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How Are We to Think About The Difficulties We Meet in Life?

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Most people regard the difficulties they encounter as great misfortunes, and they are right. But that isn’t completely true about difficulties, that aren’t the only way to see them. In fact there is a better way to think about difficulties.

Difficulties are often, when rightly used, often great blessings in disguise. And this is how you should always see and think about them. Most people complain about having to meet with difficulties in their start-ups, relationships, or early years in marriage. But on the contrary they ought to be thankful.

Because every difficult we face cause us to think outside the box, enables us to reach for that part of our minds that we have allowed to grow weeds, spur us to travail, become more resilient and resourceful.

Think about those giant trees in your parks, like that giant oak tree or any other tree that has been standing since when you were a little kid going to school or playing with your friends. The tree hasn’t lasted this long, grown that big and strong just because the ground was fertile, NO! Continue reading How Are We to Think About The Difficulties We Meet in Life?

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How To Be A Possibility Thinker

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In this life you are going to have difficulties and challenges. Even the bible acknowledges this. So when dealing with the various situations, challenges and circumstances in your life, consider applying the “Possibilities Thinkers Creed”.

The creed says; “When faced with a mountain – I will not quit. I will persist until I find a way over, around or through the mountain. Or I will simply stay where I am and turn the mountain into a gold mine.”

Think about what having such an attitude will do for your life. The mountain is what you perceive as your problem, challenge or adversity. The miracle is being able to turn what appears to be a negative situation into a positive one by simply changing your perspective.

There is no situation in life that you cannot turn around if you change the way you view the situation. Remember problems affect us based on the interpretation we give them. Give your challenges a new meaning. Whether you are having problems in your marriage, career, school, relationships or business instead of quitting and being badly affected by it, try looking at from a different direction. Continue reading How To Be A Possibility Thinker

Do You Wish Life Was Easier? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

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Who doesn’t want an easy life? I think most people do. I do. There are some days when I honestly which life can be easy always, but I know that the easiest things are not always the best things. Or as a saying goes, “nothing good comes easy.”

Usually in life you have to pay a price for anything good that is worth its value. In our markets, things are valued based on their cost. If something is sold cheap when it isn’t an auction or on sale, it often means that the value isn’t much.

Our success in life is rated this way too. If success comes to you easily without any cost of effort or sacrifice, its value to us isn’t much and we lose it the same way we acquired it. But if we acquired it through self-denial, tears, much effort and pain, we will do everything we can to make sure we stay successful.

Folks life is full of grind. Grinding begins from childhood. From the moment you learn to speak, there is school for you with its set hours, its lessons, rules, tables, tasks, recitations. Then, when you grow up, instead of getting away from this bondage of routine, this grinding, it goes on just as in childhood.

Some of you have to rise at the same hour every morning, and hurrying away to work and doing the same things over and over, six days in the week, fifty-two weeks in the year, and on and on unto life’s end. For most people there is almost no break in the monotonous rounds of their days through the long years. Continue reading Do You Wish Life Was Easier? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Count Your Blessings Not Your Storms

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Many of us find it hard to stay thankful when we face difficulties. When life knocks you down from all sides, how do you stay thankful? We look at our lives in those moments and there isn’t nothing to be grateful for, all we see are the scars, the pains, the tears, the loneliness, the poverty, the debts and so on. Yet God says in all things, we should give thanks.

I have experienced difficulties too in my life, and I know exactly how it feels, but through practice I have learned to stay grateful, to always count my blessings in those times. Because despite what have been through, I am still alive, sound and healthy, with a family that loves me. You see if you look critically at your life, you will always find many things to be grateful for even when you are facing those storms of life.

Imagine this story that was shared with me; “A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree’s leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark, until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground, while other trees fell all around. Continue reading Count Your Blessings Not Your Storms

Get the Staying Power

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There are some of us who are attempting to give up on our dreams and goals due to the many difficulties and challenges on our paths. It is looking as if help won’t come, and our strength will fail. To those of us, I leave these words; “Go on, Sir (Madam), go on. The difficulties you meet with will rejoice themselves as you advance. Proceed; and light will dawn and shine with increasing clearness on your path.”

A wise king commenting on the importance of persistence and consistency of purpose, said this; “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before great men; he shall not stand before mean men.” You see, it isn’t so much of academic brilliance, ingenuity, huge financial resources as persistency and consistency of efforts and purpose that makes a person great.

The people who succeed in life are those who keep at it long enough even after others quit. Others may be more brilliant than you; they may be richer than you; they may be more talented than you are, but you can make the mark in life if you are persistent and determined enough. Maybe you are writing and no one is reading, ‘liking’ or ‘commenting’ on your work. You are singing and nobody’s listening. You are speaking and nobody’s hearing. Friends keep at it. Time will come when you will be heard and seen! Continue reading Get the Staying Power

Lessons In Setbacks

“If you have suffered more than your fair share of difficulties in life, perhaps you are being prepared to serve some greater purpose that will require you to be equipped with the wisdom you have acquired through your trials.” In my life, I have suffered a lot of setbacks, failed many tests and exams, been months on one meal a day, I have been dressed on handed down clothes…most times they are oversized. I know what it is to be poor, as I have experienced poverty first hand.

When I look at how far I have come and where I am now in life, I can say that, without those challenges early in life I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now. Today I am committed to helping and inspiring people through the lessons I have learnt. When we go through life difficulties, we may not understand the lessons we need to learn immediately, and it’s easy to feel frustrated as a result, but trust me one day you will look back and thank God for the challenges.

Greatness comes with a price, as everyone who has achieved great things in this life had to face difficulties. Some, in the course of their lives have lost limbs, family members, jobs, possessions, etc. No matter what it is you are going through; a divorce, breakup, loss of job, sickness, business failure, delays, lack of education, poverty etc, you can reach into that pain and pick out the lessons. Your life may not look pretty at the moment, but it is exactly what you need to learn for you to grow into the person you have been destined to become.

Remember, “Happy people have often experienced as much adversity as those who are unhappy. What sets them apart is that they have the good sense to manage their memories in a way that enriches their lives.”

The Good In Difficulties

A kite would not fly unless it had a string tying it down. It is just so in life.
So many people with great abilities have been lost to the world because they have not had to wrestle with obstacles, and to struggle under difficulties which would stimulate them.

Poverty and our societies may impede our progress, but they are not insurmountable obstacles, as they often act as a stimulus to the naturally indolent, and help us develop firmer minds, stronger abilities and determination.

“If the germ of the seed has to struggle to push its way up through the stones and hard sod, to fight its way up to sunlight and air, and then to wrestle with storm and tempest, with snow and frost, the fibre of its timber will be all the tougher and stronger.”

“It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.”

Difficulties call out great qualities, and make greatness possible. “When God wants to educate a man, he does not send him to school to the Graces, but to the Necessities.” Through the pit and Pharaoh’s Prison, Joseph came to a throne. Through Goliath David came to the throne. Apostle Paul almost single wrote his Epistles from prison and in chains.