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Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Much of Today

Are you letting yesterday take up too much of today? Unfortunately many of us are. We spend so much time thinking and talking about how achievements, our victories, our breakthroughs and our successes of yesterday, last week, last month, last year and so on and forget to act to improve our lives today.

There are also some of us who spend our today whining and complaining about the misfortunes, ill lucks, failures, disappointments and adversity of yesterday. All we do is blame others, circumstances and events that happened yesterday, last week, last month, last year and so on for our inability to act today. We exist today but we are not fully alive.

Folks don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. No matter what you achieved or didn’t achieve previously, forget about it and focus on today. Take the advice of the scripture that says, “Forget the former things and do not dwell on the past” because it is gone. Continue reading Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Much of Today

Live Prepared

“I have seen many people grow old, but not graciously. Their eyes reflect pain and disillusionment. They have been beaten by life; they have so many broken dreams. The hope and expectations of youth have vanished—only death awaits.”

Don’t allow yourself to be beaten by life. Take the time now to prepare for the harsh lessons of life because, ready or not; like it or not; the obstacles, disappointments, failures, pains, tears, challenges will come, and they do come in everyone’s life. A lot of us are always caught off guard by these negative events because we never take the time to develop a Winner’s mentality.

Folks it doesn’t matter how much we try to ignore the possibility of any unpleasant thing occurring in our lives, they do happen. But you can choose to learn from them or be consumed by them. You can learn from them by acquiring the unshakable inner strength and positive attitude through prayers, studying the word of God, learning from others who have faced these events and are sharing their secrets through blogs, books, audio tapes, seminars, etc.

We may not have control over what happens to us, but we do determine how those events affect us. Live prepared…don’t be a victim of life.

Raise Your Value

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee…”

Many of us consider our natural gifts, talents and parentage poor, and inadequate compared with those of others who are making or have made it in life. But, if we are willing, by patience, hard work, perseverance, study, and determination, to drill, draw out, and refine, to work on our gifts and circumstances, we can raise our present value to greater heights.

While we sit and whine, complain and lament about our lack of opportunities, our lack of quality education, and do nothing to improve our lives, there are other people with half our opportunities, half our gifts, half the love we receive from our “Poor parents” who defy the odds and are changing their lives, living the lives we dream and imagine, with the same amount of time we are throwing away.

“From the same material, one man builds a palace and another, a hovel. From the same rough piece of marble, one man calls out an angel of beauty which delights every beholder, another, a hideous monster which demoralizes everyone who sees it.”

The extent to which you can raise the value of your life depends very largely upon yourself. The tools for self-improvement are in your hands, use them. Never throw away an opportunity to read a book, a post that will change your life daily. The bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15;

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Of course, it is hard and painful, and it takes lots of stamina and sacrifices to undergo the processes that produce the finest product. But would you prefer to remain small, always at the receiving end, doing low paying jobs, attracting sympathy all your life? This isn’t God’s will for you. He wants you to have abundance in all things that pertains to life and Godliness.



We all desire the good things of life; better pay, promotions in our offices, vacation to beautiful islands, retire rich and so on. Desiring something is not bad, but how much are you worth?
The truth is you have tremendous potentials, you are much more than meet the eyes, you are unique, you are talented, you are educated, you have a good attitude, but in today’s environment, a good attitude is often assumed , talent is in abundant supply, and a college degree is just your ticket of entry into a job.
To be successful, we need to keep improving ourselves. We obtain valuable skills of living and success through knowledge. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is one of the great ways to break the shackles of a limiting environment. No matter how grim your world is, if you can read about the accomplishments of others, you can create the beliefs that will allow you to succeed. There is power in books. In this innovative times where you have practically any information in your hand held devices and on the go, anyone who is ignorant has only his or herself to blame. Knowledge is the ladder that enables us climb to the top and grab the life of our dreams.
Most of us would not spend time to improve upon what we know, maybe all we know about our jobs is what was taught us in college or high school. We feign excuses, using our jobs, spouses, kids and whatever else we can make up as the reasons we are not improving our lives. Do not be trapped in a rut by obsolete knowledge. “Obsolete knowledge is more damaging than ignorance for with ignorance we simply do not know something and it is easier to ask questions and learn. When we are sure of erroneous data we aren’t even motivated to look for new information, we just cruise merrily along a dead end path.”- Daniel D. Elash PhD.
Make a commitment today to improve your- self worth. Become more valuable. “Reading just fifteen minutes a day will enable you to read one half a book a week, two a month, twenty four a year, over one thousand books in fifty years.” “…I Daniel understood by books…” (Daniel 9:2)
“All of you are perfect just as you are and you could use a little improvement”- Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi (1905-1971).
“In today’s environment you do not hold to a job, you prepare yourself for a wide range of opportunities. The person who welcomes change and continuous learning leads a dynamic life, while those who back away from it or fear it, find themselves on the human scrap heap. You either expand or you become expendable”. – Les Brown.