The Sunday Mail
“CHANGING your life for the better is many a time presented as a very complicated task locked up in jargon,” says Prosivy Misheck Nyandoro, author of the book “Revolutionise Your Life”.
However, when change has been planned and prepared for, it is a beautiful thing.
Change is often viewed as negative, yet it is also attractive and admirable.
According to Ecclesiastes 9:11, time and chance happen to all people under the sun. We all have the same amount of time and opportunities.
What differs is access to opportunities, and this is where you need to revolutionise your life. We are born under different circumstances and environments.
However, we all have 24 hours each day, but what differs is how we spend them.
The power to change your life is in your hands. But life is full of challenges. What we become as a result of the challenges is our choice.
Victor or victim
In most cases, the challenges we face become the stepping stone to what we become in life. For instance, one of my books, titled “Born to Fight”, is about challenges I went through in life and lessons learnt. The stories I shared are sad tales that can make people judge you.
However, instead of remaining paralysed by the past, I decided to share the lessons learnt.
The book has since been approved by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as a humanities book for secondary schools. We should not take our challenges negatively, as they exist to positively shape our lives.
Your experiences are usually the bridge to your breakthrough.
We may not be able to control certain things. However, what we become is what we can control.
Milton Kamwendo once said: “You change the future by what you choose to do today — do not waste the present moment or take it for granted.”
I believe everyone has experiences that are simply waiting to be tapped.
A few months ago, I met a young man by the name of Prosivy Misheck Nyandoro, who had just launched his book.
He persistently asked me to swap books with him and I obliged.
I managed to read his book this past week. One of the powerful lessons I learnt from his books is to “use your spare time to revolutionise your life”.
We all have some spare time.
Be intentional about activities you do during your spare time.
The power of spare time
While some are turning in bed, yawning and sleeping a lot during what we call spare time, others will be playing golf, networking and sealing deals, yet also having fun.
Use your spare time profitably.
If you find yourself doing nothing, you should not only be worried but you need to immediately realign certain things in your life.
Prepare for change
One fact remains in life: you are growing old.
Have you started to prepare for the next stage of your life?
Change is part of life, no matter how much we may wish it away.
It will not go anywhere.
The best way to deal with change is to plan for it ahead of time.
Use your spare time to revolutionise your life.
Many people talk about change but do not want to change.
In my human resources consultancy work, I have dealt with many organisations whose teams talk about change in such a way that you may actually think they are advanced in the way they do things.
In most cases, I have often been surprised to realise that those who passionately speak about change are actually anti-change agents.
Enterprises go through different cycles and the best approach when doing business is the ability to plan ahead.
The duration of the cycle is the only thing that differs.
However, different cycles affect all businesses. Management and teams should both plan accordingly.
As an employee, you should know that no matter how skilled you may be, your abilities will reach a limit one day.
So, the wise thing to do is upgrade your skills before they expire.
Keep learning and developing yourself.
As a business owner, you also need to know that no matter how good your product or service is, one day, it will reach its peak and lose value.
You need to begin modifying the product or service to be suitable for future needs. The same applies with managers.
No matter how good you are, one day, you will grow old and young blood will be needed. Begin to prepare yourself for an advisory role before you are pushed out of the system. I have come across many who refuse to leave office when the time to leave comes, because they would have not prepared for that day.
Be encouraged to begin to plan now for that day to avoid embarrassing yourself when you are no longer wanted.
It is always better to learn from people who have walked the road before you.
If you find yourself with a mentor whom you do not listen to, then that person is not necessarily your mentor but probably just an associate.
Personally, I have come across many who ask me to mentor them yet they are not willing to listen.
They only come running when things go wrong, with the expectation that I will undo the mess they would have created.
We all need people who care enough to ask deeper questions about our lives and take us out of the comfort zone or the victim mentality zone.
Always plan for the future.
Rutendo Gwatidzo is the managing consultant at The HUB HR Consultancy, a culture and change management organisation. She is a multi-award-winning leader as a consultant, speaker and mentor. She is also author of two books — “Born to Fight” and “Breaking the Silence”. Contact detail: 0714575805/ [email protected] / Rutendo Gwatidzo official fb public page.