Dear TOWIG Reader,
It’s been a little while since my last blog post which was due to some urgent and important matters that needed much of my attention. Please accept my sincere apologies.
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I have to admire the tenacity and endurance of President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo. To persevere and run three times after two consecutive and incredibly public defeats is a testament to what he must carry at his very core. Although President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo comes from a political family, you can be sure that in his development as a man and leader he would have had to adopt fundamental attributes that would create this perseverance in him.
Let us look at ‘Perseverance’ and some of the attributes (or qualities) that one would need to have in order to have this in their lives. According to the Oxford Dictionary ‘perseverance’ is defined as the quality of continuing to try to achieve a particular aim in spite of difficulties. The question is, how do we build perseverance in our lives?
Keys to Perseverance
1. Self-Belief – One of the most important traits that one must develop is an “I can do this” attitude. Believing in ourselves becomes the fuel that helps us to navigate through challenging times. There will be moments when doubt creeps in, because that a reality that occurs, however our posture should be from the awareness of a strong sense of self. Suggestion: Write down the things that you believe to be true about who you believe are. If this is difficult then do a general consensus with close friends and family asking them to share what they see to be some positive attributes about you.
2. Positive self-talk – The “Inner Critic” can have the loudest voice with the least amount of truth in it. We must build resilience against negativity and guard our minds from allowing thoughts to spiral out of control. When we nurture our souls with positive words about who we are and what we can do we then become our own cheerleader empowering ourselves to stay focused. Suggestion: Write out and speak positive declarations/affirmations to yourself. Some people find it useful at the start and end of their day.
3. Create a Solid Support System – The reality is we need one. Whether that system consists of one individual or 10, we need to have a system around us that will help us get to where we want/need to be. Create a strong group of people that will speak “life” into your heart. People who will help you with strategies to fulfil your goal, help you see “blind spots”, speak truth to you and encourage you to keep focused when you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. Suggestion: Think about the people who have demonstrated in word and in deed that they are trustworthy. The analogy that I use with my clients is if your heart/dream were a candle – who do you trust to be close enough to the flame that they could blow it out? The people that you think could be that close and not blow it out, would be the ones to consider for your support system.
4. Cultivate Optimism – President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo undoubtedly walks in the power of optimism to find the courage to run three times in a row AND also to believe in what it is he sees for the wonderful country of Ghana. Having a spirit of hopefulness and confidence in who you are, what you believe and your dreams is what will keep you going. Suggestion: Adopting a “glass half full” mindset and intentionally implementing keys one, two and three to your life!
I’m sure that there are many more qualities of perseverance that we can learn in our lifetime, but one thing we know for sure, is that the The Power of Perseverance in the life of Nana Akufo-Addo has afforded him the honor of becoming the fifth President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. Congratulations Sir!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and have a great time with friends and family. To anyone who may have lost a love ones, I pray grace and peace to your heart in this season!
To your development,