This Week: Aim High In Order to See Beyond Mount Kilimanjaro

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By Kelvin Esiasa

I am writing this opinion from Zambia’s tourist capital Livingstone where I am presiding over a conference which has attracted 300 delegates across the global. The conference is being organized by the Consortium for International Management, Policy, Administration and Development (CIMPAD) in partnership with the Zambian Society for Public Administration (ZSPA). This is the tenth conference that seeks to discuss good governance and its importance to national development. Besides the conference, there will also be a Master Class for Senior Officers working in government institution, agencies and quasi government organization.

One thing that excites me about this conference is the way we started preparing for the conference last year. The late Mandela was right to say that it’s always seemed to be impossible until it’s done. My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed.

These are great qualities that they must work towards. When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.

You  are capable of more than you  know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure.

According to the Daily mail of UK ambition does make us happier. This is based on the latest research, which shows those who sell themselves short often end up miserable. People who aim high and set ambitious goals are more satisfied with their lives than those with lower expectations, a university study showed yesterday. Those who set ambitious goals have a greater level of satisfaction compared with those who don’t bother.

According to Napoleon Hill we should always remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty. We should not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.

Therefore, we should all aim high to see beyond Mount Kilimanjaro. Do you have a dream deep in your heart that you want to pursue? If you do, have you taken the first step necessary to achieve it? Taking the first step is perhaps the most difficult thing to do in achieving a dream.

There are a lot of mental obstacles that make it difficult to take that first step. Believing in your dream is essential to get the motivation you need to achieve it. Visualizing your dream will energize you because you can then see how the world changes for the better and how people live a happier life because of your dream. The energy and excitement is there for you to feel.

Achieving your dream is definitely not easy. Don’t expect an easy way; expect a hard one instead. Having the right expectations from the beginning will make the journey much easier for you. That way, you won’t be surprised and lose heart when you encounter obstacles along the way. It’s always great to achieve what you believed you could achieve. God bless.

Kelvin Esiasa – President of Zambian Society for Public Administration and Society for family Business


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