So that we may know God better and feel His quiet power Let us daily keep in silence a meditation hour For to understand God's greatness and to use His Gifts everyday The soul must learn to meet Him in a meditative way For our father tells is Children that if they would know His Will, They must seek Him in silence when all is calm and still
For Nature's greatest forces are found in quiet things Like softly falling snowflakes drifting down on Angel's wings Or petalsdropping soundlessly from a lovely full-blown rose So God comes closest to us when our souls are in repose So let us plan with prayerful care to always allocate A certain portion of each day to be still and meditate
For when everything is quiet and we're lost in meditation Our soul is then preparing for a deeper dedication That will make it wholly possible to quietly endure The violent world aorund us FOR IN GOD WE ARE SECURE - adapted Quote of the post "In quiet and confidence is your strenght" -Isaiah 30:15
Have you failed? Try again. You say that you have tried again and failed again? Well, try again, and again, and again!
Almost everyone knows the story of Thomas Edison who refused to quit. He tried about ten thousand items before he got the light bulb to work. I think we're all glad that he didn't quit, especially if you are reading this article on your computer!
Some might say, "Oh, sure, Thomas Edison. You know, he was a brilliant inventor." It may be true that he was a brilliant inventor, but the fact remains that he was not a quitter! And that's the point.
Countless stories tell the tales of men and women who just refused to quit, refused to give up, and refused to give in. Each disappointment was just another step closer to victory. That's how they looked at it. But sadly, far too many people look at a set back or a disappointment as a failure, and then they just quit. They abandon their dreams, they discard their goals, they put their plans in a drawer and just quit! Thomas Edison once said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
That's a great attitude, isn't it? It really is, because quitting is a choice, just as trying again is a choice. Having a positive attitude is a choice, just as having a negative attitude is a choice. Having and maintaining a positive attitude, regardless of the situations and circumstances, will keep you on the road to success. On the other hand a negative, defeated attitude, will most certainly keep you from having the success that you desire. Sometimes, you may have the best of intentions to maintain a positive attitude, but then you allow the opinions of others to talk you out of your dreams. You've probably noticed how often people try to talk you out of your dreams. They are so quick to tell you that you can't, instead of encouraging you and telling you that you can. Regardless of what others say or think, it is really up to you to tell yourself that you can. It is up to you to refuse to quit, refusing to give up on your dreams. The Bible promises that if you acknowledge God in all your ways He will direct your path. That's quite a promise! Regardless of how you feel, regardless of what others are saying, regardless of how many times you have failed, keep asking for His help and direction, keep seeking, and refuse to quit. A very helpful method is to have a clear picture in your mind of where you want to go and what you want to do. Don't dwell on where you are now. Instead, see yourself where you want to be. You can be successful in whatever category of life that you want to be. It all depends on how you see the situation. Is you focus on your present situation, or is it on what lies ahead? Do you see set backs as the end of the road, or, as just another step closer to success and victory? After a mistake do you say, "That's it? This doesn't work, I'm quitting?" Or, do you say, "I am going to figure this out and I will be successful."
Your goals and your dreams are yours. Whether or not anyone else cares about them or encourages you, they are yours, and they are important. And, God is very concerned about your happiness and fulfillment. If you refuse to quit you cannot fail. God is not in the failure business; He is in the success business. With His help and direction, you can be successful in every category of life. Every day the choice is yours, so don't choose to quit!
QUOTE OF THE POST "never ever ever ever give up" - Wiston Churchill
I was listening to "America's Success Coach", Jack Canfield, recently and he told a story that reminded me of Bob Proctor's "333 Story" from his international bestseller "You Were Born Rich". In summary, the "333 Story" is a great example of what you can achieve when you make a firm decision and remain open to possibilities rather than focus on obstacles.
Jack Canfield recounted that while he was in Atlanta promoting his book, "Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be", that he was interviewed by a woman who said his publisher had sent her two copies of his book.
She read one and gave the second copy to her brother who had been unemployed for three years. He was depressed and refused to venture out. Well three weeks later her brother had finished the book. He shaved, put on a suit and attended three job interviews. Just three days later he was offered a job. Just writing about this gives me goose bumps. Books indeed have the power to transform your life.
It was novelist, journalist and poet, Christopher Morley who said: "When you give someone a book, you don't give him just paper, ink, and glue. You give him the possibility of a whole new life." This man had certainly been given a new lease on life when he was given the gift of "Success Principles". It can be argued that one book has single-handedly transformed the world of personal development. Someone gave a little green book to Lloyd Conant who spent an entire weekend reading and rereading its contents. On Monday morning he decided that he would build a world-class corporation and that is exactly what he did. Nightingale-Conant is a giant in the field of personal development. The company is recognised around the world for the quality of its training programs and all the leaders in the field of personal and business development, marketing and sales training, spiritual growth and wealth building aspire to have their resources distributed by Nightingale-Conant.
