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The Main Reason You Don’t Reach Your Goals

It’s a new year and almost everyone has been making his or her new year resolution s or setting the goals they plan to achieve this year. But all too often we discover that many of us abandon our goals before the end of the year. Some don’t even make it to the end of the first quarter. We go back to the old us.

But why is it so? Why is that we find it hard to stick to our resolutions? One of the main reasons we don’t reach our goals in my opinion is that our goals, resolutions are usually too big. Don’t get me wrong, I like big goals. I encourage people to dream big, and aspire to reach great heights in life, but I don’t encourage vague dreams and goals.

We are all entitled to our dreams and goals, whatever they may be, as there are no bad dreams and goals. But maybe you are not yet in the right position to achieve those dreams. Folks all successful people, and top achievers understand something about goal setting that most of us don’t. they understand that in order to achieve goals, “Your goals must be  big enough to motivate you, yet small enough for you to believe them.”

You see, that is where many of us fail. Our goals are too big, we can’t believe them. And you can’t possibly achieve what you don’t believe, because even Christ tells us in Mark gospel that, when we pray to God, we must believe that we have received our answers. Our believe is what produces the results for us. Continue reading The Main Reason You Don’t Reach Your Goals

What are You Willing to Do In Order to Be?

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As a young boy in primary school, I was always asked by teachers in the various classes I progressed into, and by other adults (relatives or family friends) what I will like to be when I grow up. Then I would give them answers of things I fancied back then based on the books I read, or the people I regarded as my heroes….(every child wants be like the adults they loved. So please be good examples to kids)

Right now as an adult, I still hear people tell me what they will like to be, or aiming at becoming; you want to become a writer, actor, actress, speaker, preacher, Entrepreneur, and so on. While we have figured out what we want to be, many of us haven’t figured out what we have to do in order to be those things we desire.

It’s very crucial to know what you must do, just as the Bible tells us in Luke 14:28-32; Continue reading What are You Willing to Do In Order to Be?

Obstacles Don’t Have to Stop You

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Michael Jordan once said; “Obstacles don’t have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. “ The reason why many of us are not living the life of our dreams is because we don’t follow this advice. When we face a challenge, or encounter an obstacle on our path, we turn around and give up. Many of us give up after just one attempt: You flunk an exam and you conclude you will never pass that course, so you give up. You have a wonderful business idea which fails to give you the anticipated results, so you conclude it will never work. You are having difficulties in your marriage, instead of fighting for it, and exhausting all your options, you take the easy way out – divorce. Many have taken their own lives as a result of not being able to face the obstacles on their paths. Too many times we conclude that we are not qualified; we are not good enough; we don’t have the talents and resources necessary to get what we once dreamed about, just because we failed after just one shot.

Sometimes in life you may have to fight a battle, face an obstacle, struggle with a disease or a negative event more than once to win it. The scriptures tell us to study ants, and learn from them. As tiny as those creatures are, they are really amazing. The ants believe there is always a way, and they go all out to make one. No matter how large the obstacle you place on the path of the ants, they don’t give up, they don’t turn their backs and go back home. Rather they focus on how to overcome the obstacle, they may be delayed, but they are never stopped. They work around the obstacle by trying to push it aside, if that doesn’t work, they try to climb over it, if that also fails, they try to go under it and if that fails too, they think of walking around the obstacles. They do anything but go back home. Continue reading Obstacles Don’t Have to Stop You

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

Give Yourself Little Room To Fail

Some of us are too hard on ourselves. When it comes to our lives, goals, activities, we just want perfection. If you are one of those perfect human beings who always keep every resolution you make, and are in complete control of your activities and goals, more power to you. Personally, I still struggle with my resolutions and goals, and I believe it’s only natural to make mistakes, to fail in life. So if you find you are having problems keeping those rules you made with yourself, you are not alone.

Folks, don’t get too rigid on yourselves, allow little room to fail and make mistakes, because when you strive for perfection, to always be 100% efficient, it often leads to a life of misery when you fail. The resulting shame and guilt makes you judge yourself as unworthy; as good for nothing.

Truly great people always accept their flaws and inadequacies. They smile when they fail instead of feeling shame and guilt. They know that each failure often leads them straight to success. Failure is part of life, and he who must succeed must learn to fail.

While we may look at ourselves as being strong, intelligent, and highly advanced, we are still flesh… and like the Bible says, the flesh is weak. God knows you will fail, even in pleasing Him that’s why he allowed grace and mercy for you. As you journey towards greatness and success, don’t lose heart when you fail or make mistakes. Also try to empathize rather than condemn and criticize others when they fail also.

Live your greatest life! Give yourself little room to fail.

Just For Today

The words you will read below were culled from a text by Dale Carnegie. They were originally written by Sibyl F. Partridge. If we follow them, practice them diligently, they would reduce our worries and increase our joys, leading us to “live our greatest lives”.

Just For Today

Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.

Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticise not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will have a programme. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax. In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.