#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- Be PROACTIVE

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
BE PROACTIVE

Another Monday presents itself before us and the sons of men are surely returning to work in most places to work hard to earn a living as the Good Lord will surely bless the work of their hands. (Deuteronomy 28:12)

BGIM- Be Proactive

I remember so well the motivational talks my RME teacher gave us in JHS 3. Our teacher, Mr. Salem reading the book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” always shared tips from it to as we prepared for our BECE (Basic Education Certificate Exams).

The only 3 he could share with us were:
-First things first
-Begin with the end in mind
-Be proactive

Proactive in the sense that you control what should happen or how you should deal with a situation rather than how you would respond to the situation.

Proactive will thus always be 3 steps ahead of reactive: how you will respond or react to the situation.

It involves taking measures far ahead of time to ensure you are not taken unaware by an eventuality. In a raining season where it can rain anytime with or without clouds gathering, organisers of an outdoor event especially the sound men (PROACTIVE ONES) will have the protective covering for all their speakers partly fitted on them before the event starts.

Not that it should rain but that should it rain they are well prepared. They won’t wait to see the clouds gathering before they run to and fro looking for protection for their equipment. And that’s we call Proactiveness over Reactiveness.

Are you proactive or you are reactive?
As a student, do you wait to one week to exams before you take your books serious?
As a worker, will you wait for your boss to start collecting your End-of-Year Department Report before you start working on it?

Proactiveness is the KEY.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- SEMINARS And REFRESHERS

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
SEMINARS And REFRESHERS

Another Monday is here with us again. And the Almighty God is ready to pour out His blessings on us through the work of our hands. (Deuteronomy 28:12)

#BGIM- Seminars and Refreshers

Seminars come on almost any time of the year, either frequently or once in a blue moon. And when seminars come, everyone should partake in. But some don’t especially the know-it-all people.

Attending seminars is good because at there, we learn new, modern and current technology and skills which would make us do our work better with high efficiency and effectiveness. So if you think you know whatever would happen 10 years from now, then please don’t attend any seminar or refresher course in the next 10 years.

Seminars also help us to sharpen our skills, knowledge and abilities. It’s said that a woodcutter who doesn’t sharpen his axe will realise that sharpening the axe before work is more important than the amount of energy he can apply in cutting.

At such places, we learn from each other too. Remember the Good Book says in Proverbs 27:17 that
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (ESV)
We learn from how others solved similar problems we are facing and the keys to their success stories.

At refresher courses and seminars, we learn and relearn some of the things we already know so that we can come out with refreshed minds and renewed energies like a car whose engine oil has been changed.

So make it a priority to attend seminars and refresher courses this year and your business will surely grow in leaps and bounds.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- Junior Workers, Climb Up

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
JUNIOR WORKERS CLIMB UP

Another Monday is before us here again and most workers will be returning to work after a relaxing weekend. #BGIM encourages all to work diligently cos God will surely bless the works of our hands (Deuteronomy 28:12)

#BGIM- Junior Workers, Climb Up!!!

After last week’s #BGIM admonished us all not to disrespect Junior Workers cos they are the future Senior Workers and also can influence any position or proposal of ours in a company, we speak to the Junior Workers this week.

Junior Workers, Climb Up.
Yes, you can’t stay in that position forever. You can’t always be at that level. Nature demands that all things should grow. Hence, you need to grow out of that position.

Growth or climbing up is not natural or constant as some think. We have to make a conscious effort to climb to the top. How can we do this?

Work harder and smarter than the rest.
When a senior position above is vacant, only the most diligent, ethical and committed junior workers will be recommended. Would that be you?

Upgrade yourself.
Some positions above require that you upgrade your qualifications Hence, you might need to get more certification, do some short courses even now in your current position. Will your qualifications match that position you desire when it’s available?

Relate well with all.
Relating well with everyone is a top benchmark for any recommendation. Relate well with customers or clients; relate well with senior workers; relate well with colleague works and relate well with subordinates too.

Do you know of other ways by which we can climb to the top?
Share them so that we all learn.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- Don’t Disrespect Junior Workers

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
DON’T DISRESPECT JUNIOR WORKERS

Another Monday presents itself before us and the sons of men would go out this week working hard with their hands as God blesses the work of their hands (Deuteronomy 28:12).

#BGIM – Don’t Disrespect Junior Workers

Yes. Don’t disrespect junior workers. I mean you have to respect junior employees and workers if you want to GROW this year and beyond.

The junior workers you see today will be the senior workers tomorrow: I mean in the not-too-distant or immediate future where they will be in that position of influence to determine the progress or retrogression of your company, goods or services. Even if in the far future, such a person will definitely have a say one day on your company, your proposal, your funding or application. Even now, they have a say.

A lady who went for an interview passed coming out tops. After the whole process, the managing director asked the receptionist how she saw that particular lady and the other interviewees. The receptionist responded that “Oh, that lady, hmmm. When she came, she didn’t greet anybody here. All she did was ask where is the boardroom and she moved there”.

The managing director upon receiving this response said that such a lady will not fit within the system here so the employment be passed to the second in line, who had respect for other junior workers in that company during the interview.

