Talent Management

How To Transform Yourself To Succeed (Part 2)

In the last blog I shared about the Passover Stage where you need to go out of present limiting circumstances. Its not enough to ‘go out’, you must ‘go under’ in the second stage – the Makeover stage. If you have watched the TV show “Extreme Makeover” you may have a some idea of what this stage is about.

Makeover Stage

Your mind-set determines your life-set. To upgrade your life you need to upgrade your mind.  You may come out of the village, but it’s also important for the village to come out of you. Your mind needs to go under some transformation. Jesus did a bit of ‘surgery’ on the man’s eyes laying hands and spitting on them. Some scales which were blinding the man had to come off so he could see clearly. Once you come out of the village you need to do a mental and physical makeover. When the children of Israel left Egypt they were used to being slaves. In the wilderness God wanted to get Egypt out of them and change their slavery mindset. You cannot continue to wear village clothes in town; neither can you walk like you used to do in the fields. Change your style!

There are simple physical and mental makeover tips to consider:

  1. Know your true value – your value is not in things or people. Its made up of your self-concept (how you SEE yourself) and self-esteem (what you THINK about yourself)
  2. Based on how you see and think about yourself – don’t talk yourself down. Have positive affirmations about yourself such as “I am a success, I am a champion…and more”
  3. Change your talk – your talk determines who listens to you. Your language locates you. Your life follows the character of your words.
  4. Change your wardrobe. Dress the way you wanted to be addressed
  5. Change the way you carry yourself. There are so many grooming experts who  can coach you on ettiquette and deportment
  6. Set high standards for yourself – reject mediocrity and pursue excellence

Mental transformation is a key element in the journey towards achieving lasting success in life. Without a complete mental makeover you will not be ready to Crossover and Takeover…to be continued…/

How To Transform Yourself To Succeed (Part 1)

As a coach and mentor one of the things I have learnt is that personal and business transformation is a journey and not an event. However along this journey there are defining moments or events. A lot of people and organisations fail to make the transition from one level of success to the next because they fail to read these key stages. The world abounds with stories of people who did not get great opportunities but made great of the opportunities life presented them. An opportunity of a lifetime exists in the life of that opportunity. The secret is in understanding times and seasons. I shared recently in an article how phone maker Blackberry failed to read the times and they have paid a heavy price. To perform you need to transform. If you conform to the norms you will deform and lose your form. I am a firm believer in disruptive innovation – this requires to be misunderstood… to be a little crazy and weird in pursuit of game changing transformation. Disruptive innovation is understood in hindsight.

There is a simple story in the Bible in Mark 8: 22-26 and I want to share some important lessons on transformation:

“Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village….his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village…”

Jesus encountered a blind man. He took this man ‘by hand’ out of his village. The first time after being laid hands upon this man could see ‘man like trees’. The second time around his sight was completely restored. Jesus then told him not to go back to village. I want to share the 4 vital stages of transformation for your success. These stages are Passover, Makeover, Crossover and Takeover in that order.

Passover Stage – ‘Go Out’

Jesus took the matter of this blind man literally into his own hands, by leading him out of the village ‘by hand’. In order to progress in life you need to leave your village. Village represents familiarity, limitations, little exposure and limited vision. Village is not necessarily a place but is also a state of mind. Village is a place of surrender and condemnation. In Africa the old, retired, sick, rascals and hopeless folk are send to the village. The children of Israel once stayed in a village called Egypt for over 400 years until a time to ‘passover’ came.

In order for your career, marriage, ministry, business or project to flourish you need to leave your village.  A village or cradle mentality makes you a slave to the familiar, daily grind and routines. In order to experience growth you need to break out of the familiar and go out of your village. For some your job, industry or country has now become your village while others the village is in the mind – you want to stick to the familiar and you think there are sharks out there. Dare the undared, try the untried, venture into the unknown, blaze the trail, go out, break out – passover!

Dont miss out the next Blog for the Makeover Stage…

How To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

There is a story from ancient Israel of a man who was paralyzed for 38 years. He lived by a pool that was called Bethsaida. This pool had healing powers. An angel would come periodically and stir the pool – if any sick person jumped into the pool at that time, they would get healed. This man for 38 years desired to be healed. Jesus turned up one day and saw the man. All the man could tell Jesus was “There is nobody to help me into the pool”. He was looking for a pity party. Jesus responded with three verbs: “Stand up, pick up your bed and walk” The gap between wholeness and 38 years of lameness was just ACTION!

Many dream few execute. Many desire and few perspire. Action must now succeed where words have failed. Action is the spark in your dream. I want to share with you four principles critical to executing your dreams.

Principle One – Change Your Mentality

You cant be winning in life if you are losing in your mind. The lame man had a dependency mentality. For 38 years he was waiting for someone to help him get into the miraculous pool. It never happened. Execution of your dream is one thing you can never delegate. Your dream hears your voice. What YOU can conceive YOU can achieve. You have the power to turn your dreams into reality.

Principle Two – Change Posture

Position determines possession. The man had been sitting for 38 years. Jesus asked him to change his posture – “stand up!” Execution sometimes requires that you change your methods.

