Black Excellence: 5 Goals That Will Help You Live Your Best Life
If you are a member of this organization, you know the importance of having a strong, clear Nia – a life purpose that defines your divine purpose on the planet. Having goals without a purpose is like having a map without a destination, so if you have not defined your life’s purpose, take a second to listen to Module 1 Segment 4: Developing Your Life Mission here.
Once you have found your purpose, the next step is to set effective goals that move you closer to living your purpose to the fullest.
Goals are so crucial to your success because they help you clearly identify what you want – and we know that the clearer you are about your intentions, the more likely they are to manifest.
So regardless of what your life purpose is, here are 5 suggestions that we think will help you live your best life.
To come up with this list, we looked at each of the 5 Element of Life and determined the goals that would have the biggest impact on health, wealth, and well-being.
Eat a whole food plant based diet
Our ancestor Imhotep is credited as saying ‘Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.’
His quote summed up the Kemetic approach to diet. When Europeans visited the Land of the Blacks, here is what they observed:
“…they think that all the diseases which exist are produced in men by the food on which they live: for the Egyptians are from other causes also the most healthy of all men…” – Herodotus, The Histories
We know that the standard western diet is filled with dangerous chemicals, genetically modified organisms, and cancer causing agents.
We also know that Black folks are disproportionately impacted by genocide-level mortality rates, early puberty, mental health issues, and obesity.
All of these issues can be prevented with a whole food, plant based diet.
Meditate for 15 minutes a day
Regardless of your religion or lack thereof, one of your metaphysical goals should be to meditate regularly.
Meditation is a spiritual discipline that uses the power of attention to gain deeper insight into who you are, transcend your physical condition, and overcome metaphysical trauma.
You dont need to meditate for hours at a time to see benefits from the practice (unless you are about that life).
Studies suggest that as little as 15 minutes of meditation each day can have a host of positive effects including stress and anxiety reduction and improved focus and memory.
Here are 5 types of meditation that you can start with – even if you are a beginner:
- Meditation For Spiritual Healing
- Meditation For Spiritual Awakening
- Meditation For Manifestation
- Meditation For Contemplation
- Meditation For Transcendence
One of the challenges I faced with achieving this goal is developing the discipline needed to stick with my practice.
If you face the same challenge, I highly suggest you download the Insight Timer meditation app. Its one of the few free apps that keep me accountable.
You can set reminders, use the timer to keep track of your sessions, and set meditation goals. The app rewards you with stars for the number of consecutive days you meditate.
Learn a new language
Learning a new language should be one of the academic goals on your list. Here are some of the benefits of learning a new language:
Learning a second language makes you smarter
The process of becoming bilingual exercises your brain, challenges you to concentrate and boosts your problem solving skills – all important factors in intelligence
Bilingual individuals have been shown to be more logical and rational, have better decision-making skills and be more perceptive and aware of their surroundings.
Learning a second language improves your memory
Learning a new language structure entails familiarizing with vocabulary and rules, and applying these memorized information into communication.
This strengthens memory because the brain has built its ability to associate information with mnemonics and retains information better. Hence multilingual people have brains that are more exercised and quick to recall names, directions, shopping lists.
Learning a new language is important for Black unity
One of the biggest barriers to African unity is our language barrier.
If we can’t communicate, we can’t coordinate.
Thanks to colonization, Africans are divided into English, French, Portuguese, Creole, and Indigenous language speakers.
When we look at other cultures that are thriving, we see that one of the foundations of their success is that all members of that culture speak the same language.
Before China became the oldest empire still in existence, its early Emperors unified its people using language. And before Islam dominated the African continent, its culture – Arabism – demanded all members speak Arabic.
But when we look at the African diaspora, we see English speakers at war with French speakers (Cameroon). We see Portuguese speaking Brazilians struggling to express solidarity with Xhosa tribesmen in Southern Africa. And we see Black men and women enslaved in Arabic countries who are powerless to articulate their plight to non-Arabic speaking Africans.
Therefore, if the African Diaspora were to unify under one language, all 1.3 Billion Blacks around the world would no longer be isolated from one another.
As an organization and a movement, our official language is Kiswahili – one of the most widely spoken languages on the African continent. You can learn more about why we chose Kiswahili as our official language here.
Its also important to reach those Africans who are still linguistically ‘colonized’, so here are 5 more languages you should consider learning. Click the buttons below to start learning for free.
Expand your village
Think about all the relationships that you are a part of – your friends, your co-workers, your colleagues, your intimate partners.
Now ask yourself: Did you chose these people or did they just somehow end up in your life?
Chances are, you have no control over who you work with, and your friends are people from your past who stuck around. And sometimes, even your intimate partners just somehow ended up in your lane.
The problem is that people who ended up in your life in the past and present may not be interested in moving with you towards your life mission.
If that is the case, you may need to leave old acquaintances behind and add high quality people to your social circle.
In fact, surrounding yourself with the right people might be one of the most important parts of your personal evolution! Having the wrong energy around you wont just slow you down – it could destroy everything you are working for!
Make it your goal to surround yourself by the kinds of people who align with your divine purpose.
Go to Trade shows, lectures, debates, expos, and community meetings where like minds gather and make it a point to add at least one new person to your contacts.
Finding and building quality relationships takes work, but the payoff is absolutely worth it. Your new acquaintances can open doors for you that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to.
Start a side hustle
Every Black man and woman should have a side hustle – and the reasons are clear.
- Black employees are the last hired and the first fired
- The average time that Black employees spend on a job is between 3 and 4 years. That means even if you aren’t fired, you are likely to quit
- Black workers are paid less for the same amount of work as other races in similar positions.
The wealthiest Black people in the world tend to be entrepreneurs. And considering Black wealth is substantially lower than that of other groups, we should see entrepreneurship as a first – instead of an alternative – resort.
Entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to build generational wealth: You can’t pass a job on to your children, but you can pass your business on to them.
So if you have an idea for a product, service, or business – its time to make it happen!
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