DO YOU HAVE RESPECT for Junior Workers?

You might even be their superior at work. But it’s still important you respect junior workers.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- BUILD A Connection with Them

Another Monday is before us and workers are returning to work to toil with their hands as they wait on the Almighty God to surely bless them through the work of their hands (Deuteronomy 28:12)

#BGIM- BUILD A CONNECTION WITH THEM

In this year of Growth as dubbed by #BGIM in the New Year’s Edition, one way we can surely grow our businesses is to build a connection with our clients or patrons.

I say it again, if we want to GROW in 2018, we need to build a connection with our customers. Why did I say it again? And how can we build connections with them?

You are not the only one providing that service or producing that products or goods in your country. You are not the only seeking for that sponsorship or investment from that funding organisation. You are not the only one making an advert of that goods or service you provide? Other people are doing same, so why should people patronize yours?

People would because you built a good connection with them. The connection in this case is a common ground of interest that would make the person feel that this product is one of our own. It might be

a common language (be it high standard English, average English, pidgin English, Twi, Ga, Ewe or any indigenous language)

-a catch phrase that people easily associate with (an example is Guiness’ MADE OF BLACK phrase)

-a slogan or name everyone likes (Happy Man, Sweet Mother)

-a geographical area (all patrons in Accra, all clients in Kumasi, Mumbai, New York or Johannesburg)

-an association (Builders Association, Artisans Association, Old Students Association)

Anything that can make you connect with that person is an advantage. Sometimes even your own name can help.

Do you know the similarity of your name to someone’s mother and father’s name can make a breakthrough for you? Much less their daughter or son’s name.

Build A Connection With Them
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#BGIM: Bless God It’s Monday- No Freebies to Family and Friends This Year

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
No Freebies To Family and Friends This Year

Another Monday is before us and we bless God for this working week because we know that the Almighty God would Himself bless us through the work of our hands (Deuteronomy 28:12)

BGIM- NO FREEBIES to Family & Friends This Year

Yes!!! I said that. No freebies to family and friends this year. You might say I am not caring but #BGIM says that the constant, continuous and consistent freebies to family and friends is what is making your business not seeing the economic growth, profits and expansion.

Friends and family (F &F) are surely a backbone that every business relies on cos to have a safe mind to work hard, we need a safe mind socially. Hence, we all need our family and friends. But they playing vital roles in our lives, doesn’t mean they should get free things from our business or work to the detriment of our business.

A mother has a provision store. When her children come from school, each child picks any drink and biscuit of her choice, when her friends visit her at the shop, anything her friends buy she says they should take it for free not knowing that it is her business capital that she is losing. At the end of the day or week, when she balances her books, she would realise that she is around the same place she was the previous day, week or month with maybe marginal increases at times. Even in certain cases, the books show downward movement.

It is not that she is not supposed to give her children food (ie biscuits and drinks) as a mother after school, but rather because she doesn’t track how much is spent on that. If she is able to track it, she can control it so that the business does not retrogress but rather progresses.

She can make a fixed amount of things her children can take after school say GH¢ 3 and make sure, no child spends beyond that amount whilst keeping that as a record in her expenses book. Or she can say that when each child takes an item, he/she comes to show it to Mummy to record it in her book otherwise no more taking from the shop. And her kids would surely do so anytime they take. There are many many ways but I just love one way.

My Madam at school for whom I sell sachet water on her behalf to students pays anytime she herself takes from the ice chest. Woooowww!!! The owner of the business paying her for own service received.
Think about it.

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Have a Blessed Week and Remember NO MORE Freebies to F &F in 2018.

#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- MOTIVATE YOURSELF This Year

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
MOTIVATE YOURSELF This Year!!!

#BGIM returns this working Monday. Another Monday is before us and the sons of God are expected to work diligently with their hands as the Almighty God will bless them through it. (Deuteronomy 28:12)

#BGIM- MOTIVATE YOURSELF This Year

Motivation is key to ensuring that our desire to grow in this year 2018 would be fulfilled. (Refer to last week’s #BGIM on WRITE_S’ blog). Do you want to see improvement and strides in your life and business this year? Then motivate yourself this year.

The Good Books says in 1 Samuel 30:6 that “And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” (ESV)

Some versions say David encouraged himself in the Lord. As we plan to achieve great things in this year, where we would grow in various aspects of our lives, we surely would meet challenges and obstacles. And these challenges most times would discourage us but we surely would need motivation to keep our drive, zeal and desire to achieve our projections and targets for this year on.

Some people underlook motivation especially motivational speakers thinking they do nothing meaningful to us. You know motivation is not what would make you achieve it but motivation is what would strengthen your resolve to do it no matter what: whether in good times or bad times.

That’s why it’s said that Motivation is like bathing, we need it everyday.

So today, #BGIM urges us all to get some motivation around. Be it a movie, a book, a song, a friend, a quote or even a picture. Visit it regularly and frequently. And I tell you: YOU WILL BE POISED for ACTION this year. And action will end in Success and Greatness in 2018.

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#BGIM on New Year’s Day: GROW!!!