One evening, Lloyd Conant told Bob Proctor and Harold Gash, two of his "top lieutenants", about the little green book. Proctor was just itching to discover the name of the book and more importantly what was written in the pages of this book that has had directed Lloyd Conant to his true purpose in life - to put the inspirational and educational recordings of Earl Nightingale in every home around the world. The book was "The Science of Getting Rich" and, though its text is outdated by our twenty-first century standards, it continues to fascinate and inspire a new army of transformational leaders.
Bob Proctor says of "The Science of Getting Rich" that "The contents of this book have served as the foundation for every personal development program I have written for the past quarter century." In fact, Bob Proctor used this book as the basis of his "Science of Getting Rich" seminar - a powerful seminar that has helped thousands of people across the world better understand, and apply with outstanding results, the process of wealth creation. The little green book inspired Rhonda Byrne to create and produce the movie "The Secret" - a movie which I recently heard described as a blockbuster. That made me smile for this movie does not feature the likes of Bruce Willis, Halle Berry, Samuel L Jackson, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon or George Clooney. There are no breath-taking action scenes, suspenseful car chases or even elaborate sets. Instead, the movie features the likes of Bob Proctor, Loral Langemeier, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, Dr Joe Vitale and Bob Doyle among others. The film stars teachers, philosophers, finance experts, psychologists, physicists and authors. Bizarre, isn't it? But when you understand the spirit in which this film was made it really is no surprise that it has been as successful as it has been and, more importantly, the power of this movie to transform lives across the globe.
"As you learn The Secret you will come to know how you can have, be or do anything you want. You will come to know who you really are. You will come to know the true magnificence that awaits you in life."
I'm sure you can recall a book, perhaps even given to you by a friend or loved one, that made a significant impact on your life. I urge you therefore, to continuing reading inspirational books and to give someone you care about the gift of a great book. (I have Rhonda Byrne to thank for this article)
MY COMMENTS: Historically, the greatest life transfroming book is the HOLY BIBLE and not just that, it is also the bestseller of all time. I am an avid reader and believe me when i say most books are based on biblical principles. My suggestion? Just go directly to the SOURCE of KNOWLEDGE,UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM!!
QUOTE OF THE POST "This book of the law shall not depart oput of your mouth.." - The BiBLE
i believe this article will benefit your life. i got it from a friend Investing in your personal growth and development is one of the most powerful ways to produce results in your life. You may have a specific area of your life that you are not satisfied with and would like to change; such as your finances, confidence level, health, career, relationships. What I mean by growing yourself is taking personal development seminars, courses, workshops, working with a coach, or joining a mastermind group anything that focuses on learning about you. It is powerful taking on the journey of wanting to know more about yourself and what stops you and gets in your way.
When you do not invest in your own personal growth and development you keep producing the same results in your life. Little change and it feels like you are banging your head up against the wall. You are clueless about what to do and how to change because the mind that created your problems can not fix them. Once you take on the task of learning about yourself you discover new possibilities for solving your problems and many times they simply disappear.
When you commit to growing and expanding as a person your life grows and expands as result, there is no way around it. Also when you grow the people around you grow too and are affected by your growth. When you experience breakthroughs and produce amazing results the people around you do too. Every time I take a seminar or workshop and have a breakthrough my clients and the people in my life also have breakthroughs and produce results in their life. If you see growing yourself as a duty for yourself and for the people in your life it makes your commitment so much more meaningful. You know that your growth will have an impact on the lives of others. It always excites me when I finish a seminar and I get to witness miraculous things happening in the lives of people around me.
You may be resistant to taking personal development courses and seminar because you have some concerns about personal growth and self-help. I can understand because I had some concerns too at one time. Maybe you fear by taking a personal development seminar or hiring a coach you are admitting you have problems or are one of those self-help people? I used to be so cut off from taking workshops and seminars because I felt like it was admitting that I had problems or there was something wrong with me. But what I realized is that we all have problems, life is full of problems and learning how to deal with problems powerfully and effectively is not something to be ashamed of.
It takes courage, commitment, and being open minded to do personal development work. Every time I take a course and work with my coach I feel empowered and less like a victim of the circumstances in my life. I feel excitement and passion about my life. Before I used to dread life and dealing with problems. I avoided problems and wished they would go away but all they did was grow bigger. Now the problems I have do not scare me because I know I can handle them and I also have a support system of people who help me when I am stuck and blocked. Now I embrace a challenge and look forward to the opportunity to grow. It is a completely different way of approaching life. I choose to play at the game of life instead of running from it or being a spectator.
From my experience of becoming open to growing and expanding myself I also saw that I was stingy and not sharing with the people in my life about the personal work I was doing. I did not want to tell people because I was concerned about how they would react and feared they would judge me. I have heard things like "you paid for that?" "I could have told you that." So I kept a lot of what I was doing to myself. But as time went on people would ask me what I was doing? My enthusiasm for life excites other people and they want that for themselves. Now I share openly and honestly about what I am up to and what I use to help me grow as a person.
