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START WITH GRATITUDE

As I listened to the first Sunday sermon for 2021, these words stood out for me “START WITH GRATITUDE”.

The reason they did is that for most of us, 2020 was nothing like we had anticipated. We were forced out of our comfort zones. We had to rethink how we live. Who knew that wearing masks would become the norm? Or that hugging friends would become a health risk? Our homes turned into offices, schools and churches as we avoided gatherings as a means to survival. What we thought would take a month became our new way of living and we had to adjust accordingly. Living with uncertainty took a toll on most of us knowingly or unknowingly, 2020 will be a year hard to forget.

As 2021 arrived and most of us were happy just to get over 2020. We exhaled and welcomed 2021 but with a bit of caution not knowing exactly what to expect. But the beauty of new seasons is that they bring a renewed sense of hope. And we dare to hope knowing that our hope will not be cut short (Proverbs 13:18).

As you process the year 2020 and come up with your 2021 resolutions, I encourage you to Start with Gratitude. You may wonder what you have to be grateful for, so here is a list of things you can be thankful for:

 

  1. Life – seeing a new year is a blessing by itself.  

 

 You lived through a difficult period and you survived. Celebrate life. Maybe you are going through a rough season and living may seem more like a curse than a blessing but I encourage you to be thankful still. The fact that you are alive gives you a chance for a better tomorrow. Be thankful for today! For breath! For Life!

 

 

2. Relationships.

No man is an island. – John Donne

Throughout the year, you had people around you that made life bearable and probably contributed to your success. Be thankful for the friends, family and colleagues that they were a part of your 2020. If possible, write a thank you note to them – even if it’s just a text message. Maybe it’s a person who encouraged you with their presence on social media, write a thank you message to them and if possible specify your reason for appreciating them. Positive psychology studies have found immense benefits for saying thank you. For example, a study found that managers who remembered to say ‘thank you’ had more motivated teams. Another study found that spouses who expressed gratitude were also able to express their concerns more freely. So go ahead and appreciate them. 

If the person you would like to thank is no longer with us, why don’t you take a minute and write down your thank you letter even though they will not read it. The exercise will be beneficial to you. 

If you are a believer, be thankful for the relationship with Christ Jesus. He is our rock, our sustainer and our eternal HOPE.

 

3. Experiences.

“Experience is not the best teacher; evaluated experience is the best teacher.” John Maxwell

What lessons did you learn in 2020 through experience? Evaluate your year and be thankful for the insights you gathered be it from good or bad experiences. Find ways to give meaning to your setbacks. Be thankful for the lessons that you learnt. Maybe working from home helped you see that you are disciplined. Maybe losing your job helped you find your passion. Maybe the lockdown gave you more time with family and you have built stronger relationships. Maybe you got more rest when your travel plans were cancelled. Maybe you got a new job or just got married or got a baby. There are many things to be thankful for.

Finally, thank yourself for the good choices you made in 2020. Celebrate yourself for a moment. For example, ‘I thank myself for choosing to replace my toothbrush with a new one every quarter.’ It will sound cheesy but go ahead and celebrate yourself!

I hope that this exercise will bring a smile to your face as you realize how blessed you are. Start the year with Gratitude and find reasons to be thankful everyday. If this is a culture you would like to cultivate, then consider having a gratitude journal or a thank you jar where you write ‘thank you’ notes everyday and drop them in the jar.  When you find yourself whining and complaining, take your thank you jar or gratitude journal and remind yourself of the good things that have happened to you. 

If you are like me, you will possibly start and then fumble and lose momentum along the way… but don’t let that stop you. You might forget to note what you are thankful for a couple of days, but when you remember, please pick up your pen and write another thank you note. 

I want to end by thanking you for sparing your time to read my article. I wish you a great year ahead full of great moments and great lessons through the wins and the painful losses. Count your blessing today and know that God is able to do so much more than you can think, ask or even imagine. 

If you are looking for a place that will challenge you to grow both personally and professionally, I recommend the One-on-One Coaching programs facilitated by Njeri Muchunu. She is the Coach who has challenged my thinking and how I perceive life and for that I am forever grateful.

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Life’s Secret Weapon.

