Have a Plan

have a plan

“The commander who gets many scores during the calculations in the temple before the war will have more liklihood of winning.”
~Sun Tzu

Too often, planning is simply a mental process. An idea that is only in our head as we simply look at the past and adjust for the future. Sailors call this steering by the wake.”

In war, generals say that no plan survives the first battle. The same is often true in life – outside events influence the success of our plan. Do not let this possibility of disruption defer you from planning. Without a plan of action, you may never get started. Simply consider plans as a basis for change. President Harry Truman said,

“When I make a dumb decision, I go on and make another dumb decision.”

Put Your Plan In Writing.

have a plan A plan exists only when it is a written document. If you do not have a plan in writing you may have a dream, a vision- or perhaps a nightmare. You do not have a plan unless it is a written document.

Kipling wrote:

I have six honest serving men.

They taught me all I knew.

Their names were what and where and when,

And why, and how, and who

Answer the questions posed by the six honest serving men and you have a simple format for putting your plan into writing.

Why am I taking this course of action?

What am I going to achieve?

How am I going to proceed?

When am I going to do it?

Where will it happen? 

Who is going to be involved?

It is so easy to answer these questions in our head and so much better to put the answers in writing. Tom Monahagan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, says,

Writing is the key to my system. I carry a writing pad with me everywhere I go. All my thoughts, my plans, my dreams and my analyses of problems are written down in my pad. I sometimes have several pads going at once for different kinds of thoughts. I have accumulated dozens of these pads- although I never look at them again. What’s important is the thinking that goes into the writing, not the words that wind up on paper. I set long-range goals, annual goals, monthly, weekly and daily goals. The daily goals take the form of to-do lists.  The long-range goals are dream sheets. 

Instead of Monahagan’s yellow pad, I prefer an attractive bound journal that can be purchased for $10 at a bookstore. Others prefer notebook planners with calender pages. Whatever you use, a single place to record everything is the kind of organization that will make you more productive.

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Double Tragedy

Have you ever had a terrible dream and then wake up in the middle of the night to go through the dream? You try to remember but things don’t go well and so you ask God to let you fall asleep and have the same dream once again. 

“Ask and you shall receive…”  

I believe you are familiar with the verse. 

Well, you immediately fall asleep and start dreaming once again. And now you can be able to see things clearly. You are seated in one of those comfortable benches beside a swimming pool in one of the fancy hotels in the world. You have come here on a vacation. You always go on vacations in the month of September every year. Good sunshine and fresh air are all you need. You have done a few rounds of swimming and now you are lying on the poolside. Enjoying the sun. And the view. 

Holiday

It’s 10 in the morning. People begin to leave. Beautiful ladies in bikinis say hello to you as they walk back to the changing rooms. Being that you are on a vacation, you are in no hurry.  You continue to enjoy the sunshine. You are not alone. A bunch of other people are still swimming. Some are also enjoying the sunshine. You feel confident. And then you thank God for everything.  
Suddenly, something happens. There are screams. People are shouting. You get up quickly, remove your sunglasses and run to where the screaming is coming from.  Someone is drowning.  He is at the deep end of the pool. And no one is willing or brave enough to dive in to help him. People are just staring. Some taking pictures and videos.  Others crying for help. So what do you do? You man up and jump into the pool. You dive deep and luckily, you get hold of him. And then you bring him to the surface so that you may perform a CPR on him. On reaching the surface, you wipe water off your face and to your surprise, the man you have just saved is you. You were the one drowning.  No one  one was willing to help you. No one was willing to jump into the water to save your life. No one. They just stood there and watched you struggle for your life. But you saved yourself. 

That’s how life sometimes is. We go through a lot of things. From financial to domestic issues. Maybe you are struggling to pay your own tuition fees. Or, you are unhappy with your current job because of the daily frustrations. Your boss thinks that you are a nobody. Well, I have news for you. No one is gonna save you. Man up and jump into the pool and pull yourself out. You have you. Don’t let them take pictures of you drowning. Let them take pictures of you saving yourself. You are your own hero. You are your own superman.  You are your own superwoman. Save yourself.  

