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HOW TO GET STARTED ON YOUR GOALS IN 2020

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We have just started a new year and everyone has been talking about the new goals and resolutions but just like any other new year,  year after year we often hyped by the shift in the calendar forgetting that real personal change starts the moment you decide to. You might be like most of the people that year after year they are setting new goals but at the end of the yearly review they actually have nothing to show for the year. They might have been running about but without any meaningful results to show for the sweat. Do you want to be like them? Are you sick and tired of running about or setting goals that fail to materialize at the end of the year? The greatest achievement we can do to our goals is to get started and many a time we rarely get started on them. What gets you started keeps you going so I’m going to be looking at what you need to do to get started on those goals or resolutions of yours.

PUT GOD FIRST

God is the author of your life, so why not include him from the start? Let Him speak to you and consult him as you will be starting and working on your goals. It is important to always be in communication with the Creator as you will be working on your goals. I feel that most of the times our goals fail to take off because God might be saying not now or no. So it will be of great help if you always listen to his Word. What is he saying on your life? Are your goals in sync with your God given mission? Many a time we often setting goals that are contradicting with his Word. I like a verse

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, “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”

 Psalm 127:1 (NIV)

BREAK IT DOWN

If it doesn’t scare you, then it’s not big enough. We all need to set goals that scare us, goals that push us, goals that challenge us but most of the times we often set the bar too high. This is especially the case with my fellow young entrepreneurs where we want to achieve it all in one year. You want to achieve what someone took years to attain in a flick of a second. We just want to wake up and have six figure profits. We just want to buy a brand new Mercedes in our first sale. It’s ok to dream big or set big goals but let us be honest with each other, you can’t chew it all at once. You need to break it down to be attainable, for example instead of talking about a million sales in a year, you need to break it down into monthly, weekly or even daily sales target. Breaking it further down will help you see if it’s really SMART enough. I assume we have all had about SMART goals and breaking it down is a true test of SMARTNESS of your goals. You might realize that you need to reset your goals as you would have set the bar too high. Sometimes you can’t even jump over the bar and you might end up straining and injuring yourself. A good example will be for someone who wants to write a book this year. You can’t just wake up one day and try to write it all continuously in a day but you need to break it down say a chapter a week or even say I will write at least 1 000 words a day. This will mean at the end of say three months, you will be having over 90 000 words.

STEP BY STEP

After breaking down your goals into consumable or attainable chunks, you can organize them into categories and sub-categories. First things should come first, for example when you want to publish a book, you can’t start with printing without the final edited script. Many times we fail to get started because we have jumped stages. You want your business to compete for tenders without the necessary paperwork e.g. getting the company registered and having a procurement certificate. Remember this, first things should come first, take the first small step then the second one until you reach the top. Have you ever tried to jump 3 or 4 steps? Was it that easy? Did you try to walk one step at a time? Was it that difficult? I’m not opining a strictly uni-directional approach to your goals but there are some fundamentals that you have to get right first for example you need to have a product first before you start selling. You can’t create a marketing plan with the actual product but I have seen some people doing it but guess what the fate still stands. It will not work, simple!!! Why rush to have it all at once, you can’t achieve it all at once. Some things need time to mature before you start reaping fruits. You can’t plant a mango seed and expect to get fruits the following day but you can do that with mushroom and with a few days you will be reaping.

BE FLEXIBLE

I used to be that rigid guy especially when it came to my goals. I couldn’t let any new possibility or thought creep into my mind especially on my well set goals but I later realized that I was missing out a lot. Life demands us to be flexible and dynamic because it is not stationery but it is too moving and ever changing. I would like to refer to the Zimbabwean economy in 2018, where the inflation shoot to unprecedented levels and here you are, and a self-motivated fellow carefully budgeting your few dollars to start on some business at the end of year. Assuming you were saving at least $100 Bond every month. At the end of the year you would have saved $1 200 Bond but is it still having the same value? If you are into agriculture then you have been relying on the natural rains and one year the rains are not that good or the climate seems to be changing. Will you still get the same yields? Of course not, unless you are flexible enough to adapt, innovate and proffer solutions. I have seen most people fail on their goals, not that their goals were not good enough or attainable but just that they were not flexible enough. Be willing to learn new things that edify your goals and also unlearn that defile the same.

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GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER

I got tones of written down and planned goals and I’m afraid that I might forget some. I checked at the end of last year as I was reflecting and reviewing on my goals when I realized that I had missed one or two, not that I had quit or fail to achieve them but I had actually totally forgotten them but that was when I realized the importance of having an accountability partner. It’s maybe because I hadn’t shared them with my friend, she always reminded me of the goals I had set for my company African Pride Motivation though we might have failed to achieve all of them but she was always there to check up and remind me. So 2020 you need an accountability partner if you want to get started on your goals.

Remember what gets you started, keeps you going

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The bitterness of bombs

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I wonder why I wonder why?

I grew up in terror

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And I met a terrible error

My life was and is still shattered

And my society scattered

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I wonder why, I wonder why?

The first bomb got me on the top of the hill

But I had to face it with courage and stay still

A couple of bodies laid like flies

And all I could hear were the cries

I wonder why, I wonder why?

I saw young lads taking the last breathe by my side

To survive I had to dive in no river in order to subside

 The ground was tensed and it couldn’t hold me anymore

And my senses, my throat and my heart were all bitter and sore

I wonder why, I wonder why?

I fled the scene leaving the dead alone and I felt the shame

But who was to be held accountable and who was to be blame

I will live to tell my own story as a single narration

But the history has it all and the full documentation

By Ngaluku Lukulu Chocho

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The Magic of A Pen

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You feel heavy in your heart; you wonder if it’s worth jotting down. “This is for talented people”, what if it’s a chance for you to discover yours? I believe life is a mystery to be discovered and learnt. Learn to appreciate your mind by allowing that pen to scribble your motivations or feelings. I have learnt to discover writing makes me to be serene with myself, it’s a form of healing.

You can ask yourself, should I use complex language? Should I use a certain structure? All these are not of major importance; we all have a unique way to our literary work. If you cannot appreciate your work as the first customer to it, who will? Never doubt that you can do it, it only needs you to believe in yourself and never be ashamed to ask for help. If I say a lot it would be more of iteration, just believe in the magic of the pen you hold.

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Bitconnect Shuts Down After Accused Of Running A Ponzi Scheme

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Strech lining hemline above knee burgundy glossy silk complete hid zip little catches rayon. Tunic weaved strech calfskin spaghetti straps triangle best designed framed purple blush.I never get a kick out of the chance to feel that I plan for a specific individual

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country.

“NO REPRESENTATION IS BEING MADE THAT ANY RESULTS WILL OR ARE LIKELY TO ACHIEVE PRICES SIMILAR TO THOSE SHOWN.”

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

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But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

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