Monthly Challenge for February

Milestones, Measurements, and Mobility

Theme: Engage / Reengagement   

Focus: Confidence and Calculated Traction   

“Time waits for no one”, are words often used reflectively but they can be used to propel one’s inner activity. Time can be a limiting factor so daily; we should strive to forge forward with positive thinking while grabbing and building on the traction attained. Our positive energy can be integrated into a design label because it can shape one’s thinking, character, investments, desire to learn, sense of urgency, and outcome.  

Make it personal:

With stated intentions, one should move towards the objective to build on those undertakings while noting achievement and any required modifications, especially in regards to time on task.

As for me, I’m still enrolled in a CSA Writing for Military and Families’ course at APSU. This endeavor started in 2019 and continues today, with an eight-week course which facilitates movement towards my book writing goal. This environment enables creative as ideas rushed through my mind in a structured way.

I continue to examine three points of interest, as denoted below, for my book project that is passionately imprinted upon my heart. These points are: 

1. To share some personal, yet, fact-based experiences on the effects of being exposed to famine and civil war. I lay out different perspectives and address how such experiences can impact individuals and families.

2. To capture some concerns that individuals and entities may have regarding traumatic attachments that may accompany engagers, refugees and immigrants. Such side effects can go beyond the aforementioned.    

3. To provide insight on the importance of integrating professional practitioners and educators into organizations that are postured to work with, and stabilize, such conditions and populations.    

Create a Win: Refining habits!

The environment can impact the ability to accomplish. Cut through any fog that lingers along the way. Enrolling in a distinct writing course enables me to be in a particular environment to hone my skills. This, I made a priority. Attending such a course also serves as part of my accountability matrix, thus, aiding me to make calculated written improvements each week.

I identified several areas to refine in the process of achieving my objectives, to include scheduling and resource management. I must set aside quality time each week to reflect, research, and write. I will schedule bi-monthly edits to my works, not only for grammar, but for clarity of thought. To this end, I will develop a quality draft that is accepted among a select group of college professionals. Of course, the disciple to be creative in thought, be open minded, and manage time in a most productive fashion will aid success. Already, doubt has starved!  

The Benefits:

Confidence in one’s ability and achievement are direct benefits to calculated engagement. Early on, I identified certain benefits. However, those unforeseen may appear as I finalize this project. As an example, by the end of this summer, my works will be packaged in a way to take others through this journey, and at the scholarly level. I will increase in personal development, learning capacities, communication, and have a refined understanding of cultural perspectives in my work. Who knows, I may form a new relationship along this journey.  

Additionally, the benefits will transfer into dialog with my accountability partner, Floyd Stokes, of the American Literacy Foundation as he works to facilitate reading at the elementary and middle school levels. We will serve as sounding boards to each other and build on the vigor to achieve. 

This undertaking will allow me to serve in my community with renewed energy, scholarly influence and a positive impact, especially upon young men. I will unleash liveliness at new heights!

Growth Resources:

The Methodology of Achievement. Retrieved from:

Why is Discipline Important / Eight Advantages and Benefits. Retrieved from:

How to Focus on Your Resources on Achieving Your Goals, Tom Salonek, Contributing Writer, Jan 2018. Retrieved from:


Now is my time for mental rejuvenation. Through adaptability, conviction, determination, education and resolve – I achieve.  ~ Joe Shakeenab