Just recently I was asked by a man, why in spite of his strong faith in God and his string desire for success, he doesn’t have any success in his life, all his dreams and desires remain unfulfilled? I looked at him and I was genuinely sorry for him, because I could see how passionately he talked about his desires.
After waiting for him to finish speaking, I asked him, what he has done in order to get what he want? How many hours he has put in to work out his dreams and desires? And he gave me an answer that I see as the reason why he hasn’t been successful; he wasn’t doing everything it takes to succeed. He wasn’t going out to put in massive action equivalent to his desires and faith.
Folks the reason why many people fail to realize their dreams/goals is that they are not willing to do their part to make it real. People pray, fast, visualize, affirm, but they don’t back these up with any physical action. “The longing, the desire to do a anything is merely sowing the seed of ambition.” Continue reading Back Your Dreams With Action→
Are you fond of procrastinating and shifting your dreams and responsibilities to some later day? Think about this message from the scriptures; “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” There is a cemetery in the district where I live, and each weekend someone is buried. And every time I notice this many thoughts and questions run through my mind; did the individual who is buried achieve his/her dreams? Did they accomplish what they set out to do? Were they happy when they died? Etc.
Folks this life is momentary. If you have dreams and goals now is the time to begin them. Today is best time to begin all those worthy plans and dreams you’ve been contemplating on. You’ve probably heard the saying that delay is dangerous and procrastination weakens purpose, why don’t you get up now and seize the opportunity while it is still within your reach? You may wake up tomorrow and realize that everything is gone. I have missed some opportunities in my life and I can tell you it was really a painful experience for me when I realized what I had lost by failing to take action.
Bill Gates one of the richest people in the world was asked during an interview on “Larry King Live” what his secret of success was, and if luck had any role to play in it. And replied thus, (in Paraphrasing) Larry maybe luck had a role to play in it, maybe I was at the right place at the right time, but you know I wasn’t the only one there. Others were there at the time too but the difference was I had a bigger sense of vision. And he went on to say, “Larry” I wasn’t the only one with a bigger vision but what made the real difference was that I took immediate and massive action. Continue reading Take Immediate Action→
We need to be careful how we open up our plans and dreams to other people. While we need people to help us grow, not all people are happy about the advancements we make in life. A wise man once said and I agree, “People want you to succeed but not that much.” The natural mind has some elements of jealousy in it. Not all friends mean well for you; not all of them want you to be ahead of them.
Look around you and you will find marriages and relationships that have been ruined because someone they trusted with information betrayed them. I have seen business opportunities stolen; I have seen jobs lost because people weren’t too happy that one of the parties was being successful. Who do you have in your close network? Who do you share your dreams and goals with? It’s time to take a closer look at your associates and friends or risk being heartbroken. Continue reading Be Careful Who You Share Your Dreams With→
Recently I have caught myself in the act of always thinking about the things I lacked. I will focus on the things going bad and wrong within me instead of my dreams and goals thereby stalling in my achievements. I believe I am not alone in this. There are some of us who when thinking and considering their lives, all they can see is the many unpaid bills, the debts, the divorces, the failed relationships, their negative habits, and so on.
Many of us are not being helped by the overly righteous friends and relationships we keep who are unfailing in their self imposed responsibilities of pointing the many blemishes that are in our lives, and painting a saintly image of themselves.
Folks if you find yourself in this situation where you all you can see about you are negatives do not worry, as there isn’t anyone who is too good that there isn’t any bad in them, or too bad that there isn’t any good in them.
There is nothing wrong with your negativities and shortcomings. We human beings are told by others that our negativities are our defeat. When you start to label your feelings, emotions, and activities as being negative by others’ standards, you are judging yourself according to others’ standards. Continue reading You Can Succeed The Way You Are!→
The journey towards success, or a better life is laced with many obstacles and challenges, but the one that stops many of us, is that conviction that our dreams and goals are beyond our reach. Many of us have been sold this lie. We have allowed the many suppressive and negative forces to direct our thoughts and aims toward mediocrity.
In the beginning of our lives it wasn’t always so. God created us with a charge to have dominion over all things. The scripture says we are called to be the head and not the tail. As children we all had great dreams and goals. Visit any primary school today, or talk to any young boy or girl, you will be surprised that they have plans to conquer the world, to attain important positions in life, to become famous and wealthy, to be Olympic champions and so on.
But when they become teens and young adults, the negative suppressive forces that stopped their parents begin to work on them, sometimes it is their own parents and older relatives who failed to act on their own lives that set out to lead these young lads into mediocrity.