I have started a new BLOG and here is why.

I still remember my first day of blogging. I still remember laying down on my back, facing the ceiling and putting down my thoughts on a WordPress app. I remember reading through my blog post over and over again (proofreading that is), editing it to make sure that it had no grammatical errors before hitting PUBLISH button. I remember how my first post was received. And that is how I fell in love with blogging.

Over two years now. What has changed?

A lot. I didn’t understand so many things about WordPress.  Thanks to Google I was able to customise my website, increase the readability of my posts and even add my website to Google search console.

Also, I never knew that blogging courses actually existed until I came across some of them during my usual “Google-ing” occasions. You see when you have passion for something, you will grab every little opportunity that comes your way. That’s exactly what I did. Plus the web design skills, I became better. I am now able to develop a website from scratch, offer consultancy services on web development and web design, share tips and tricks on SEO, advise bloggers on how to monetize their websites and helping bloggers set up and design WordPress sites (here is a testimonial). Which is why I have started a new blog. I introduce to you LUMINOUS BLOGGING (Tagline: Blogging made easy).

LUMINOUS BLOGGING. What it is it all about?

At LUMINOUS BLOGGING, we try (yes we: we because I also invite experts to share their ideas with the world on my site) to help bloggers and digital marketers to do things the right way on the web. The web is a massive and open space and therefore if you don’t do things the right way, you may find it very hard to be heard out there as a blogger or as a digital marketer. Our tagline is Blogging made easy. Period. That is our main objective. To make blogging as simple as possible. Whether you are a beginner or an expert.

Who is LUMINOUS BLOGGING for?

LUMINOUS BLOGGING is for:-

    • People who are yet to start blogging
    • People who are new to blogging.
        • Writing SEO friendly postsPeople who have been blogging for some time but have had trouble cruising through the technical part like:
        • Customizing their websites
        • Choosing the right plug ins for their needs.
    • People who have been blogging for some time but now want to take their blogging career to another level, i.e. monetizing their blogs.

What will you get from the blog?

Lots of stuffs. One thing I can assure you of is that you will be able to get lots of helpful stuffs.

    • Blog posts explaining how to tackle matters blogging, digital marketing, affiliate marketing, web design and Ecommerce.
    • Tutorials/courses
    • Expert opinions
    • Interviews with some of the successful bloggers and digital marketers and so much more.

Where exactly do we get our content?

I read a lot. I research a lot. And since the web is currently loaded with lots of materials, research has been very exciting and interesting for me. What you will be getting from this blog are well researched articles, written by me or someone else (guest blogger).

I also share with you what I’ve learnt in my blogging career. How I did it, how I failed the first time at it and how I corrected my mistakes.

I invite you to take a tour on my site. Some of the popular posts include:

  1. How To Monetize a Website
  2. How to add a website to Google search console.
  3. The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Successful E-Commerce Website.
  4. Getting Started: Beginner’s Guide on How To Start a Blog in 20 Minutes.
  5. Web Development in 20 Minutes. 

Visit my new site, LUMINOUS BLOGGING today at https://luminousblogging.com for these and much more stuffs. I also offer a free guide to affiliate marketing to my new subscribers.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for taking your time to read this post up to this point.

For any queries or those sweet comments, please forward them to me here. You know I’m always glad to hear from you.

Thank you. See you on the other side.

J

How to Develop a Personal Strategic Initiative.

A strategic initiative is a strategy on paper. In a few words, the strategic initiative provides your compass and states your goals. 

Think about existing opportunities. Review threats and blockers to your vision. Consider optional courses of action. Then write out your strategic initiatives using statements like the following:

Career: I will get a degree at night school that makes me eligible for promotion. 

Family: I will send our children to college. 

Renewal: I will go on an educational trip overseas for a week. 

Health: I will train and attempt to run a marathon. 

Now,  move on to implementation. Prioritize the most important three to five initiatives. Do not select more than this number or you will be attempting too much. Develop a plan of action for each initiative. Be diligent in your follow-through. 