A couple of weeks ago, I had an accident on my way to work. I was hit by a motorbike crossing the road and as a result I fractured a bone on my left leg. I was on cast for about three weeks and after it was removed, it was time to report back to work. I have never been so scared of leaving my house as I was on that Monday morning. It was going to be the first time I was leaving the house alone since the accident. I needed to use a crutch and was limping a little bit but there was no pain at all.

So I went to work on Monday. I hated the commute but was okay once I got to the office. After having a conversation with my boss, it was clear that working from home was not going to be an option that week. I had to show up at the office everyday. I felt misunderstood. I was disappointed because I concluded that she did not see the struggle from my point of view. I also thought that maybe she saw the struggle but decided that she was not going to allow me to wallow in self-pity. 

It was time to change my way of looking at this situation because if I didn’t, it would affect my energy and productivity levels. 

There was a principle I had learnt from Dr. Benjamin Hardy, author of Personality is not Permanent during my recuperation period and it was time to put it into practice. He says that when going through a difficult situation you should think of it as happening ‘For You’ not ‘To You’. When you think that bad things are happening to you, you are likely to have a victim mentality. When you think that difficult things are happening for you, you are likely to have a positive attitude towards the situation which will allow you to learn and grow from it. That kind of world view allows you to remain optimistic no matter what life throws at you. 

How was going to the office with a limp for me ? It reminded me that I am a resilient person. It helped me get over the fear of commuting sooner than later. One of the reasons I didn’t want to go to the office with a crutch is because I didn’t want people feeling sorry for me. I however, experienced compassion not pity. 

That experience reminded me about the power of having a positive attitude. John Maxwell says that possessing a positive attitude is like having a secret weapon.  This is because a positive attitude allows you to keep going even in the darkest of times. Positive attitude is a mindset that helps you remain optimistic and hopeful.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear hardship today.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

Are you going through a difficult season, whether at work or at a personal level? I encourage you to cultivate a positive attitude towards the difficulty you are facing. Below are some of the thoughts that help me remain positive even in the darkest of times. 

  1. I think of my life as a movie – a concept I learnt from Donald Miller, author of  ‘A Million Miles in a Thousand Years’. If a movie was produced based on my life’s story, would it be exciting and inspiring or just plain and boring?  We all enjoy a movie with a great story line where the hero overcomes certain challenges. Imagine watching a movie where the star had a smooth life all through. It would be boring, right? Your life is a story, and a good story must have a challenge/obstacle to be conquered. So face the challenge head on. It will contribute to making the story of your life even better.
  2. I find things to be grateful for. No matter what you are going through, there will always be something for you to be thankful for. So, count your blessings and name them one by one. You will notice that there are more good things than bad things happening in your life. I like this quote by William Arthur Ward “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
  3. I allow difficult seasons to draw me closer to God. I am reminded that when I can’t, He is able to do so much more that I can think, ask or even imagine. So I choose to trust Him. If you believe in Him, this is what He promises. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

So be encouraged if you are currently going through a difficult season. Remember that this too shall pass. Hold on to hope and know that a positive attitude is a secret weapon that will help you overcome time & time again. 

P.S: I worked from home on Friday – that same week. At around 1pm, I was going to the washroom and I noticed that I could walk properly – without limping. Going to the office for four days consecutively helped my leg heal more quickly because the leg was more active. That is a benefit that I could only appreciate in hindsight. Now I am grateful for healing and the great lessons I learnt during that week.

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses= Mediocrity!

Recently, I’ve been having a series of thoughts on the subject of mediocrity and what being mediocre really means. In recent weeks I’ve had conversations that in various forms have raised the topic of mediocrity. As a nation, I also feel we have become a mediocre society where we never seem to strive for excellence in anything that we do. It got me thinking deeply — What does mediocrity really mean? What does it mean to be mediocre? Are you mediocre?

Let’s face it. All of us believe that we are better than others. At least in some ways. “I’m definitely better driver than most of the others. I’m much better manager. I’m really good parent. I’m a great listener and always annoyed when I need to constantly talk so others see it.”

Considering how quickly the world around us changes the best way to see whether you are mediocre or not is to look at how you respond to the changes. Do you embrace change and constantly learn to keep up with the world? Or do you just sit back and wait to see what will happen to you? If the latter applies, you are most likely mediocre.

