(Building YOU to BUILD your BUSINESS!) HOW TO DO THINGS WITH THE PANDEMIC? - Ravin S. Papiah
5th AUGUST 2021
Season 6 – Show 5
Building YOU to BUILD your BUSINESS!
Season 6 – Thriving in the New Normal
Show – HOW TO DO THINGS WITH THE PANDEMIC?
Theme – TIRED/ OR TRIED?
Talking Points – POSITIVITY, INNER CIRCLE, OUTER WORLD
Welcome to the Fifth show of Season 6 ‘Building YOU to BUILD your BUSINESS’ with Ravin Papiah!
WELCOME to the FIFTH Show of Season 6!
If you are not Aware, You Are Nowhere!
Leadership Is Influence, Nothing More, Nothing Less! John C. Maxwell
If Leadership is Influence, then Leadership starts by SELF-LEADERSHIP!
AS USUAL, I am really excited for today’s show – Why? Because today I will AGAIN be talking about YOU! Yes, YOU! The Good YOU, The Amazing YOU, the Incredible YOU!
We have been talking about how the Corona Virus has been affecting our world for the past two years or so. And we have also been sharing with you about how WE can make a difference, how EACH ONE of us can make a difference!
IN TODAY’S SHOW, We are going to talk about how we can do things in the PANDEMIC. As the crisis continues worldwide, the question that is posed is: Should we wait for the pandemic to END to start living again? Or should we LEARN to live with the PANDEMIC? Should we turn the adversity into OPPORTUNITIES? Should we turn the MESS into a MESSAGE? YES! WE CAN!
Doing things in the PANDEMIC
SEGMENT ONE – POSITIVITY!
Definitions and Meaning of Positivity
Positivity means thinking in an optimistic way, looking for solutions, expecting good results and success, and focusing and making life happier. It is a happy and worry-free state of mind, which looks at the bright side of life.
Positivity means a positive frame of mind.
Collins dictionary defines it as “The state or quality of being positive”.
Cambridge dictionary defines it as “the quality of having a positive attitude”.
Positivity and Your Emotions
The emotions associated with positivity are joy, love and inspiration. A person possessing this state of mind chooses constructive and good feelings and emotions, and tries to avoid the negative and unhappy feelings.
This might not be easy at first, but with a little training, it becomes possible.
Positivity and Your Thoughts
The thoughts associated with positivity are thoughts of courage, self-esteem and certainty, and thoughts of success, courage and self-esteem.
The mind of such a person chooses to think in terms of “I can”, “It is possible”, “I am doing my best to improve myself and my life”.
More about Positivity and a Positive Frame of Mind
Being positive does not mean ignoring difficulties and bad experiences. It means acknowledging them, learning from them, doing better, and using the knowledge gained to improve.
With this state of mind, though you might experience negative emotions and go through unpleasant experiences, you will not lose your spirit or give up.
It is important that you strive to experience more positive than negative thoughts and emotions. The ratio should be in favor of positivity, not negativity.
Life is such that we often hear negative stories and negative news. If we let them seep into our conscious mind and into our subconscious mind, we are allowing negativity to rule our life. This happens often, because of the negative information that finds its way into our mind, and which we encounter in daily life, on TV, the newspapers and the Internet. We should resist this negative information and let it take over our mind, feelings and life.
Negative news sells, and that is why we encounter negative news so often and in so many places. Negative news awakens emotions of anger and fear, which are powerful emotions. If we allow these emotions to arise in us, they soon grow into huge snowballs that affect our life and the life of the people around us.
Negative thoughts and emotions are contagious. We have to resist them and stay away from them.
I am not telling you to avoid listening, reading or watching the news. I am telling you to reduce your intake of it and take care that it does not affect your state of mind. You should not let it fill your mind. Instead, fill your mind with positivity, with positive thoughts and positive emotions.
How to Increase Positivity in Your Life
You need to make efforts to increase positivity in your life, in order to counteract negativity. A little more optimism, love, and happy thoughts, would help you in this respect. Do something useful each day, to improve your life and the lives of other people. All this will contribute to a steady growth of positivity in your life.
Each evening, sit down and think what kind of thoughts and emotions you experienced this day? Were there more positive or negative thoughts and emotions? Think what you can do tomorrow to increase positivity in your life.
As you fill your day with more constructive, optimistic and happy thoughts and emotions, and do beneficial actions to make life better every day, you will understand more what positivity is and how to increase it in your life.
Keep listening to the Show…or download the podcast to learn more about Thriving in the New Normal….