Principle Three: Change Your Focus

You become what you behold. For 38 years this man focused on his inability to get into the pool. He had a deficit inquiry than appreciative inquiry approach to issues. He looked at what was not working rather than what could work. Positive focus is the force that turns dreams into reality.

Principle Four – Action, Action and Action

Action is the bridge between your dream and reality. It is instructive that Jesus did not make a hell shaking prayer or sing a powerful hymn for this lame man to be made whole. He gave a simple command – stand up, pick up your bed and walk. 3 verbs! Therein rests the greatest key to executing your dreams – action. I want to persuade you to turn the great ideas from thin paper to thick action. That song must be sung. The book must be published. That business must get busy. The project must get off the ground.

Rise up; pick up your ideas and fly!

Little Man With a BIG Idea: The Power of Goals

“…Zacchaues…wanted DESPERATELY to see Jesus, but the CROWD was in his WAY––he was a SHORT MAN and COULDNT see over the crowd. So he RAN on ahead and CLIMBED UP in a sycamore tree so he COULD see Jesus…”- Luke 19:2-4 (MSG)

I was reflecting on this story. Zacchaues had a simple goal – he wanted to meet the biggest celebrity of his day – Jesus. But there was a little problem – Zacchaues was a little man! Jesus rolled with huge crowds. Tiny Zacchaues had no chance of getting to see Jesus. BUT he had some idea – ‘get up the big tree little man, and grab attention’. It worked – he caught the attention of Jesus.

If you are reading this I know you have goals. How desperate are you about achieving those goals? Your frustration must be your foundation. Think about what Zacchaues did:

1. Let your desperation be your inspiration. He was desperate to see Jesus and he was inspired to do something about it. Do something about your goals.
2. Focus on the clouds not the crowds…it’s crowded at the bottom. When you look up, you will spot opportunities. He looked up and saw a sycamore tree
3. Don’t run away from problems – hidden in every problem is the solution. He “ran on ahead”
4. A problem is not solved at the same level at which it was created…Zacchaues climbed up a tree
5. Be innovative – when there is no way, create another way.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. When you come short your faith makes up!

Leave Your Nest & Fly

 “ As an eagle that stirreth up her nest, That fluttereth over her young, He spread abroad his wings, he took them, He bare them on his pinions”  Deuteronomy 32:11

Moses the lawgiver wrote this verse in the Bible. I imagine he observed eagles when he went up Mount Sinai to get the law. During the time of training the eaglets to fly, the mother eagle throws them out of the nest. Due to fear they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. Ouch! When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, thorns prick them.  Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them.  Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for some time until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly. Wow! Life is pretty much like that – you experience the discomfort, the frustration, the pricks and the situations, which push us off the cliff.

Lets unpack a few lessons:

  1. Don’t stay in the nest (comfort zone) forever – there are worlds to explore
  2. You will never know the joys of flying if you stay in a nest
  3. Challenges are an opportunity to learn not to destroy you
  4. Beyond temporary discomfort, there is permanent comfort
  5. A nest is great for babies, but bad for grown ups – keep growing!

Fear is a liar – beyond the pain there is gain.  Leave your nest, spread your wings and fly.


“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi

The story of David and Goliath is a familiar story. I want to quickly share a few thoughts on some success principles from the story. David was a trained killer – he had killed a bear and lion before. Goliath is a described as a “man of war from youth”. Simply put David was a trained killer and Goliath was a trained fighter. David went into the battle to kill, Goliath went into the battle to fight. A few lessons to ponder:

1. Don’t be content with ACTIVITY, but focus on OUTCOMES. Goliath was concerned with fighting, David was concerned with killing
2. Never get bogged down on methods. David refused to be weighed down by armour – he chose an unusual method – sling and no armour
3. To have your way, do it your way. David stuck to his style learnt in the desert

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends. Action without production is sterile. In a game of football teams play to win, not to entertain. Today approach life with a mindset to produce results, to make a difference, to leave an impression and make an impact.

Your GIFT gives your life a LIFT

Peter had no silver and gold but he could heal. Singapore has no oil but manufactures some of the world’s best oil rigs. What you DONT HAVE must never stop you from what you CAN DO…use such as you HAVE. There is something special in you.

The key to success in life lies not in trying to be the next Bill Gates, Oprah or Strive Masiyiwa – but in being the next you. God deposited in you an inbuilt success apparatus – it’s a called a GIFT. Your gift is what makes you uniquely “you”. Its what you can do better than anybody else. It’s what you could do even if you didn’t get paid for it. It comes naturally to you. It doesn’t have to be earth moving or game changing like creating an iPad – it could be baking, sewing, cooking, singing, writing, art, soccer, networking …anything really. Today know what your gift is – it is the key to your success in life. Reflect on these thoughts today:

1. Your gift is a point of contact for God’s blessing in your life
2. Your gift is a vehicle for your success. Drive your gift to your success destination
3. Your gift is a door opener and networking point. It opens room for you before great man. Wise men from the East followed baby Jesus into a manger
4. Your gift multiplies in the womb of action…exercise it!

Your gift will give your life a lift!