Monthly Challenge for January

Theme: Vision 

Focus: Sanitize the Vision, Satisfy the Effort.  

As we step into a new year, let us create or refine a particular vision that is matched with an investment of time, talents, effort, resources, and reflection.

One way to do this is by the use of a vision board as a way of not only motivation, but to think critically about attainment. I would suggest a vision board for each major goal, then list major tasks or milestones of what is required. This may facilitate clarity of intent and the understanding of associated costs to achieve a particular endeavor. In many cases, there is a cost of some form.

One of the constant factors that contribute to achievement may be our ability to generate the right effort, be it individual or collaborative. The Dalai Lama said it best; “In order to carry a positive action, we must develop a positive vision.”

Make it personal:

For me, the year has started with an abundance of joy, loss of friends, and a renewed purpose of resiliency as I reflect of the achievements of those who have transitioned on. I’m on fire!

Unlike any time before in my life, I have learned to sanitized my goals, maximize time and talents, and stay in motion. One goal of mine for this year is to enhance a special book project because I have challenged myself to document and share my experiences. The book is titled: Famine, Civil War, and Traumatic Side Effects. It is based on my personal experience in Somalia, engagement with the Somalia community in Nashville, TN and continued research.  

I have poured much energy into this work. However; I’ve often stepped back to define my next set of questions and to recharge. I’ve equally managed to reassess the intent of my work and its impact upon a desired audience.  

Now, I’m ready to forge forward and in doing so, I will provide a monthly update to demonstrate progress, challenges, and accountability. I will also note those individuals and entities that aided me along the way, in some form.   

A notable poet, Rumi, said something quite profound and I find it meaningful to me. He said; “Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

This is the summation of my personal appeal for learning, doing better, and posturing to be of service. I feel this book project will meet the intent of my personal appeal in various ways, including serving as a platform of insight and discussion in an academic setting.

Create a Win:

One thing that helps me along my journey of envisioning an accomplishment is finding the psychological importance to create the image of my win. Knowing I’m learning, it was a wise use of effort, and such knowledge enhances my character, are fragments of my win.

I adapted the words of Arnold Palmer; “I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”

The Benefits:
Now writing a book can be significant and filled with measurable benefits beyond one’s immediate vision. In my case, it is a personal quest but beyond that, I want to influence the thinking of a particular audience.

With this undertaking, I will challenge myself to examine facts, travel, and engage entities of the international community on various levels.

I will meet with scholars, aid workers, and refugees.

I will be a better listener and increase in gratitude as I test my theory, embed zeal and flavor into my work, and attain my goal.  I will achieve!

Growth Resources:

Strategic Management: Evaluation and Execution (v.1.0.), Section 2.1. Vision, Mission, and Goals. Retrieved from

Smart Goals Guide: How to Make Your Own Vision Boards. 2018. Retrieved from:

What Makes Writing So Important. 2018. Retrieved from:


Make the time to enjoy the family, adore the beauty of nature more often, and partake in opportunities of goodwill. If not now, when? Eliminate excuses and embrace life’s blessings. ~ Joe Shakeenab