SEGMENT TWO – YOUR INNER CIRCLE!
What is an INNER CIRCLE?
An inner circle is a group of very close friends that you look to for support.
They come from all walks of life, and each has a specific skill set or set of talents that they bring to the table within your friendship. You, too, have this specific set of strengths that others admire. Within your inner circle of friends, you want to have a wide variety of personalities that will not accept mediocrity but will challenge you to be more than you are today. This is truly what an inner circle is all about.
You naturally gravitate towards those people you admire. It could be that someone has accomplished something you’d like to accomplish. Maybe you admire the level of success they’ve achieved within their personal, social, or business life. You may feel as if they are “higher up” than you, so you look up to them.
These are the people you want to make up your inner circle. Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” So you want those five people (five being a somewhat arbitrary number) to be people who are in a position in life that you’d like to be in as well.
People who have achieved a measure of success in life have learned myriad lessons from their experiences along the way. They have earned wisdom through those experiences. These lessons and wisdom are passed on in inner circles to those who are up-and-coming and need the support, direction, and guidance of someone who has already traveled the road.
If personal growth is something you desire, surround yourself with people in your inner circle who are emotionally and spiritually at a level that you’d like to achieve. This may mean learning new and different spiritual teachings, or finally dealing with emotional baggage that’s been holding you back. While uncomfortable to deal with, imagine life without that baggage!
If business growth is your goal, search out mentors in the business world who are enjoying a level of success that you think is impossible for you to find. Then let the lessons from these people stretch your limits and help you grow to achieve your own business success. Keep an open mind, and tell your ego to take a vacation while you’re working to learn new lessons and open your mind to new possibilities.
Friends are the key to success.
5 key players to include when creating your own success circle
“Surround yourself with people who are going to take you higher”~ Oprah Winfrey
As a visionary leader on a mission, your environment and who you surround yourself with, are keys to your success.
More specifically, who you bring into your sacred inner circle is critical. You can think of this special group of people as part of your “secret weapon” to take you and your success higher. They each play an important role in your growth and spiritual path.
In my own experience with creating my own inner success circle, I believe that Oprah Winfrey’s quote at the beginning of this article is spot on. After all, as entrepreneur and author Jim Rohn once said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
The other wisdom that I have come to embrace is an old African proverb…”If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
This beautifully captures the importance of our journey as leaders and entrepreneurs in creating a ripple effect of good and impact through our collective efforts. It also captures beautifully the importance of the cycle of giving and receiving.
So, who do you have in your inner success circle? If you do not have one yet, the good news is that you can begin creating your circle today. If you already have one, perhaps it’s a good time to reassess who else you may need in your circle.
Successful leaders take the time to nurture and create various types of strong relationships with different key players who can then be part of their inner success circle.
Here are five key players that you will want to include when creating your own inner success circle:
Mentor — a mentor is the person who is the inspirational “torch bearer” and has successfully walked the path that you are on.
This person can guide your vision and light the path to help you expand your horizon and possibilities. A mentor can be someone you admire from afar and not necessarily in the same industry. Better yet, working with someone you know who has achieved exactly what you want to achieve, is the ideal scenario.
Coach — as a professional coach myself, I know the incredible benefits of working with a coach. In fact, the most successful coaches also have coaches because we know that each of us has our own blind spots and can get in our own way.
Your coach has the role of accompanying you on your journey. Your coach works with you to chart your path and can help get you from where you are to where you want to be in a more efficient way with accountability. A coach can act as a guiding “compass” and champion. Depending on where you are at, you will need different types of coaches at different points on your entrepreneurial journey.
Catalysts — this key group of catalysts are your peers and colleagues. They are on the same journey as you are. As such, they know exactly what you are going through and can help provide perspective, reframe, motivation and be a great sounding board when needed. They get the highs and lows of being a leader.
I have been fortunate to be in high-level masterminds where I’ve met life-long friends and soul brothers and sisters. You can also intentionally create your own group of 5 people. You do not need to wait to be in a mastermind to do so. The important thing is that you meet regularly and help and push each other forward.
Cheerleaders — we all need unconditional support from people who believe in us even, if at times, we don’t believe in ourselves. These are the people I affectionately refer to as “cheerleaders”.
As a leader you can expect to have some tough days. And having a cheerleader on your side is a blessing as they can snap you out of your moments of gloom and doom. Your spouse/life partner could be your biggest cheerleader. Their support could be constant and steadfast. Your parents and very close friendscan be too!
