January through June have come and gone. Yes, these past months may have come with lots of setbacks, perhaps in achieving our personal goals and dreams or in advancing in the corporate world.
It may have been six months of moving in circles. Six months of going below both personal and general standards. Six months of bewilderment crawling up in between high hopes and a positive stand.
Here’s my own little story
Personally, I tasted the true meaning of depression. How or where it came from, who knows? But hey! The good thing is I’m out of it now! Like out for good!
I never even remembered I had suffered from the disease of the mind (as I like to call it) until just few weeks back, on different occasions, I encountered different individuals slowly sinking in the depth of this same ‘depression’. Indeed, it’s been a battle thriving beyond all odds these past months and for the first time I was glad I went through what I went through to better understand the situation of those that came around with the same ailment and help them gradually scale through…
Perhaps this is your own story
On the other hand, maybe, just maybe, you had achieved a reasonable number of your goals and aspirations during the first half of the year. Awesome! Have all or majority of your inputs fallen in alignment with your expected result? Great!!
It’s all good!
Whichever category you had fallen into, just know there are six more months to slay and conquer.
In duality, we would be looking at two categories in this ‘discuss’
Let’s say – Slayers 1 & Slayers 2!!
The first category are those who went through a relative number of down times during the first half of the year.
Here are few tips for you:
-Regain your confidence
Your confidence is one of the main weapons of emerging as a conqueror at the end of the year. Without confidence, a soldier is nothing but a loser even before the war begins.
Without confidence irrespective of the cash at hand or even your skills within, one will have a very low chance of succeeding.
-Face the phase
Of course it’s good to reflect on the past sometimes, to retrace your steps and know where to improve on, but what we do most times is that, we get so engrossed with past failures and pain that we allow a replay of these negativities in the future.
Have the failures of yesterday boxed you in? Or built a shell in which you have crawled into? It’s time to come out! And face the now. This phase.
Bill Newman rightly said “you must be willing to fail. Don’t fear other people or their opinions. Don’t just sit there and wonder, you should be doing. Act, start today, make it happen”.
He is not trying to say we should set our minds on failure, no! All this is trying to convey is that we should not allow the mere fear of failure to be an obstacle to us succeeding in our business and life in general.
Newman further stated “stop agonizing and organize what you’re doing. Not to decide is to decide not to.” In other words, not making a decision is a decision on its own. Not acting is a move. A wrong move though. A move of stagnancy. Break free today!
Alright! Now for Our Slayers 2 – The Already Slaying Gang!
It’s important to note that no one prays for a ‘bad beginning’, but it’s better to have a rough beginning and a smooth end that experiencing the reverse.
Therefore, this is a call for unrelenting zeal to keep thriving. Thrive on!
-Build on what you did, that got you what you got.
If possible, I advice you increase your general input, because it is very easy to remain in your comfort zone.
Remember, never be trapped within the confinement of living in past glory.
-Learn something new every
If inexplicably you belong to the two categories, fine.
Here are general tips to explore.
-Break free! There’s more to explore!!
-Smile and say a warm hello to July and the next few months at your disposal.
-Remember, it’s all in your hands: handle with care..
Finally, here’s a piece of advice from an all time scholar (which I feel applies to everyone, regardless of the level of such an individual at work)
“If you are a senior executive, don’t take yourself too seriously. It is essential to hold on to our sense of humor throughout our lives if we want to remain sane, as has been shown by research into psychological cognition, and especially in the later years”.
Also, remember these sayings of the wise- just because you took longer than others doesn’t mean you failed.
So, break free, go slay and conquer it all, starting with your fears..!
Previously published by She Leads Africa