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SUCCESS AND MINDSET CHANGE

SUCCESS AND MINDSET CHANGE

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DITCH THE FIXED MINDSET AND TAKE ON GROWTH MINDSET

Carol Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability don’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, Chief Executive Officers, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

One of our team members goes out confidently and talks to the boda boda man to wear a mask despite the harsh conditions of public ridicule.

TIPS:

1.   STOP FEARING FAILURE: Embrace your mistakes. Part of taking risks is being able to learn from your mistakes. A blunder can also be an amazing blessing because you can use your misstep as a jumping-off point toward something new.

2.   GET A LONGTERM VISION

3.   LISTEN TO YOUR GUT

Change the way you think

WHAT WORDS TO AVOID: 

I AM worried, frightened, upset, tired, bored, not, never, can’t.

Have you ever heard: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?

This is a lie. Words hurt.

Words such as stupid, dumb, loser, failure, and hate can hurt. Even words as simple as and, unassuming as can’tand quit can have a harmful impact on your life. They can paralyze you.

Words drive your Mindset.

4.   DEVELOP GROWTH MINDSET

Gain the ability to critically evaluate yourself- short comings and progress.

Those who have a natural growth mind set do better in life, and work smarter across challenging situations.

So teach yourself to love learning even for the youth teach them that that can do better, be smarter and succeed in whatever you set your mind to achieve. This makes you more empowered and you feel valued when you are appreciated for your growth mind set, encouraged to achieve more and hence your achievements.

5.CURIOSITY WILL KEEP YOU THIRSTING FOR MORE

You should never stop learning. According to Zimmerman, a thirst for knowledge is something that can never be quenched, and should be a lifelong quest.

“I can honestly say that no amount of knowledge is ever enough to quell my thirst in life to know, have and be more than I am today,” Zimmerman.

No risk, no reward. Push yourself to new heights

6.Find gratitude, celebrate others’ successes.

“Cultivate gratitude by celebrating and sincerely be happy for other people’s successes,” Zimmerman said.

When you acknowledge and delight in others’ successes, this helps you shirk feelings of bitterness or resentment, allows you to focus on the positive things you have accomplished as well.

6.Shun the negative, feed the positive.

As a rule, you reflect the characteristics of the people with whom you surround yourself. As motivational speaker Jim Rohn has said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”

7. Be healthy in mind and body.

Don’t discount the importance of both physical and mental agility. For example, intelligence with a growth mindset use this mental attitude positively for teenagers shows potential growth. They gain as they work hard and take on the challenges they face in their line of work or school assignments.

Zimmerman recommends embracing both, since they work together to keep you alert and focused.

8.Keep your energy high.

When you are feeling low on energy and neglect to work out for a little while, your enthusiasm and positivity wanes, which in turn allows negative thoughts to take hold. 

Zimmerman likened those negative thoughts to a river of energy running out of your body. “You lose your vitality and you are far less likely to attract all the positive things, people and opportunities that you want from life,” she said.

Physical exercise and positive thoughts assist with that, and give you a constant boost of ‘feel-good’ endorphins,” Zimmerman explained. “It all works to make it easier to attract positive circumstances into your life.”

CLEARLY TAKE ON A GROWTH MINDSET IN YOUR JOURNEY TO SUCCESS BY LEARNING POSITIVELY THROUGH YOUR CHALLENGES AND BRINGING OUT YOUR POTENTIAL.

WAKE UP AND LISTEN TO YOUR TEENAGER

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Improving self -esteem of your teenager will build their confidence

  • Do not become too busy for your teenager.
  • Get family time with your teenager and spend a few minutes daily talking to him or her and asking them what they have been up to that day. Show interest and find out who they have communicated with and about what. This gets you to find out their interests and shows them you are interested in their life. 
  • That hour should be a time to talk together about their body changes, fears and peer pressure they may be facing. Today the world through social media and peer groups seems to okay sex before marriage and teenagers laugh at those who try to tell them about the importance of purity. 

These issues all need to be talked about freely by parents and similarly the teenager must be able to trust their parents and talk about anything they face or hear about.

USE THIS TIME OF THE LOCK DOWN TO BOND WITH YOUR TEENAGER.