Mediocre people sort of give up on improving and even on giving their best. They just plow through the day doing what needs to be done but without much interest and with no intention of going above and beyond. Doing just the bare minimum and not giving your best is a strong indicator, but what really seals the deal of your mediocrity is when you don’t give your best and you don’t mind. It just doesn’t bother you.

If you find yourself in any of the categories below, you need to find out why you have chosen this path for your life. Remember mediocrity never got anyone anywhere. You want to do great exploits but what are you doing today to ensure that you are not ordinary, you are different, you are a man or woman of faith?

Doing the Minimum

Are you one of those people who just want to do the least that they can to get by? This may be in school, at the workplace, and even in your spiritual life.

There was a rich young ruler who with every question, was looking to establish the minimum requirement that would lead to eternal life. He asked Jesus, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” When Jesus told him to “keep the commandments,” he immediately asked, “Which ones?” When Jesus listed a few of them, he said, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” Finally, Jesus said, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” This caused him to turn away.

He was focused on doing the minimum and thus his interest remained. However, when he learned that there was no “minimum” – that he had to be willing to give up what he loved and give his life over to Jesus completely, he left. Are you willing to do what it takes and pay the price to achieve your dreams? Then stop looking to do the bare minimum.

Looking for Loopholes

Do you find yourself looking for excuses to justify certain sins, immoral acts, omissions, not taking action that may cause conflict, etc? Do you look for “loopholes” that will allow you to do what you want to do? For instance, the world today has normalized fornication and states that if a couple is in love, it is fine for them to commit fornication. Is this the truth though?

This was the attitude of the lawyer who tested Jesus. His question was similar to the one asked by the rich young ruler “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He was told that he needed to love his neighbor as himself. This man had apparently not been doing this because he tried “to justify himself” by asking, “And who is my neighbor?” I mean, you and I know that your neighbor is the person next to you or in close proximity to you. The lawyer was trying to find a loophole that would allow him to not show love to everyone he came across.

Instead of using “love” as a justification for fornication, we should honor marriage. “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge

Remaining Static

Have you become content and confident in your current condition and fail to grow? We are all expected to grow. We cannot remain in the same condition over time and expect to achieve anything. If you struggle with a certain temptation, you need to make certain changes in your life to eliminate the said temptation.

Seeking Questions, Not Answers

Have you become comfortable or think that maturity is measured by questions, rather than answers? Many believe that imagining questions for which there is no answer is an indicator of maturity. As we grow in understanding, we should be ready to “give an answer” , rather than propose an unending number of questions that cannot be answered with certainty. It is good for us to dig deeper and deeper into the truth as we grow, but we must also “refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels”.

Timidity

The last way in which we must not be mediocre is in timidity. Timidity is having a lack of courage or confidence. It might sound odd, but timidity is a form of pride. When you’re timid, you’re afraid of what people will think of you if you fail. You think that if you fail, people will think of you differently or your reputation will be damaged. Failure doesn’t mean, “It’s over.” It means, “Try again; do better.” When we’re timid and become afraid of what others will think if you fail or just purely afraid of failure itself, you are putting yourself in a snare—it’s a trap! Unless you trust in God, there’s no way out. Make your plans and act on them; God will bring you through it. It may not be exactly as you envision it, but He will get you through it.

From a very young age, all I’ve known is hard work and I’ve seen its value over the years. All I’ve been doing since leaving employment is working hard toward my calling, my deployment. Perhaps it’s because of my up-bringing and my training as a lawyer where there was zero tolerance for incompetence. Things seem to have changed these days. To me, if you’re incompetent and mediocre, why bother to do it at all? That might seem harsh to some of you, but mediocrity doesn’t get you anywhere and when you’re mediocre, you just get in other peoples’ way. This generation seems to settle for mediocre work, mediocre education, mediocre relationships (friendship, family, and romance, marriage), and even mediocre faith.

Martin Luther said: The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays—not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes because God is interested in good craftsmanship. These [vocations] are the masks of our Lord God, behind which He wants to be hidden and to do all things.

Whatever you do, you ought to do it from the soul—as if it is an integral part of your life and soul as a human being. You are therefore not called to mediocrity, but to greatness—to be the greatest at everything you do to the best of your ability. Again, I emphasize that I do not mean that you are expected you to be an absolute expert in all that you do, but God does want you to be your best because it will only aid in your growth as a human being, and doing your best brings glory to God and it assures you of success and joy.