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#BGIM on New Year’s Day.

HURRAY!!! It’s 2018. A new year is before us and #BGIM (Bless God It’s Monday) continues.

#BGIM- GROW!!!

It’s a New Year and in this new year 2018, #BGIM beseeches everyone to grow. Not the natural growth in age which happens to everyone but rather a conscious growth in every aspect our lives.

Grow in your financial life.
Grow in your academic life.
Grow in your family life.
Grow in your spiritual life.
Grow in your social life.
Grow in your marital life.
Grow in your work life.
Just grow!!!
Grow, Grow, Grow!!!

Aside every other thing that would happen to you this year make sure that you grow cos nature detests stagnation.

It’s said that even if you are on the right path and you don’t move, you will be crushed by those who are moving forward.

So please grow and let’s move forward in this year either stepwise or in leaps and bounds. The most important thing is let’s grow.

Look around and you will see companies, institutions, individuals growing every year reaping great profits whilst they chalk success here and there.

So when would you also grow? Is it in 2018?

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Happy New Year and all the best in 2018 as WE ALL GROW.

#BGIM on Christmas Day- SERVE!!!

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#BGIM on Christmas Day.

Hurray. It’s Christmas!!! The Saviour is born. He is Christ, the Lord. The reason for the season.

Merry Christmas to all #BGIM patrons and readers. God Bless You All.

BGIM- SERVE

This week’s #BGIM (Bless God It’s Monday) is centred on what the Saviour came to do as well.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but TO SERVE, and give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Most of us tend to akin service or serving to slaves, servants, subordinates and lowly people. But today #BGIM beseechs us all to serve in whatever capacity we find ourselves for service has always proven to be an approved route to greatness.

Look around you. Look for all the great people around you and go and check their background. You will see that they were and are still people of service. Serving society with one solution or the other. Some for free, some for a reduced cost or the full cost. The most important thing is that people like Kwame Despite (Despite Group Ltd) and Joseph Siaw Agyapong of Zoomlion served society with one solution or the other for which they have now burst forth into greatness.

Those who serve: be it serving food and drinks at an event; serving on various committees at their workplaces, church, mosque, associations; serving in various capacities as leaders of little or large groups, secretaries, organisers and even WhatsApp Group Administrators are surely churning out their skills. They are developing and harnessing those skills unconsciously. And just as they hone those skills, they are preparing themselves for that great door/ opportunity that would pop up when others least expected. And that’s when they will shine through to their life of greatness.

And just as my favourite preacher, Lady Rev. Adelaide Heward-Mills says those who serve will always get privileges that those who do not serve might never get, might have to pay to get or even have to struggle to get. She always says that those who serve drinking water to ministers at their church are the ones who are assured of coming into close contact with preachers like Benny Hinn and T. D. Jakes when they come to Ghana. And the most blessed of all things is when the preachers call out all of these serving kind after close of church to pray for them, impart them and bless them.
SERVE!!!

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Merry Christmas!!!
But don’t forget to SERVE!!!

#BGIM: Bless God It’s Monday- ALWAYS HAVE A LOT IN STOCK

 

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#BGIM- Bless God It’s Monday
ALWAYS HAVE A LOT IN STOCK

We bless God for another Monday where He is ready to pour out His blessings upon us as we work diligently with our hands. (Deuteronomy 28:12)

#BGIM- Always Have A Lot in Stock

It’s said that you don’t know when your breakthrough moment would come unless it comes itself. And when that moment comes, my brother would you prepared? My sister, would be ready to grab the opportunity by the neck with both hands?

The Bible says in the Book of Proverbs that _”if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is weak “_. At the most crucial time, when you need to have a lot of strength in stock, when you don’t have a lot in stock, you will lose and miss things on this journey of success and greatness.

Last week at school, two incidents happened which buttressed the need to have a lot in stock.

In the Examination and Printing Committee, we usually buy our materials in bulk a week or two to exams. This year after planning to buy a new printer, we bought extra toners for our old and new printer to be bought. Sadly, for us when our printer came, our toner could not match the new model of HP Printer. We started scratching our heads because we knew the manufactured toner in the printer would not be able to last us for the VOLUMINOUS printing and photocopying tasks. But guess what, the extra toners we had for our old printer saved us the disgrace and stress.

Sadly, in our second incident, we got short on official paper on the last day of exams ie. the very final paper. Eish!!! We are dead oo…I still couldn’t understand how come the Official Papers were not enough for the whole school for the first time ever.

Come and see us telling students to answer some of their answers on the question paper; cutting half sheets of used written exams scripts; looking under tables for any official paper that might have been left there a long time ago; looking into last terms remaining materials and so on and so forth till every child got at least a half sheet .i.e. 1-page official paper to write on.

You would say this is not a thing to sweat over. You people should have gone to buy a new roll of paper. Do you know how far it would have taken us to get some? And even if we got some quickly, I always say that on a small scale, the effects of lapses are not as devastating as on a large scale.

If you want to chalk great strides and great successes in life, then please ALWAYS HAVE A LOT IN STOCK

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Have a Blessed Working Week.
And Always Have A Lot in Stock.