Monday, March 25, 2013
GREAT RULE TO SUCCESS: "THINK ON PAPER" The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity, as explained in the book, is for you to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning. You must develop the routine of "Eating your frog" before you do anything else, and without taking too much time to think about it. Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single mindedly until those tasks are complete. Another thing is for you to always finish a task that you started. At that point, this behavior takes on a power of its own and you find it easier to complete important tasks than not to complete them. According to Brian Tracy, you need three key qualities to develop the habits of focus and concentration. They are all learnable. Decision, Discipline and Determination. First, make a decision to develop the habit of task completion. Second, discipline yourself to practice the principles you are about to learn over and over until you master them. And finally, back everything you do with determination until the habit is locked in and becomes a permanent part of your personality.
Friday, March 22, 2013
“Eat That Frog” was written by Brian Tracy, who even though came from an unsuccessful background, took up the challenges of life and made it work out for him. He shares his experiences in this book on how to overcome life’s unlimited challenges as they come and how to make them work for you. The “frog” in the book represents the tasks or challenges ahead of us. It could be work related or personal. The author identified the fact that we may not accomplish all the tasks or goals that we set out to do. Stop trying to focus on how to manage your time and starting planning on how to be productive. There will be no limit to what you can accomplish when you learn how to “Eat That Frog!” When given a frog to eat, most of us may be reluctant about doing that. That is just the way feel when we have a major task ahead of us to accomplish. As a result it leads to procrastination. There are ways to eat that frog: You can dissect it; Marinate it and; Fry it. That way it becomes a delicious frog. This is how your tasks should be carried out; instead of procrastinating, break it down in terms of priority and solve them in that order. Brian quotes in his book that: “If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first." Galileo once wrote, “You cannot teach a person something he does not already know; you can only bring what he does know to his awareness.” In my next blog, I will explain the methods and techniques that you learn and apply to your daily schedule over and over until they become habits; you will alter the course of your life in a very positive way. Eat that frog!
Monday, March 18, 2013
If you are asked, “what are your interests?” I wonder what you will say. Well, if I’m asked I’d say something like, my interests are basically on fashion, writing, food, reading and meeting people. In terms of fashion: I appreciate good clothes when seen or worn by people. Even when I dress up myself it gives me this satisfaction (I feel empowered). The good thing is I don’t follow trends but I have my own style which most of the time creates trends for people to follow (people like my friends and family: since I’m not a celebrity but who knows?) while in school I wrote a piece on fashion think it was about skinny jeans and the shapes and sizes that are allowed to wear them. My love for writing was born while in school. The saying that “the pen is mightier than the sword” is true in itself. Since I’m an introvert, writing gives me the opportunity to express myself better in ways I couldn’t have done. It’s almost like another “Amaka”- the extrovert. Even though I haven’t written in a while (won’t necessarily call that writer’s block) but pure laziness. Hmmm, as for food, it just makes me happy. Basically tasty and delicious meals are just so fantastic lol. I know right? Words can’t express the way I feel about food. After a delicious meal, I’m usually alive- I sing and dance. My close friends have noticed that in me and I undoubtedly agree with them. Cooking and feeding others is my specialty and it makes me happy. I appreciate good food wherever; whenever. Of course my cooking skills are on point and I can go the extra mile to learn other intercontinental delicacies. I discuss food with my food-loving friends; trust me it’s better than talking about irrelevant things like boys lol. Reading I guess goes along with writing. I read to: relax; get information; study etc. my final year project, while in school, was specialized on the reading habits of children. People hardly read these days. Now I know we all have our excuses but I want to encourage us to read; at least a book in a month. YES YOU CAN! I’ll support you by doing some book reviews based on what I read. Meeting people- This can be anywhere: work, social events, market etc. I get this fulfillment knowing that I’m able to impress others by having good conversations, as well as, learning from them. It gives great exposure. Our interests most times may develop into strengths, so we can use it for good wherever we find ourselves in life. BE EMPOWERED!
Friday, March 15, 2013
So, it’s the 15th day of the month of March, that is half of the month is already gone, and I anxiously await my 1st salary for my new job. My colleague and soon to be dear friend said it usually comes on the 20th of each month. By the way, this isn’t the inspiration I got for writing this morning. I just felt that it has been a long…long time since I wrote anything (ok apart from my personal stuffs). It’s a Friday today (TGIF), and like everyone else I should be looking forward to a relaxing the days weekend, but unfortunately and fortunately for me, I have been scheduled for a training this Saturday. Oh well, I’m still looking forward to it because it will be my first training at my new place of work. I’m sure you are wondering where that is…well, it’s a bank and that is all I can say for now. So back to the present, I’m not sure if I’ve lost weight or added, even though I need to exercise more often. There is nothing like being fit. Anyways, I look forward to a great day and nothing; absolutely nothing will stand in my way. THANK YOU.