Category Archives: Personal Development

7 Lies We Tell Ourselves Everyday…that Keep Us from a Life of Success!

1. I don’t have the time

That is classic! We tell ourselves we don’t have time to read a book, to exercise, to be with family or go for Bible Study. It is a lie! We have the time to do the things we really want to do, like going to see a football match or going for a kitchen party or spending the entire weekend ‘catching up’ with friends. We tell ourselves that we don’t have time in order to comfort ourselves for not doing the things we really should be doing.

2. I am not good enough

If you open your eyes, and look honestly, you will find a lot of  people right now who are not as good as you and yet are living their dreams. Take that excuse off your list. Chances are you think your boss is a complete idiot! That should prove the point, well, sort of.

3. One time won’t hurt

Well, it does. Why? How? One time becomes two times, three times, four times… One thing leads to another. Soon enough, as they say,  the rest becomes history. The road to self-destruction starts with one drink, one night-out, one error in judgement. One time will bite you, literally!

4. At least I am not starving

You are not starving? No? But you can do a lot better than that. And you know in your heart that it is true. We are not here just to scrap through or to make our way in the universe crawling around. We have the seeds of greatness within us, each one of us. Everyone.

5. Money can’t buy happiness

No. But it pays the bills. And it’s very hard to be happy when you have bills piling up all the way to your neck. Get up. Go make some money.

6. You only live once

It is true. Trouble is, we use that statement to justify why we do all the things we shouldn’t be doing in the first place. We live once and that is enough–if we live right.

7. Now is not the perfect time

Ivan Turgenev says that , “If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin.” Never!

Bonus! Okay, I know I said 7 but here is a bonus point just for you.

8. I don’t feel like it

What would happen if you had a maid who only shows up for work when she feels like? If she doesn’t feel like coming she can stay away! We have to move beyond feelings and emotions and operate in a Commitment Spectrum. #icm_motivation #wekeepgoing

Isaac C. Mwiya
Writer | Motivational Speaker | Trainer
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Let it go


We’ve all been disappointed before. We’ve all been dealt with unfairly at some point. We’ve had people make promises to us and not keep them. We’ve had people break our hearts. We’ve had failed projects. We’ve had embarrassing moments.

But a time must come in each one of us’s lives that we must choose to leave it all behind and move on to a better future. Why? Because we cannot move into a better future with all that luggage and baggage.

Creating a beautiful future takes a lot of positive energy. Un-forgiveness, hurt and grudges take that energy away from us. Whatever may have happened to you in the past let it go and move so you can grow. #icm_motivation #wekeepgoing

Isaac C. Mwiya
Writer | Motivational Speaker | Trainer
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The Dream Killers Part 5: LACK of PERSEVERANCE

Quitting too soon. Some people are very good at starting things. They just don’t seem to know how to keep on keeping on when the ride gets bumpy. As soon as they face challenges they abandon their dream and go in search of a new one. Perseverance, in the face of challenges, is key to the realization of any dream.

Nothing comes easy. You will go through rough and dark patches sometimes. But if you hold on and persevere the sun will rise eventually. Don’t lose heart. Keep on keeping on. Develop in you the spirit of perseverance-to be able to hang in there even when all the lights have been turned off, even when you can’t see the silver lining. Winners are people who refused to quit. Hang in there. If you get used to quitting you will always be quitting!

Junior President: a Lesson on Bouncing Back


Perrykent Nkole

After watching the grand finale of Junior President on Sunday 4th October, 2015 I remembered one post I had shared with my WhatsApp group and on my Facebook wall on 8th September, 2015. Here it is.

Junior President is a TV show that has young people playing the role of republican president. They are given assignments that they have to execute as presidents. Some of their assignments involve group work where others are individually done.

During one of the group assignments a contestant named Perrykent Nkole was group leader. At the end of the assignment he had to make a speech on behalf of his team. As someone who has been in the public speaking arena for 12 years I can tell you that his delivery was pathetic! The young man could not just cut it. It could easily qualify as the worst performance of the entire show.

BUT the young man survived and was able to bounce back. The last time I checked he was the only man remaining on the show. The other two were ladies. Even after such a disaster of a speech he went on to do so well on subsequent assignments. The way I see it he could just be the one to scoop the prize.

See, it does not matter how much you have messed up in the past. You can still pick yourself up and go again. Don’t let mistakes of the past hinder you from moving into the future. Use them as learning points so that you can be better and do better. Don’t write yourself off. You can always bounce back-if you wish.

Perrykent Nkole was announced winner of Junior President on Sunday. Congratulations are in order.

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Isaac C. Mwiya
Author | Motivational Speaker | Trainer

The Power of a Dream

In this 4 minutes+ audio motivational speaker Isaac C. Mwiya talks about “The Power of a Dream”. If you have a dream you have to listen to this! This audio was recorded for Yatsani Radio (99.1 FM) in Lusaka, Zambia.

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