Stay Safe and Remember

by Kevin Brown Bvuma

 

In these troubling times, the first and most important priority is to follow the national guidelines and stay safe. Hard as it is, rather than lamenting the lockdown, you need to understand that it is giving you time that you never had before and the key is how you put this surplus time to good use. 

 

One thing that is certain in these uncertain times is that, when we finally find our way back to some resemblance of normality, the world will not be the same again. People’s behaviour patterns will have changed, unemployment will have increased, many businesses will have closed and many people’s values will have been utterly reassessed. But we shouldn’t be alarmed by this upheaval we should be awakened by it. 

 

This is the time to think and reflect on the opportunities that are going to open up, the chances that will be created, and how you can use these to finally get a business off the ground, or to improve on your current business, or even to explore a whole new and unexpected venture that speaks to the new needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. 

 

Opportunities will always be there, but initially it will only be the brave and those who are most prepared who will be able to take advantage of them. It is in difficult times that entrepreneurs always come to the fore, because these visionaries see what others can’t yet see they see every obstacle as an opportunity and each crisis as a catalyst. And they have the courage and commitment to follow their dreams.

 

So, instead of spending all your time binge-watching or playing online games, here’s how to bring a whole new interpretation to the coronavirus: Stay safe and remember, if you have the passion and the perseverance, your dreams will become a reality.

What Are Dreams Made Of?

by: Mpendulo Lizwe Ndlovu

1 may 2020

A dream is a succession of pictures, ideas, emotions and sensations that usually occur involuntary in the mind. Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we are sleeping and usually during certain stages of sleep.

 there are different types of dreams one may mention but this piece will be talking about dreams that one wishes to acquire or fulfil or achieve for their desired future. Dreams that we call “our wildest dreams” the kind of dreams consist of imaginations that are most certainly positive and great, images that are not easily erased from our minds and therefore those images are created when planning our future.

 such dreams are made of the following:

  • Toiling

  • Positivity

  • Planning

  • Focus

  • Consistency

  • Being content

  • Readines

 

We sometimes create fun, entertaining, romantic, nerve wrecking and bizarre dreams. Those kinds of dreams often make it fascinating and intriguing to concentrate on your main goal. Focusing on what needs to be done is certainly the most significant aspect in reaching one’s goal or dream. Toiling also plays a pivotal role in contributing to greater results of one’s wildest dreams.

Therefore one needs to be content, ready, consistent, and positive about their dreams. Create as much arousing dreams that will keep you going and achieving. Some dreams are said to be scary, but the moral of the story is that if your dreams do not cause any great fear or nervousness they are considered not to be great. Take risks, keep dreaming and toiling until you reach your desired goals.

Learn, Unlearn and Relearn 

by Kevin Brown Bvuma

 

I hear a lot of people complaining about the national lockdown. “What will I be doing at home for 21 days?" Those are some of the complaints that people have! 

During this period, take time to know the real you and think about what the future holds for you. 

Travel down memory lane and look at the habits, associates and actions that landed you where you are right now. Take those as life lessons and learn from every bad decision you took back then and correct those mistakes to avoid repetition. 

Look at where you are right now. Those dreams you had while growing up, the plans you had after matric, those hopes, goals and aspirations you always had. Have you achieved any of those? How many items have you ticked off on your bucket list or goal list? What is stopping you from reaching your full potential? The answer to this question is simple... *YOU* 

Yes you! You are the only person stopping you from reaching your goals in life. You are your own worst enemy. 

Take this time to build and develop yourself. Revisit those dreams you always had because dreams don't work unless you do. Write down your goals and prioritize them in their order of importance and set time frames for them. That will push you to work hard on achieving them. 

Start with something small and build up to the biggest goals, because ticking off the goals that you have achieved on your goal list motivates you to do more and achieve more. 

You can start by using this lockdown period to quit smoking, drinking, work on being proactive rather than being a procrastinator, getting into the habit of reading and writing, getting in shape, meditating, praying etc.

 

At the end of the lockdown period, you will feel a sense of achievement when you tick off those goals that you set and that will motivate you to now tackle those big goals. This is the time to think about your future, not a time to laze around and be a couch potato. You've been in a comfort zone for too long, and now it's time to move away from there. One thing about the comfort zone, is that nothing ever grows there. Time to step away. 

This is the time to learn, unlearn and relearn. Work on yourself because you have more to prove to yourself than to the rest of the world. 

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