My commitment to grow and expand personally has been the driving force in creating my life the way it is now. I acknowledge that I can not grow on my own and that I need the support of others. I accept that in order to produce effective, extraordinary, immediate results in my life I need to grow and expand myself by taking classes, working with service providers, reading books, and being a life time student in getting to know me. I also became comfortable with saying I do not know what to do and I need help. I know I want to produce a specific result in this area of my life and I am willing to learn what I need to in order to succeed.
There are so many great programs and services out there that can alter your life and help you create magnificent results. Are you willing to invest in yourself? Are you open to seeing what you may have done to cause your life the way it is and find a new way? I have never regretted investing in my growth and development becuase I always get something out of it. I also accept that this is a life long process and one weekend or one book can not change my life forever. As I change I need services and support that can help me handle the new changes and continue to grow.- Adapted Your assignment: Think about an area of your life where you would do anything to change or improve it. Then start looking around for personal growth services that focus on producing results in that area of your life. If you do not know where to start, ask people you know what personal growth and development work they have done. Ask them what they recommend. When you find a seminar or class that really excites and inspires you take a leap of faith and sign up.
Quote of the post "it's your life...Improve it" - olusegun Adedokun
You’ve got your basic education behind you and in your first position, or you’ve been on the job for awhile, you ask yourself what additional qualities do I need to help my career? You’ve started a business and you ask yourself the same question? What learnable skills are essential for career and business success?In study after study, and surveys taken with many executives and successful business owners the following nine learnable skills and abilities are the most valued. Even without specific education or experience these learnable skills will contribute greatly to your ongoing performance and career advancement.
The critical nine career building skills and abilities are: (In no particular order, as each job or business has its own set of priorities.)
1. Selling Skills To get people to buy your ideas, services or products is a quick definition of the selling skill. If you have a job, you've managed to make at least one sale -- that of your services to an employer. Business does not happen without sales. Selling skills are part of the skill category of Negotiation, which is listed among the nine top skills. It's so important, before you do anything, you should read and study one or more of the best books on sales.
2. Writing Skills Others want to know what you know. So, you to write it down for them. You have to write it succinctly, precisely and in a way that is easily understood. You need to provide them instructive, believable, and motivational and convincing written material. It should communicate what you know and what you can do. You no doubt, definitely, without a question, must be able to write effectively to get to the peak of your career or business.
3. Speaking Skills You must be able to speak up for yourself and your department at meetings. Getting a pet project or a budget approved means speaking well and persuasively. Running effective meetings, interviewing and even arguing for a raise require good speaking skills. You certainly must speak well at least one-to-one in order to sell anything. All of the foregoing requires the same skills as public speaking. You can learn the skills from a book or class and through practice. Joining a local Toastmasters club is probably the easiest way to become comfortable speaking to an audience of any size, whether it’s to one or one thousand.
4. Leadership Skills Leadership is the ability to get people to do what you want them to do. If you are a good leader, people will do what you've asked them to do, whether or not you are there to supervise. If you are a great leader, they will do what you've asked, strive to do it well, enjoy working for you and try to do more than you've asked, just to please you. If you are inspired leader, they will do what you ask, try to contribute as much more as you will allow, make sure that whatever they do is the highest quality they can give you, and consider their work not merely enjoyable, but rather a shared vision partnership with you. Leadership includes the skills of motivation, change facilitation, behavior modification and conflict management.
5. Judgment Skills Good judgment is one of the most valued abilities. Making accurate evaluations, outlining possible options and then making a sensible choice is a valuable commodity. Choices, regarding people, are especially prized. It is the ability to develop informed opinions. The development of critical thinking skills, and the careful laying out of options all go toward building this skill. Carefully examining all the options, even with less than 100% of the desired information, will more often than not allow you to make a “good judgment.”
6. Organizational Skills The management of time. The management of people. The management of the processes. All organized so that everything is efficiently accomplished with the least amount of time and overall cost. A skilled organizer starts with their own time management and branches out to include subordinates and other things within their control.
7. Negotiation Skills Negotiation is the basic ability to persuade others to do what you want or give you what you want. These talents are closely related to selling skills and to motivation. Further, they are an essential component to leadership. You can study and learn from any number of books the essential skills that will help you get others to cooperate with you in achieving your mutual goals. Those who apply this skill successfully on behalf of their employers and themselves almost always get ahead of their peers-usually way ahead.
8. Financial Skills When you get into a management position you must know about financial planning and budgeting. To move higher, you must be knowledgeable about all aspects of corporate finance, cash flow, taxes, return on investment, asset valuation and valuing mergers and acquisitions are just some of financial skills you must acquire. However, there's plenty of easy to understand information in books and seminars as well as relevant trade journals that will give you a hand.
