Quarterly Challenge for April

Theme: Intellectual Flexibility

There is a new season upon us. It may require a change in posture, be it physical, mental and perhaps moral. I’m prepared! Are you? Today and beyond, regardless of circumstances, we should examine and extend our capability to increase our reach and our swiftness of action. As achievers, we can reach the end state according to a set mark on the calendar or conditions. However, some situations along the way can require an accelerated action or a pause for adjustments. Other situations may call for structured reinforcement. Regardless of the scenario, one must know what motion is essential at particular points of mobility. 

Confucius so eloquently stated: “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” As I pondered on this, the conviction of consistent activity in support of my goals come to mind. Therefore, it is wisdom to be in some form of motion towards a particular goal.

On March 17, 2022, I was appointed to the City Council and immediately, I had to make a welcoming adjustment on my path of attainment. I shifted into learning mode as I met with department leaders from every aspect of city government. I craved the immediate need to learn about the various service departments, their 2022 challenges, and how I can be of value.


Based on a set of conditions, we should embrace the challenge of advancing the game through learning, adjusting, earning, and serving in capacities that hone enabling skills. As with my appointment to the City Council, I made learning a priority. However, at the same time I begin responding to, and meeting with citizens to understand their concerns. I have resolved some but still have work to do.

By learning, we reach new heights of intelligence that can cause us to adjust movements. By earning, we can become a by-product of the learning as we be more effective in use of time and talents. With learning, we should use that knowledge to serve in social and professional capacities that continually steer a particular ship, be it a relationship, leadership, partnership, or mentorship. 

I’m a firm believer that when one is consistent with positive actions, one can reach the objective with promising results.

Make it personal:

Having a personal charge to achieve, then using the positive energy of self and others, can propel the attainment of goals. For me, being an asset in various capacities is a driving force for my achievement. This is especially true when it comes to family and community. I have always wanted, and continue to desire, to be a source of guidance, support, and inspiration within the ranks of my family and in my community. At times I’m verbal and then there are moments when the pen speaks. With the pen, my motivation is to convey a message that resonates and stirs motion. To increase in my abilities, I constantly study the art of storytelling and writing. I place myself in nurturing environments, and I share my works to measure progress. With the desired progress, I feel equanimity.

Confucius stated: “The will to win, the desire to succeed, and the urge to reach your full potential; these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” This, I take to heart!

Create a Win:

Creating a win can be a challenge for some time-invested undertakings. However, the win can be relief for setbacks that have had an adverse action on targeted growth. Examine the case and cause. Know that even small wins can play a major role in various fashions to include motivation, measure of success, and gaining exterior support. It’s up to the individual to create the space, pace, and conditions for the win.

For me and my efforts, it’s being able to systematically build the story through a personal relationship with my primary character along the way. Sometimes my win is simply bringing relief to one in need. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

The Benefits:

We embark on undertakings for various reasons but for some individuals, it may simply be the ability to be of greater value in a defined form. For others, the goal is to be a thermostat for others, and that in itself can be a grand reward.

I can recall on numerous occasions where I needed a regulator in my life and one appeared. A benefit of that is now I serve as a sensor for others. Being able to run alongside others in their quest for achievement sometimes renews my energy, stirs my passion, and induces noteworthy thoughts. Epicurus, a Greek philosopher and founder of Epicureanism, once stated: “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” 

Let’s run and continue to encourage others to pick up their piton and run their race. It’s a beautiful scene along the way, one worthy of the effort. 

Growth Resources:

Shift Your Thinking, 200 Ways to Improve Your Life. Sesto, Dean D., 2013

How to Implement Motivation for Achievement in the Workplace. 2019. Rose Johnson. Retrieved from: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/implement-motivation-achievement-workplace-32964.html 

Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement, 2016. Retrieved from https://www.success.com/napoleon-hills-17-principles-of-personal-achievement/


“Our inward conversations induce outward awareness that facilitate assiduous growth.”

~ Joe Shakeenab