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What Choices Have You Made?

Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: We are what we chose to be.” Graham Brown

Do you know someone who cheats on their spouse? Do you know someone who is less than honest in business or personal affairs? Do you know someone who lied on a resume to get ahead? Are you this person? Be honest; no need to be defensive!

You have a choice. We all do. In fact, you have many choices. A life full of choices. As a person of faith, it all starts with a choice. A choice to believe or not. For many of us, that is a choice made for us until we were old enough to make it for ourselves. Then each of us makes it. Sometimes it is an unconscious choice to keep doing what we always do. But it’s a choice. How many times have you said to yourself, “I can’t help it, that’s just who I am!” But is it true? You always have a choice, to listen to your conscience—or not. To make a commitment—or not. How to express your feelings—or not. What company you keep!

Is it possible to change? Absolutely!

You have to start by taking stock. Look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. Are you the person you really want to be? Realize this, no one is perfect, but can you be better.

In the world we are living in today, making choices and moving on with our lives seems increasingly difficult. We find ourselves paralyzed: unable to make choices about relationships, dating, marriage, money, family, career, and so forth. Would you prefer to make an ironclad, no-turning-back choice, or one you could back out of if need be? Do you ever find that you’re afraid to commit? Do you reply to invitations with a “maybe” rather than a “yes” or “no”? Do you like to keep your smartphone switched on at all times, even in meetings, so that you are never fully present at any given moment?

We as a culture, demand choice. We demand options. We imagine that more options mean more freedom. And most people think that limitless freedom must be a good option. The irony, however, is that these apparently limitless choices don’t actually make us happy. The number of choices available to us become overwhelming, and actually makes it difficult for us to ever have the joy of fully committing to anything or anyone. Even if we do commit, our culture makes us feel dissatisfied with the choice we’ve made.

During a recent vacation, we were seated in a restaurant and some of the people we were with ordered meals that were different from mine. As I sat there thinking of what I had ordered, I actually started to think, maybe I want fries and chicken wings, samosas, or a burger. Maybe, I thought to myself, my choice of meal up to this point has been catastrophically naive. Suddenly, these choices made me unhappier about my own. I began to covet. I wasn’t sure what I wanted anymore. I became indecisive. I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit — either to my kind of meal or to theirs. Was this really freedom of choice, or slavery to it?

What if we take the same multiplicity of trivial options we have at a restaurant and apply them to bigger questions: where we should work, where we should study, where we should live, whom we should marry, or whom we should worship? It seems that the more options we have, the more afraid we are of choosing. We become enslaved to being noncommittal. We don’t want to make a mistake or cut down our options. In fact, we may become so fearful of making a choice, we simply refuse to choose.

It’s right to be careful and to seek wisdom in our decision-making of course: to pray, to seek counsel from Scripture, and from those ahead of us. The bigger the decision, the more careful we should be. But there comes a point when pausing becomes procrastination, when waiting is no longer wise. There comes a point when not to choose becomes idolatry. It becomes a lack of trust in the God who ordains the decisions we will make, gathers up the frayed ends, and works all things for our good and his glory.

My friend, where in your life are you refusing to choose? Maybe you’re refusing to commit to a particular relationship — perhaps even your marriage? Maybe you’re not truly committed at work — you consistently speak negatively about your bosses, are constantly complaining when you have to engage in things that will stretch you, have Facebook open in one of your browser tabs, half hoping to be interrupted. Maybe your restless eyes are on constant alert for something or someone better. Maybe you’re keeping your options open with God himself, not allowing yourself to become too committed.

Make a choice, my friend”. Enough of this noncommittal, risk-averse, weak-willed, God-forgetting immaturity. Or, as it probably says in some of the more modern translations, “Grow up”.

My friend, the god of open options is also a liar. He promises you that by keeping your options open, you can have everything and everyone. But in the end, you get nothing and no one.
Jesus said, “You cannot serve two masters”. At any given moment, you must choose whom you will follow. And if you choose the god of open options, you will end up overwhelmed, confused, lacking joy, and constantly searching.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday“. May each day’s choices grow you in character, joy, contentment, and learning. May they bring you closer to achieving your life’s purpose and meaning. Life is so very good. Choose wisely; choose well. Because my friend, out of your infinite possibilities, the choices you make, make you.