You can choose anyone for this role. The point here is that it’s very important to have cheerleaders on your side.
Right hand — of course having an effective, high-achieving dream team is very important to your success. While we’re not focusing specifically on the various people on your team, there is one person who is key. This person is your right hand or executive assistant or whichever role you’ve identified.
This person is key to executing and implementing your vision, is aligned with you and your mission and can operationalize it. They are also loyal, always “has your back” and knows how to endorse you and your company in the best way. This person is definitely a gem and one of your “stars”.
So dear listener, what about you? Are you ready to build your inner success circle? If so, what one specific action can you take in the next 24-hours to get started?
Keep listening to the Show…or download the podcast to learn more about Thriving in the New Normal…
SEGMENT THREE – THE OUTER WORLD!
The world is shrinking into a small village thanks to the internet and the digital era!
When before one could only communicate to the outer world by travelling to the far lands, today connections can be made instantly without having to take the airplane and spend thousands of dollars to get to experience other cultures and connect with people from other countries.
It is all too easy and exciting to take advantage of these openings and experience different cultures and languages from all over the world.
Can we develop friendships with the outer world? Of course we can!
“Social networking is the new normal. No matter where you are in the world, there are social networks that only continue to bring us together. In January 2012, comScore published an interesting report, ‘It’s a Social World,’ which opened a window into the world of social networking. According to comScore, numbers show that social networking is the most popular online activity worldwide. In October 2011, 1.2 billion users around the world visited social networking sites, which account for 82% of the world’s population.” –Rian Solis
The internet and social media provide people with a range of benefits, and opportunities to empower themselves in a variety of ways. People can maintain social connections and support networks that otherwise wouldn't be possible, and can access more information than ever before. The communities and social interactions people form online can be invaluable for bolstering and developing their self-confidence and social skills.
Social networking services can provide an accessible and powerful toolkit for highlighting and acting on issues and causes that affect and interest people. Social networking services can be used for organising activities, events, or groups to showcase issues and opinions and make a wider audience aware of them. E.g. Coordinating band activities, fundraisers, and creating awareness of various causes.
Social networking services can be used to hone debating and discussion skills in a local, national or international context. This helps users develop public ways of presenting themselves. Personal skills are very important in this context: to make, develop and keep friendships, and to be regarded as a trusted connection within a network. Social networking services can provide people with opportunities to learn how to function successfully in a community, navigating a public social space and developing social norms and skills as participants in peer groups.
Social networking services are designed to support users working, thinking and acting together. They also require listening and compromising skills. People may need to ask others for help and advice in using services, or understand how platforms work by observing others, particularly in complex gaming or virtual environments. Once users have developed confidence in a new environment, they will also have gained the experience to help others.
Managing an online presence and being able to interact effectively online is becoming an increasingly important skill in the workplace. Being able to quickly adapt to new technologies, services and environments is already regarded as a highly valuable skill by employers, and can facilitate both formal and informal learning. Most services are text based, which encourages literacy skills, including interpretation, evaluation and contextualisation.
Online spaces are social spaces, and social networking services offer similar opportunities to those of offline social spaces: places for young people to be with friends or to explore alone, building independence and developing the skills they need to recognise and manage risk, to learn to judge and evaluate situations, and to deal effectively with a world that can sometimes be dangerous or hostile. However, such skills can't be built in isolation, and are more likely to develop if supported. Going to a social networking service for the first time as a young person alone can be compared to a young person's first solo trip to a city centre, and thus it is important for a young person to know how to stay safe in this new environment.
We’ve always heard that it’s a small world. In its own way, social media made it even smaller. The world is practically on-demand with information filling our small screens wherever we go. When we aren’t consuming and propagating the latest breaking or fake news or the firehose of events and updates shared by everyone and everything, we are engrossed in pushing everything we see, think and do.
With the next smartphone, wearable, AR/VR lens, app, etc., always on the horizon, we aren’t reversing course, we are still paving new paths into uncharted territory. It is in how we balance the digital and real worlds and our experiences in each that defines the foundation for which we build our future. Life is the sum of our experiences. And experiences, the best and worst of them, become the architecture of our identity. Together, our experiences and memories become the construct of society.
Life happens while we’re busy consuming and sharing experiences in real-time. The good news about social media is it gave everyone a voice. The bad news about social media is it gave everyone a voice. Our favorite apps and devices didn’t come with instruction manuals on how to find balance or how to manage judgement and keep the doors open to perspective and reason. Instead, we are struggling through learning and unlearning what it takes to contribute to meaningful engagement and experiences with online and real world communities of people who are also wrestling to do the same.
