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Don’t Quit 5 Seconds To Your Miracle

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Contrary to the beliefs of a lot of folks, it isn’t their lack of money, lack of skills, hard luck, or lack of connections that is responsible for their mediocre results. Rather it is simply a lack of persistence. Too many people give too soon.

Persistence is a very important quality we must possess if we are to reach our destined heights in life. There are several scriptures of the Bible that stress the importance of persistence in the work of God. One of such is 1 Corinthians 15: 58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”

Folks as with your Christian work so it is it life. Achieving anything great in life requires persistent effort and constancy of purpose. Staying at something long after the excitement of the moment is gone. Persistence always gives confidence. Everybody believes in the person who persists. They may meet misfortunes, sorrows, and reverses, but everybody believes that they will ultimately triumph because they know there is no keeping such individuals down. Continue reading Don’t Quit 5 Seconds To Your Miracle

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Podcast Episode 15: Develop the Tenacity of Purpose

Tenacity of purpose is a great quality that is required if you want success at any level. Unfortunately so many people lack this quality and as a result they miss their goals even when they are positioned and equipped to realise them.

If you are about to startup a business or venture into something new, then you should take a listen on this inspiring episode. It may just make all the difference for you between success and failure, especially as reports say 95% of most business startups fail between their 1-3 years.

I encourage you to listen, and also share this episode with someone you may know.

It Shall Pass

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There is a particular phrase in the bible I like so much. It is, “It came to pass.” Many bible parables and key activities begin with that phrase. It signifies a fulfilment of a certain prophecy or an end of an era. But to me it shows me that there is always an end to any situation one is experiencing.

Life is full of problems, sometimes it’s as if all we get from life is difficulty, challenges, sicknesses, and one form of pain or the other. But the good news is nothing lasts forever. That problem you are encountering has a life span. “Every mountain has a peak.  Every valley has its low point.  Life has its ups and downs, its peaks and its valleys.  No one is up all the time, nor are they down all the time.  Problems do end.  They do go away.  They are all resolved in time.” – Robert Schuller.

Friends it doesn’t matter how long you’ve had your challenge; whether it’s 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years…6 years or for as long as you remember. It will pass one day. All we need is to hold on in faith that nothing last forever on this earth, and that that problem too shall come to pass. Remember after every storm is sunshine, after the winter is spring. Great things are going to show up in your life once again if you hold on. Continue reading It Shall Pass

Gold Wrapped in Dirt

Most Christians are familiar with the story of David. Many times when we talk about David, we only remember his exploits over “Goliath.” Not many remember the fact that he had killed a lion and bear prior to that. Maybe because that aspect of his life wasn’t dramatically expressed like his triumph over Goliath.

But you see, the lion and the bear that attacked David’s flocks were wonderful opportunities for him. Have we ever thought of what would have happened had David faltered and failed in killing both animals? I believe that if he had failed, he would have missed God’s opportunity for him, and may never have fulfilled his purpose on earth.

Nobody would think of a lion and a bear, some of the planet’s most deadly animals as a special blessing or an opportunity, yet they were an opportunity in disguise for David. That’s why I strongly believe that every adversity, every difficulty, every trial that comes our way, if we view it correctly, is an opportunity for us. Continue reading Gold Wrapped in Dirt

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

“The Quitter”

When you’re lost in the Wild, and you’re scared as a child,
And Death looks you bang in the eye,
And you’re sore as a boil, it’s according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and . . . die.
But the Code of a Man says: “Fight all you can,”
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it’s easy to blow . . .
It’s the hell-served-for-breakfast that’s hard.

“You’re sick of the game!” Well, now that’s a shame.
You’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright.
“You’ve had a raw deal!” I know — but don’t squeal,
Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight.
It’s the plugging away that will win you the day,
So don’t be a piker, old pard!
Just draw on your grit, it’s so easy to quit.
It’s the keeping-your chin-up that’s hard.

It’s easy to cry that you’re beaten — and die;
It’s easy to crawfish and crawl;
But to fight and to fight when hope’s out of sight —
Why that’s the best game of them all!
And though you come out of each gruelling bout,
All broken and battered and scarred,
Just have one more try — it’s dead easy to die,
It’s the keeping-on-living that’s hard.

-By Robert W. Service

THE VALUE IN PAIN

All successful people know that it is easy to stay where you are, that is why most people never really change. They are stuck in that moment in time of their lives. Real success in anything in this life requires you to stretch, to leave your comfort zone. You need to be exposed to new ideas and dynamic ways of thinking.

The truth is change is not easy. Take for example you decide to make a commitment to physical fitness after years of inactive living. It is obvious that you will go through pain, you are going to be hurt for a while, but then you will be the physical specimen that you dreamed to be once you pay the price to get there. Most of us stop at the point of the pain and we never move through it.

Studies of long distance swimmers have found that, they usually get to a point where all they want to do is stop; all they want to do is just be hauled into a boat and taken home. But they have been trained to know that, that is the danger zone for them. If they can just get through the temporal slowdown, then they would finish their race and maybe even win the prize. But they have to get through that danger zone.

The danger zone for most of us is;

7697827940_37f2a74eb61- The danger zone of inconvenience: Most of us will only do that which is easy and convenient. If you want to achieve success in your life, relationships, education and business, you have to get out of the “easy bus”, and do the uncomfortable thing. Things that most people cannot and would not do.

2- The danger zone of comfort: There are some of us who feel that even though we don’t know it all, we are doing alright. We do not, or won’t make any effort to learn because we are too comfortable. Without the pressure of losses, or obvious failures, we won’t do anything different. This is a certain path to a life of mediocrity.

3- “Why suffer mentality”: A lot of us don’t want to suffer. We want everything now and easy. We don’t believe in hard work. If a relationship don’t seem to be working, instead of working on it, we walk. If a marriage do not seem to work out we just walk out. if a job doesn’t pay quickly, we quit. If we start a business and it doesn’t pay off in the first one or two months, we head for another opportunity. We do not have the mentality for long term thinking. We won’t look for something persistently, and because of this attitude, we miss our success targets.

People who succeed keep their momentum. They keep their momentum by consistently training themselves, by consistently stretching themselves.

Let these words of Apostle Paul inspire you; “Not that I have already obtained all this, or I have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philipians 3:12 – 14