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Wait on God

I don’t know anyone who enjoys waiting. However, waiting is what we are sometimes called to do, and like many things that seem counter-intuitive to our human nature, waiting is sometimes what is needed and what is best. Over the years, I’ve had to learn the concept of waiting on the Lord the hard way. After many failings and difficult lessons and finally becoming a constant work-in-progress, I wanted to write this blog to encourage you.

In our fast-paced world of increasing industry and global disruptions, artificial intelligence, and global expansion, all combined with a desire to be not only the best in the world but the best for the world, how does a leader navigate through this sea of activity? Being a “Best for the World Leader,” it is implied that the world, and the people in it, are better off because you lived.

We get caught up in what society tells us that we should always be advancing, moving upward, or making progress. When those things don’t happen, we tend to become discouraged, even to feel defeated, when what we needed to be doing is exactly what we have been doing, holding our position, enduring. It is often no small feat to be able to do so. In fact, in the words of Christ, “it is the one who endures to the end who will be saved”.

Waiting is not glamorous. Regardless of where you are serving or to what you have been called to do, there may be times when you are asked to wait, to endure, to bear up under. It is important that you do so. Most of us would naturally want to get out from under our difficulties or hardships. It may be a work situation or a relationship that we have had to endure. There are times our circumstances or situation seems entirely unjust. But we are called to wait. But wait for what and until when?

If we take the example of Habakkuk who is known as the praying and waiting prophet we learn a few things. Habakkuk sought the Lord saying “How long, O Lord, must I call for help?” This was a lament, a desperate cry for help in the midst of great trouble. Habakkuk’s words were a complaint; he had major issues to take up with God. I suspect you do as well if you are honest. Habakkuk was attentive to what was going on around him. Despite his prayers, he saw violence, injustice, and wrongdoing everywhere. God’s law appeared to be helpless; it did not seem to work, and the wrongdoers seem to have gotten the upper hand.

Apparently, Habakkuk had repeatedly called upon God to act, to intervene, to set things right, to just do something. Yet it seemed that God had not heard him and God would not act to save. Finally, out of a deep sense of frustration and confusion, he cries out to God, “How long, O Lord, must I call for your help, but you do not listen?!” There is nothing worse than speaking but not being heard, than addressing another who doesn’t listen or respond.

In Scripture, to wait is to be active, to do something, something very important. In fact, it is the most important thing we do, since waiting is an expression of faith, of being open and receptive to God, to God’s action, to God’s voice, to God’s will, to God’s answer.

To wait is to be patient, which literally means “to suffer,” or to be acted upon rather than acting, to be receptive to the action of others. To wait and to be patient is to trust that God is at work even if we can’t see or understand what God is doing at any given moment of time.

So, what are we waiting for?

We are waiting for God. Faith is a willingness to trust that God knows best and will bring our lives and the world to a good completion. This is God’s vision for the world, what God has promised, and what we, by faith, trust will surely come in God’s good time, and in God’s good way.

And here we are, waiting for God, wondering together, “How long, O Lord?”

The hard truth is, we don’t know. We must trust that God knows how long and what he is doing. Contrary to many skeptics, our faith is not wishful thinking. Our faith rests upon something solid, something firm, and something strong enough to sustain it. Our faith rests upon God’s sure and certain promises spoken in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Martin Luther said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his or her life on it.” Moreover, he said, “Faith is a divine work in us which changes us and makes us to be born anew of God.”

Our world is changing at lightning speed. Conventional wisdom would set our priorities to strive to keep up with the latest information, technology, and intelligence. It is uncomfortable and counter-intuitive in this fast-paced, rapidly changing world to “Wait on the Lord.” The wisdom, knowledge, and direction gained from the Lord through waiting is counter-intuitive to most leadership models, but it is exactly what is necessary to lead with confidence as we strive to be Best for the World Leaders who stand out from the rest.

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Find Yourself!

Last week’s article ended with a question. Njeri, how then do I discover my Purpose/Calling/Mission in life? Well, the answer is easy, find yourself. However, finding yourself is the most difficult thing ever. It is a journey and like I always like to say, not for the faint of heart.