Keep listening to the Show…or download the podcast to learn more about Thriving in the New Normal….
SEGMENT FOUR – LIVING THE GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP!
We live in an interconnected world, with a growing focus on becoming more globally-minded.
Many organisations and universities refer to this phenomenon as enhancing “global citizenship”, or creating “global citizens”, and encourage a variety of international activities.
A global citizen is an individual who is aware of the world and has a sense of their role in it.
They respect and value diversity and work to understand and add to efforts to achieve social development goals. Global citizens participate in communities at all levels (from local to global) and take responsibility for their actions and interactions with members of their own community and communities abroad.
To become a global citizen, you’ll have to be creative, flexible, dedicated and proactive. Global citizens get involved as members of the international community and are committed to building on this community in a meaningful and positive way.
This means that aspiring global citizens need to develop skills related to problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. These five skills are becoming more and more essential to success in the workplace, as well as life in general, and can add to both your personal and professional development in a big way.
Global citizenship is becoming a widespread topic in higher education. This is because it deals with issues of global interdependence, diversity of identities and cultures, sustainable development, peace and conflict, and inequities related to power, resources, and respect.
The world is becoming more globalised every day, with media and technology allowing ideas and cultures to cross borders faster than ever before. What’s more, international politics and international relations create systems in which we all live, and we’re all responsible for the health and future of the planet.
This means that twenty-first century students need to be prepared so that they can succeed in this quickly developing world, both professionally and personally.
So it’s no surprise that universities are looking to “internationalise” their campuses by increasing the international exposure their students have access to.
HOW TO BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN
Now that we’ve discussed what global citizenship is and why it’s important, let’s take a look at how you can become a global citizen with these seven steps.
1) GET INSPIRED
Find yourself a world map and collect books on places you would like to visit. These can include both fiction and nonfiction, language, or geographical books.
Finding your passion and keeping yourself inspired by the breadth of different countries and cultures will give you the motivation to learn and integrate yourself more into the global community.
2) GET EDUCATED
Take global education courses at your high school or college, and build your knowledge base for international happenings. Courses involved with leadership, business or community engagement are especially helpful.
Volunteer to organise an “International Day” at your school, Club or any social organization you are a member of, join whatever international clubs that exist in your country, town, community, and get creative and involved!
3) GET HUNGRY
Eat at different traditional restaurants and make strides to learn a language. Get to know the owners of the restaurants. Where are they from? What are their stories?
Buy a cookbook and try to learn about a different culture’s cuisine. You can even make it fun and have themed parties (when it’s safe to do so again) where everyone brings a specific dish, and tries to speak only that language throughout the dinner party.
4) READ MORE
Read globally-minded magazines and pay attention to international news to get better informed about, and keep up with, current events at places you would potentially like to visit.
This increased exposure will help you narrow down your focus, and provide you with a knowledge-base for global trends.
5) GO ABROAD
Find programs that allow you to study and live abroad, perhaps even with an internship component for increased mentorship and skills development. If these opportunities include a language-learning option, even better!
Interested in international careers? This kind of international experience is critical for your success. It’s important that you carefully consider and reflect upon your experiences, to deepen your understanding of and integration with the experiential material.
6) MAKE FRIENDS
During your time domestically, you can find ways to establish cross-cultural friendships , with exchange students, etc. If possible, find an international pen-pal (or an email pal, or WhatsApp pal) and exchange perspectives. This is a good way to prepare for a trip abroad too!
7) BECOME A LEADER
To develop your abilities, begin to organise or lead international travel groups. Plan your own trips, and coordinate responsible group travel and study options with your peers.
This is also a great way to get more involved with the international community. Attend international conferences, participate in international internships, and continue to read up on cross-cultural skills in the work environment from trusted sources, very easy now virtually!
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE AS A GLOBAL CITIZEN
The more internationally involved you get, the better equipped you’ll be with global skills for future career success. It’s important that you stay plugged in, as international trends continue to expand and shift.
Don’t forget to let your interests guide you! Nearly every topic of academic/non-academic study can include and benefit from an international component, and this can help you become a more globally minded citizen.
Keep listening to the Show…or download the podcast to learn more about Thriving in the New Normal…
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See you Next Thursday (13 00 GMT – 17 00 Mauritius) for our Season 6 SHOW 6, where we look at ‘Seeing the Unseen’ and look at opportunities that the PANDEMIC are offering to us.
Until then, Keep tight! See you NEXT THURSDAY!
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