9. Information Gathering and Technology Skills This essential skill includes finding the best news, articles, books, tapes, videos, training and other written and multiple media sources that keep you current and "in the know" in your field of expertise. You should also develop and cultivate access to experts who can assist or direct you to the right information. A wide network of experts will speedup your ability to gather information. Storing the information you acquire, making it easy to access and add to it easily is another skill you need to acquire. At a minimum you should be able to make and use databases, to learn and use basic research skills and to be able to do quick, effective internet searches.You will not get ahead without knowing how to use all the current technology relevant to business in general and to your field in particular. You will not get ahead without it. At a minimum, you must acquire basic computer user skills. Also if you make any sorts of presentations, for example, you need to know how to use projectors, projected video, audio amplification systems, computer-assisted training programs and computer projected multimedia.
The nine career building skills all require an analysis as to where you are now. Need to improve your writing ability? Start with a plan and do something every day to advance the skill. Do the same with all of the nine. Build and work a reading and studying list and in no time you’ll find your career skills improving.
All successful entrepreneurs employ the same 6 basic business techniques, no matter what is the business or the industry.
They all start with the same knowledge, wherever it was learned. Remember these basics and keep them first and foremost in your mind; they will apply to any business you start.
1.To Thy Own Self Be True To be successful in business, you must be very self-aware. Many people really don't know their strengths and weaknesses, or don't plan to take advantage of strengths and minimize weaknesses. Consider your strengths and weaknesses honestly, and write them down. Discover ways to ameliorate your weaknesses, but don't devote all your time to them. Place your efforts into things you are good at. Build your strengths, don't fix your weaknesses, as it is put by the Gallup Organization in"Now Discover Your Strengths,"this can put you on the path to success.
2.Customers Are Your Main Priority In every successful business customers come first. If you forget the importance of the customers, you'll risk the stale state of mediocrity among your competition. However you label them - customers, clients, or consumers, must be at the center of all you do.(remember yesterday's story of the 2 doctors?)Beware, don't just pretend to care, because they can detect a phony at a distance Make sure to understand the world as seen by your customers. Ask questions, and take the time to listen to their answers. And be sure to read between the lines and listen to what they’re NOT saying. Pay close attention to nonverbal cues, including body language. The more effort you put into getting to know your customer, the more your business will succeed.
3.Relationships Reign Above All Businesses have never succeeded without networking. Begin to build relations ships with important people, whether they be colleagues, experts or mentors, it will pay off in the end. In a stable environment, a good network helps your business grow; in uncertain times, the support of a network helps your business stay on track.
4.Expect Change We cannot expect things to remain the same. Business's are much like the human body; they grow, develop, mature, and transform. Expect and welcome that change it when it comes. Being aware of potential unexpected events will help you cope with set backs without sacrificing your sanity. Running a successful business will take flexibility--straying away from a set strategy is often necessary to avoid losses. Don't sweat the details, they most likely will change; try and envision all the possible outcomes so they do not blind side you. Analyze your options, and embrace the situation as an opportunity to overcome by simply taking a deep breath.
5.Keep Progressing Businesses and those people that own them never cease in movement. From small day to day actions to major decisions, a thriving organization is marked by productivity. Think about how to be more productive and that will then increase your sales and profits. Don't overlook the possibility of increasing your business efficiency with new technology. Perhaps, the remedy for your production problems is automation, or possibly the solution for your overwhelming internal workload is outsourcing. It is possible to increase your productivity with a variety of methods. Find what works for your business and go with it. A good investment will pay for itself with increased savings or better sales.
6.Balance Is Key Business has the tendency to take over a person's life. If not kept under control, it will. The most outstanding business owners are summed up not only by their bottom line, but their top line as well. Their business doesn't take over their life because they keep life in balance. Due to the difficulty of keeping a balance between one's private life and one's work, some people find it necessary to set aside appointment time explicitly for themselves and their families. This is a great idea! In the same way that you'd set aside time for a business appointment, explicitly write "sit down and relax" or "go on a walk with the kids" in your planner--and then do it! Once you plan out your day, you can balance out the time you have. Work and life balance actually increases your chances for business success.
Quote of the post "Screw it, let's do it" - Richard Branson
... if you learn from this short tale of two doctors.
A young doctor had great plans for his medical career. He had the image of the wonderful medical complex he'd build. He knew precisely where he wanted to be in a few years time. Whenever patients came to him he took a lot of their time telling them about his lofty plans. Word went round about this young doctors practice. He noticed that each new month left him with fewer patients.He had a class mate who equally had lofty goals and dreams.
However, this classmate of his had a different strategy...
He never shared his dreams and goals with his patients. Rather, he took great pains to make sure they are well-catered for. His goal was simple: To ensure that anyone who visited him once will never want to go to another doctor for anything he could handle. His patients were very happy ones. He noticed that each new month his patients were increasing. He saw new faces who told him what great distances they had to cover just to see him. And when he made inquiries, he discovered they were referrals from his past patients. To cut a long story short, the first doctor quit medical practice declaring it unprofitable while the second doctor (the wise one) went on to achieve all his dreams. What does this story have to do with you as a (business) person?
