Opinions Sat, 23 Mar 2013

Courage And Being Honest Under Pressure

– A Hallmark Of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo

Over the last six years Nana Addo continues to marvels. I have admired his courage and honesty from afar, whilst serving the Military. Nana Addo has demonstrated a high level convictions and also courage, above all great honesty. He’s courageous and honest to the core.

You may decide to hate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo but his virtues are indestructible. Like the enzyme in our mouths you have to acknowledge his prowess. He is absolute catalyst in the country’s democratic evolution.

Manske Jr. said, “Courage is the intangible leadership quality of which greatness is made.” Also, Ellen DeGeneres said, “Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in needs. To me, those are traditional values”. Great quotes! Life is not developed sequentially from the obvious without in-depth understanding. Life is made of mountains and valleys and everything else in between. From the time we were born, we began to come face to face with situations in which we had to demonstrate courage. A mother’s labor experience is a courageous encounter. Come to think of the baby’s first steps, they are courageous strides. Then comes all other events in which we had to exert ourselves in order to be approved.

Sometimes we feel that courage is what we see when a superhero put a stop to a villain’s objectives in an action movie. Courage is demonstrated when a person endures severe pressure and adversity with honor and grace.

I still can’t fathom the obsession of hatred and revulsion by the NDC and its apparatchik toward Nana Addo. Also find it ridiculous when Nana Addo’s adversaries refuse to relent in their sworn ambition to discredit the man to no avail.

Honesty is vital to making effective changes and identifying who you really are and what you really want. When you lie about who you are or what you really believe, you reinforce the idea that you need to pretend to be someone else or that you are not fundamentally "good enough". Worse you undermine virtually every other key principle for self improvement because they are based on the premise that you have identified your authentic self and your goals.

This is impossible to achieve if you are denying or deceiving yourself. Without the truth of who you are and what you really want, you cannot have clarity in life and you cannot achieve your dreams because you have no true direction.

The problem with the NDC and its supporter is that they lack qualities of honesty. Therefore it is not surprising that even persons perceived to be learned and respected falls flat anytime they out find non-existing issues to smear the persona of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

The NDC problems seem to border on complexities. Either it is inferiority or a deep phobia that haunts them, anytime Nana Addo name surfaces. NDC and its cronies are suffering from a state characterized by incongruous or conflicting attitudes, behavior, and of qualities.

Many people use self-deception and denial as a way of avoiding having to deal with issues about themselves, their circumstances, and people around them or events from the past. What they often don't realize is that this locks them in to an ineffectual cycle of self-sabotage and poor self esteem that blocks their ability to move forward in their lives and prevents them living their dreams.

Can Justice Kpegah come clean on his suppose mission? What has prompted his writ? Is it a way to undermine his colleague Justices or a way to help the NDC frustrate the Petitioners?”

Sincerely, I believe Nana Addo knows very well that when all around you is fine, you don’t need courage. You need courage when conflicts and trials bombard you.

Plutarch said, “The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.”

Being honest does not mean that you have to confront all of your demons and adversaries at once, but it does require that you make an honest start at identifying where your issues lie and accepting what they are. By identifying your issues, you are more able to see past them, to your authentic self and once you have identified your authentic self, it is easier to determine what it is you really want. And then you can start to move forward, choosing to deal with issues or simply work around them until you feel ready to deal with them.

Nana Addo’s statement which portrays his courage can deduced from what he said during 2012 IEA debate he stated that, “My life has been about service to people. This has been my driving force as a lawyer, as a political activist against military rule, as a campaigner for human rights and democracy, as a Member of Parliament, as Attorney General and as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In between these endeavours, I have also been in business and done reasonably well. Twenty years ago, I was excited by the potential of mobile telephones and played a pioneering role in bringing the first mobile telephony company, Mobitel, to Ghana, which started an industry that has transformed the lives of millions of Ghanaians. As a lawyer, I mentored many young people who are now among the leading lawyers of our country. It is these various roles and experiences that I believe, in all humility, have prepared me for the serious job of the Presidency”.

It is worthy of note that, sooner than later each one of us will encounter situations in which our courage will be tested. It could be in the family, at work, at school or anywhere. No-one is unaffected.

John F. Kennedy once said that, “Courage is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to all of us.” What would you do when such an opportunity beckons?

You need to practice honesty at every level of your life, not just with yourself. When you are dishonest, you are effectively saying that you are not worthy enough, that you do not deserve good things and that the only way to get things is to lie or cheat. It really does not matter what it is of your disposition and endeavors, such as lying, cheating, stealing to exaggerating what you have done to impress people, not correcting too much change accidently given to you, having an affair... at the most fundamental level these things are not honest and are a negative affirmation to the self.

In demonstrating “His” honesty Nana Addo also stated that “My goal is to provide transformational leadership and help build a prosperous society, which creates opportunities for all its citizens, rewards creativity and enterprise, honesty and hard work, a society where there is discipline and fairness, where people go about their lives in a free and responsible manner, a society where there are safety nets for the vulnerable and decent retirement for the elderly, an open society protected by well-resourced and motivated security services and where the rule of law works”. He continued, “For this to happen, Ghana needs effective leadership, leadership which is honest, competent and determined to deliver. A leadership of conviction – which is committed to fighting corruption and dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of the Ghanaian. It is clear that corruption has become rampant in these last few years, robbing us of much needed resources for our development. I am determined to fight corruption aggressively, and I can do so, because I am not corrupt, have never been corrupt, and will demand the same of my team. Accountability and transparency are the hallmarks of good governance. Ghana needs this, Ghana deserves this and I, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, pledge to deliver this to the good people of Ghana”. In concluding there is no clear-cut formula on how one acquires courage. But it is believed that courage comes from spiritual strength. Cicero said, “A man of courage is also full of faith.” Those who believe in God or something more powerful than themselves are better able to face adversity and inspire others by doing so. Courageous people are willing to stand-up and be counted. They are able to pick themselves up after defeat and work even harder than before. Are you under pressure? Are you at your wit’s end? It’s time to be courageous!”

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the good news is that you have shown that with practice being honest gets a lot easier, especially when you realize that others start to identify your authenticity and their respect grows accordingly. Furthermore you will be considered a far more reliable and balanced person because everyone will know exactly where they are with you.

It has all the time come out strange to me. First, the things we have a high regard for in men, which includes kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, but they are the associated with failures in our system. On the contrary, those traits we detest, like inequality, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, however, are seen as the traits of success.

Despite the fact that men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

When I see no light at the end of the tunnel, I bring to mind that, all the way through history the way of truth, honesty, integrity, courage and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible and unconquerable, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.

Columnist: Akwah, Nana