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Walking the Cheapest Kilometer or Mile

Last updated on February 18, 2012

I have noticed that a lot of people are challenged today. People are challenged by social, psycho-social, spiritual, financial, morale, and career issues. Today more than ever, you need to develop a decision making process that allows you to win each time you make a choice. Winning is not always about making money each time you turn. Winning is making a turn every time you need to make one and ensuring that each turn is the best turn you can ever make.

WALK THE CHEAPEST MILE

Imagine you were standing in the middle of a number line. To your left were negative numbers, and to your right positive numbers. Which direction would you take? I am sure half of us would take the right turn because it represents positive circumstances.

I developed this principal (and there may be similar ones out there) while in a personal coaching session with a client in Johannesburg South Africa last week. The client had come to me for coaching and needed some urgent help. This client was caught in between two choices. Either to run business A or business B. Or better still, whether to run both A and B.
Then it hit me. I leaped out of my chair as if to fuse knowledge into his brain. If I was a surgeon, I would have operated on him right away.

"Why do you run business A side by side with Business B?" I asked boldly. "Because business A brings me a bit of cash too." He answered.  To cut to the chase, my client was running a big business with millions of Rands in investments. While at the same time running a very small business with minimal Rands investments. Yet, at the end of the month, business A was taking away valuable time from both him and business B. The result was obvious; he was losing 10 times more money in business B than he was making in business A. for every 1000 Rands he made in business A, he lost 9000 Rands in the other one.

I showed him how by closing the "useless" business he was running on the side, he could put all his energy into the real deal of his life.

What about you my friend, are you walking the cheapest mile or the most expensive mile.

How did I have the passion to tell him all this? Because I had once made the same mistake. My staff and I had a successful live meeting in Livingstone Zambia in March of 2008. When we were done, we had enough money to pay our expenses and to come out debt free and remain with a little extra for bread and butter. What did I do? I hoped on a plane to buy USB's and Floppy disks for resale. Five days after I was back with dozens of gizmos. Enough to tickle my ego yet as I would discover latter, I had walked the most expensive mile. I took the wrong turn. Let's just say, we made a loss from those USB's and disks.

THE LESSON

Never walk the mile or kilometer which after you have walked it, you will be in more problems than before. Always take the turn that has the least amount of tear and wear to you and your resources. Secondly, always put the best resources in the best ventures where you achieve the best results. Would you rather buy the most expensive fire fighting engine or would you rather buy the most effective sprinkler system and fire prevention kit? One waits until the fire is on while the other stops the fire before it starts. It is up to you.

Very often, leaders are distracted because they took on projects they should never have taken on. They waste their energy on things that don't even matter. These are activities that raise adrenaline but drain the bank account.

As for me, 2009 is my year and I am NOT going to waste it on activities that subtract rather than add value. As we all declared in 2008 that 2009 IS THE YEAR OF WEALTH CREATION.  If I had not taken that trip to order those "stupid" USB's (excuse my bloody French), I would have made more money if I had invested it in what I am great at; training and teaching. I am so past selling underwear and hair pieces. Yes I may do it one day. I don't dispute that. But based on what I know now, Mubita Nawa cannot sell shoelaces because that is walking a very expensive mile. Mubita must not even be tempted to make a shoe factory. That is still an expensive mile for him. The cheap mile is to stick with what I am good at. What comes easy for me but others find hard to do. Is anyone hearing me or am I speaking to myself? I want you to get this. This is one of the most important principles you will need not only in 2009 but for the rest of your life.

LOOK OUT FOR SCAVENGERS

There are people who will come your way to derail you from your cheaper mile. Be steadfast. Find the miles that you enjoy walking and walk on them with confidence. Other cars may even zoom past you in haste. But have the faith to stand by what you believe in and to know that the next turn you will make will be the cheaper turn and the most fruitful one too. In life we are not judged by how big our cars are but whether or not we can afford the gas in those cars. You may even be judged by whether you are happy with the mileage your car is giving you.

As for my client, he left a happy man. I showed him a strategy that he would follow to return him to the right path. As I write to you now, he has closed down that little useless business and has already recovered the lost money and time that came as a result of neglecting the right business.

May God bless you and remember to walk the cheapest and most productive mile or kilometer.

I am forever your friend.

Mubita C. Nawa- THE MOTIVATOR

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QUOTES:

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the Beautiful Stuff out." – Ray Bradbury
 
"Determination burns within each one of us. Whether it will heat the room or the whole house depends on how much time we spend feeding the fire." – Michelle C. Ustaszeski

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