Simple! Life is all about people and since it is, everything else in life is all about people - businesses, ideas, markets, institutions, whatever.
Attend to your prospects' real needs. Take care of them and they'll take care of you.
Just as a doctor needs patients to show how good a doctor he is, you need high quality prequalified leads to jump-start your business and the cheapest mode of advertisement is also the most effective - WORD OF MOUTH of delighted clients
Just don't forget to attend to their needs!
Quote of the post "if you help pthers meet their needs, they'll definitely help you meet yours "- unknown
Do you want to be rich? Everybody will probably say ‘yes.’ Then why is it that so many are struggling financially? Why is that the majority of the people are in debt?
Research shows that 80% of the individuals will never be financially free in the way they’d like to be and 80% will never claim to be truly happy.
Why is that? The reason is simple. Most people are living their life by default. Every successful and wealthy person will tell you that you have to decide to be rich and successful. You have to make a choice that you want to live your life by design and not by default. Your character, your thinking and your beliefs are a critical part of what determines the level of your success.You create the exact amount of your financial success, so write down exactly how much money you want to have and by which date and have a strong desire to reach your goal. When you have this desire, you have to believe that you can make it happen. Because if you don’t believe you can do it, chances are you won’t.
There are different things you can do to build your belief.
One way is using by using your subconscious mind you will achieve your goals much faster. As your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and thought, you can start creating your ideal life in your mind by visualizing it. Feel what it’s like to be rich and have abundance in your life. See what you’re life will look like when you are financially free.
Another great way to build your belief is to fill your mind with inspirational stories of other people that have succeeded. Think about Thomas Edison who decided to invent the the electrical lamp. He had an idea and he believed he could do it. He knew that every failure was bringing him closer to success. When something didn’t work he tried a different approach. At the end he said ‘I knew I had to succeed, because I ran out of things that didn’t work’. And when a journalist asked him what it was like to fail so many times, he answered ‘I didn’t fail the first 9,999 experiments. Inventing the electrical lamp was a process of 10,000 steps, I just had to take each one of them.’
Practical dreamers never quit and neither can you if you want to be rich. Make a plan and keep adjusting it if it doesn’t work the first time. Every failure brings you closer to success. You have to be willing to do what it takes. Most people think this involves only hard work, sacrificing your health and your family life, or being dishonest, but that is not true.
Keep in mind that your character, your thinking and your beliefs will determine your success. If you want to be really successful and rich, you have to focus on the person you want to become.
Quote of the post "your subconcious mind is an underutilized asset" -olusegun Adedokun
This is an absolutely incredible interview with Rick Warren, author of "Purpose Driven Life"
His wife now has cancer, and he now has "wealth" from the book sales.
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
"People ask me, "What is the purpose of life?" And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body--but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal.
God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort
God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems. If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, "which is my problem, my issues, my pain." But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.
It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.
So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call. The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list.
He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, Not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD. Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD. " Quote of the post "learn from others"
Do you want to be rich but it seems that nothing you tried seems to work in attracting more money?
You may have made the following top 3 mistakes to keep you from getting rich.
Check if you made the following mistakes:
1. Spend Most Of Your Time On Low Value Activities. These activities include watching TV, chatting, playing, checking email, washing dishes etc. Please note that there is nothing wrong conducting all these activities, it just depends on your priority, if your priority is to be a millionaire, then check if most of your time is spent on these low value / unproductive activities. Once I listened to a talk by a millionaire, she said she just can’t afford to clean her house, simply because her 1 hour cost her $1000.
2. Belief Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil. This is a myth many people have against money. Imagine you hate money and disrespect money. How then would you become a money magnet?
3. Do What You Hate For Living. There are many people who have the misconception that we need to work hard first, make the money, then only we do what we love. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! The Singapore youngest millionaire, Adam Khoo said that unless you do what you love, you would never become rich. Take for example Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Tiger Woods etc, they enjoy what they do with no doubt and that’s why they become the most successful people in their areas. Now, if you want to be rich, ask if you do what you love for a living!
Quote of the post "The Rich will always rule over the poor"
An achiever is someone who realizes his or her set Goals. Setting goals is one of those things that only a minority prractises but a majority of successful people engages in. Setting goals is a lot like having a strategy or a game plan. It is all about reconciling ones desires with what can reasonably be accomplished in a lifetime. When goals are broken down into 5-year, 1-year, monthly and daily goals they become much easier to achieve. Each day when you wake up you can work towards those goals in a focused manner. How to set your goals?
1.) Know what you want: Don’t just produce a wish list but determine what is truly important to you. For example money might not be as important as the feeling of accomplishment. There are many ways to feel accomplished without necessarily earning money. If you are going to spend the next 5 years or a lifetime working on a goal make sure that it is important to you.