They begin to tell them, it is foolish to be a dreamer, that their ideas are impractical, unachievable, stupid, naïve, foolish, doesn’t suit the times and the economy, or that they would need a terrible amount of money to go anywhere in life, or that “luck determines who gets ahead or you’ve got to have important friends,” or you’re “too old or too young.” Continue reading Negative Opinion is Poison→
In his book, “The 100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History”, Bud Greenspan shared the following true story; On an October evening in 1968, a group of die-hard spectators remained in the Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium to see the last finishers of the Olympic Marathon.
More than an hour before, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia had won the race to the exuberant cheers of onlookers. But as the crowd watched and waited for the last participants, it was getting cool and dark. It looked as if the last runners were finished, so the remaining spectators were breaking up and leaving when they heard the sounds of sirens and police whistles coming from the marathon gate into the stadium.
And as everyone watched, one last runner made his way into the track for the last lap of the forty kilometre race. It was John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania. As he ran the 400-metre circuit, people could see that his leg was bandaged and bleeding. He had fallen and injured it during the race, but it hadn’t let it stop him. The people in the stadium rose and applauded until he reached the finish line.
As he hobbled away, he was asked why he had not quit, injured as he was and having no chance of winning a medal. He answered, “My country did not send me to Mexico City to start the race. They sent me to finish the race.” Continue reading Keep That Resolution→
Let me share this story with you: “A Canadian bird decided that it was too much trouble to fly south for the winter. He said to himself, “I can brave a winter. A lot of other animals do it. It just can’t be that hard.” So as all the other birds flocked away toward sunny South America, he stayed behind and waited for winter.
By the end of November, he was having serious second thoughts. He had never been so cold, and he couldn’t find any food. Finally he broke down and realized that if he didn’t get out of there soon, he wasn’t going to make it. So he started flying south all by himself.
After a while it began to rain. And before he knew it, the water was turning to ice on his wings. Struggling, he recognized that he couldn’t fly any longer. He knew he was going to die, so he glided down and made his last landing, crashing to the ground in a barnyard.
As he lay there stunned, a cow came by, stepped over him, and dropped a plop right on him. He was totally disgusted. Here I am, he thought, freezing to death. I am about to die. I am on my last breath, and then this! What an awful way to go.
So then the bird held his breath and prepared himself to die. But after about two minutes, he discovered that a miracle was happening: He was warming up. The ice on his wings was melting. His muscles were thawing out. His blood was flowing again. He realized that he was going to make it after all. He got so excited and happy that he began to sing a glorious song. Continue reading Stay On Your Goals→
The story of Joseph in the Bible is one that many of us can relate with, in our lives. Joseph was mocked, scoffed, and hated by his folks because of his dreams and goals, and his determination to make them a reality.
His folks were uncomfortable around him because they couldn’t understand why he won’t be normal, and be content with the family trade of rearing cattle and sheep. Since they couldn’t see themselves higher than where they stood, they were angry because Joseph had a bigger size of vision.
There are some of us who are like Joseph. We have families who don’t believe in our dreams; our wives ridicule us; our children make faces at us when we talk about our dreams and goals; or parents laugh at us; our friends put us down for going after such dreams and goals.
But like Joseph, you need not be deterred by the harsh words and opposition of those around you. You need instead to persist and go ahead with your goals and dreams. I have to come to realize that when people don’t understand you, they oppose you. And when their opposing views aren’t yielding their desired results, they resort to hate.
Folks if people are throwing mud at you because of what you believe in; because of your strong faith in your dreams and goals, never mind them. Just keep doing what you are doing, because if you do the right things consistently and long enough, the results will show. – Remember success is the sweetest revenge. Continue reading 1 Thing You Mustn’t Do: Give In→
From boardrooms to bedrooms, from faculty halls to athletic fields, in medical schools or music schools, and in every age group and every human activity, and across every racial ethnic group you find one thing in common; people who are achieving less than they possibly could; people who abandon their dreams, and settle in mediocrity.
All over the world you find self-defeating habits and mediocre expectations and efforts towards goals. Millions of us are living below our God given potentials. You see gifted people who shine briefly, and for one reason or the other they disappear into obscurity.
Mediocrity is so common place today in our society that it has been accepted to be normal. That’s why many underachievers today don’t even realize they are one – because they look around and think “At least the other guy isn’t doing better than me.”
If you find yourself going back and forth, up and down, you know within your heart that you can do better, yet you are not doing it. I am sorry you may be an underachiever. Here are five characteristics of underachievers you may access yourself with: Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Are Underachieving!→