“How terrible it will be for those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the chariot, because there are so many, and in charioteers, because they are so strong— but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or seek the LORD!” – Isaiah 31:1
The world over, even in the most developed and wealthy nations, you still find people who believe that other cities, states, or countries hold better opportunities for them. This mentality is gradually taking over the spirit of self-reliance and courage. Right where you are there are very many successful people, and there are also those who believe that “out there” is; where the main thing is happening, where the big pay is, where their success lie.
The world is full of opportunities. Even the deserts and oceans have opportunities for those who will take them. But, some of us have become like the pilgrim described in John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s progress” who was locked in the dungeon of Giant Despair’s castle, and had the key of deliverance all the time with him but had forgotten about it and kept praying for God’s deliverance, until he remembered that he had the keys to the gates Continue reading Don’t Look Too Far For Things Close By→
I read about an experiment where researchers placed a large fish in the middle of an aquarium with minnows to feed on. The fish fed to its delight. Then the researchers decided to place a glass partition in the aquarium, dividing it in two. After the fish had eaten all of the minnows on his side of the partition, it could see the other minnows through the glass but it couldn’t get to them. It thrashed, bumped, and bashed its body against the glass partition, but to no avail. Since it couldn’t get to them, it formed the belief that it was impossible for it to get those minnows. It gave up and stopped trying.
Then the researchers removed the glass partition and allowed the minnows to swim all around it. It could see them and feel them but since it believed those minnows were no longer available to him, that they were forever locked away from its reach. It starved to death in the middle of an aquarium full of food.
Everywhere you look, people are starving to death in the middle of aquarium teeming with food.Everywhere you look, people are blinded to the prosperity that surrounds them, deaf to the sound of opportunity knocking on their own front door, insensitive to the intuitive feelings that flood their entire being.
Some say they have been chained by circumstances; a lack of good education, poor parentage, etc. But really, you are held back not by these things but by your beliefs. You see, it has been proven by so many authorities in science, religion, psychology, even by others who have succeeded, that you can improve your outer condition if you improve your inner life. Continue reading How Our Beliefs Shape Us→
Life is filled with troubles. Today, in all parts of the world, almost everyone is touched by one sort of challenge, difficulty, tragedy, or the other. Sometimes, these challenges are so severe that some of us feel utterly hopeless about life, we see no light at the end of the tunnel, and ask ourselves – Why go on in life?
If this is the case with you right now, I want you to know there is hope, just as the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:8; “We are hard-pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out.” You see, I believe that no matter how distressing or difficult your situation is right now, it can change for the better. Even if you’re your situation seem permanent, or irreversible, for example; suppose you have a terminal illness, or you have lost a loved one – even in these conditions, you can still change your outlook and attitude towards your situation. Continue reading Why Go On?→
So many times we get from life and from others, exactly what we expect. You see, the way we see people, objects or situations affects the way we treat them, and the way we treat them affects the way they behave. So our spouses, partners, children, relatives, co-workers, employees, bosses, classmates etc treat us the way they do because we expect them to be so. – the “Pygmalion effect.”
According to Greek mythology; Pygmalion was a Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory, and fell in love with his creation because it was fair and beautiful. One day after repeated sacrifices, prayers, and wishes that his creation could become a living being, the god Aphrodite gave life to the stature, granting his wish…This brought about the origin of Pygmalion effect. The Pygmalion effect rests on the concept that “what we see reflected on many objects, situations, or persons, is what we put there with our own expectation. We create images of how things should be, and if these images are believed, they become self fulfilling prophecies.”
Often, I hear people say “I plan for the best and prepare for the worst.” Folks, when you prepare for the worst, it means you actually expect the worst to come. The Bible says, “….and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” So we always get what we expect. You always find what you look for in life. If you go about looking for the negatives instead of the positives in your marriage, relationship, work, health, school etc, you will find loads of things to complain about.
If you expect every man or woman wanting to be in a relationship with you to be a cheat, or become abusive, you won’t be disappointed at all.
“You can take the most outstanding man or woman, husband or wife, boy or girl imaginable, criticize them to death, and manage to find some fault in them or you can take the average man or woman and start looking for the good qualities, and you will find them in abundance.” Life gives you what you look for.
You can take your marriage and relationships and find many good things you like and and you are grateful for, or a number of things you don’t like. “Seek and you shall find”. Also, you can take your job or your company and find many good things you like, or a number of things you hate. Life gives you what you look for.
Folks, “the more good or bad you find in yourself, your mate, your job, your kids, your country, your church or your future, the more good or bad there will be to find.
Always look for the gold in everything. Expect the best from yourself and others!
When you go through tough times, challenges, problems or hazards, have faith. It’s really important to “walk by faith and not by sight”, because sometimes our vision can get blurred, you make look at your life, even after all the motivation, coaching, classes, teachings, trainings to see that things are not immediately improving, and your life seem stuck where you are. This is when we need our faith. The Bible says “faith is the evidence of things not seen but hoped for”.
So when hard times come, when negative things are happening in your life, remain faithful because “faithful is He that has promised” us when He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Keep your faith no matter what. Walk by faith and not by sight. Remember “All things are possible to him that believes.”
Meet Kyle Maynard. A man born with a medical condition known as congenital amputation that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. Yet he has gone on to do amazing things with his life.
Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author of a best seller titled; No excuses, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyleʹs wrestled competitively, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Folks, if he doesn’t see any reason to make an excuse, if he doesn’t see anything that would stop him from having an extraordinary life, then we have no right to make excuses. We have no reason not to go after our dreams. There is no disabilty, there is only hope and strong belief.
Below are some of my favourite Kyle’s quotes;
“What is the nature of a disability? Is it physical? Or is it more about fear? When they doubted me, they imagined being in my shoes.. ‘if i were Kyle, i couldn’t do it.’ They had no idea about the beliefs, the training’s, the sacrifices that I had made to make it possible. When someone doubts you, they aren’t doubting you. They are doubting themselves in your shoes.”
“I’ve always believed that anyone can achieve their dreams, regardless. I’ve always had this attitude about no excuses. A belief that I can go on and do what I need to do. To go on, to succeed, regardless.”
“It’s not what I can do; it’s what I will do. If you wake up and try to help one person and change that person’s life, every obstacle you face in front of you is worth it.”