2.) Break long-term goals to tasks to daily tasks. That way you know what needs to be accomplished in order to move towards those more important goals and can check off the tasks as they are accomplished. For example, if I want to get a new job I would first have to update my resume, and then search for companies, etc. With just about everything there are steps.
3.) Stay committed: If you don’t stay committed and work on these goals every day there is a good chance you won’t go very far. Most people fail because they give up instead of because they are not competent.
“Thomas Edison failed thousands of times before becoming successful”.
Finally, you can only achieve your goals by: • Eliminating your negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones • Constantly asserting and affirming your belief in your dream • Having the Gut to take calculated Risks • Getting rid of Low esteem - Always believe in Yourself • Remembering that an achiever is a Believer • Praying along
We have all experienced fear at certain points in our lives. All of a sudden we get so afraid and the adrenaline pumped literally causes us to freeze and unable to think.
At other times, it isn't that bad. it's just this general feeling of "What if it doesn't work out as expected?"
And what did you do when you feel uncertain on your actions?
You wonder if you are going to get the results you want from what you have done. You are afraid of the negative consequence that may come if things go wrong. If you encounter these similar challenges, you may want to practice a way to organize your thoughts.
Everybody has fears. However, not many people know how to deal with it when they are in this intense situation. The five steps have helped me to minimize fear and get closer to my dreams.
We all have a certain pattern of thinking process when it comes to certain situation. Each individual has programmed himself how to feel and what to react when a circumstance occurs. In order to make use of the thinking process and turn it around, we need to understand the thinking principle.
A school of thought believes that the human psyche is implanted with fear for his survival. The Ancient man could not protect himself against fierce and dangerous animals due to his weaker body structure. Therefore, nature gave him fear so that he knew it's time to escape if he faced such animals. Not only the animals that caused fear to ancient man. All other natural dangers and even the danger from fellow humans were also threatened us with fear. We inherited fear and become acquainted with it in our modern lives. But instead of fear of danger, now we fear of failure. Fear of mental danger is more severe than the fear of physical dangers in modern day human.
So, here are five tips that we can use to overcome fear and turn it around to be our power. The steps include:
1 Know what you want from the action: Set goals up on the action you decide to do. You need to know the reason of doing it so that you have enough motivation to overcome the fear. If you have no strong enough reason, you will not follow through the action and failure will be unavoidable.
2 Understand the nature of fear: Fear will come if we are not certain of what will happen. In order to reduce the severity of fear, we need to make the action purpose as clear as we can. Also, we need to see through the whole process of our actions whether there is some risk on anything.
i remember when i was younger and was afraid of ghost in the closet. i was told to really go and take a look at the closet that there is no ghost inside.It is the same here. Fear is just created in our mind according to our natural instinct. Without fear our race may not have come this far.
In our modern time era, we may need to make full analysis of the situation to the extent that we feel more comfortable. This will help us to minimize the fear as we go along. Successful people are not the ones who do not have fear, but the one who know who to deal with it. You also can be successful if you understand its nature. 3 Change the focus: Do not focus on what you fear but instead focus on what you want. This is what most humans miss. Instead of thinking about what he wants, average human tends to focus on what he doesn't want. Train yourself on thinking about good things in your life.
4 Have a positive visualization: Knowing how to visualize will help you enable to dramatically reduce your fear. Regular visualization will also attract favorable situation and attributes into your life according to the law of attraction. There are also some attraction accelerator tools in the market. You may want to utilize in to help you get your result faster.
5 Have a feeling of gratitude:
Feel gratitude on what has brought you here. Gratitude is one of the secrets on eliminating fear. Once you feel really grateful, you will not have fear. Make sure that you have the right focus when you have fear. Do you know Bible Scholars say there are 366 Fear Nots in the good book? That's 1 for each day and an extra 1 for a leap year!!
1. Nothing stays the same. All conditions are temporary, and how they change depends on the choices I make.
2. Action to try to make things happen is hard work, but action taken from a place of love and pure inspiration is living at its grandest.
3. Living from and in the moment is being mindful of thoughts, words, feelings and actions. 4. There are infinite variations in how people see any single event. 5. Labels like right or wrong, good or bad, evil or holy serve to separate people, one from another. In truth, there are as many shades of gray between those opposites of labels as there are people. 6. The differences in life are contrast that drives decision. 7. Abundance abounds. There is enough of everything for everyone; there is no reason to fear running out. 8. Suffering, pain or struggle is not a requirement of life.
9. Passion is not expectation, and expectation is not passion. 10. True faith comes from knowing that no matter what things look like, all is well and will turn out for the best.
Quote of the post "...think on these things"-Paul the apostle
1.Change your mental model of "success" and "failure". Most people operate with the following mental model: they see themselves in the middle, with success on one end and failure on the other. They do everything they can to move toward success and away from failure. What if, rather than seeing failure as something to be avoided it became a "stepping-stone" on the path to success? In other words: Success is the destination. Failure is how you get there. To achieve significant success in today's world, failure is not just a possibility... it is a requirement.
