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8 Top Tips for Thriving in Your Jungle

The current climate in our workplaces relate well with life in the jungle. This is true whether you are a leader, an experienced worker or an amateur. We ask ourselves, how can I survive competition? Can my skills, knowledge and ability keep me marketable?

In the jungle, life is just like that-?uncertain. Both carnivores and their prey are faced with challenges. The challenge is running either for food or from being food.

To capture the picture of life in the jungle read what the wise have said. ?Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will die. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn?t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you?d better be running.?

What can we learn from both the lion and the gazelle to survive and thrive and grow in our professional, spiritual pursuits or in our relationships?

8 top tips for thriving in your jungle

1. Identify the nature of your ?jungle.? What is happening in your industry, now and tomorrow? What professional and personal attributes do you want to improve as you strive to attain new heights? What are the opportunities within your immediate reach and the ones you can explore with time?

2. Don?t run aimlessly. Gazelles run from carnivores. Treat anything that limits you from living up to your potential as a ?carnivore.? You can run from poverty, mediocre performance, inability to build and maintain relationships with God and fellow human beings by developing a purpose to live. A lion identifies a target, positions itself and then the running begins. What is your target in your professional endeavors? What is your target in your spiritual pursuits? What kind of relationship do you think is good for you at home and in your community?

3. Concentration. Imagine what would happen to a gazelle that is running from a lion but engages in other activities not related to surviving ? or a lion that may decide to run after every available gazelle? Lions are known for tactful hunting. A lion focuses on one target and nothing else. It applies the law of discrimination against anything which is not of relevant importance as it runs after its goal.

4. Determination. As they run for food (or from being food), animals have to overcome obstacles ? bad terrain, thorny bushes. Determination is what keeps them from being a victim ? food for a lion or starve to death. Personal fulfillment in life bears a deep meaning when we remember the obstacles we have to overcome through our determination.

5. Never give up. A lion may change its course or target, but it never gives up. No one will ever know you had a goal to achieve if you give up. You may adjust your strategies or the nature of your goal ? but never give up.

6. Association. Jungle animals survive together. Lions hunt together sometimes in packs of 4 or 5 to bring down a water buffalo. In our jungle we have to have associates we can work with or depend on.

7. Know when you are safe. Safe from your predator, if you are a gazelle. Or safe with your meal, if you are a lion. This is directly related to having a specific goal. A gazelle can not run for the whole day?it has to know when it is safe and then use its time grazing, feeding a baby or socializing. Same with a lion ? when it has its? kill, that?s success. How will you know you have achieved your goal?

8. What to do when you are not ?running.? Hone your skills, abilities and knowledge. In today?s jungle, learning-to-learn is an asset. Learn to expand and integrate your knowledge, learn communication skills, thinking and reasoning skills and interpersonal skills.

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