SOFT SKILLS IN THE MIDST OF CORONA VIRUS

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Leaders in institutions and companies must realize that soft skills inspire those around them and those they lead. These are key characteristics:

  1. Empathy: It should guide the way we do business today. You should be polite to all you meet in the organization, in all departments. Share, listen, find common ground and connect. Try to understand where and what people you are working with are going through and how they feel.
  2. Vulnerability: To make an impact, understand what it feels like to be hurt, feel pride, be exhausted angry and heartbroken all in the last six months. The current global climate is stressful, to say the least, so allow your team to see that you are human- this will make them work harder than you.
  3. Patience: Being patient with your co- workers, your bosses and those working under you, is key during this pandemic. Remember love is kind and patient. So exhibit both.
  4. Humility: It is said that the best leaders are those who praise others especially if they don’t have to. Give credit where it is due. Leaders who take a table spoon of humility in service of bonding with the people around them are the ones that continually come out ahead.
  5.  Generosity: For example give your colleagues time –a few extra minutes after a video call for clarifications. Be generous with your time and knowledge. Generosity circulates intelligence from generation to generation.

However the core competencies of great leaders are still the same. Drive, stamina and a keen eye for the right strategies. Though in these changing unpredictable times a leader must have good interpersonal skills to lead his team, and his company because he or she must be able to understand each member’s strengths and have the key to unlock each one’s potential while being able to connect with them.

HOW TO OVERCOME PROCASTINATION

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STRATEGY:

  • Recognize that you have a problem.
  • Figure out why you are procrastinating. 

So then:

  1. Change your thinking. Pull yourself into acting on your goals. Say, “Do it NOW” over and over again.
  2. Think positively and tell yourself you can do it.Stop telling yourself that you cannot do it.
  3. Eat your ugliest frog first without delay. Take action and get it out of the way.

TIME MANAGEMENT

This is the sequence of events in your life. i.e. what to do first, second, third etc.

What is the best way to use your time?

  1. Focus on things that will have the most immediate and beneficial impact.
  2. Ask yourself what are the priorities.
  3. Plan each day in advance.

Brian Tracy says, “If you do the right thing in the right way you will get whatever results you desire.”

Techniques to improve your time management

  1. Positive attitude. Repeatedly say aloud with emotion for example: I am excellent at time management. In a spirit of faith and commitment you will live it if you accept it in your subconscious mind. You will become what you say about yourself.
  2. Reprogram your subconscious mind through visualization. For example picture yourself as being efficient over and over again in your mind.
  3. Take quiet time to mentally visualize your perfect scenario. For example keep calm, in perfect control, happy and have a positive attitude.
  4. Imagine you are already excellent at time management.

WHAT EVERY CHILD NEEDS IS LOVE

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“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances”–Benjamin Franklin 

You know, money and material things don’t make your children or you happy for any length of time. I have met a number of children ask their parents to make time for them. 

Today, as millions of people, are forced to stay home, we need to ask ourselves how to add value to our children and help them become their full potential. So:

  1. Tell your child, “You are my child and I love you and I am happy you are mine.
  2. Tell your child, “You are special and a delight in my life.

This will build your child’s confidence; confidence to face difficult situations and people, confidence to seek you out and voice their challenges and joys. 

So appreciate your child as this will give him a sense of belonging .It will save your child the urge to be naughty or persuaded to do wrong, due to peer pressure. Show your child love. They will grow to show love to others too.

A TEENAGER MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING EXPERIENCE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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Ms. Nakawunde an aunt to 17 year old Bridget Kisakye, singlehandedly took on looking after her, including educating her. Ms. Nakawunde says she sees daily the importance of prioritizing emotional wellness or intelligence to teenagers. During this pandemic and lockdown she has involved her niece, Bridget in one of the community projects and put a support system for her during the days that they are all at home. This has helped Bridget’s mental health and wellbeing and helped both of them to overcome some of the challenges posed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges everyone is facing namely the fear, strain of uncertainty and lack of a regular source of income for many families in their neighborhood in Gayaza more than ever. Talking to Bridget, she feels the daily activity of growing tomatoes on a 25 decimal plot of land has given her some activity to look towards to. It is now two months since she planted them with her aunt and because it is a dry season she has to walk half a kilometer to the garden and daily carry over 10 jericans of water from the neighbourhood to the garden and water the tomatoes to ensure they are not scorched in the hot sun. She has also periodically sprayed them to avoid pests and diseases harming the tomatoes. When asked about the lessons she has got from growing tomatoes Bridget says she is happy and looking forward to them maturing, selling them and earning some income. She adds the skills she has gained include hard work, resilience, determination and efficiency.

LESSONS:

  1. WHEN YOU MAKE SPACE FOR TEENS TO SELF- ADVOCATE FOR THEIR PERSONAL NEEDS, YOU CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY FEEL SAFE AND CONFIDENT TO USE THEIR VOICES & ARTICULATE THEIR DESIRES.
  2. ENCOURAGE YOUR TEENS TO FOCUS ON THE THINGS THEY CAN CONTROL EVEN WHEN LIFE IS UNPREDICTABLE.
  3. INTEGRATING ROUTINES & KEEPING THEM BUSY WILL PROVIDE CONSISTENCY TO HELP KEEP TEENS MENTAL HEALTH IN CHECK AND HELP ALLEVIATE STRESS.

