Author: Angela Semwogerere
- by Angela Semwogerere
It was my final year in high school and it must have been around 5:45 pm on a Friday afternoon when Isabella and I sat out on the lawn as we waited for the school supper. We began a casual conversation about the fast approaching A -level exams when she turned and asked me the dreaded question. “So Angie, what are you going to be in the future?” Once again I was forced to confront a question I had been avoiding most of my young adult life. “Surely, at 18 years old I should have had a clear answer to this question” so I thought to myself. “What on earth do I want to do with my life?” I questioned myself silently but still, the answer never seemed to come.
That was eleven years ago and having gone on to study Information Technology and work in the IT and telecommunications sectors , I can honestly say it is only now that I have began to discover what I really want to do with my life.
I choose my words wisely when I say I have discovered what I want to do as opposed to what I want to be. This is simply because if I heard these two statements” I would like to start my own TV show” verses “I want to be Oprah Winfrey”. The former would sound more achievable than the latter. But I have found that I want to help people discover their purpose in life and to become more successful.
I was born in Nairobi, Kenya to Ugandan parents and at the age of two I moved to Uganda. My early years were spent in Kampala but at the age of ten I was privilege to live in other parts of the world.
As most of you know, when you are a foreigner in any part of the world, the most common question from people is “where are you from?”
Whenever I was asked this question, I would put a polite smile on my face I would simply reply, “I am from Uganda”, but I soon came to realize that not many people had heard of Uganda. Actually, someone asked me if it was somewhere in the United States. Now that was crazy but I'm not even going to dwell on it. I would try mention phrases like “ It’s the Pearl of Africa”, or that it was right on the Equator, but their faces still clearly showed that they could not place it on the map.
It was not until I mentioned the name Idi Amin that many began to say “Aha, I’ve heard of him”. It clearly showed that it is much easier for us to connect situations, places, events, attitudes etc with negativity rather than positivity.
We allow our minds to be saturated by negative thinking rather than positive thinking.
Let me give you an example, If I were to abruptly shouted “New York!” Immediately many people’s mind would connect it the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack before they connect it to the beautiful Central Park or the great Statue of Liberty.
If I mention South Africa, Apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s years in Prison come to mind before they elaborate on the beauty of the great Table Mountain or the gorgeous Sun City Resort.
“But what’s the big deal about this negative, positive thinking mambo jumbo?”
Let me ask you a question?
“Do you want to be successful in all areas of your life?
If the answer is yes, then having a positive mindset or attitude is a very big deal.
If your whole being is consumed with negative thoughts, attitude, words, etc, then your life is going to be an exact reflection of your negative attitude. It is vital that you understand how important a positive attitude is.
You see, your altitude is measured by your attitude. If your thoughts are fully occupied by “I can’t”, “it won’t work”, “it will never happen to me”, and all these negative self sabotaging words and actions, then unfortunately your are solely responsible for building road blocks that serve as barriers on your path to success.
But when you deliberately opt to look at the positive side of any circumstance you face and believe that you can, it will happen for you and you are able, then you begin to steadily create the path that leads to success.
Therefore I challenge you by asking you today, which road are you taking????
Whatever it is, I do hope it is the road that will lead you to great success.