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Monthly Archives: November 2015

25Nov

Give Yourself Some Credit

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By Madeleine Musabe .

It is nearly the end of another year and we thank the Lord for the great mercies and graces that He has bestowed upon us. If you sat down and really thought about how much you have accomplished no matter how little it may seem to be, you will realize that you are indeed a winner because you actually made some progress. So why should you give yourself some credit every now and then?

You stuck to your resolutions: Many people make so many resolutions at the beginning the year only for them to be thrown out of the window a few weeks later. If you made a conscious decision to be disciplined and achieve some of the goals, if not all then kudos, you need to give yourself some credit.

You cared for someone: Random acts of mercy can be a very good way to better your life and can go a long way in making you feel good about yourself. They also make others feel appreciated. It is a big sign of strength to go out of your way to help people be it family, friends or colleagues at work.

You grew in your area of expertise: Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets Nothing is more fulfilling than positive growth especially where you work. You deserve a bigger pat on the back if you took a decision to help someone move ahead in their career. We are social beings and who are required to help one another advance.

Most of us think that credit is only deserved after doing huge things. Well, I believe that every little thing counts since through the little steps, we come closer to our goals. So throughout the rest of the year, please think about how you can make a difference. It does not have to be huge since it’s the good gesture that counts.

16Nov

Ten Ways to Stay Focused on Your Objectives

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By Eric Githaka.

People often ask me what I think the most important keys to achieving successful outcomes are. There are many, but the one thing that I see as being the most essential—and often ignored—is consistency.

What follows are ten ways to maintain your focus, your energy and your optimism while pursuing your goal. 

1. Have Powerful Reasons. With a strong enough reason you can and will find the how and the wherewithal to achieve your reward. Reasons plus belief keep you motivated. When you’re excited about your goal, it doesn’t seem like work. If you’re not excited, your efforts will require more discipline and energy. Make sure it’s YOUR goal. Make sure it excites you. And then act enthusiastically.

2. Write Your Objectives Down. This is a critical step. Don’t think it, ink it. When you write your goals down, they appear not only on paper, but they become indelibly written upon your consciousness.

3. Visualize. “See” your objective already in existence. Nothing can withstand the power of a clear, multi-sensory vision of what you are intending. What does it look like? What will people be saying about it? How will you feel? The more detailed and “real” you can make your vision, the more powerful it will be. It will operate like a magnet and draw forth all kinds of things you never thought possible.

4. Affirm Your Success. Speak your goal into existence. An affirmation is a present-tense, positive statement of your intended outcome. I now have achieved ______________ (fill in the blank). Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets The more sensory rich you can make your affirmations, the more effective they will be. All of these techniques help you to feel the presence of your objective and build belief.

5. Make a Plan of Action. To achieve and stay focused upon your objective, create an action plan. What are the steps you will take to get you from where you are to where you want to be? Your strategies will likely change as you go along, so set your goals in concrete and your plans in sand. Keep your eye on the goal, but remain flexible in your path to it.

6. Measure Your Progress. You can’t change what you don’t measure. Create mechanisms that will allow you to see your progress. Use charts. Log your actions. Use anything that will encourage you by allowing you to objectively track your progress. We all need feedback—it’s the breakfast of champions.

7. Maintain a Support System. Have a Master Mind Group. Use the Buddy System. Surround yourself with people who will encourage and challenge you. Be accountable to someone other than yourself. Read positive books. Review past successes.

8. Focus On Only a Few Goals at a Time. You can achieve anything you desire, but not EVERYTHING you desire. Concentrate your efforts and your energy on just a few. I might have dozens of goals and projects, but I keep three key goals in the forefront of my mind.

9. Take Action Every Day. An important objective warrants daily attention. A 400-page novel is not written all at once. To many, writing a 400-page novel would be overwhelming. But a little over a page a day will get it done in a year. Every goal can be broken down into doable tasks done consistently.

10. Celebrate Your Milestones. Mark your successes and acknowledge yourself for your progress. As you achieve one goal, you can see better and believe more easily in the accomplishment of others. You deserve to succeed and you deserve to celebrate your successes.

Derived from:-

http://www.businessknowhow.com/

10Nov

Purpose Driven Life

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By Emma Macharia.

To live a life of purpose is to become aware of what you were created to do, or to give to the world; more so, to do it without excuse or delay. The pursuit of your life is to come into that purpose and live it as effectively as you possibly can.

 

  1. Do not ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who come alive- Howard Thurman

 

  1. The most powerful thing in the world is somebody who knows who they are and knows where they are going and knows what they were created to do- Bishop T.D. Jakes

 

  1. Nothing will ever Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets change until you change your mind. Believe you can and you will. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from being the person in your dreams!

 

  1. Run after your destiny! No one can get up and chase YOUR dream like you can, like you ever will. If nothing else do not rob this world of what only you have to offer.

 

  1. You have power beyond measure but you must allow yourself to have it all.

 

02Nov

Disruptive Graphic Design

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By Dennis Bett.

Graphic design has been a big part of Kenya’s communication medium for the past two decades or so. Through the use of visuals and text, creative designers have been able to pass messages that are both informative yet witty, thought provoking yet attractive, socially inspiring yet politically driven. It has become a form of communication that turned ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, into much more; it added feeling. Graphic design lets you think first, ‘What does that ad ‘look’ like it’s trying to say’ – then tells you what it wants you to understand and eventually lets you feel like the brand has touched a part of you that you forgot existed.

 

Commercial design

As a creative discipline, this art form has made you believe that you are ‘A Member’, led you to accept that you can ‘prosper’ yet still want you to be ‘A Legend’. Corporates have embraced the use of appealing design as an means of capturing consumer attention before converting their interest into a purchase. A perfect hook, capture, release strategy that gets you wondering how you got into that brands outlet, swiping your card and only seeing the failure in your budget plan at the end of the month. Thank you random graphic designer *sic

 

For the love of the laugh

The joys of social media communication have brought with it the growth in at-the-moment-sharing of joy, sadness and possibly anger! The rise in socially acceptable dissemination of emotion has been made possible through the action of likes, retweets and the interactive design of memes. A meme; a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means (urban dictionary). Though rarely traceable to source, Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets memes have become a form of speech in digital media; from basic responses to starting whole new conversations, your everyday meme has come to compliment, if not replace, the cheeky wink emoji with a ‘if you know what I mean’ graphic of Mr Bean’s questionable expectant glance. A simple ‘why you lyin’’ meme calls out individuals trying to pull your chain. Though all in good fun, some designs have been tied to social media truths that border on cyber bullying; simple mistakes such as sharing personal information on mistaken whatsapp groups have led to multitudes of memes that even corporate brands have chosen to leverage on ignoring the fact that this information may lead to further distressing said individuals.

 

Social activism 

As a medium of communication, it is only right that creative designers use their skills to enforce social change. Organizations have been involved in promoting agendas that try to improve or inform the public on rights and responsibilities of each individuals and the government alike. One key way that has seemed to work is the use of powerful graphic designs that depict members of an advantaged class in a light that seeks to speak truth and provoke conversation on formerly taboo topics. Through radical visuals, social activists have been able to inspire a tame society into speaking with one voice to either build up a weakened agenda or tear down a defunct system, ergo disrupting the social norm.

 

Is graphic design a tool for social change? Like a gun, a pen tool can bring peace – or become the enforcer of war. Designers, practice your skill responsibly.

 

 

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