Bringing Desires to Present Means

The best way to keep anything in framework, no matter who you are, is to pen whatever it is you plan to do on paper. In fact, let me put it this way! All that you wish to ever achieve, which you can consciously envisage at this present moment should be written down on paper, diary or goals’ book. The process should be dynamic and not static, as new wishes develop, add them to your ever soaring dream list. Experts call this list the 101 goals list.

Make frequent visit to your dream list and ensure you’re organising and reorganizing priorities in order to reflect the status quo. The 101 dream list is your desire; and the reason you need to organise and reorganise is to ensure that you do not remain a dreamer, as it’d leave you frustrated as a result of the unrealistic 101 dream list created.

This list as earlier mentioned puts you in a perspective, as it allows one to know just what they are about, and just what they wish and expect to obtain. By understanding this perspective, half of the battle is gained.

You must constantly take inventory of yourself. By understanding and analysing what your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats are (SWOT). Strengths and weaknesses are attributes of an individual; opportunities and threats are attributes of the environment. Hence, you must use your internal strengths to;

1. take advantage of external opportunities
2. to avoid or reduce impact of external threats.
3. turn your weaknesses into strengths
4. to improve your internal weaknesses by taking advantage of external opportunities.

Otherwise, lacking this knowledge, you’ll waste energy and effort, and do much that had better be left undone, while leaving undone much that should be done, thus, creating unrealistic and unachievable objectives.

As we leave in a dynamic world, your strength and opportunities will also be forever dynamic, as a result, priorities on the dream list will change. This allows you to follow through what Aristotle once said… “Bring your desires down to your present means; increase them when only your increased means permit.” In this instance, your increased means are your strengths & opportunities and your desires are your wishes or dreams.

Once the above is followed; this gives you an opportunity to knock on the door of success and not to enter!
Following on, on your prioritised wish list, add deadlines to them, by so doing, there is a transition from wishes to goals, as a result of the added deadlines. Success emanates from this act and nothing else. If you have no goals, then you’ll have no success, as Brian Tracy said, “Success equals goals… all else is commentary.”

i) Always begin with the end in mind on the goal you want to attain, as would have been pictured before they became goals through the wish list.

ii) Attack the process in two ways (1) Top Down and (2) Bottom up

Bottom up ensures you have your eyes set on the goal and working towards an envisaged ultimate goal. It also prevents you from becoming overwhelmed by allowing you to take those small steps… remember the saying ‘By the yard it’s hard, but inch by inch it’s a cinch!’ and also Peter Cohen advice that “There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.”

Please do not go all the way by being lop-sided using this method, as you’d lack clarity and trajectory towards your goal.

Top down ensures you are kept in focus when the tough gets going. You have to ensure that you know and understand the steps just before completion of the goal, and the steps before that, that will ultimately link with the bottom up approach.

Plans always change, so your goals will always be revised accordingly to preserve the link between top down and bottom up.

The ultimate goal is also achieved by the choices we decide to take. Remember the saying “many roads lead to Rome.” So do not hesitate or dither by waiting for conditions to be perfect before you can act. Choices are like branches on trees, one branch splits into another and so on and so forth until the final leaf. So do not fear, begin and bear in mind that you’ll arrive at your desired leaf. Goethe advised that “what you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” Do not fear to begin, fear is removed by action, Napoleon Hill said ‘Fear is the great destroyer. Banish fear from your life. It does not serve you in any way. Go forward in faith; faith that you have destiny to fulfil. Fear not. There is, after all, nothing to fear but fear itself. And it is a mere phantom…a ghost that disappears in the light of awareness.’

Norman Vincent Pearl categorically explained to us how fear could be subjugated and it is up to us to take up his advice. He says ‘Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.’

So go on; Become the Best You Can Be… start acting now and take inventory of yourself, pen down your 101 wish list and put deadlines on them. Follow through your goals!

Nyangu Simpungwe is a professional accountant, a fully qualified chartered certified accountant and holds a Masters Degree from The University of Glamorgan in Wales. He currently is Director of a company called Falcon (GB) Limited based in England United Kingdom, a newly formed company composed wholly of chartered certified accountants. He has tremendous experience in Business Process Improvements and has expertise in life coach and leadership coach.

Personalised Number Plate: The Ideal Birthday Present for Someone Turning 30

The years ending with ’0′ have always been deemed a ‘big year’. (with the exception of turning 21). It’s the end of a decade; a chance to look back at your achievements and look forward with high hopes and expectations.

