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This Week: My encouragement to August 11 contenders

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Kelvin ESIASA

Kelvin ESIASA

By Kelvin Esiasa

Congratulations to all candidates that are contesting in the August 11 elections. I know it’s not easy to make a decision to stand in the elections especially for the new comers. This is a great challenge. Some people will be participating in the election for the first time while others may be trying for the second time.

Do your electoral analysis

Although the time for election campaign is running out, it is important that you try your level best. Elections are not won in the election booth but before people cast their votes. Therefore, try your level best.
Besides your trying, it’s important that you prepare yourself for the outcome. This means that you should try to engage all your stakeholders to give you an analysis of the possible outcome. Prior analysis will assist you to prepare you emotionally and accept the results.

Embrace the challenge

Secondly I encourage you to embrace the challenge. Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition, such as lifting weights, we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. Challenges are the stepping stones we need in order to become successful. Every human being will be tested by life’s challenges. Challenges do not go away. Challenges will stimulate the mind to believe that nothing is impossible. The challenges we face are meant to sharpen your faith, keep you focus and re-align your integrity and character. Deep within we all have what it takes to embrace any challenge at any point in our life.

It’s the fact that anyone who’s ever run a campaign before will tell you: there’s a lot that goes in to running a successful political campaign. That’s why I encourage you to be brave and hold fast until you see your victory. So embrace the challenge.

Run your race and celebrate the competition

As you participate in this year elections, run your race and compete favourably. At the end of August you will be able to know either you are a winner or loser but all the same you should celebrate that you ran your race. The book of Corinthians says do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

American Tele Evangelist Joyce Meyer writes that we have all heard the phrase, “Everyone has a race to run.” That just means we all have our own lives to live. And as Christians, God has a specific purpose and plan for each of us. She also adds that everyone has a race to run, a goal to accomplish, a life to live.

So, as an electoral candidate please run your race and celebrate the competition. If you lose the election just comfort yourself and tell God that you tried and ask God for new doors.

Politics is a game so do not kill yourself
Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn’t quit, look no further. Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. He could have quit many times but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.

In conclusion, I encourage all the participants in this election to be positive and accept the results when they come out.
Kelvin Esiasa – President, Zambia Society for Public Administration and Society for Family Business

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