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Setting your intentions for 2022

"If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge,

Then he must use more strength, But wisdom brings success" Ecclesiastes 10:10

The beginning of the new year is always filled with excitement, hope and anticipation. Even the most sceptical of people welcome the sense of possibilities that a new year provides. As a collective, a hope that we have all shared for the past two years is that the Covid19 pandemic will be left behind and give us an opportunity to work on restoring the parts of our lives that it has stolen, to return back to our old normal or to give us a chance to determine our lives in a post-pandemic reality. At an individual level, each one of us has different hopes to have a more beautiful and enhanced experienced in one or other areas of our lives. Some of us want to make more money, some of us want to change jobs, some of us want to build or buy houses, others want to make more time to pursue spiritual growth in their lives while others want to transform their bodies. All of us hope for something better in the new year.

My goal in the next 21 Days is to provide those who will walk the journey with me with strategies and tools to have a better chance of success in 2022. Yes, we may not have control of whether Covid19 will mutate into yet another variant or will simply vanish back to wherever it came from, but we do have the power to give ourselves a winning chance at making our individual dreams a reality.

What is my approach?

I have seen two distinct approaches in how people go about trying to achieve their goals every year. Firstly, people write down New Year's Resolutions, put them up on a wall and hope that they will achieve them as they go about their year. Others make a goal, for example a #summerbodies goal, and then hit the ground running on the 1st of January to try and achieve that goal. Both these approaches may work but I believe there is a better way for us to approach our goals for the year.

The approach that I have used is to spend the month of January in planning and goal-setting mode - without any pressure to start or achieve anything. My principle is that, before I first have to connect with God, then myself and to align my goals with His will, with my values and where I am in life (because as we grow we evolve and our desires and ambitions change), then I have to interrogate whether my inner being is healthy enough and well-equipped to sustain me in my endeavours - and plan on how I will make time to ensure that my cup is full throughout the year. Then I set down my intentions and my goals for the next three years and write down how I'm going to make space in my life (time, tools and resources, habits and routines) to ensure that I achieve them, as well as how I will hold myself accountable throughout the year to indeed achieve them.

It is a biblical principle that if you chop down a tree with a dull axe, you'll have to use more strength but if you spend time sharpening your axe, you won't have to use much strength to chop it down.

If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe. – Abraham Lincoln.

I invite you then, to join me in the next 21 days as we sharpen the axe and set our plans in place to achieve success in 2022 and beyond. I believe that setting aside time daily to do this, is the best gift that we can each give ourselves. Subscribe to my blog in order to get updates of my daily posts and resources I will share.

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I am a passionate leader, accomplished professional and a mentor. I believe that nation-building depends on how well we build people. Therefore, my mission is to contribute to the personal, professional and leadership development of people to empower them to reach their highest potential.

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