We all have blind spots – those areas for improvement and growth. As painful as it can be to admit we’re doing things we never wanted to do and saying things we never wanted to say, it is this acknowledgement that enables us to take thefirst step toward change. Be gentle with yourself. Be real with yourself. Take baby steps.
Rhonda Louise Robbins
Do you have dreams? Do you have goals? What baby step have you taken to see that you achieve them?
Remember Usain Bolt, the fastest runner alive? He didn’t start running from the start, he just as us all, had to take some baby steps like crawling and walking before he started running.
Everyone admires the bold, courageous and daring; no one honors the faint- hearted, shy and timid. Look around at what others have done and what you can also do. Everyone is afraid. The strong act in spite of the fear. The weak cower because of the fear. Timidity breeds doubt and hesitation that not only weaken but can be dangerous. The coward dies a thousand deaths. There is a formula for personal development. It is the same formula for everyone. You must study. You must plan. You must practice. You must be tested. Some will shrink simply facing the task. Some will do the minimum and pass. Some will cut corners and pass. Instead, you must boldly welcome the challenge of honestly meeting the standards. Then and only then will you feel the true pride of accomplishment.
Make a personal decision to do what it will take to succeed. These principles are known to many but lived by few. Most people know what they should be doing.
They lack the will or the self-confidence to test themselves physically and mentally by starting a business, making an investment or establishing a friendship. This is not the independent you. You are a person of action.
Keep going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down._ Charles Kettering
What action step do you think one can take to being bold and brave? And is courage and bravery the same?
Live authentically. Why would you continue to compromise something that’s beautiful to create something that is fake?
I have a confession to make, I was comparing myself with others a lot. Guess what? I noticed I’m never going to be like you. I could try and try with every ounce of my being, but I still would be a lesser version of you than you already are. I could put all of my focus into acting like you, talking like you, writing like you, being like you – and you would still be better at being you than I ever could.
“Most of the important things in the world have
been accomplished by people who have kept on
trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
– Dale Carnegie
Right now you might be a little frustrated.
Perhaps people keep pointing out mistakes in your work or maybe you just can’t find your voice. Don’t get disheartened. One day you will
look back on this phase and smile with affection.
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• Post on three consecutive days.
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There’s nothing like a good quote to cheer you up when those awkward moments happen.
Take your stand! Many things do happen to make you lose focus in pursuit of your vision. Adversity of life come your way to make you stop believing in
yourself and what you can do. Things happen that leave you battered and tattered. Your
relationship, business, personal life get attacked and it seems all hope is gone. Know that what
you do when you are exhausted is what really matters. Believing in yourself that you can still be an
inspiration to many people is important. How you handle your bad situations now will
determine how successful you will be in the future. Your challenges are there to leave you with a life changing experience. Utilise the experience to climb up the ladder to your greatness. Learn to apply the same enthusiasm you apply in solving your problems to pursuing your dreams. Determine to live out your purpose in life. It is possible! How you present yourself is how people will accept you. Show your true potential to the world. You deserve greatness. You deserve the best in life.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”—Edith Wharton
Last night, I was just stressed out a bit confused I may say, on what to do then I just decided to step outside my balcony to look up at the stars. I noticed something strange, when I looked up at the stars, I realized that I couldn’t see them earlier but as at the time I later came out at about 2am, the stars where much more brighter I thought to myself, “why is this so that stars was nowhere to be found?” that’s when it struck me like a lightening bolt that the difference between then—when I didn’t see any, and when I did see many was that then there were lights in the city, many people were still working, the noise, the rush hour and so on. But at 2am most people where asleep and in the dark of the night I could see them clearly. Guess what? You are also a light what you have to do is let that little light of yours shine.
Moreover, with that much said, I am amazed at the number of people, walking through life, deadened to the purpose for their living. They while away their time emulating the way others live, instead of living a positive life of their own. They live from a couch, watching a TV set; they sit at their computers seeking satisfaction in information and games; they live for the latest i-phone, Ipad, Xbox, or other electronic gadget. With the push of a button, they expect the abundant life. They are beings, with a light of special gifts, talents, and experiences. Living life like robots. I really want to tell them to wake up and share of themselves with a darkened world that needs their light. Where is their ambition? What is their purpose for living? We were put here to bring light to others. We need to have goals and expectations and work towards accomplishing our aspirations. What is our responsibility for the privilege of living in this world? As the sun lights our days and the moon our nights, we are being called on to light up the lives of those around us. Think about the power of light. It makes sight possible, which allows us to see things the way they really are. It eliminates the darkness. With the power of your light, darkness retreats. As a matter of fact, stars shine in the darkness and are brighter in the darkest places. You have the capacity to bring love and joy, care and compassion, and inspiration and motivation to others in this world. It begins with your thoughts and emotions and which is brought out through your actions. “…as a he [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he…” KJV What would it mean to light the world around you with great hope, desire, and possibility? When you change just one life, you start to change the whole world. Take a stand. I’m taking a stand. We can do it together and redirect the steps of a few lost souls. You are a light which can never be hidden use that light and illuminate your world. See you at the top.
“The real voyage of discovery doesn’t consist of seeking a new landscape but in having new eyes”_Marcel Proust
It’s not uncommon to find people blame their failures to achieve stated goals on limitations of time and resources. Indeed this has become an everyday excuse that without these two obstacles, all humans would have become. As great as all the famous achievers known in history; ancient and contemporary time.
However, the truth of the matter is that continuous blaming of time and resources for failures would achieve nothing but to confine us to where we are. A radical approach which retails seeing beyond the apparent environmental obstacles to face our tasks squarely and with all vigour will scheme wonders in leading us to even the remotest, the most ambitious of our aspirations. This calls for sight, vision, right planning and right discipline. Key tips to rising above the ever present pressure of time and resources and get directly connected to our goals are listed below.