It’s also a chance to give and receive gifts. Turning 30, 40, 50, 60, 70,80, 90 and 100 are all years worth celebrating. Each one a milestone in themselves.

Buying gifts for someone turning 30 can be a strain. They generally have enough resources to buy themselves what they want. The ideal present: A personalised number plate. Regardless of car type, make or model, a personalised plate could just be the right birthday present.

Why? It’s a little bit different. There are trends to show that presents of a personal nature, like photos mugs, calendars and canvases are growing in popularity. These make ideal gifts. But a personalised number plate really stands out as personal gift.

Have you a relative turning 30? If so, use the following names as creative thought:

1. Kate

A wonderful English name. In fact, it is the name of the future Queen of England. If you’ve called your daughter after Kate, Catherine or the Irish version of Kathleen, then these plates could be ideal for you.

  • K30 ACF
  • KAT 33B

2. Caleb

A name that has grown in popularity over the years, Caleb is a great name. The Kings of Leon front-man has brought a new love for the name. So consider this plate as a name:

  • K30 ACF

3. Kelly

A wonderfully bright name.

Her own plate:

  • KE11 YCX

Normal folk

Celebs are in the newspapers constantly but as you and I both know, up and down the streets of UK and Northern Ireland, there are boys and girls turning 30 throughout 2012. It’s a big year for them too, even if they don’t live the public eye.

Buying a number plate to celebrate their past achievements and hopes for the future is the ideal gift. Nothing else quite says you’re unique, than a number plate. Some ideas to include on their personalised plate include:

  • Think names
  • Think hobbies
  • Think year of birth

And for those of us who are a little older than 30, the people turning 30 were born in 1982.

So as we celebrate royal 30thbirthdays, take some time to think what you’ll get your special person on this important year.

Presentation Skills: Tips For Overcoming A Fear Of Public Speaking – Part 1

Are you frightened of speaking in public? You’re not alone. I’ve yet to meet anyone who can genuinely tell me they weren’t very nervous before their first couple of presentations. Being nervous is a good thing as it gives you a pool of energy you can harness to perform at your best. The trouble arises when you are so nervous that it inhibits your ability to function and remember what you were going to say.

This is the first in a four-part series of tips for overcoming a fear of public speaking. In this article we look at rehearsing, memorizing the first few minutes and having key points to remind you what you are going to speak about. In later articles we look at ways to stop the feeling of panic, memory techniques, asking for help and having back up plans for the worst things that could happen.

Tip #1 Rehearse

The more confidence you feel when you walk onto the stage, the better. You can get this confidence from the real thing (giving presentations) or by rehearsing. Practice your presentation in front of friends, the mirror, a video camera or alone. Every time you rehearse, you will identify areas to improve upon and begin to feel more confident about giving the presentation.

I find that if I am practising by myself or in front of a mirror that I tend to waffle a lot more than I do in front of an audience. I also speak much more slowly during rehearsal than I do for the real thing. So if you are practising to make sure your timing is right; keep in mind this difference in speed.

Tip #2 Memorize the first 2 or 3 minutes of your presentation

Most people usually feel extremely nervous for the first few minutes of a presentation. Once you are into it, your nervous energy settles down and you become focused more upon the task than upon worry. To help you get through this first 2 or 3 minutes, it may be useful to memorize the start of your talk.

Tip #3 Have some key points to remind you what to say next

One of the key fears presenters have is that they will forget what they have to say. There are a few things you can do to overcome this challenge:

  • Speak in terms of ideas rather than trying to remember words. If you are speaking about an idea, the words you need to use will flow more naturally.
  • Use the notes pages from your PowerPoint presentation rather than your written paper. On the notes part for each slide put some bullet points about the major topics you were going to discuss for that slide. Don’t write down all the details, just the major points. If you write down all the details, the writing will be very small and you may start to panic trying to look through the tiny writing to find where you are up to.
  • If you would feel more comfortable using your written paper, beware of the fact that it is harder to find where you are up to in pages and pages of writing. Highlight the key points you will need to focus upon. Don’t highlight whole paragraphs, just key words or phrases so that you can quickly and easily skim to find where you are up to.
  • You will find it even easier if you can turn your presentation into a story. Stories have their own natural links and logical process. By telling a story, rather than giving a presentation, you can almost guarantee you won’t forget where you are up to.

The first three ways for overcoming your fear of public speaking were to rehearse, memorize the first few minutes and have some key points to remind you what you are going to say next. Other great ways for overcoming your fear of public speaking are provided in the next three articles in this series.