Dream big, says Kuruman guru

2015-11-11 06:00


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FOR those who live in small towns it can be difficult to envision dreaming bigger career-wise.

The national unemployment rate, according to Stats South Africa, is around 25% and even higher in areas outside the city centres. This means prospects are somewhat slim for those living in smaller settlements, where locals may find it difficult to believe there is possibility to grow.

Godfrey Madanhire, a professional motivational speaker, life coach and successful entrepreneur, recently relocated to Kuruman.

Looking to expand the offering of his company, Dreamworld Promotions, he decided to dream bigger by moving to the oasis of the Kalahari and opening The Dream Lodge.

He says your future is a journey and believes that people in small towns can – and should – expand their aspirations.

“Often when we plan for the future we think of it as a destination. You envision a house, the type of car you want, and so on. What you need to realise is that it is a journey you must follow to realise your dreams.

“In setting up Dreamworld Promotions and opening The Dream Lodge, I planned the journey. I’ve always wanted a location where I could conduct weekend seminars to enrich people’s lives. By planning and sticking to my path I’ve been able to achieve my end goals.”

He says there are individuals who are fortunate to have a headstart in life, but for those who do not, it does not mean you cannot enter the arena.

Venturing into any new environment will be challenging, but with determination and self-belief you can achieve your goals.

“A simple exercise to do for yourself is to write down a list of your positive attributes on paper. Keep the page, and refer back to it when you’re feeling low.

“Boosting your self-confidence from time to time will be required to keep you moving forward. Success is taken by those who are on the move, so keep your momentum going.”

He says that we often think that an idea will fail because no-one will be interested in it. As a local living in a small town you will think that you know what people want. Do not forget that everyone is different – and this is where your big and unique dream could fit in.

He suggests you tap into your unlimited potential and truly believe in dreaming bigger. You must understand there is a mountain of potential for anyone to climb.

“The question is: Do you have the willpower? Individuals who believe in limitless potential are able to build on their dreams and see the gaps. When you realise this you’ll be able to identify those large opportunities and chase them down and, in turn, reach these goals. Remain focused on your dream.”

According to Madanhire, the failure to achieve often boils down to a lack of focus. Reaching your objective is a journey and sometimes you stray from the path.

Put your head down, keep moving and eventually you’ll see your big dream come true.

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