Kwanzaa is in full swing! Now, I won’t tell you that I’m an active participant in the celebration of Kwanzaa, but I am a firm supporter of it’s seven principles. Although it is a relatively new celebration, Kwanzaa was founded on ideas and practices that have been mainstays of African culture for hundreds of years.
Today’s principle is Kujichagulia. Translated from it’s origin in Swahili, the word simply means self determination. Self-determination allows people to act and speak independently on a personal and public level. It requires confidence and self-evaluation as well as motivation. For these reasons and more, Kujichagulia stood out to me as one of my favorite principles.
I’ve been preparing for the new year by setting goals. Not resolutions, but tangible goals that can be attained before the end of 2011. One of the new tools that I’m using this year is a vision board. Simply put, a vision board is a collage of pictures and ideas that helps you visualize your goals and make them a reality. Prayer, vision, and SELF DETERMINATION are the tools to take you from where you are to where you need to be.
Making a resolution to do something is trivial. We can sit down on January 1st, and say that we would like to lose weight, start that business, or go back to school, but with out a plan, vision and determination those are just empty words.
So how can you practice Kujichagulia? Prioritize your goals. Put them somewhere where you can see them daily. Believe that by faith you can achieve the goals that you set before yourself. Learn from your failures, so that you save yourself the time of making the same mistakes over and over again. Do the work it takes to achieve your goals, by learning as much as you can to prepare to not only achieve your goals but maintain them. If a vision board will help you…do it. No more time for sitting back… we’re four days away from a new year. Make it happen!