Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
FIGHT FOR YOUR PLATFORM
The original title of this letter was build your platform. But I realized that many people actually already have a platform but have no desire to build it or in some cases to restore it. We all have something we can use in our hands to be the best people God has created us to be.
In my fifteen year experience as a life coach and motivational orator, I have concluded that human beings generally live in self-doubt. They believe in others but seldom believe in self.
Today I came to encourage someone to be great, to be resilient and to restore their faith in the things they currently have.
A few months ago I started to think about my fortieth birthday which comes up in a months' time. I have not always been excited about birthdays. Maybe my background did not avail me the luxury to celebrate parties. But significant among my birthdays have been my twentieth, thirtieth and my fortieth hopefully. I kept debating if I must book a hall at Hotel Intercontinental and invite 200 friends. Or maybe go with my family to Siavonga. Thoughts went wild as did my budget. I even googled the sport type Range Rover to see if it would make a great birthday present. I am still not certain.
One thing I am sure about is the life God has given me. The grace of God on my life has defined my platform. I have a voice and that voice inspires me a lot. Yet when I consider how that platform started 24 years ago when I was in scripture union at Mumbwa Secondary school, it humbles me. And that is my greatest joy.
Today I came to encourage you that platforms take time to build and require a lot of patience. There will be setback along the way, misunderstandings and even falls. Did I mention shortfalls?
Be determined to build and to fight to be you.
On 25th December 1999 I arrived in Dallas Texas with only $6,000.00 on me. Two days prior I didn't even know where I would stay. School at Dallas Baptist University where I was accepted was not opening till January 17th, 2000. But I was determined to settle ahead of my fellow students. You know those of us with troubled backgrounds need that extra legroom to maneuver. I knew that staying in America would help me build my platform. And boy did it ever.
I pray for strategic alliances in your life. I pray that God sends you the correct builders and carpenters, plumbers and electricians. You are destined for greatness and I am so sure you will build this platform. Let's look at specifics. Here are six simple steps you should consider.
1. Identify your area of strength. Always put your best foot forward. I am not an accountant. I am terrible at accounts. It drives me crazy. But I am passionate about motivation. That is my strength. You will never find me developing accounts (my weakness) but you will always find me working on my strength (motivation).
2. Eliminate Confusion. Recently my bank called me in to go receive the new Visa cards. I thought I was the only one till I found a hundred other people ahead of me. It was confusion at bank level. I could not believe my esteemed bank could be so confused about basics. Confusion is an enemy of success. Eliminate any and everything that confuses you. Platforms demand excellence and failure settles and breeds in confusion.
3. Never take failure personal. It is oxymoronic to say what I just said. If a student fails his exams he must take it personal. How else would he improve? Right? Wrong? Failure is a lesson not an attack on the person. Learn from failure and start again. But failure must not incapacitate you.
4. Seek Help. Some people are so good for you and others are not. Seek help in humility. Some people never receive help because they are rude and proud and boastful. Humble yourself when you seek help and people will gravitate towards you.
5. Improve. Today must be better than yesterday. Tomorrow better than today. Do things better. My wife and I run a private school Inspire Leadership School. It has been open for six years. Each year and each term we get better. It is in us to defy the odds of the previous experience so the preceding one thrives.
6. Do Not Mind Controversy. Becoming great means a lot. I used to worry so much about what people thought of me. It used to keep me so occupied that I would never leave my home until I got approval. Not anymore dear. Not anymore. I am liberated. I know there are friends and foes. I am no longer worried. If you like me thank God. If you do not like me thank God. If God likes me praise His holly name. If you are going to build a platform someone along the way will be offended and upset by your success or even your failure. Just remember someone else is elated by you.
Today I woke up thinking about you. I prayed for you and I want you to build now not tomorrow. Start that thing you need to start so you can be on top tomorrow. The Chinese say 'Do not fear to move forward slowly. Fear only to stand still."
My prayers are with you and yours. I am praying that God helps you build. That God gives you a vision (a clear path to your future). And that you believe in that vision and that you execute it diligently and excellently. I pray for your success. That no weapon formed against you should ever prosper. You are a champion and a gift to the world. You are a leader in the oven of God being baked to reveal such splendor and significance. Maybe I am naïve, but with my whole heart I believe in you so much and I will be at the end of the road cheering you on.
Article written by serial entrepreneur Mubita C. Nawa. Mubita is a frequent guest on many TV and Radio shows and writes to inspire people to realize their goals. Feel free to forward this article to friends and family.
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