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What’s Good About My Life?

Photo Credit: flickr.comI read a story of how one of the great diamond fields of South Africa was discovered; according to the story, one day a tourist entered one of the villages in rural South Africa, and stopped by a little hut to watch a village boy amuse himself by throwing stones in the air. And in the process one of the stones fell at  the tourist’s feet; and he picked it up, and was about to return it to the boy when he saw a flash of light from the stone which caught his attention, and upon closer examination he discovered that the stone was a diamond.

The boy had no clue of the value of the stones he was throwing. To him they were simply objects he could play with. But to the informed tourist, it was a gem of great value hidden in rough coverings.

Just like the boy in the story, most of us don’t realize how much value we have inside us. We look at our lives and think we don’t matter much; we have not talents and skills that are marketable; we have no reason to want to aspire to become great. Continue reading What’s Good About My Life?

What Is Your ‘One Thing’?

“This one thing I do…” – St. Paul.

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek:..”- King David.

“The man who seeks one thing in life, and but one, May hope to achieve it before life be done; But he who seeks all things, wherever he goes, Only reaps from the hopes which around him he sows, A harvest of barren regrets”. – Owen Meredith.

I have discovered that, the difference between those who succeed and those who fail is not in the amount of work they each do, but in the amount of intelligent work. Many of us who do not achieve much, do enough to achieve grand success; but we labour at haphazard, building up with one hand only to tear down with the other. We do not grasp circumstances and change them into opportunities.

Focus folks, is the name of the game in life. Napoleon Hill calls it ‘definite chief aim’. What is your ‘One thing’? What is your aim and purpose in life? Surprisingly, some of us who desire success don’t know what we really want. We can’t define it in words. Instead we give answers like: “I hardly know yet what I am best suited for, but I am a firm believer in hard work, and I am determined to dig early and late all my life, and I know I shall come across something–either gold, silver, or at least iron.” The Bible tells us; “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” – Matthew 7:7, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. …” – Jeremiah 29:13. But the man who is forever looking about to see what he can find never finds anything. If we look for nothing in particular, we find just that and no more. We find what we seek with all our heart. “The bee is not the only insect that visits the flower, but it is the only one that carries honey away”.

THE POWER OF A SUPPORT GROUP

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The treasure of life is in connections. Life is about relationships. One of the things that successful people have in common is a support group or network of people that are connected to them energetically, either by family – Parents, Brothers, Sisters, Uncles, Husbands, Wives or by fraternal or religious organizations. Some of us do not have these support systems – we either have families, friends, neighbours, or co-workers that laugh at us and who wouldn’t support our dreams. The love, the unconditional non-judgemental support that comes from getting involved in a group, church, club, or other organization does a lot of magic for us as humans.
Napoleon Hill in his classic; Think and grow rich, calls it the master mind alliance. A mastermind alliance involves two or more people who work in perfect harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose. Through a support network one may borrow and use the education, experience, influence, and the capital of other people, thereby enabling you to accomplish in one year more than you could accomplish without your support group in a lifetime. A support network can protect you against failure if your purpose is beneficial to all whom you influence. According to Hill Henry ford and Andrew Carnegie, who both made use of this principle, they surrounded themselves with men who supplied knowledge, which they did not, and probably never could possess. Moreover, they selected men who could, and did, harmonize in group effort.
Harmony seems to be one of nature’s laws, without which there cannot be any such thing as organized energy. Without harmony at the source of any form of organized energy or power, the units of that energy are thrown into a chaotic state of disorder and the power is rendered neutral or passive. Paul knew about how much can be done with a support group, and he charged the Christians thus in Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching”.
A support group, gives us a strong foundation, it is like a fertile soil that allows our roots to grow deep down, and when the rains come, it does rain in our lives, when the sun is burning on us, this is inevitable, when people trample on us, this too surely happens in our lives, but because our roots are solid, we will withstand and prosper.
No individual has ever achieved success without the help and cooperation of others. So get involved in a group, in your faith groups, and other networks if you want success.

10 KEYS TO TOTAL FREEDOM

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I just finished reading “Outwitting The Devil”, a great book by Napoleon Hill. It is a book I think you should read too if you want to own your life and be successful.
Here are Napoleon Hill’s 10 secrets to a successful and free life FROM “Outwitting The devil”:

1- Do your own thinking all the time. The only thing we have complete control over is the power to think our own thoughts. “As a man thinks in his heart so he is.” Take control of your life by thinking for yourself.

2- Decide what you want from life and create a plan for achieving it. Also be willing to sacrifice everything else if necessary, in the pursuit of your dreams rather than accept defeat.

3- “Every defeat comes with it the seeds of opportunity”. Analyze temporary defeats and setbacks no matter the nature and cause and extract from it the seeds of opportunity. When you fail, don’t stay down get up and try again.

4- Be willing to render useful service equivalent to the material things you demand of life. Always render the service first.

5- Recognize that your mind is a receiving set that can be tuned to receive communication from God, to help you transmute your desires into their physical equivalent.

6- Your greatest asset is time. The only other thing outside the power of thought that you own outright, and the one thing which can be shaped into whatever material things you want. Spend your time wisely. Do not waste it.

7- Recognize the truth that fear is a filler with which the Devil occupies the unused portion of your mind. It is only a state of mind which you can control by filling it with faith in God’s word, and in your ability to make life provide you with whatever you demand of it.

8- Pray do not beg! Demand what you want, and insist on getting exactly that with no substitute. “You can ask for anything in my name and I will do it” (John 14:13).

9- Always know that life is a cruel task master, it is either you master it or it masters you. There is no compromising point. Never accept anything from life you do not want. If that which isn’t your desire is temporarily forced on you, you can refuse it in your own mind and it will make way for your desire.

10- Remember that your dominating thoughts attract their physical counterpart. “Above all else keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.”( Proverbs 4:23)

CLOSING THOUGHTS

What exactly are you thinking? Why? To what purpose? What are you desiring? What do you have faith in? Yourself and your right to wealth? As Napoleon Hill has said, create an ideal, form a plan, affirm its reality and persist until it is made manifest. Know that you are given the power to create what you desire. Then, just do it.
“The world we have created is a product of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” — Albert Einstein