2 Intentionally increase your failure rate. If it's true that the more we fail, the more we succeed, then the immediate goal should be to intentionally increase your failure rate! Yes, this is a counter-intuitive, reverse thinking philosophy... but it works! Intentionally increasing failure is the basis for the "Go for No" concept. "Go for No" means the more people that tell you "no" the closer you will get to ultimate success - or in other words, "yes." Most people, if they actually counted the number of times they hear "no" during a typical day or week would be shocked to see how low the number actually is.
3 Set "No" goalsEveryone sets success goals; few people set "no" goals. And that is what we suggest. But how about setting goals for the number of times we fail? For example, rather than a salesperson setting the goal of having 2 prospects say "yes" to them, they set the goal of being turned down10 times. Imagine the first two prospects they called on said, "Yes!" Rather than being done (having hit their "yes" goal) they'd actually be behind because they still have 10 noes to go!
Quote of the post "Whether you can or you can't you are right"- Henry Ford
A lil Poem.. If you treasure the beauty that shows all around you and try to add some of your own, Enjoy the companionship others can give you, yet value your moments alone…
If you honor opinions that differ from yours, yet stand up for what you believe, Admire the accomplishments others have made, and take pride in what you can achieve…
If you love those around you and love yourself, too, if your spirit is eager and free… Then you know what it means to live life to the fullest and be the best "you" you can be.
The challenge we all have today is finding time to live!
*Well, anyone reading this article is alive, obviously.
*But do you feel alive?
*Do you feel like you are living and enjoying life?
*Are you numbed by job stress or high demands of an over-booked schedule, seldom having time to enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures?
If you belong to this category, I would like to recommend a change. It’s called “live in the moment”. Take time to smell the roses, look at the sunset, sit for a minute andlisten carefully to the sounds around you. Hold hands with someone. We all know the concept. But, I’d bet thatyou are just like me and have spent time cheating yourself out of those precious moments.
I’m sure you will all agree with me, that life is too short. So, take advantage of every given moment. Give yourself the gift of “living life to the fullest.”
For me I decided to do these and i'm finding life more lovely:
Begin each day with gratitude.
Sit quietly for a few minutes and notice the beauty of the day.
Hear the sounds of the morning.
Be aware of everything you are experiencing.
See what new things you can discover in your daily routine.
Discover wonderful new sights, sounds, tastes and sensations where you’ve been everyday and just too busy to notice.
Do something I’ve always wanted to do, but have never taken the time to do before.
Share these joyful moments with a loved one or a friend.
Smile and laugh. They are cherished by everyone, so is companionship.
Be in the moment.
Enjoy that moment.
Once you have treated yourself to this new exercises too, you will begin your journey to living life to the fullest!
Quote of the day "Today's agift that's why it's called the present"-unknown
Avoiding The Minus People Have you noticed how easy it is to destroy than to build, be negative than be positive, be reactive than proactive? Since it is such a “negative” world out there, the last thing you need is hanging around the “Minus People”. This is because as their name depicts, they always deduct from you and most of the time they do so unknowingly and sincerely! There are basically two categories:
Group 1 The first are people who have a toxic effect on anyone that they come in contact with and since you need no special training to be a Minus person, their contagious mindset affects you easily. They have a tendency to increase the entropy of their environment.
Minuses are not only people with pessimistic opinions that we come in contact with. They can also be what we listen to, watch or feed into our minds from literature. Most of the news networks are good examples. Proverbs say to guard our hearts with all diligence for out it are the issues of life and that we speak from the abundance of our hearts. Our eyes and ears especially are the gateways to our hearts and it is wisdom to filter what we allow in via these entrances.
Now back to the first category of minus people. Here are some pointers to these folks:
* They see the world as one big problem and in their eyes you are included! *They are pros when it comes to identifying little problems no matter how well things are going. *You come up with a great idea and they give you 10 reasons why it won’t and can’t work and they say it with such cynicism. *Usually, correcting their mindset takes time and effort.
So for now, considering that you are on a journey called success;the best thing to do is to run away from them as fast as you as far as you can. Proverbs says to walk with the wise. If you do, you become wise. A companion of fools will be destroyed. Generally, you become like those you spend time with - at no extra cost.
Group 2 The second group consists of those that do not say harmful things but neither do they say things that benefit you or energize your emotions towards doing things of worth. This group is deadlier simply because they are “harmless”.
Do you have such people in your life?
If you are not sure, here’s how you can spot them:
*They usually take a lot of your time and energy and after a couple of hours together you wonder why time has passed so quickly and even wonder more why you have not derived anything in beneficial from your time together.
*They talk about everything else except those things that are profitable or of value.
* If you ask what they have been up to lately, they “nothing much” or I just dey or something implying they have really not been progressing in life.
*They have no enthusiasm and take each day as it comes.
