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If your 2023 has hills and valleys, make no mistake, 2024 which is next week will unsurprisingly be full of that too.
In no ways that the world has survived the pandemic, yet, there could be another one lesser or bigger in gravity. Right now, there are many more variants of the COVID-19 spreading around. Hopefully, the reaction of governments would not suffocate the entire economies just to contain the disease among the population. There are new 1M poor all over the world as a result of the pandemic on top of existing and persisting societal challenges.
The average life expectancy in Canada as with the rest of the advanced economies is now at 82 and with modern medicine and treatment technologies, prevention and early diagnosis of known diseases will be more prominent in all of our lives. However, the declining fertility rates creates a conundrum for governments to depend more on immigration which is not a shock-proof answer either.
Multiculturalism in Western Europe is a failed experiment because they failed to figure out that people must work and positively contribute to society in economic and societal terms, so harmonious integration with the mainstream culture is compatible with economic success. Radical Islam and cultures that force Western Europe to bend backwards just to please and appease them is a poisonous pill to take. It's better that these countries be more selective and intelligent about the kinds of people they are accepting in their societies. Imported wars and related uptake on street violence bleeds the resources of small countries who never had such issues in the past. Don't blame it on multiculturalism-it's not a kumbaya type of societal paradise. Blame it on politicians with their rose-colored glasses and stupidity.
The world as we know it will not end in 2024, it will persist. But take heart, believe that you will be rewarded for hard work, perseverance, faithfulness, and dedication to work, occupation, or life calling.
Whatever you plan to do, do it with a level-headedness and intentionality. You might not get what you want, but you're on forward-motion. There's plenty of work and for those seeking work next year, you only need one hell of a good job so take another dose of courage. Take supplements if you need it.
There is no better time than now to invest. Invest in your people, organizations, and systems. Invest in growth and compounding returns. Invest in your families and communities that gives more than requires. And invest in your health, spirituality, and joy. No amount of money can buy peace of mind that comes from the Peace Maker.
To a more prosperous, spirit-filled, and satisfying 2024!
It won't be perfect but at least, it's what you can make of it, that's worth every second.
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When is enough really enough?
I can make a thousand subscribers, have more books published, have million followers but do I really need that to grow my impact in my small part of the world with a viable group of community members, clients, and supporters? Nah.
Every business is personal and every organizational leader has their personal dreams, fears, and gaols. What is important is to tap into the core value of each organization, not what is popularly being done in the sector.
Some non-profits should not do social media just because everyone does it nowadays, or implement a hybrid work model if that wouldn't fly with the current delivery model and the type of clientele that they have. Some organizations should fold up for good and some should merge and be acquired by other stronger and more robust organizations instead of letting themselves perish in the marketplace. Some organizations must retain their mission in the face of the temptation to grow too big too fast. Some will have to recalibrate what they're doing to make it to the next year.
Humans are never content. Remember the Israelites in the wilderness, complaining about the manna they ate everyday versus starvation, cruelty, near-death, and oppression in their former lives.
As a strategist, a lot of organizations come to me for growth, expansion, sustainability, and resilience. But before getting deeply involved, we need to define the terms first. Their own definition versus the predominant moves in their sector. I wouldn't take a project that is sure to fail. Failure to have a clear definition of these is the worst failure of all, especially for those who are just trying to help the process move along.
What is enough? What sustains and not break you? What keeps it together in balance and rhythm? Becoming better is enough.
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Remember a time when you walked into a room and you sensed belonged or met a complete stranger and felt that you clicked. You didn't figure out what happened but you knew something happened that made it work.
For some people, they call it a magical moment, a cosmic reaction, or chemistry. But for me, this was a situation of ease where what happened was not a product of your hard work but your non-work.
Lately, these days, they would say, ' trust the process.' You can't trust the process if you don't know what process you're at. So many people are caught up in the hustle of life and business that they forget what actually makes them feel truly alive and well. That goes to show, that much of what we are programmed to do does not mean it's good in the long run.
Today's mantra is 'you can do everything and be somebody' but in reality, we can only do something that we're really good at (to get paid at it) and not more. Based on the latest poll, students these days wanted to be social media influencers and YouTube creators than planning on entering a profession and spending a few years honing their craft. They'd rather be millionaires now (as promised to them by those marketers) than complete degrees, certifications, apprentice work, and more work.
Being at ease is not just being comfortable. It's being comfortable despite the uncertainty and what goes into surrendering with that process. Eventually, it is being yourself and understanding that whatever comes, will come eventually. It is of the belief that your life is full of abundance and not of scarcity and lack. That your life is a not a series of boom and bust but a cycle of renewal and dissolution.
Chance and luck happens to all of us. Adversities happen to everyone. It's up to you to be in the situation of ease even when things are not falling into place.