How to be Free, Manifest and Succeed! (2)

How to be Free, Manifest and Succeed! (2)

Today we will consider the concluding part of our meditation on how to succeed, manifest and be free.

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32

However, freedom, manifestation and success do not happen without some degrees of internal and external struggles. These restrictions usually come in form of limitations imposed by the self, others or the environment; and it is to the extent that you overcome them that you will be free, become and succeed. Here is a continuation of the three keys that will help you to be free, manifest or succeed:

2.   Reach out: as you go out of your comfort zone to pursue your dreams and ideals, you also need to reach out to people and resources that will help you to achieve your objectives along the way. Fortune, most times, does not favour the taciturn. You need to identify the persons or association that can enhance you as a person as well as enable you to accomplish your aim, and then reach out to them. This is not limited to humans alone; as you are “going out” you will also encounter books, events and other resources that will be helpful to you. Reach out to them, subscribe to them, engage them and assimilate them.

3.   Launch out: to the extent that you have gone out and reached out, you also need to launch out with the idea and initiative you have been nursing, or those that occur to you as you become. A popular maxim holds that “people will not celebrate you for your intentions, but your actions.” To succeed, you need to have a sizable action quotient per day. And the key to doing that is making every hour count. Input substance into your hours and you will have a productive day. Never let an hour pass by without a substantial investment of rigorous thinking or effort with short, medium or long-term yield in it. Even the chunk of time you take to rest or spend with your family constitutes a judicious investment of time that will produce positives. So, don’t think it’s all about working alone.

Dare the odds and discouragements to launch out and start that initiative and whatever it is that you have tucked in the recess of your mind for so long. Don’t fall victim of the paralysis that develops from over-analysis. You will never know all there is to know, have all you need to start, or have a panoramic view of all there is to see about the idea anyway. So start where you are. And instead of waiting for a perfect time, make the present time perfect.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How Do You Respond to Discouragement?

How Do You Respond to Discouragement?

This is a story that teaches us some lessons about how to deal with discouragement at moments in our lives.

A man got dressed in the evening and set out on his way to God’s house. On his way to Church, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself up and headed home.

At home, he changed his clothes and was again on his way to Church. Again, he fell at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed off the dirt and headed home. At home, he once again changed his clothes and walked out heading to God’s house.

On his way, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked to know his identity and the man replied, “I saw you fall twice on your way, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.”

The first man thanked him profusely and the two went on their way to the Church. Once at the Church, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in, but he refused. He asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was negative. The first man then asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.

The man replied, “I am Satan.” The man was shocked at this reply.

Satan went on to explain, ”I saw you on your way to the Church and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the Church, God forgave all of your sins.

I made you fall a second time, and even that discouragement did not affect you; rather, you went back on your way to Church. Because of that, God forgave all the sins of the people of your household.

I was afraid if I made you fall one more time, then God will forgive the sins of your nation, so I have to make sure you get to the Church safely.”

Do not put off the good you intended to do as you never know how much reward you might receive from the hardships and discouragement you encounter while trying to achieve that good. Your righteousness can save your family and a whole nation.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.Hebrews 12:3

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Unanswered Letters: A Lesson on Handling Discouragement

How to be Free, Manifest and Succeed (1)

How to be Free, Manifest and Succeed (1)

Here is a Daily Dew insight on some principles detailing how to manifest, be free and succeed.

But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? – Galatians 4:9

Humans, when caged by self, dogma or fellow humans cannot be free, neither can they manifest their full potential nor succeed in their endeavours. The very thought of freedom, manifestation, and success suggests an image of an outward flow of activities rather than an inward blossom.

However, freedom, manifestation and success do not happen without some degrees of internal and external struggles. These restrictions usually come in form of limitations imposed by the self, others or the environment; and it is to the extent that you overcome them that you will be free, become and succeed.

Therefore, to be free, to manifest or to succeed, here are three keys you may find very helpful:

Go out: you cannot reach your full potential unless you go out of your comfort zone. Have you seen a tortoise moving before? No matter how big or small it is, it cannot move anywhere until it juts its head out of the shell. Humans are no different; there is no progress unless you go out of your shell.

You cannot succeed unless you discard the limiting beliefs and self-doubts that have held you down for whatever length of time. To grow, you need to proceed from one level of reasoning or operation to the next. To succeed, you have to go out of the miry of nonchalance and average performance.

To continue…

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How To Sustain Success

How To Sustain Success

A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches. – Proverbs 11:16

Success means different things to different people; the same way the mode of approaching it is different from one individual to another, not minding the myriads of literature in the public domain on how to achieve it.

There are two angles to success; the first is exploring how to accomplish it and, the second, how to sustain it. Achieving success in life might seem a very arduous feat that places a lot of demand on one. That is rightly so, as not everyone can lay claim to being successful. However, sustaining success at whatever level is more demanding than the process of achieving it.

The passage above gives us an insight on how to sustain success so it doesn’t slip out of grasp or dim out with greater speed than it came. It takes discipline to retain success, that is what the writer of the proverb describes as “ruthless” in the passage above. A measure of ruthlessness is needed to sustain or scale up any kind of success. You have to be ruthless on yourself in terms of how you use time, manage resources, what you tell yourself, as well as how you interact with yourself and others.

Discipline must be your watchword if you want to sustain success; you cannot afford to do what everyone else is doing if such will not further your cause. You cannot live the way your friends live, think the way they think, say what they say and indulge in what they indulge. Successful people are usually hard on themselves and that transfers to the way they relate with others. They are not afraid to break out of the mould and be different. They are strict and disciplined because that is what it takes to sustain success.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (5)

Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (5)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.Psalm 1:1-3

The Psalm 1 businessperson does not just delight in exposing himself/herself to the word and counsel of God, he/she also makes it a duty to meditate on the word of God and the counsel He has given. He/she hits every working day by ruminating on what the LORD has said in the Holy Bible, thus availing himself/herself a map with which to navigate the affairs of life and business for each day, as well as having an appraisal system through which he/she measures the success and other concerns of each day in the night.

In other words, the Psalm 1 businessperson is devoted to the word of God and is fanatic about His counsel. That is the reason he/she meditates on God’s word day and night. The word thus becoming the light with which he/she sees and the lamp that offers direction to his footsteps – business decisions.

By doing all these, such person positions himself/herself for divine attention and patronage. That is why the Bible says he/she will “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

That can be your testimony too.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Psalm 1 as A Business Principle (4)

Psalm 1 as A Business Principle (4)

In continuation of our series on meditating on Psalm 1 as a business principle:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.Psalm 1:1-3

The blessed man delights in the law of God; and, in the context of our discourse in the past few days, a Psalm 1 businessperson is in business to please God among other things.

A Psalm 1 businessperson delights in knowing and following the counsel of God. Obeying God gives him/her much glee, as against indulging in practices that rankle against His grain in the name of doing business.

A Psalm 1 businessperson does not allow the trends of the time to sweep him/her into acting in contravention of divine will. And when there is a clash between obeying God and doing things the popular way, he/she would rather operate in tandem to divine precepts rather than doing what may be considered commercially expedient.

While a Psalm 1 businessperson is in business to make money, what really drives him/her is higher than financial returns and thoughts of personal gain. A Psalm 1 businessperson puts God at the centre of his/her consideration, and by so doing is wired up to serve humans beyond lip service, because pursuing the good of humanity is a direct offshoot of genuine love for God.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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