1. Articulate your goals.
2. Define your strategies and constantly review them.
3. Define your daily tasks.
4. Review your performance daily.
5. Compete with yourself and not others.
6. Above all, be disciplined.
Articulate your goals.
According to Soren Kierkegaard, The greatest mistake a traveller could make is to start without being sure of his or her destination. Therefore, the first step to pursuing life’s goals is to identify what those goals are and describe them in relevant details. Former US president, Bill Jefferson Clinton noted that early enough in his life,he had defined a set of clear cut life ambitions for himself which includes ‘having a successful legal practice and becoming a successful politician’. Such goals definition makes us resolute, keeps us focused against all odds and distractions. Sit back get a pen and paper and identify those goals see to it that you work to achieve them.
2. DEFINE YOUR STRATEGIES AND CONSTANTLY REVIEW THEM
No human endeavor thrives in the absence of a define plan of execution. People are constantly in the mistake of ascribing planning to only those tasks that are public and official. He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Therefore, we must always produce blueprints for pursuing our goals. It is important to know, that since time and circumstances offer different challenges and they do vary as time goes on, then this begs the need for continuous effort in improvement is needed. If we just keep to just one strategic plan , it will leave us just chasing shadows in the name of pursuing our goals that’s why it’s good to always improvise.
3. DEFINE YOUR DAILY TASK
A journey f one thousand miles, they say begins with a step. Therefore, pursuit of life’s ambition is an everyday task; each day is a opportunity to take one step that gradually takes us nearer to our goals. Defining our daily task means the stating, in writing what we plan to do in a day and time them just like a timetable in other words, drafting your work schedule.
4. REVIEW YOUR PERFORMANCE DAILY
This means cross checking the task you accomplished and the ones you didn’t if there is and re-note them.
5. COMPETE WITH YOURSELF AND NOT OTHERS.
We often times try to compete with others. Yes I was ones like that I do remember when a friend of mine bested me in math, my aim all that term was to try and best him though I later did, but after I saw I had bested him, I just relaxed and that was the mistake I made and that’s what we normally do. Nonetheless, when we compete with others it also helps us know how far we’ve gone and try to get better but that doesn’t mean we should just keep on competing with them like a game but rather try as much as possible to be better than what you were back then. Just like Usain Bolt, who has been breaking world racing records he breaks those records by competing with others but before that he always improves himself. His coach did say that most times during trainings, he breaks those records personally now that makes when he comes to race again he breaks records.
FINALLY, BE DISCIPLINED
This is the last and important aspect of being a success. Now, what’s discipline? According to the7th edition Oxford dictionary, it’s the ability to control your behavior or the way you live. Discipline helps one to be restrained and focused in the face of laziness. According to John Robinson, “discipline is he number one attitude to lethargy; it brings out the best in you by keeping you going without succumbing to personal forces of laxity.” We all know time runs fast it waits for no one but managing time and resources will do a great deal of good for us. It is hard to find someone who would say he or she has got all the time to do what he wants to do and what life has to offer. This tells us that great achievers are people who have taken extra steps to maximize and use their time judiciously. They are not the people with best opportunities but they seized the opportunity they had and made the best out of it. I believe we can too. See you at the top!
Your life is a rare privilege and responsibility
which you cannot shirk.
Many times when we are affected by the
adversities of life or other challenges, we wonder
about the value and meaning to life. We are so
perturbed that we begin to ask why me. It is not
right to react to the issues of our life in this
way. It is perfectly normal to ask questions. But
the questions we ask should be what and how
and not why me. What and how questions of life
evoke the spirit and desire to give service to
fellow beings and society at large.
Our life on earth is a rare privilege to serve. We
cannot see it in another light and expect to be
successful in life. If you wake up and realize you
are now on this planet earth, your life would be
best served when you make decisions along the
• I am life
• I am privileged
• I am rare
• It is only me that is me
• I must serve
When we view our lives on the mirror of service,
we are automatic champions. We are instantly
successful. And this is regardless of where we
are coming from.
Poor family background is not an excuse for
poverty. In fact, it has been known to be the
greatest propeller for success for many of the
Rich family background is not a guarantee for
success in life. In fact, we know countless
number of cases where family wealth had
become an impediment to the success of the
posterity of the family.
When we set out in life serving others, we end
up being their masters. Those you serve depend
on you and sometimes surrender happily their
wealth and sense of direction in life in your
hands to do as you please. We have seen a lot of
this in real life and in movies and books to
buttress this point.
The Saviour Jesus Christ gained all that his
Father has by serving ordinary human beings
even unto surrendering his own life.
One of the ways we can see the adversities of
our lives with an eye leading to success is to see
them as opportunities to move to the next level
in life through service. Actually, it is strongly felt
that some adversities come to us if we overstay
our welcome at a particular spot and are not
involved in the dynamic project of service. The
great Creator Himself instigates some events
that disrupt our comfort zone so that we might
march on to our glory through service and the
way we respond to the events occurring in our
The challenge of living our lives in any other way
other serving and claiming our God ordained
glory is that we could end up in hell. And hell is
when we look at the sunset of our lives and
regret about the things we have done or have
not done, especially of services not rendered or
Your lives challenges and adversities are the
schools where you learn how to live on the earth
by service. Your earth life is the school where
you learn how to live in eternity with God,
serving and praising Him. You are expected to
pass your class promotion examinations to be
promoted to the next level and service is the
examination, the homework and pretests you
need to undergo on the route to your success.
See you at the top.