These steps will ultimately create your individualised pathway to personal success. 

ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD

It feels so good so wonderful to be surrounded by amazing writers and terrific friends. I never even dreamed that one day I’d feel so rewarded…blessed with fantastic friends like Juvie of Paradigm Shifter. God! you should take a look at her blog. It’s beautiful, organized and filled with rich content. She writes with honesty and passion, approaching a diversity of topics; reviews, life style, personal stories, useful advice and so many more. What I love the most about her blog is her writing style…very touching.

Today, today I want to thank Juvie for the tremendous nomination. You see, when you get into the blogging world, you try your best to write a relevant content. something that people can read and say, “well, he has done it once again. Thumbs up!”. And I don’t know about you but it humbles my heart when I receive such comments on my blog posts or email inbox. Thank you, Juvie (Paradigm Shifter) for encouraging me and for motivating me to write more and better!

AWARD RULES

  • Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the award on your post of the award.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award and inform them of the nomination.

one lovely blog award

7 FACTS ABOUT MYSELF

  1. I love my country, Kenya (you can find a guest blog post I wrote on my country here). I love my country so much that when the National Anthem is played or sung (whether on a TV), I shed tears. Not just tears but tears of joy.
  2. I love video games. I can play video games particularly EA SPORT’S FIFA and Call of Duty all day long. My weekend is always very simple; locking myself in the house, playing loud music (rock), ordering food from the local stores and playing video games the whole day. one thing though, I don’t play mobile games. Reason: very little screen.
  3. Worry wart here. I tend to worry about things, but don’t always show it outwardly. It’s something I work on a lot.
  4. I was named after a Catholic Priest (Fr. Patrick Lumumba). We are always in touch.
  5. I love cars. Beautiful sports cars. Back in college, my friends and I used to talk about cars while walking to and from the lecture halls.
  6. I am the only child. Yes, I was the experiment and damn, it turned out that I was the best result.
  7. I played a lot of sports as a child. My two main sports were volleyball and football. You won’t believe this; at the age of 12, I played in the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 football teams.

BLOGGERS I NOMINATE

  1. Daisy
  2. Gjzheff
  3. Asegbolu
  4. David
  5. Allysoally
  6. Scovia
  7. Mutaixx
  8. Lazo
  9. Kendi Karimi

Thank you, dear friends, for your patience to read and, if any of the nominees does not desire to follow the steps to receive this award, it’s absolutely okay, I still consider all of your blogs lovely and interesting!

 

Campus Love Story: Part 1

She had a sculpted figure which was twine-thin. Her waist was tapered and she had a burnished complexion. A pair of arched eyebrows looked down on sweeping eyelashes. Her delicate ears framed a button nose. A set of dazzling, angel-white teeth gleamed as she thanked him. It was a pleasure to see her flowing, moon shadow-black hair. Her enticing, constellation-blue eyes gazed at him over her puffy, heart shaped lips. Not content to be just another drone, she wore vibrant clothes. She was super cute…

UP WITH HOPE, DOWN WITH DOPE.

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“Jesse , you know I love you.”  Christina replied. But how could Jesse trust the girl who had broken his heart over and over again? He didn’t say anything. He got up from his bed and went to the window. He looked out the window. The sky was tar- black and the large clouds were moving towards him. He heard a tapping on the window
and then it became a pitter-patter. People ran for cover outside and umbrellas were opened as the clouds spat out their beads of water. Puddles began plinking as the rainfall became heavier. The roofs danced with spray and He could hear the murmuring of the
rain through the window. It sounded like the buzzing of angry bees.

“What they are saying about me is not true.” Christina burst out into tears. ” I… I… I love you Jesse and I would never do such a…

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Bible And Slavery

What I’m trying to say is, it’s no coincidence that slaves became the strongest believers. They were looking for something to get them pass what they were going through. And that something was God. And if you are struggling, displaced, hopeless, poverty striken; there is one thing that they have in common and it’s the belief that no matter where they are today, something better is coming. In this world, or the next.