One of the reasons 70 percent of employees are disengaged at work is because people don’t understand the greater purpose or mission behind what they do and most managers and leaders never try to move people toward something greater. If an employee’s mission is about himself and the manager’s mission is about herself; it is easy to see the clash happening.

A while back, a thought crossed my mind: nobody wants to work for me! I’ve realized that the ultimate motivation is not that people want to work for me but rather that people want to work for a mission that is greater than me – a cause that gets them out of bed every morning. They want to make a difference. People want to make the world a better place. They want to put a dent in the universe and if I as a leader can help them do that, I’ll have a motivated team for years to come. My friends, money is not the mission. Money funds the mission. I am not the mission. My role is to point people to the mission – a mission worth them spending a major chunk of their lives working towards. Let people know that their efforts have made a difference in someone else’s life and they will look forward to getting themselves out of bed.

You may be asking, why is finding myself, finding my calling. Who you are is the answer to why you are here – your Purpose. On the journey to finding yourself, you unpack your life, find out what has been holding you back all this time, let go of it, find out what your strengths and values are and then you will have discovered your true north. Jesus was very clear when he said the words “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” In other words, the very thing we fear most – surrendering control of our lives – is the key to finding yourself and thereby finding your Calling.

Let me ask you my friend, who are you and why are you here? Which Kingdom are you living for? The truth is, left unchecked, I will always live for the Kingdom of ME! Even as a person who loves the Lord, I can let my prayer life and my overall life quickly become “My Kingdom come, my will be done.” I have found that the alternative to living for myself is dying to myself. I know how terrifying that sounds but if you think about it more deeply, you will realize that it is a pretty good idea. This is the reason I keep surrendering to it.

I have come to the realization that a life devoted to self ultimately leaves you alone. Selfish people drive others away. Selfishness breaks up marriages, destroys relationships between parents and children, ruins friendships, and in the workplace makes you a leader no one wants to follow. And guess what, you will wallow in self-pity wondering why no one likes you. Conversely, when you die to self, something greater rises. When you are no longer about you – when you are over yourself, have found yourself and your reason for existing – you live beyond yourself and you are finally in a position where God can use you.

So, how do you find a mission that’s not about you? I encourage you to put Christ at the center of your mission. Maybe you already do that or you are not quite there yet. What I know for sure, having lived life on both sides, is that the emptiness will go away only when you decide to make life less about you and more about others.

My friends, the Kingdom of Me is a sad kingdom and it leaves you feeling empty. It is time to die to it!

In the process of giving your life away, you will find it.

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Who am I?

If I asked you today who you are, what would your answer be? I can almost guess the answer because I have asked many of my leader clients who they are and guess what their answer was? Yes, exactly what you are thinking. I am the chief executive officer of my company, I am the Head of this and that department, I am a father, I am a mother, I lead worship in church. And the descriptions go on and on. It is interesting to note that the first answer will always be the thing that gives you a sense of greatest importance. The thing that you think will make an impression.

Who you are has nothing to do with the roles you hold. The responses listed above are all roles that we hold in society. Who you are refers to your identity outside of your roles. What am I saying here? For instance, if you were not a parent, an employee/executive, or did not hold any of these roles, who would you define yourself as? Think about it. Strip yourself of all the labels that you hold and then tell me who you are.

Yes, I know! This is a very difficult question. It also took me quite a while to find out the answer. However, when I did, I was set free. The answer showed me that I cannot fit in a box. Whether I have a role or not, a job or not, wherever I go I can be that person and perform at my best.

During this COVID season, many of us are pondering on this question. We have lost our jobs and this is the thing that was giving us a sense of identity. What now? Where does that leave me? I am of no value to anyone let alone myself.

If this is how you are feeling, don’t lose heart. This question is usually triggered by a change in the season of our lives, whether positive or negative, good or bad. The question is vital in shaping you, how you live and why you are here.

By answering the question “Who am I?” you discover God’s plan for your life and who He has created you to be. It will also empower you to be a shining light to those around you.

Would you like to know who you are? Then let’s chat on the 19th of June 2020 from 7:00 pm – 7:30pm on my Facebook page Transforming Leaders from the Inside Out where I will give you some tips on how to start working on your identity and come to a firm understanding of who you are. I will also share with you, who I am.

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Njeri MuchunuWho am I?