The year was 2008. I was working at a local university as a lecturer in my home town of Bulawayo. The Zimbabwean economy had taken a real battering and my family and I were right in the middle of it and in urgent need of a breakthrough.
We had four sons, one at senior high school, two at middle primary school and one was less than a year old. The situation was so bad that as you stood in the queue in the bank the amount of money you could withdraw from your account each day would not take you back home either buying fuel or getting onto the public transport.
There were queues for everything from bread to petrol wherever they could be found. I remember waking up one day and saying to my husband “We cannot sustain this for much longer. Something’s got to give.”
For something to give I travelled to Botswana and stayed there with my cousin for two weeks scouring the papers and making piles of applications for jobs. Our youngest boy was less than a year old and was still breastfeeding. Each day of those two weeks I would express my milk about three or four times and throw it out to avoid drying out so my son would continue breastfeeding when I got back home.
Finally when the two weeks were over, I got on the bus to go back home. Before getting on the bus I bought the last lot of newspapers from which to search for jobs to apply for. There was a job on one of the papers that I applied for when I got back home. Guess what?? That was the job that I got that saw me and my family move to Botswana at the end of 2008. It was a better place and there was food and we could pay school fees and buy a car!
Why am I sharing this here? To show you that there is always a way out of any situation. Whatever it is that’s negative that is going on in your life right now, there is a way out. It may look as though it’s the end of the road, but it is not. You can make a breakthrough.
There are four traits that you ought to have to make that breakthrough no matter how impossible or difficult it may seem.
- Never Give Up
During the tough days in Zimbabwe we never stopped looking for ways to provide for our family. Going to work at the university daily seemed hopeless, but it was through waking up daily to do my part that got me in touch with a gentleman who connected me with a lady in the Netherlands who wanted a consultant to do some research for her organization in Zimbabwe. It was the hard currency from that contract that put food on the table for us for six months while I looked for inspiration as to what to do. That same payment provided the money for me to travel to Botswana to look for work.
At the bus station I bought just one more set of newspapers and the job I got was from one of those. Never ever give up doing what you can to get past the barriers you face in life. Keep the dream alive.
- Look Ahead
You might not be proud of your past choices and your present may be very discouraging. Focusing on your past will only kill your spirit and sap your energy because there is nothing that you can do to change it. Your present is real but it is not the end. It is just a stopover. Keep the future that you want clearly visible in front of you. All that I wanted was a better and brighter life for my children. A vision of what that would be like kept me going during those missing my family, milk expressing days looking for a job in a foreign land.
- Stay Positive
This is easier said than done but you just got to train your mind to adopt this attitude if you are to breakthrough your barriers. The easier natural tendency is for you to start feeling sorry for yourself and dragging yourself around wearing your misery on your face. Keep your energy levels high. Believe that what you are aspiring for is possible. Have faith. Faith that when you pronounce your hopes and dreams, God catches them and hatches out a plan to make them real. You may not have the full divine picture of that plan but stay positive by knowing that a universal plan for you is at work.
- Do Your Part
I have heard many times people who are praying for breakthroughs and when I ask them what they are doing for that to happen, most do not have an action plan being implemented. For some reason they think that by hoping for a breakthrough it will happen if they believe hard enough for it. Do all that you can to move towards your destination. God will do His part. After raining manna from heaven, each Israelite family had to get out of bed, get a clean basket, go outside and pick up the manna before it melted away. If they did not do that, it meant that the family would go hungry that day. We do have a part to play in our breakthroughs. Get up and do the part.
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Nomusa is a devoted mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful network marketing business owner.