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Pause and Smell the Roses!

“Fear has no mercy, once you let it have its way with you, it will drag you kicking and screaming to your early grave.” – Veli Ndaba
When last did you pause and reflect on your life. So many people are lost in the busyness of life, always busy without producing meaningful results. I truly believe in being effective and then efficient. Most people though get lost in being hundred percent efficient. As an engineer, I learnt about this so many times.
Having a machine that runs and produce defective/faulty products which cannot be sold for anything but instead damage the company’s reputation is very bad. This state represents a person who is forever busy with no meaningful results to show and yet not making the time to take stock or checking the quality of the products that are being produced, this is a sad state of affairs. Effectiveness is not about numbers but quality.
As you celebrate your life, appreciating God’s grace and mercy over your life because it’s not your intelligence that you made it so far, also take the time to reflect back so as to pick up areas of improvement in your life. Japanese came up with a system called Kaizen – a continuous improvement system which is used mainly in the manufacturing industry. This system ensures that the company is not stagnant or left behind in terms of innovation. Same thing with us human-beings, we need to continuously improve or upgrade ourselves – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially and so forth.
What do you wish you had known fifteen, ten, five years ago that could have made your life much, much better than what it is right now? Ask yourself this question in silence by being alone and switch off everything around you.
What do you think your life could have been had you known about the importance of:

  • Time; Money; Love; Relationships; Education; Family; Spirituality; Commitment; Humility; Purpose; Planning and Forgiveness, etc.

Have a pen and paper with you and write down what comes to mind under each heading above and you will notice mental shift happening in you. Don’t spend too much time regretting, instead take the challenge and double or triple your efforts. This is a humbling experience indeed, I do it quite often and it helps me to continuously improve my life. Let this be one of your daily mantras or slogans if you will, “The rest of my life will be the best of my life.” Always remember that you are God’s special assignment, you were carefully chosen to be here, shine brighter!
Veli Ndaba is a professional and motivational speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of two books (You Are Born to Win and Your Dream is Calling You), Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to help you and your team unleash your greatness, contact him on veli@velindaba.co.za , www.velindaba.co.za and 083 304 9773

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