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It’s Time To Act!

One day, a friend was trying to share with me what he called some “success secrets” and after listening to him, I told him I already knew the things he was telling me. But he looked at me in the eyes and said, “No you don’t”. But I insisted that I did. And as the argument ensued, he said to me, “Vincent, to know and not to do, is not to know.” And those words hit me real hard, because, I wasn’t doing the things I claimed to have known.

Many of us are like me at the time. We think we know many things yet we don’t apply them, we don’t act on what we know. The truth is you might be a graduate from any of the top universities of this world – in fact you might have all the facts about life and success stored away in your head, but unless you organized your knowledge and expressed it in the form of action, it will be worth nothing to you or the world.

Some of us will be quick to argue that we are not given any chance to put our knowledge to use. But has the world ever given anyone a chance? Except that everyone who has ever succeeded, had to push through and created space for themselves through their imagination, self-confidence, initiative and tenacity.

The world is filled with millions of talented musicians who are not singing; gifted artists who are not painting or sculpting; talented writers who aren’t writing. They have every essential quality with which to offer great service to the world, except one quality – ACTION! Continue reading It’s Time To Act!

Are You Living At Your Best?

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Yes. Are you living at your best? Is the life you are living the best you could have lived? Are the results you’ve achieved the best possible for you? Is what you are doing now the best you could have done? Think about this for a second. I am not saying you should compare yourself to others, and what life they are living. I mean, compared to your potentials, your talents, your capabilities, your education, are you living your best life?

The truth is, so many of us are not living at our best. Instead, we settle and become comfortable with the level we are “because we are afraid to climb the mountains of life. The steepness and ruggedness discourages us, so we stay in the midst of the valley and never learn the mystery of the hills. We do not know what is lost by our self-indulgence, what glory awaits if we only have the courage to climb, or what blessings we will find if we will only ascend the mountains.”

Folks we should never be content with mediocrity when greatness is possible. Many of us are content to live a life of perpetual struggle when it is possible to live at our best. We exist, yet we don’t truly live. Many of us are surviving, when we should be thriving. Continue reading Are You Living At Your Best?

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly. … who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.

Today: God’s Gift For You

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“This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

“Each night I go to sleep I die and the next morning when I wake up I am reborn again.”  —Gandhi

Each day is a gift from God, and the best way to live it is with rejoicing and gladness just like the Psalmist said. Receive this day as a special gift from heaven, an opportunity for us to be reborn and begin our lives again. If you see this day as a gift, you will treasure it, and not waste it on unproductive activities. Never allow the pains, hurdles, handicaps, and defeats of yesterday to poison your attitude towards this day. Never allow the words, actions or inactions of others to cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. This day is too precious to be wasted on thinking about the hate, jealousy and envy of others.

Sometimes it seems as if the 24 hours allotted to us each day isn’t enough to accomplish all tasks at hand, and so we tend to always be in a hurry. Continue reading Today: God’s Gift For You

Why Not Act Now?

The world is filled with people who live in tomorrow. People who believe that it is easier to act tomorrow; that by tomorrow they will have been perfect, or the conditions will have changed, and so on. They forget that no matter what we do, where we do it, or when we start, we will never do it perfectly.” The time is never right for anything, just as the Bible says; “whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

No writer started out writing bestsellers. There is no artist whose first work was a masterpiece. Everyone who is doing great work or things now, didn’t do so at the beginning. They started doing small things until they became great. Every master was once an apprentice. “Before a salesman closes that big sale that puts him on top of the world for weeks, months, or even years, he suffers dozens of disappointments, rejections, and refusals”…but he never allowed those rejections to keep him down. He just kept knocking on the next door, and to the next, until he got his big break.

Having known this, we should stop striving for perfection, rather we should always put in our best efforts no matter how imperfect they may be, because “it is always better to try to succeed and fail, than to try to do nothing and succeed.” We also need to understand that our best efforts may not always be appreciated; there are people who will laugh at us, criticize us, mock us, scold us, jeer us, but not to worry, even Christ Himself suffered these things. No matter what we do, there will be somebody out there who wouldn’t be pleased by our best efforts, but our goals shouldn’t be to please anyone but to just do our best NOW. Continue reading Why Not Act Now?

Strike While The Iron is Hot

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A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. – Proverbs 24: 33-34

“Strike while the iron is hot,” and “Make hay while the sun shines,” are popular and golden maxims, but how many of us apply them in our affairs? Or are you among the few who all they have got to do, at the time it should be done? Wow then congratulations to you.

All through most part of my life, I was a chief procrastinator, especially in college. I would not do my assignments early, but just idle and lazy around until submission deadline approaches, then you will find my scurrying to get it done. In the end, the resulting work wouldn’t be brilliant, and so would be my grades.

Unfortunately, there are still many out there who are still living like I did; always putting off, always leaving off, always going to do it later or tomorrow.  But you see, “Promptness takes the drudgery out of an occupation.  Putting off usually means leaving off, and going to do becomes going undone.  Doing a deed is like sowing a seed: if not done at just the right time it will be forever out of season.  The summer of eternity will not be long enough to bring to maturity the fruit of a delayed action.” Continue reading Strike While The Iron is Hot

Take Action

There is a story in the Bible gospel of John, about a pool by the sheep gate in Jerusalem where an Angel comes in periodically to stir the water, and any person that enters into the pool first after the angel’s action was healed of his or her diseases.

Around this pool were gathered so many people with diverse afflictions, all waiting for the angel, and to get into the water. Among these group was a particular man who had been sick for thirty eight years, and had been waiting along with the others for an opportunity to get into the pool. Now it so happened that Jesus passed along that way one day, and seeing the man, He asked him; “Do you want to be made well?” But our man instead of answering the question directly, reeled out so many excuses why he was still lying down there – He told Jesus how didn’t have any family member or friend to assist him get into the pool, and so on.

You see like that man, there are so many of us who just wait. We sit around, we are where we are because we are waiting for the world to give us a chance. I hear and see it around me all the time; “oh if only I had a rich Dad or Uncle, I wouldn’t be here at this level”; “I am here because nobody wants to help me out.” Folks, the world have never given anyone a chance. Think of the big names we hear of today. The many great men and women who are reshaping our world today got where they are through their imagination, self-confidence, initiative and hard work.

It doesn’t matter how highly educated you are, whether you got first class degree from the Ivy League universities around, your education is worth nothing to you and the world if you don’t take action. Life requires you to take action. When Jesus got to heal that man, He asked him to take action: “Arise, take your bed and walk.” It’s the same thing we ought to do if we are to live our greatest lives.

Rise up from your complains, excuses, fears, worries, doubts…and WALK. Enough of your victim stories – Take Action. “Take responsibility for your own happiness and success. Your friends and family may reach out to you in times of need. Be grateful for that, welcome their efforts, but keep pushing on your own too. The more efforts you put in, the more opportunities you create.” – Nick Vujicic