Kwanzaa: Self determination determines growth

By Bahiyah Shabazz, MBA

Kwanzaa Candles

My family had a wonderful time yesterday celebrating Umoja: Unity. Although, we didn’t have elaborate plans, it was the time we spend with one another that mattered.

I even took the time to play on the Wii with my son. Of course, he kicked my butt in most of the games, but it was the time that we treasured. At the end of the day, I cooked a feast for us to share and discuss what we love about each other.

Later that night my husband and I talked about why we love and admire each other so much.

The 2nd day I would love to discuss is:

Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination

To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.

English: Self Determination Theory

During this era, so many people are quick to point the finger and blame others for their lack of success. We are strong advocates of education, responsibility and self-love. Although, our son isn’t excited about this day we have scheduled time for him to complete an extra credit package and read a novel assigned by his teacher.

Yes, it’s winter break. But he discloses more than often how much he desires to become a dentist and own his own practice.

We are not waiting until he becomes a senior in high school to discuss his options. Instead, we are conditioning him during his preteen years to create a path of opportunity.  Our child is learning to define his own standards of success and destiny.

As a parent, I am leading by example by running a successful financial improvement and personal development firm. Everyday, he sees his parents display entrepreneurial spirits.

The principles of Kwanzaa are best practices that should be embedded in each of us for success.

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“Love yourself enough to support yourself.”


4 thoughts on “Kwanzaa: Self determination determines growth

  1. Aw, this was a really good post. Taking the time and actual effort to produce a good article… but what
    can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  2. Thank you!!!

    Procrastination is the fear of succeeding. If you know what you need to do, then it can be done. You never want to look back on your years and wish you chose a different path.

    Whatever it is you want to do it can and will happen one step and word at a time!

    Be Inspired.

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