I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone
across the waters to create many ripples-

Mother Teresa
“Without AMBITION one starts nothing. Without WORK,
one finishes nothing. The prize will NOT be sent to you. You have to WIN it.
The man who knows HOW will always have a job. The man who also knows WHY will
always be his boss. As to METHODS there may be a million and then some, but
principles are few. The man who grasps PRINCIPLES can successfully select his
own methods. The man, who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
December 27th, 2016 at exactly 3.34pm – the
clock stopped ticking for me – I was involved in a ghastly motor accident
alongside my family. At that instance it was silence – the ripple had seized it
was over!!!  …………….. and then I
was awakened by mutterings, musings, whispers, screams and prayers. My wife
gave me a brief of my sojourn; she told me how I laid unconscious for more than
10 minutes, she prayed and proclaimed in strange thoughts yet all I could
remember was the doctors sewing me up – Alas! 
I had been given another chance to right the wrongs, to stir up the
hornet’s nest, to close the ranks and possibly bridge the gap. I am alive and
yet again to start off another ripple!!!
Congratulations we made it to 2016 themed Ripple
Effects. It is a year to create a conscious cascading effort to effect positive
changes likened to throwing pebbles in water thus provoking an initial state
followed by outwards incrementally ripples. This is the essence of being
Phenomenal…. becoming ripples or creating ripples by taking small concerted
positive actions.
to creating ripples is making choices –there are not ripples without choices –  the outcomes we intend to project through our
actions must be intrinsically linked to impacting lives positively – we must
decide what we want but this cannot be fashioned if we are not conversant with
the principal actor/actress i.e. YOU!!! KNOW THYSELF – for you are the only
limitation towards being Phenomenal!!!

BE Phenomenal – You must create a ripple and that starts with:
Awareness: An awareness of
oneself; a probing of some sort in a bid to find who you are? Whose you are?
And what your purpose is? – You must become more aware of yourself, your role
in your community and much more. Your awareness of your purpose, gifting and
association is critical to effecting a ripple. This level of awareness is
hinged on clarity – an understanding, a discovery ……your true essence
You must be Ambitious – as summed up by Ralph Waldo Emerson without Ambition
one starts nothing – this is the requisite desire or urges to champion ripples;
this is the drive to ignite a journey to become extraordinary. Your ambition is
tied to a goal – your aspiration – this is not a weakness rather it is a yearning
inherent in every human. It is the conception of some sort  with an
Attention: YOU must give
attention to Your Ambition – once you have come to terms with the reality you
seek to accomplish – you must focus intently on seeing the ripple take place.
This is what we are poised to foster all through the year 2016. The operating
word is ATTENTION i.e. FOCUS – it means you cannot be distracted; it is about
selectively concentrating on your aim –THE CORE!!!
Attitude: Your Attitude
Determines Your Altitude – your attitude will serve as the booster i.e. a
determinant of how far you can attain i.e. your altitude – as yeast is in dough
– your attitude helps you rise to the enviable heights of your goals, ambitions
and aspirations. Without the right attitude, the flight is incredulous.
Appreciation of the NOW– the celebration of the triumphs no matter how trivial
they sound or look– you must recognize the strides no matter how small and be
thankful all the way – this is required to sustain the ripple effect.
must finish your races individually, whether you win or not is a choice you
will decide from now.  You must finish
the work that lies ahead –you will have to remain unyielding, undaunted and
undeterred no matter what life throws at us.
have started a fresh ripple – the effects will linger – I am no longer
controlled by the fears, limitations or doubts. Now I know – Let’s create
ripples all through 2016.
starts with YOU!!! Cast the stone – take a step…….start a ripple!!! BE