CEAFL Advisory Board Appoints New Executive

It was with applause and absolute approbation, that the members of CEAFL got the news of the new executive management team of the organization. Stemming from the association’s own team members, the appointees were chosen by the careful scrutiny of the Advisory Board of the organization.

The appointment decision was announced by the C.E.O/Founder Ngu Achi Justance, at the pioneer meeting for the year 2018 which took place in Buea on Saturday January 27, 2018. Here is a run-down of the appointments:

President-Che Herbert Ambesi

Vice President-Master Paschal Chinaemeze

Secretary General-Lenore Muna Efeti

Financial Administrator-Nta Mimbang Francky

Programs Coordinator-Esin Simon

Treasurer-Dongfak Laura

Public Relations Officer-Che Minette

The appointment featured promotions of some persons from one position to another, and the appointment of other members to the leadership positions. The new members of the executive all promised to remain committed in teamwork, so that the organization will achieve its objectives efficiently and effectively.

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How To Build Your Self-confidence

Self-confidence simply put could be seen as the self-assurance and believe in your ability to succeed. The importance of developing self-confidence to be able to achieve one’s success cannot be overlooked. Here are some tips on how to build your self-confidence:

  • Be Success-conscious

The first step towards trusting your ability to succeed is having a success-conscious mind. Picture the success you want to achieve, and you will definitely be able to work towards it. Your mind has a lot of power, and can either influence you positively or negatively. No matter how many times you have failed, keep focusing on that goal of yours which you want to attain. That way, you won’t be bothered about the pass, since that goal motivates you. Thinking of failures all the times will only help nurture fear and bring down your morale. Try not to be perssimisstic.

  • Drop Thoughts of Inferiority

Free your mind from every thought of inferiority, because that is what will keep discouraging you from working to achieve what you believe in. Your pocket allowance doesn’t determine your level of success, so do not think that because you are not as wealthy as others, you can’t succeed. Also, don’t think that success is for a particular set of persons who excel all the time. Just work hard, and you’ll become even better than them.

  • Avoid Unfair Comparison

An effective way of becoming self-motivated is to compete fairly with friends, by betting to see who will score better in the upcoming exam or test. However, you must avoid comparing your numerous failures with their continuous success. If competing rather makes you feel that you can’t succeed, then don’t compare at all.

  • Believe in Your Uniqueness

You may not have what majority of your friends have, but you may instead have what most of them don’t have. If people laugh at you because you are different, laugh at them because they are all the same. Believe in what makes you different from others, and see it as a strength above theirs. Other boys in your class may not associate with you because you don’t play football like they do. Don’t feel bad. Remember, having many friends doesn’t make others succeed like you do.

  • Focus on Your Fears

It is no use running away from the things that make you feel low and trying to avoid them, because you will eventually get in contact with them again, especially if it is very necessary for your success. If there is a subject or course you don’t understand well or which you have been failing, spend more of your study time on it, rather than trying to dodge it. The more time you spend to study it, the better you will perform.

  • Disability is not Inability

A blind man’s own knowledge is not located in his eyes, neither is the intelligence of a crippled person found in his legs. So, whether you are blind, deaf, dumb or crippled, know that you can still succeed like everyone else. Learn to believe this, and know  that your disability does not make you unable to succeed too.

  • Appreciate Others

If you really want to succeed, then learn to appreciate others’ excellence and learn from them. If instead of appreciating you tend to be jealous, you’ll become nervous each time you find that they have performed better than you, and such a tensed state will only help discourage you.

  • Accept Failures and Challenges

Don’t expect success only. Expect challenges and possibly, failures too. As such, you will start anticipating ways of improving yourself. If after writing a particular test or exam you feel that you did not write well, just map out a strategy that will help you improve. Celebrate success, accept challenges and failures, and then move on!

 

 

The Importance of Planning and Goal-setting

Have you ever bothered to find out why Planning and goal-setting are a major focus of many public speakers? It is because of the role it plays in one’s success. Making plans and setting goals contribute to success tremendously, and the importance of doing so cannot be overlooked. On today’s blog post, our focus will be on the necessity of planning and goal-setting.

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Here is why it is important to plan/set goals:

  • Goals give you direction.

Goals will help you know what step to take at each point in time. You will know what precedes/proceeds each activity you are performing. If you find people taking just any exam announced anywhere, it is because they have no specific goal towards which they are working. When you have specific goals, you won’t just do things because the majority is doing it, but because you are aware of its relevance. In addition, goals will help you know what is worth holding and what you should let go at certain points in time, so as to give a chance to bigger opportunities.

  • Planning gives hope.

When one has goals towards which he or she is working, it is difficult for him/her to give up. This is because even when such a person fails, he/she will know what step to take and which target to keep getting at. There’s usually more hope for those who plan than for those who don’t. Equally, when you have a particular goal that you really want to achieve, you feel moved to keep working hard, even when the going gets tough, mindful of the fact that the current sacrifice is for a future success.

  • Planning simplifies your life.