I’m sure examples of such people are springing up in your mind right now. The amazing thing is that you enjoy the unfruitful time together and this is why I said they are even more dangerous. This group eats away only your time and they are also unproductive in their own lives too.
A simple way of avoiding this people is to say you’ve got something important to do after exchanging pleasantries and leave immediately.
The truth is time passes so it is now left for us to either maximize the time on our hands doing purposeful things or just let it slip away.
In avoiding minuses, there are no rooms for sentiment!
Immediately you realize that someone is one of the Minus people – whether friend or family, you flee. Simple, uh?
The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep." - Clinton aide George Stephanopolous speaking on Larry King Live "Half this game is ninety percent mental." - Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark
"There's no such thing as a tough child - if you parboil them first for seven hours, they always come out tender." - W.C. Fields "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962 "Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
"This fellow Charles Lindbergh will never make it. He's doomed." - Harry Guggenheim, millionaire aviation enthusiast "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." - Western Union internal memo, 1876
"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." - Response to Debbie Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies
Well, well. This marks the end of the ... didnt think series. I hope you have enjoyed it.
What makes a "great thinker?" Are We Born To Be Great Thinkers? What makes a "great thinker?" A high I.Q.? A university education? Are we born to be great thinkers, or do we learn it? Actually, anyone can be a great thinker. Sure, some of history's so-called "thinkers" had genius-level I.Q. and schooling, but most were normal people who needed or wanted to find solutions to everyday questions.
Key to Great Thoughts The key to discovery of great thoughts lies in one word: PERMISSION.
Give yourself permission to think "outside the box." Daydream. Fantasize. Doodle. Meditate. And never think your ideas are dumb or worthless!
Many of the world's greatest thinkers were laughed at. But imagine what our world if people like Philo T. Farnsworth, a farm boy from Idaho, hadn't dreamed up television.
• Who do you know that you think is a great thinker? • Who always has amazing ideas? • Who comes up with solutions to problems no one else thinks of?
Next time you see them, ask them how they do it.As from the next posts, i will begin a series on some Great Thinkers to inspire us- some famous, some not. All of them have two things in common:
They started life with huge challenges - lack of education, problems at home, poverty - and they all overcame life's challenges by giving themselves permission to dream.
This is a series on some great thinkers that have shaped our world. I hope we’ll all be motivated to emulate them.
Quote of the post "The mind is everything. What you think you become." - Buddha
VISION Visions come in the process of deep thinking or meditating Perception – seeing what is now with the eye of reality Probability – seeing what will be with the eye of discernment Possibility – seeing what can be with the eye of vision
I see what I am prepared to see
What I see is what I can be
What I see is what I get
We all live under the same sky but we do not all have the same horizon.
Different ways of THINKING According to Leadership expert and author John C. Maxwell, these are the different types of thinking:
Thanks for reading this far... By now you should begin to realize that this is a life or death battle in the fight for your personal financial and time FREEDOM.
It takes courage and it requires strength to win this fight. If you're an employee you've given up your choices... someone tells you how much you make, when you go home, if you get sacked (downsized) etc.
You are fighting to be in control of your own choices.
Think about it this way, your boss or your supervisor is a bully telling you how to run your life.
And, the more security you "need", the less freedom you have. I hate to be blunt, but if you are needy, you are weak. And if you're weak, you won't have the strength nor the courage to win the fight for your freedom.
We already discussed how FEAR is the main reason why more people don't start their own businesses.
I challenge you to get the courage to not care about what others think. To gain the mental and emotional toughness to withstand the world of 'big business'. You must learn how to make the yourself stronger.
If you want to be succesful today, you have to develop the mental, emotional, and core toughness and get the necessary education for running a 'big business'.
You deserve your freedom, that's one of the things being rich is about. Fight for your rights and stand up for yourself. Don't let others decide your choices or your lifestyle for you.
Finally, Please surround yourself with friends and family who want you to become rich and above all, adopt a positive attitude towards money... and get educated about how to grow your business.
If you want to be rich, "MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS". Stop asking for permission and take control of your life ... You really do need to get stronger today!
Quote of the post “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.” - Tony Roberts
Brilliant Minds "Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances." - Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube and father of television
"If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one." - Dr. W.C. Heuper of the National Cancer Institute, as quoted in the New York Times on April 14, 1954
"For the majority of people, smoking has a beneficial effect." - Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles surgeon, quoted in Newsweek, November 8, 1963
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." - The editor-in-charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." - A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." - Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" - David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s
Computer Geeks "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, 1949
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
"But what ... is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
Quote of the post "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."- Albert Einstein
I was given this nickname in 1987 by a Jewish friend named Hayder. We were in primary 3.
I love GOD. I desire to be like Him.
I think and imagine now more than ever. I hate being ignorant...it's an abuse of the Mind - a most precious gift.
I love a lot of diverse things. Being eclectic is fun...The challenge is staying focused!! - Meditation helps me to!