EQUIP

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Our business has grown, persevered because we have discovered our joy in years of equipping others both those who work for us, on part time basis and service providers we work with during the course of our business.

During the many events we have held we have had to train our ushers who are 95% youth, how to work in a work environment. Similarly during our youth programs we tell the youth supervisors to learn to teach others to work professionally with customers, present themselves professionally and courteously.

Steps of the process to equip include attracting, developing and empowering. A leader in the company must:

  1. Act. Don’t just say it.
  2. Do it with the employee. Have your colleagues seen you do it before? Demonstrate it then.
  3. Let the employee do it as you watch. Let them practice and they will develop.
  4. You let them be. You have then equipped someone else. It is satisfying to both parties.
  5. Encourage the trainee/ employee to equip some one else with that knowledge, experience or action.

Cultivate Self- Discipline instead of Regret

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Jim Rohn a big believer in discipline says, “consistent self- discipline is a major trait to success. If you do not apply your knowledge with self-discipline, you cannot achieve admirable results.” To master the time of management, to master the technique of leadership, to master the art of setting goals and achieve your dreams, you must consciously work at being self- disciplined. It is a constant will to implement actions that will lead to success, to achieve a goal and subsequently one’s dream.
You get self- discipline from within yourself. It is not got from parents or grandparents, or from teachers or people around you. Examples key to self- discipline according to J. Rohn include habits like:
Getting up early,
Doing physical exercise like working out
Eating properly to remain healthy
Making a to do list and keeping faithful to it.
It takes discipline to change a bad habit because they are formed every day, every day, bit by bit. It can be done consistently day by day to the long term. You can do it slowly, consistently with determination. It takes discipline to plan, It takes discipline to execute your plan and to complete that plan or change it if the results are poor. It takes discipline to look with full objectivity to the applied plan to fulfil it. It takes discipline to be firm when the world throws opinions at our feet. It takes discipline to ponder the value of someone’s opinion. Discipline is a constant human awareness of the need for action and a conscious act by us to implement that action. It is an awareness of the constant need for action of our awareness and the complications at the same time. Then we begin a valued sequence of valued activity.
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#commitment
#consciousactionstosuccess
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#growthmindset

MAXIMISE EVERY MOMENT

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#TUESDAY THOUGHTS
#inspire #empower #educate
Personal growth, personal leadership, personal development…
To be successful you must have a burning desire.
It can start as a spark. For some it can grow and then it lights up and then becomes a burning desire.
Read books, listen to audios and build up a storage of knowledge.
The beginning is tough. You may have to keep putting in money into your passion. While you work for free.
Sometimes the cost is bigger than you can afford. But find a way to make it happen. Think of a way outside the box.
Summary of 10 steps to Maximise your Moment
1. Have a Burning desire.
2. You must act.
3. You must find your YES.
4. Do not negotiate with your dream.
5. Be creative.
6. Challenge the old paradigms.
7. Take the first step without knowing the others.
8. Remember the law of sacrifice.
9. Imagine yourself having what you want.
10. Celebrate your victories along the way.

BEST OF LUCK

ALLIANCES &MENTORSHIP

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BUILD NEW ALLIANCES, PARTNERSHIPS & CREATE AN IMPACT IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Our journey of 19 years this year, 2021 has helped us grow our networks even internationally and increased opportunities for creating an impact among the youth. We have learnt so much and experienced the joy of sharing because of the alliances we now have internationally with Vital Voices, Cherie Blair Foundation and Invest 2 Impact.

In 2015/2016 our director Rachel, was selected and to train among hundreds of African ladies by an international organization called Vital Voices, whose founder was Ms. Hilary Clinton (former first lady of the United States of America) who aim was to train female entrepreneurs in their businesses. She was able to make new business friends from Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Tanzania. In the process of learning through the 1-year journey with other female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, she organized a walk between mentors (women in the town where she lives) with female youth(mentees) which was partially sponsored by Vital Voices. The walk was joined by over 100 professional and business women after which there was a networking session between the youth who were asked to select a mentor and start a relationship of mentorship.
The benefit of this walk was to begin a program for both the mentor and the protégés (female youths) We recorded an increase in:
o Self-esteem
o Ability to maintain positive relationships with other adults and
o Decision-making ability in the career-choice processes for these youth.