If you spend time making relevant plans now, you will have less stress in future. So to save yourself from many worries tomorrow, plan today. You will always find life easy-going and simpler if you plan early on how to face any potential challenges. There may still be hitches on the way, but because you planned ahead of time and you aren’t taken by surprise, you will be able to maintain your stamina. In life, if you acquire the needed pistol enough, you won’t have to bother when you get to a pack of wolves hiding in the bush along your journey. But if you get there without a thought of what could be ahead of you, even just the fear and regret that you have could render you powerless and cause you to collapse. Planning renders life simple!

  • Goals coordinate one’s life.

It’s the goals you plan to achieve that will put together every bit of your life. In the game of Archery, what you need is just your eyes to see, and your hands to shoot. That seems to be all. But the truth is that, when it’s time to throw the arrows, even your feet, mouth and entire body are stationed in a focused position, to be able to hit the target. That is what goals do too. Goals coordinate one’s life and focus all his energy on a single activity for maximum performance. When you have goals, they direct you to what to do and what not to do, as well as when and how to do it. For instance, if you had the goal to become a Motivational Speaker, that rings a bell in your head that you ought to watch your physical appearance, character, habits and what you read or talk about. At that point in time, all your time and efforts are directed and focused towards that goal, making your success certain.

  • Goals motivate you.

What will move you most often and make you feel encouraged in times of failure is not the words others use to empathise with you, but that deep desire to achieve something. Goals are like a spark, that keeps appearing time and again, even if the fire is quenched. A goal is like magma burning from inside. And whenever there is hot magma, there is bound to be an earthquake emitting lava in the due course of time. With well-defined goals you are passionate about achieving, you will always feel encouraged even if others are not there to give you words of encouragement.

  • Goals define your walk with God.

Achieving your plans has a lot to do with your relationship with God. A wise man in the Bible called Solomon once said, “We may make our plans, but God has the last word.” (Proverbs 16:1). When you know what you want to achieve, you will equally realize how relevant God’s help is for you to be able to succeed. So, always draw your plans and pray about them, committing them to God at all times. Don’t do things that will annoy the Lord. Some projects in life need miracles, which could only come by God’s grace. And this grace surpasses all merit, connections and money payable, so it is better to trust in God that on your own might or merit. Moreover, when you plan and set goals, it shows God how serious you are, and he will more readily come to your aid. Just plan, and God will help you.

Setting Good Goals

Goal Setting, Goal, Dart, Target, Success, AchievementToday, we will be talking about something you must be a little familiar with. We’ll be talking about the characteristics of well-set goals. If we were in an organization, we would also be talking about the characteristics of good objectives. But in academics, I think it is more appropriate to use the term ‘goals’ instead of ‘objectives.’

The general characteristics of good goals are summarized in the acronym SMART. That’s a word I am sure you are familiar with. Now, let us expatiate on the full meaning of this acronym. The acronym consists of guidelines one must use when planning on how to achieve a goal. As you read through, not this-a goal without a plan is just a wish.

S-Specific

The first letter ‘S’ stands for specific. Your potential academic pathway plan should clearly state what you want to achieve. If your goals are not specific, then it means that that is how you will wander in academics, studying what is irrelevant for you. Know exactly what qualification you are working to attain, and in which field.

M-Measurable

Your goals should be such that you can measure your performance and level of attainment. Don’t only decide which qualification you want to get, but also, on the grades you want to attain. That way, you will know if you are performing well or not. Also, have a list where you check the credentials that you have attained already so that you can have a clearer view of what is left for you to achieve, and how much time you have left for that.

A-Attainable

This is a very crucial factor, and many students often fail to consider this. It is true that it is a good thing to dream big, but sometimes, dreams could be just too wild and unattainable, and you must watch out not to be walking in such a direction. Take, for instance, a literature student who plans to complete studies in Literature at the PhD, and then study computer programming to sell his or her books and literary ideas. The possibility of attaining such a goal is very low, almost unattainable. Set goals that are relevant to your level of studies, and don’t try to include all works of life and all paying world careers in your plans.

R-Realistic

Here still, we talk possibility. Your goal should represent something that you can actualize and realize. It shouldn’t be unreal. In other words, it shouldn’t be some sort of utopic imagination. It’s true that your vision should not be limited to your current resources, but don’t also let your goals be based on what you know is not likely to happen. If for instance, you plan on travelling abroad in a year’s time to further your studies, consider the available resources you have now, and the time left for you to acquire the remaining things you need to be able to travel. If there is no possibility of acquiring that within the allotted time, then that goal is unrealistic, even though with a change of plan (for instance, shifting it to a future time), it is realizable. It is preferable you use what you have available to draw plans and achieve them, rather than looking out for what is sometimes far-fetched. Dream, according to your imaginations, but set goals according to your available and probable resources.

T-Time-bound/Time-specific

Each milestone on your plan should have a specific time set for attainment, and a time frame too. That is, know what year and if possible, what month, in which you want to achieve that specific goal, and the exact length of time required from the starting day till the ending day. As such, you will have the motivation to push more and harder, which will help you meet up with the time you have set. Why some students repeat one class over and over is sometimes accounted for by the absence of time-bound goals. A student who knows what next to do at the end of each year will put in as much effort as necessary so that he will not face any waste of time.

So, success does not only come by setting goals but by setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable/achievable, realistic and time-bound. If your goals consider these characteristics, then you are on the right track to your success.

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