spirit of “Ujamaa” and work together to the betterment of our continent?
  5. PAY IT FORWARD: The Last three challenges really work together. In paying it forward, this is to simply use your skills and your resources to the betterment of others. Whether it is time, energy or money, we all need to find a way to give a leg up to others. I believe that God gave us skills and resources not only for our benefit, but for other as well.  In 2014 #BETHATPERSON who finds a way to use their resources to help others. Volunteer, mentor, and if time is a factor, donate to your favourite organizations, or an organization that speak to your personal mission.

Whats your vision? How do you plan to make it a reality?

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