Its amazing how easy it is to fall into neglect. There is a proverb that I love that says, “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and so poverty will come upon you like a robber and your want like an armed man (Proverbs 23 vs 33)

It is not the BIG things that cause us to fall into difficulties, it is the “little things”. If we neglect to do something small that we should be doing that thing can snowball into something massive. Most neglect happens because we were sleeping. This does not necessarily refer to actual sleeping but also that our mind was sleeping. We were just not alert enough. In the job you have how many things are you supposed to be doing on a daily basis? If you are the leader of a team what are the things you should be looking at daily? Are you sleeping in any of them? Have you started to neglect the small things?

I am considering building some sort of chart highlighting all the “chores” that should be done daily. The reason for this is that in my work environment there are many emails, phone calls and spontaneous meetings that take place that can quite easily cause me to neglect something as I get so caught up in the moment. What is your strategy today?

Have a blessed day


Be brave

On this beautiful day my challenge to you is “TO BE BRAVE”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines brave as “having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty”.

Mental strength is needed if you are going to step out and take a risk. Define your risks, those things that you fear, the difficulties, it will help you understand what they are in order to confront them. Dale Carnegie has some sage advise in his book “How to stop worrying and start living”, in one of the chapters he advises that if you are struggling with a fear you have, then define the worst possible thing that could happen and then think of what you would do if it did happen. This way you have in essence assessed your greatest fear and how to overcome it. In this process it may give you assurance that the risk is not as great as you once believed and you also may realize that you can actually overcome the challenge if your greatest fear fell upon you.

In writing my first book “The New manager” I had many personal doubts and fears. I mean I had invested many years into that book. I delayed and delayed completing it making many an excuse whereas the true reason was that I was afraid it would not be that good. What would the backlash be? I had told so many family members, friends and colleagues that I was writing a book, how would they respond? What if it was a complete failure? Yet at some point my wife got me into completing the book. She managed to get me out of my fear and apathy and into completing the book. The passion I had to finish the book was greater than my fears and the great news is that none of my fears realized. Not one of them.

To date around 1100 copies of the book have been sold and it has received many great reviews. The best of which was that it was chosen as one of the top 6 business books in 2016 by Ian Mann (a best selling author).

I am sure there is something burning in your heart that you want to do, why not be brave and just do it?

God bless


2nd hand information

This is a massive challenge that we are facing today. How much information is second hand? What I mean by this is that we hear something from someone who heard something instead of hearing it from them ourselves.

As a child I remember the broken telephone games we use to play. It starts off with someone whispering a sentence into someones ear and that person whispering the same sentence until the last person hears the sentence. They then share the sentence with the entire class and everyone bursts into laughter due to the massive change that has taken place. Key things get lost, people misquote, the understanding is somehow changed.

If you are a leader today please ensure that you hear the information first hand. Don’t rely on someone telling you what someone else said, make sure you check with the source and ensure the information is accurate. Many a leader has made an incorrect decision based on incorrect information.

May you commit to get the information first hand.


God bless


Do today what you wish to become tomorrow

So many people have wonderful dreams and hopes for their future. They plan to become something wonderful and get all excited about the future.

How do they fulfill those dreams? The answer lies in what they are doing in their today’s. As I write this I have a dream of loosing weight, gaining muscle and getting a lot fitter. At the age of 44 I somehow feel things a lot more than I use to. The muscles ache easier and to gain weight is so easy yet it is not healthy. I now have to watch what I eat and exercise daily which is no easy task especially with my screaming body and mind. The senses pick up every smell, the eyes see every cake, the mind tries to convince me that it won’t make a difference if I have one bite. Yet I know that in order to achieve my dream I must discipline this body today, one second at a time.

Its only been a couple of days but I have set the plan in motion and made myself accountable to my wife and kids, so that they can also help me keep on the straight and narrow. I also remind myself of a time in the past that I went through this and how I overcame the challenges. I can do it again.

