Wednesday, July 28, 2010

EmmanuelKumah:Overcoming Excuses

Have ever given an excuse in your life?Just a few years of existence on this planet , I have noticed how easily and readily people give excuses for every thing or misfortune that happens to them.Excuses is never a characteristics of succesful people.Today i would like to share with you ways to cure the excuses in your life from the great book ``The magic of thinking big`` Are you ready to cure all the excuses in your life and be more proactive to situations you face everyday?

3 ways to cure yourself of Excuses

1.Never underestimate your own intelligence and never overestimate the intelligence of others.
Don’t sell yourself short,no one is better than you ,you have the power to make great changes likewise concentrate on your assets-what you have know is far more important use them effectively,you should also discover  and use your superior talents,bring forth the hidden potentials and show the world what you`ve got.Remember it is not how much brains you’ve got that matters.Rather, it is how you use your brains that counts.Manage your brain instead of worrying about how much IQ you have got.

2.Remind yourself several times daily,”my attitudes are most important than my intelligence” At work and at home practice positive attitudes,see the reasons why you can do it,not the reasons why you can’t.It is quite unfortunate that most people prefer to focus on the negative aspect of thier life instead of the positive ,this should not be you, Develop an “I’m winning” attitude.Put your intelligence to creative positive use and know  that the ability to think is of much greater value than the ability to memorize facts,though our education system encourages memorisig facts ,think outside the box and engage your self in creative activities.Use your mind to create and develop ideas, to find new and better ways to do things.Ask yourself “Am I using my mental ability to make history or am I using it merely to record history made by others.”

3.” It is no use am too old or too young.Heard anyone say this -Age escusitis, the failure disease of never being the right age comes too easily identifiable forms, the “ I’m too old” variety and the “ I am too young “ brand.
You have heard hundreds of people of all ages explain in life something like “ I am too old or young “ to do it now, cure yourself of that excuses, age could just be a number after all,it is what is in you that determines who you become ,not the age.







What Next? Is your turn
How did you find this article,are you ready to take steps to cure yourself of any excuses in life? Let me know by dropping me a comment, feel free to share this article on facebook and other social networking sites and let`s get talking. Thanks

Three Kinds of Leaders

After my experience and talk with great leaders on  the act of Leadership, i feel very inspired to help my readers know more about leadership, as it has already being said,"Everthing rises and falls on leadership" and because everyday that passes by is 24 hours of opportunity you would never get again, you are making it a habit to cultivate your leadership potentials , so as  to make every day a day of inspirational leadership. 
Well, if you read my article  on what leadership is, you may have noticed leadership is not position but influence,it all about making impact in the corner you are.
Today, i would like us to learn the Three main kinds of leadership that exist, you will therefore have the choice to choose what leadership type is best for you.

Leadership comes in different shapes and sizes, just as there are so many kinds of shoes in the market place,you choose what fits you best,If you are already a leader whether in the church,school or work place ,this article would help define the kind of leader you are.
I have given some characteristics common to all the kinds of leadership, examine which of them you are,and or choose the one you would like to be.

DESTRUCTIVE LEADERS:The first kind of leaders i would like to talk about is the destructive type,let us look as some of the traits of this kind of leaders
  1. They lead to satisfy themselves, they are in position, or authority because of what they can get ,and not for the love of their followers.
  2. They destroy what has already been done if they would not share in the glory,their common saying is "If i would not be appreciated for it, i won't be part of it"
  3. They believe in Position before function, for them, give them the Position and titles then they would function, but a true mark of leadership is not is position but in functionality, do not wait for a title before giving a helping hand.
  4. They use their Position to destroy others, is it a common trait,? They always use treats ,"You do not know who I am" they say, if you are found of using these words you are destructive leader
Hope you are not a destructive type, let us now look at the managerial Leader,
MANAGERIAL LEADERS:
  1. This people are good care takers but lack the courage and vision to chart new path,they would always ensure things are kept in order and remain as they were before ,they came around
  2. They will not challenge the status quo, what ever was being done in the past should remain the same, there is no need to change it , or bring about innovation in the way things are done, for fear of being criticized
  3. They keep on doing the same thing the same way with the same results in the name of keeping tradition
  4. They are involved in a lot of activity but low productivity, you will see them every where but never yielding any positive results
  5. They have a lot of movement but no monument, in effect they do not make any impart.
I am not sure you goal is to be a managerial leader although hundreds of leaders are, look  for the best in all things
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERS: I once said to group of students in one of my interactions with them "Education is how you use what you have stored to make life a better place"
That is one of the traits of transformational leaders, now lets look at the others:
  1. They impact and transform generations: they believe people are looking up to them to make a change in the world and so put in all their best to live a legacy to the unborn leaders, can you identify one of such people?
  2. They live for others and not themselves; as have been said leadership is the ability to empower others, as a transformational leader, they wont to transfer their skills and abilities to others to continue from where they left off.
  3. They never leave people they way they are,they always make sure to leave an indelible mark on you ,once they have finished with you.
  4. Their works lives beyond them:leaving a legacy, a true mark of a transformational leader, they always make an impact every where they find themselves,just look at the good things in this world ,it was all done by transformational leaders.
We live in a very fast changing world that has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going, now that you have taking a giant step to be a leader, choose which type you want to be, i suggest you choose the right one.
What Next?
Thank you for taking time to educate yourself, Remember , there are two ways of learning by experience or from the experienced, i may not be the most experienced but i believe you have are know well informed, share this with your friends, on facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to leave me with a comment.Thanks

VISION DEVELOPMENT CHECK LIST

In developing the vision you should put some checklist in place,here are some checklist for you;
A true vision should not be selfish and self accomplishing, it should encompass your family,community, and the country.
A true vision should have a genuine personal motivation – let your vision motivate you not because you overhead someone talk about that vision ,you want it to be yours.Hence the vision should answer these questions:

Why do I want to do what I want to do?
Can I accomplish my vision and still have integrity?
Now that you have understood what your vision is ,ask yourself where you want to be in 5,10,15 years time and jot down your ideas and continue to think thorough.
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