Yes you can only achieve your dreams through the things you do in your today’s.


In the new year how much time are you going to give yourself to be silent?

It is very easy to get busy doing stuff and to fill your time. Last night I was sitting on the couch watching a movie that I had seen before when half way through the film I suddenly stopped watching and thought to myself,”what are you doing?”. I mean I have seen this film before so there was no need to see it again. It was simply stealing time from me that could be better spent. So I went to bed and had an excellent sleep instead.

What does this have to do about being silent? Everything really as I realized today that if I stepped back and thought about things more clearly I would have been able to prevent such time wastage. Some of you reading this may say to relax and watch a film is a good thing as we need to relax and I would agree. However what is better? To relax and watch a film or to sit back and spend time in silence thinking about things. To meditate on your options and select the most productive or urgent one. How many of us loose time because we haven’t thought things out properly.

Preparation for your week cant happen when it has already started it should have been done before the week started. Also when you think more you will put yourself in a better position to make the right decisions. How many are watching films when what their body really needs is sleep? How many are watching films when they should be exercising. It need not be a film that is wasting your time it could also be spending time on social media that is wasting your time.

I honestly believe that in our world today more time is wasted looking at screens than ever before and we don’t spend enough time having a time out to meditate and plan what needs to be done.

May you have a silent week

God bless


Follow through

It’s now the 14th January and the question I ask today is a simple one. Have I followed through on my commitments to myself this year?

The truth is that it is easy to commit but very difficult to follow through on the commitment. The reason is that habits that are deeply entrenched have to be broken. We have to discipline our bodies to do what we have committed them to do.

This is no easy task, but hey, great challenge equals great reward. Small challenge equals small reward.

May we not give up so easily  on our commitments this year.

God bless



It is very easy to get caught up with so many things that you end up doing very little at all. This type of productivity will keep you in a mediocre state. A state in which you attain a level of success but never to reach the heights that you are capable of.

In order to have a great year as a doer it is imperative that you focus on one thing at a time and get that job done to the best of your ability. Dabbling will not help. How you choose what to focus on is entirely up to you. As a rule I would suggest that you start with the thing that is the most critical/ valuable and then from that position work your way down until you reach the least valuable/ critical.

Make sure that you do not get distracted as this will slow you down and render you ineffective. Turn the cellphone to silent,get in a quite place (if possible) and get the job done. There are numerous examples of people focusing on something to become the best at what they do so there is no need for me to explain the benefit in practical terms, logic itself does that.

May 2017 be the year that your focus takes you to the heights you could only dream of.

God bless



This two letter word is a gift for all of us in 2017. DO.

It is far easier to don’t than to do. It takes far less courage to don’t, far less energy and far less willpower. Be a doer in 2017.

There is a scripture in the bible that I love, it says “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Ecclesiastes 9 verse 10. How true is that statement? Do it with all your might! Be strong this year. Be a better you by doing what you do with all your might. Don’t despise the day of small beginnings or you will quickly fall into the trap and stagnation of the don’ts.

Meditation is good however don’t spend all your time coveting what you want, rather do. Aim to be the best doer you have ever been. Outperform yourself. Spend your energy constructively being a doer.

May you have an excellent 2017 doing what you do. My commitment to you this year is that I will DO a post daily on this site to inspire and challenge all that wish to read it. Look forward to engaging with you tomorrow.

God bless





Chosen as a top 6 business book of 2016 by Ian Mann (The New Manager)

Very pleased to see that my book was chosen as one of the top six business books of 2016 by Ian Mann

Whitfield interviewed Mann about his top-6 business books of 2016:

Here are the six books chosen

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
  • The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth by Chris Zook, James Allen
  • The 100-Year Life: Living and working in an age of longevity by Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott
  • The New Manager: How to become a leader in 52 simple steps by Steven Jacobs
  • Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner

If you would like to listen to the podcast that discusses the six books you can use the following link: