Time Accelerators 2

This is now the fifth part in a week long series on The Mystery of Time.  Below are quick links to the preceding four parts in this series:

You Can Mould Time To Your Advantage
Forces That Can Mould Time
Time Is An Elastic Intangible
Time Accelerators 1

One of the most significant things about time is that it is elastic – it can be expanded, or shrunk to fit your needs, as long as you understand and master the necessary forces required to do so.  Some of my friends who’ve read this series have already sent me some interesting thoughts on how time can be compressed to suit our specifications in life.  I was particularly intrigued by Jenny’s who wrote to me that she can actually control her time through her thoughts!

Jenny has an interesting paradigm about the potentials of the human spirit and writes a lot on the mystery of healing.  I personally find her thoughts and views quite intriguing.  Check out her blog by clicking here.

In today’s post, I want to examine another force that can mould time to your advantage – APPLIED KNOWLEDGE.

The power of awareness and applied knowledge

Look at a comparison that I made in part three of this series:

Distance Km Vessel Speed km/h Time Required
405 Israelites in Exodus 0.0012 40 years
405 Stardust space probe 46440 31 seconds

The ancient Israelites spent 40 years to make a journey of 405 kilometres, whereas the astronauts in Stardust space probe covered the same distance in just 31 seconds!  What was the major difference between these two groups of people?  The answer is simply the fact that the people associated with the space probe had a better knowledge and understanding of the laws of the universe governing motion and how to apply them to advantage.

You see, the more you understand the universal laws governing any sphere of activity here on earth, and the more you can accurate apply that understanding to your enterprises, the less time you’ll need to move from where you are to where you’d rather be.

The difference between your ‘today’ and your preferred ‘future’ is not a matter of chronological time, it’s rather a function of your own awareness, consciousness, and accurate application of divine universal laws and principles.  Your future is in your mind; it’s in your awareness.

Think about this:  You can accomplish in 31 seconds, something that others do in 40 years, if you have the necessary understanding of the laws governing that enterprise, and if you accurately apply that understanding. If you knew more about the laws governing a sphere, you would move at rates hundreds of times faster than now.

The man who evolves from a cash-flow of zero dollars (per month)to a billion dollars (per month) in less than a year, has most likely become aware of and applied certain universal laws and principles of wealth creation that are probably not yet available to his fellow humans.

For instance, J. Paul Getty writes that “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.”

I like St. Augustine’s submission on the subject of Miracles. He says that, “Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”

In the next 3000 years, a lot of what we refer to as miracles today, would be done by humans as a normal part of their daily living.  The difference would lie in the fact that they would have acquired greater awareness and understanding of the universal laws of life and existence.  50 years from now, some of the things we do in weeks and months, would be accomplished in a matter of seconds as a result of greater knowledge of the underlying designs and mysteries of life.

But for now, my point is that you can reduce the time needed to create your own personal success and accomplish your dreams, if you can increase your awareness and understanding of the governing laws of life.

Time Accelerators 1

This is the fourth part of this weeks posting on the Mystery of Time.  Below are quick links to the previous three posts on the subject:

You Can Mould Time To Your Advantage
Forces That Can Mould Time
Time is an Elastic Intangible

I’ve already used several illustrations to convey my belief that time is elastic; it can be expanded or shrunk by the application of certain forces.  When more or less time is used than what is usual, we use the words faster, or slower to describe the process.  The implication is that more speed equals less time consumption, and vice versa.

My wife has a degree in English language and often proof-reads my posts before they are published.  After reading the previous one, she said, “This is a good one. I’m really interested in finding out what those ‘certain forces’ that can ‘mould’ time are.”   Her comments were in direct response to the concluding statement of that post:

“Yes, you can ‘mould’ time to your advantage through the application of certain ‘forces’.So stick around with me as I intend to explore some of these ‘forces’ in greater details in the next sections of this article”

🙂

Well, I intend to write about those forces in this part of the series.

I’ll like to refer to these forces as ‘time accelerators’ because they have the capacity to reduce the amount of time needed to take you from one state of being to another.

The wilderness tragedy…

The people of ancient Israel had a dream – to move into Canaan, their promised land.
It was a beautiful dream and they left the land of bondage with great expectations.  That trip was supposed to take a maximum of eleven days, but they ended up spending a whopping 40 years!

Now think about these questions that I asked my audience during a session of the Success Academy Nigeria :

How long is it taking you to make that transition from where you are to where you want to be? How long is it taking you so far to achieve your dreams? How long is it taking you to maximize your personal and corporate success? How long is it taking to realize the promises of God in your life? How long is it taking for you to gain control over your life and achieve the goals you have set for yourself?  Also, check your so called achievements; have you spent the past 10 years trying to achieve what you could have achieved in one week?

The wilderness tragedy is illustrative of the experiences of most of us today who spend forever in the journey towards the realization of our dreams.  We consume mountainous volumes of time moving around in circles, and getting nowhere.

I believe that the wilderness tragedy was a function of the absence of a certain time accelerator…Courage.

Courage is a time accelerator

“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.” ~ Exodus 13:17, 18

This commentary recognizes the lack of courage as the underlying cause of the wilderness tragedy.  The absence of courage slowed them down and necessitated the use of more time to make their transition from slavery to their promised land.  God checked out their hearts and attitudes and concluded that they lacked the guts to take the faster route – one that would have taken just 11 days!  Consequently, they spent 40 years instead, thereby consuming 1327 times more time than they could have.

God was travelling with those guys, yet it is obvious in retrospect that the speed of their journey had nothing to do with the ability of God – it had more to do with their own guts and courage!

Similarly, how far and fast you travel to your preferred future is not up to God; if it were, you’ll be there right away!  It is rather dependent on your ability to take intelligent and calculated risks.

God figured out that those Israelites lacked the guts to move through the land of war.  They were risk averse. They were fearful. They lacked courage.

You see, if you are fearful, and overcautious, if you are afraid to take risks, if you lack guts, you’ll require more time to reach your dreams, probably 40 years,that is if you get there at all! 🙁  .  This is because your promised land is often hidden behind a screen of terrifying circumstances.  When the opportunity you are looking for comes, it usually wears a mask called ‘problems’. Now these problems are usually very terrifying and are designed to separate great men from the masses.

The saying “no guts, no glory” is a clear statement that courage is a time accelerator.  In other words, the more courageous you are, the smaller the time you’ll take to achieve your dreams.

I have another brief piece on courage.  Click here to check it out.

Stick around, more time accelerators are up ahead 😉

Time is an elastic intangible

If your goal is to move from A to B, then you will need a certain quantity of time X to achieve that goal if you move at a speed S.

If you were to move at a speed of 2S, you will then need half of X to make that journey. Time in this case becomes a variable quantity, an elastic substance that can be stretched or shrunk.  Time is invisible and intangible, but it’s there and because it’s obviously elastic, it can be manipulated at will, if you just know how.

Destination B for you could be financial abundance, weight loss, robust health, or even marital bliss. In order to achieve any of these goals, you’ll need time; these things can only happen in time.  Since time is an elastic intangible, the quantity that is needed to attain those ends could either be reduced or increased,  if you knew how to manipulate the operations of certain forces akin to speed.

Yes, you can ‘mould’ time to your advantage through the application of certain ‘forces’.

All time is elastic…

I am convinced that you and I have powers and abilities way beyond anything we’ve hitherto imagined. All time is subject to ‘certain forces’ within the human spirit.

For instance, a flight from the city where I live in, Enugu, to the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, would usually require about 40 minutes. That journey, however, could be made in a matter of seconds either by the average space shuttle moving into the earth’s atmosphere, or by a highly advanced spiritual man using ‘spiritual forces.’

The later case is one of ‘disappearing’, an idea that might be scoffed at by western minds, but quite familiar to people, say, here in Africa.  In both cases, though, certain forces were used to manipulate the quantity of time required to move from Enugu to Abuja.

Let’s get a better picture of what I’m saying:

How much time would be needed to cover a distance of 405 Kilometres, such as from Tel Aviv to Cairo?

Distance Km Vessel Speed km/h Time Required
405 Israelites in Exodus 0.0012 40 years
405 Garden snail 0.0468 360 days
405 Concorde airliner 2170.8 12 minutes
405 Stardust space probe 46440 31 seconds
405 Signal cable 720,000,000 0.00216 seconds
405 Light 1,079,252,848.8 0.001 seconds

The Israelites moved at a speed slower than that of a snail 🙁  So they required more time than a snail would.

Now, think about this, it’s the same distance from Tel Aviv to Cairo, yet we have someone using as much as 40years and another using as little as 0.001seconds!

How much time do you require to move from point A (an undesirable state, such as debt, ill health, unhappiness, etc.) to point B (creating your own personal success, living your dreams)?

My answer is that it depends on other forces such as speed, or whatever it is that determines speed 🙂 .

Someone could go from a life of debauchery and wastefulness to a healthy, happy, and productive life in a matter of hours…another could take forever!
One could go from a life of scarcity to that of abundance in a matter of weeks, another could take a lifetime.
A nation could go from poverty and socio-economic backwardness to that of peace and progress in a matter of a few years, another nation could take a hundred decades.

Hours…forever…weeks…a lifetime…a few years…a hundred decades…
These are all measured quantities of time.
The point is that you’ll need more or less time for your transitions, evolutions, and metamorphosis in life.  And, because time is an invisible, intangible, but elastic reality which can be moulded by certain forces, how much of it needed to take you ‘there’ is a matter of your understanding and mastery of these certain forces.

So stick around with me as I intend to explore some of these ‘forces’ in greater details in the next sections of this article.  In the meantime, share your thoughts on the subject in the comment box below.

Forces That Can Mould Time

Here’s an interesting comment from Maureen at the previous part of this article,

"Time is something I never have enough of, and something I wish would speed up in terms of my making my dreams come true."

Have you ever felt like the time you have isn’t enough to perform all of the necessary tasks required to take you ‘there’? Do you feel like you need more time?

Well, here’s my response to Maureen,

""Most people, particularly ambitious and goal-oriented individuals, have this challenge of not having enough time. I rarely feel that way, though. My experience has been that I wished I had enough energy, drive, and vision-clarity, to make the most of the time that I have. I believe that I have more than enough time; my personal challenge is to optimize and leverage it for greater output."

I promised then that in this section of the article, I’ll attempt to identify some of the forces that can ‘accelerate’ time.

Once again, let me start by saying that I believe that you can mould time to your advantage; you can actually control your time – that is, how long it takes you, for instance, to achieve your dreams. However, and this is the real make or break issue here, you must first of all cultivate a greater awareness and understanding of the forces that can shape time to your tastes.

Let me present you with some food for thought.

Forces that can mould time

How much time would be required to go from point A to point B? Someone would say, "it depends on the speed and distance," and they would be right within a certain context. In this case, we recognize that time can be subjected to other forces, such as speed. In other words, the faster you are, the smaller the time needed to cover the distance, and the slower you are, the greater the time needed to cover the distance. Time in this case becomes elastic, something that can be increased or decreased by the application of another force – speed. So, speed can mould time to your specifications, such that if I need more time, I’ll simply have to apply more speed.

Or, how much time would be required for water temperature to move from 0 to 100 degrees? Again, someone would say, "it depends on the temperature of the medium in which the water is present," and they too would be right within a certain context. Here, we recognize that time can be subjected to other forces, such as heat.

The list of examples like these could go on and on, each showing various kinds of forces that have the potential to mould time.

You see, if you understand the necessary forces that control time, you can actually mould time to your advantage, you can make time serve your ends and purposes.

So, from your own perspective, as we reflect on the mystery of time, have you recognized other forces that can mould time?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Your Future is Still Bright!

This is the second blog post for today.  I normally do two or three posts per week, but recently, I find myself unable to ignore some of the things happening around me, particularly as they create the need for me to give hope and inspiration to those going through challenges.

I’ve therefore decided to publish at least, twice in a week, but also to post as often as I need to offer help, support and encouragement to those in need.

My news feeds just came in and some of the headlines struck me:

“French Plane Lost Over The Atlantic”
"GM Bankruptcy protection looms”

I thought about the relations of these passengers who’ve just lost their lives…
I thought about the tens of thousands of men and women whose lives will be impacted by the failures of GM and other companies….

I could feel the anxieties, the panic and the sense of hopelessness.  My heart went out to them and I instantly sent out the following two tweets:

“French plane lost over the Atlantic. My heart goes out for these passenger and their loved ones. May the good Lord comfort all.”

“To the 1000s of people affected by the GM’s bankruptcy, & other such failures: Take heart, God has not forsaken you. Ur future’s still bright.”

I’ll continue to stand in prayers for you all, asking the good Lord to give you the strength and inner fortitude to cope with these trying times, and to make new provisions for you to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

You Can Mould Time To Your Advantage

How much time do you need to achieve your dreams?

How long will it take for you to move from your current status in life, to the point where you are living your dreams? How long does it take to go, say,  from a life of lack and poverty, to one of prosperity and fulfilment? Or, how long will it take before we discover effective cures to terminal diseases such as AIDS?

These are time-related questions. The essence of these questions is simply, how much time would be required to move from point A (an undesirable such as frustrating poverty) to point B (a desirable such as fulfilling abundance)?

[By the way, what are your answers to questions like these, particularly in your personal life?
In other words, how much time do you need to move from where you are, to where you’ll rather be?
How much time do you need to achieve your dreams?]

The subject of time has been an interesting one for me since my university years. I’m glad to be able to publicly explore my thoughts and experiences in this area.

In the following blog posts, I’ll share my thoughts, feelings, perspectives, opinions, and beliefs about ‘time’. I’ll adopt a style of writing that I’ve used so far only in my personal and private journals, and that is to put down strings and threads of thoughts as they hit my mind, coupled with how I interpret those perspectives. Hopefully, you’ll make some meaning out of my thoughts and become inspired in the process too.

Let me start by saying that I believe you can mould time to your advantage; you can actually control your time – that is, how long it takes you, for instance, to achieve your dreams . However, you must first of all cultivate a greater awareness and understanding of the forces that can shape time to your tastes.

What does ‘time’ mean to you?

I see time in many ways…

A resource… Someone says, “Give me a minute…” This sounds like “I need to use time to do something.”

A raw material… Everything happens in time, though I can’t help but wonder if everything will happen in time for you?

A tool….Your life is very often measured in terms of time – he’s 45, she’s 47. So time becomes a tool for measuring how long you’ve been alive, how long you’ve spent in a certain area or activity..

How you look at time, determines how you use time, how you manipulate time, and how you respond to time.

Now, before we go on, think about time… What does it mean to you?
Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

3 Very Simple Ways To Solve All Your Problems

Living happily and successfully is mostly a matter of how you solve all your problems.  My objective in this very brief post is to show you 3 powerful problem-solving attitudes.  They are:

  1. Avoid a quick-fix and jerky approach towards solving your problems.
  2. Determine the specific underlying causes of your problems.
  3. Diligently implement solutions that address the roots of your problems.

Avoid a quick-fix and jerky approach towards solving your problems

This is because quick-fixes and jerky solutions are often deceptively dangerous, and could ultimately have unforeseeable fatal consequences.  I mean, you could be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.  In other words, in the bid to escape the immediate dangers and pain posed by current problems, avoid quick-fixes, short-cuts, and jerky solutions that could ultimately plunge you into greater pain and anguish.

If, for instance, you’ve been sliding steadily and rapidly into financial debts and are now at the brink of total economic ruin, you might be tempted to embrace jerky, impulsive, spontaneous, and short-term solutions such as:

  • Borrow more money in the pseudo-optimistic hope that ‘somehow’ you’ll pay up in the future.
  • Get another job.  You should have known by now that more money is never an enduring solution to the problem of endemic debt.
  • Fall for any of the numerous get-rich-quick-while-you-sleep investment scams available today.

The list of quick-fixes that could lure you into long-term financial slavery is practically endless.  Your current economic scenario might be gloomy and life-threatening, yet you must resist the temptation to adopt a knee-jerk response and rather seek for durable solutions.

Life is an art, and successful living requires a skilful approach to the art of living.  Quick-fixes, jerky responses, and short-cuts are not the way to go.  They are neither artful, nor graceful, and ultimately can actually be quite destructive.

If you are currently trapped in a deteriorating debt, weight, or any other situation, I encourage you first of all to not lose hope.  It is always very important to have hope.  Never lose your hope and dreams of a better tomorrow.

However, you must mix hope with a fundamentalist and pragmatic approach to problem-solving, based on a thorough appreciation of the underlying causes  and coupled with a long-term perspective.

Determine the specific underlying causes of your problems

For instance, why are you trapped in debt?  The answer to that question could be one or more of the following:

  • Un-planned and spontaneous buying of unnecessary, and even necessary commodities.
  • A low self-esteem that leads to trying to keep up with the Joneses.
  • Failure to develop and monetize your unique set of talents and skills.
  • Selfishness – the number one cause of poverty and lack.
  • Insufficient cash flow.

Any of the circumstance above could result in endemic personal debt and lack.  Take time to determine what is responsible for your particular situation.

Or, if you are faced with a weight situation, then you need to determine why you are gaining weight.   Most weight problems, except for those associated with genetic ill health conditions, are products of bad habits.  Yet, rather than address the roots of the problem such as bad eating habits, inadequate exercising and rest, most people would rather go for dangerous quick-fixes like the so-called magic drugs, diets, and surgeries.

A lot of us would spend our scarce and diminishing resources seeking help from so-called experts, when all we really need is to come to terms with ourselves, and our problems will  evaporate as ‘mysteriously’ as they came.

Diligently implement solutions that address the roots of your problems

Of course, when you determine the exact causes of your problem(s), you must diligently implement suitable solutions.

The most important thing, however, is to understand why the problem came in the first case, and why it’s recurring.  A comprehensive appreciation of the underlying causes of your problems is a very powerful awareness that puts you in a more strategic position to create effective solutions.

Time Waster?

I came across an article recently that listed the following as time wasters:

  • Watching TV
  • Online Social Networking – Twitter, Digg, Facebook,
  • Playing Video Games.

Are they really time wasters?

Well, for someone like me, they are not!

I mean, think of how my work and ministry has been impacted and built up by Twitter.. I’ve already shared some of it in the post My Twitter Experience.

I can’t even begin to enumerate the hundreds of sermons and articles that have been inspired just by movies and documentaries on TV!

I spend lots of time with my kids playing computer and video games.  It’s a bonding activity that my kids love, and one I’ll rather do than anything else.

Once again, it’s all about understanding your own uniqueness and not allowing yourself be intimidated by other people’s opinions.

Let me ask you a very simple question, Are there things you enjoy doing, but which folks would normally regard as a time waster?

Share some of these things with us and let us know the benefits you personally benefit from them.

Be inspired!
Discover Yourself!

Human Opinion is Plastic 3

My blog posts this week have been focused on the subject of human opinion and I’ve consistently stated that human opinion is plastic.  What people think of you does not matter as much as what you think of yourself.

You can click on the following links for a quick look at what we’ve covered so far:

Greatness Attracts Criticisms
Human Opinion is Plastic
Human Opinion is Plastic 2

I encourage you to bookmark the pages and print them out later, if you need to, for later reference.  I believe that the contents of this series on human opinion ,and dealing with criticisms, will inspire and empower you to rise above whatever folks think of you, and create your own personal success.

At this stage in the series, let me take you beyond the point that you should never be a victim of human opinion, to the point that you should become a master, or moulder instead.  In other words, you can actually use the plasticity of human opinion to enhance your career, leadership, influence, business, and personal success.  When you recognize human opinion for what it is, a fickle, non-dependable, but very tangible leadership resource, the awareness empowers you to harness it, or ignore it, as the situation demands. 

Ultimately, though, you must retain control over your destiny and your life.

The dynamics of human opinion…

In other to be in this very powerful position of being able to take advantage of the plasticity of human opinion, you should be able to study and master the dynamics of the phenomenon.  This is not a very difficult thing to do, in fact, it is extremely simple.  It’s all summarized in the following verse:

“…Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ~ God to Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7c

God looks at the heart, and so bases His judgement on what He sees there.  As I wrote in How To Manifest More of What You Want in Life God does not judge us strictly by our words or actions.  He weighs our deeds and words on the scale of our hearts, motives, and intentions.  Man, on the other hand, looks at the outward, and so bases his judgement and responses on what he sees there.  Intentions are not always obvious to us, we can only hear words and see actions and we make our decisions primarily on the basis of what we see and hear.

So, in order to influence God, your heart, or intentions/motives  must be right, whereas in order to influence man, your deeds, or actions must be right.  I believe that’s a very interesting distinction in view of the fact that success in life has a lot to do with the favourable disposition of both God and man towards you.  If you can influence God and man to be favourably disposed towards you, you will enjoy ‘sweatless’ success.  By implication, therefore, your intentions and actions need to by synchronized if you must enjoy favour with God and man.  Never excuse wrong actions on the grounds that your intentions are right.  Equally, don’t be fooled by the apparent ‘rightness’ of your actions, when your intentions are not pure.

Vital questions…

You should be able to engage your intentions and actions in such a manner as to be able to mould human opinion according to your own purposes.  This is a position of great strength and power.  It allows you to lead, influence, and guide others, hopefully, towards worthy ends.

What I mean is this, as I’ve often told Christian leaders, preachers, evangelists, and so on, people will not follow you if you lack proof – that is, convincing results.  For instance, I made a statement recently at the Success Academy Nigeria that, “Your personal success is as important as, if not more important than, your religious lifestyle in influencing your world for God.” Why would I worship your God if He has no practical and effective solutions to my daily challenges?  If you ignore this question in your gospel or missionary efforts, don’t complain when you are generally ignored by those you are trying to reach.

Why should I adopt your ideas and principles if they do not provide solutions to my problems?  If you ignore this question in the formulation and presentation of your ideas as a leader, don’t complain when you lack fans and followers.

Why should I use your products if they provide no lasting values for me?  If you ignore this question in the packaging and marketing of your products, don’t feel frustrated when you are unable to attract and hold customers and buyers.

It’s entirely up to you!

There is a time to respect human opinion.
There is a time to ignore human opinion.
There is a time to exploit human opinion.
But, you should never be a slave or victim to human opinion.

You must be in control of what you chose to do with human opinion.  Freedom is your capacity to think your own thoughts and reach your own conclusions.  Wisdom is your capacity to discern differences; to know the actions that suit any situation.  So, whether you chose to respect, ignore, or exploit human opinion should be entirely up to you.  It’s your right, never give it up.

Be inspired!
Discover yourself!

Human Opinion is Plastic 2

Continued from here…

My model in not paying much attention to human opinion is Jesus Christ.

In modern terms, you’d say He didn’t give a damn about what others thought of Him.

I think that’s cool.

"Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man." ~ John 2:23-25

I understand that to mean that praise and criticisms weighed exactly the same to Him!

There was so much fuss around him because of the miracles he was performing, but He was not carried away by all the adulation! In fact, He seemed to have deliberately avoided the praise-singers.

He made it very clear that He placed little weight on human opinion when He said, "I do not accept praise from men." ~ John 5:41. The wisdom of His approach was later borne out by the fact that people who hailed Him as the ‘Messiah’ one day, choose a murderer over Him less than a week later!

Human opinion is a very plastic commodity and I (quite frankly) rarely give too much weight to what others think about me.

They changed their minds…

A very long time ago, I came across this story regarding the Apostle Paul:

Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, "This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live." But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. ~ Acts 28: 3-6

I find it particularly interesting that ‘they changed their minds…’ 🙂 . Those guys initially gossiped about Paul being a murderer because of his unpleasant external circumstances. Such is life. Folks are always going to judge you by your external circumstances, you know, what you have and what you don’t have. They’ll class you, brand you, categorize you on the basis of what they can see. What a shame.

Yet notice how quickly they changed their minds when Paul’s external circumstances changed. From saying to each other, "This man must be a murderer…" they changed to "He is a god."

Truly, human opinion is plastic and fickle. Don’t place too much weight on it.

Whether they think you are a ‘murderer’ or a ‘god’ doesn’t really matter. What is important is your personal opinion about yourself.

Most importantly though, don’t make the same mistake that other people make about you – that of judging yourself by externals, what you have and what you don’t have. You are more that what happens or doesn’t happen to you.

Be inspired!
Discover yourself!

Human Opinion is Plastic

During my early twenties, I reached the conclusion that human opinion is plastic, in other words, it’s not something to build on.

Ultimately, what others think about you doesn’t really count as much as what you think about yourself.  It doesn’t matter who they are – spouses, children, parents, siblings, friends, well wishers, colleagues, critics, detractors, enemies and any other categories of people you might be able to come up with.  What they think about you does not matter as much as what you think about yourself.

If you are living your life to impress and please others, you are still a foolish slave who is in need of emancipation.

Harsh, huh? 
That’s because I want you to be free from human opinion. 
That’s what this blog is about, anyway.

To rate yourself on the basis of another’s estimation of you is the height of slavery and bondage.

Does your spouse think that you are not as beautiful and shapely as that model on TV?  That’s their privilege! Opinion is cheap and anyone can form theirs for all that it’s worth. But if you freak out and think less of yourself because of that opinion, yours is the greater silliness!

I’m personally convinced that the greatest freedom of all is the freedom from human opinion, the freedom to think your own thoughts and be your own self.

The trap…

The tragedy of this situation is that even those of us who might be inclined to think that we are free from this form of slavery might still be in it in some other less obvious ways.

For instance, when you accept an external definition of success without consulting your own inner values and uniqueness, you’ve fallen into the trap.

If you enjoyed a particular activity and helped add value to the life of another human being, but suddenly felt it was all worthless simply because you didn’t realize any immediate monetary profits, you’ve probably fallen victim to other people’s opinion.

WD Shock Therapy

When I was pastoring at the University of Nigeria, a student came to me crying because her result was so poor.  She cried to me in desperation, “this is my life!  This is my life!” I stared at her in shock and asked her, “What is your life?”
She threw her Statement of Result at me, “look at this,” she continued, “they gave me a poor pass.  Can I ever be able to get a job with this?  I’m finished!” 

I was so pissed off!  Yes, really really pissed off!! 

“That’s just a piece of paper!”I retorted, “and if all your life is worth is a piece of paper, then you really have no life at all!”  

It was now her turn to stare at me in shock.  The tears dried out from her eyes instantly.  I knew she couldn’t believe I’d talk to her like that.  She came to me expecting some ‘baby-sitting’ and to be ‘breast-fed’ some litres of sympathy, and rather than that, I gave her what my International Director calls the ‘WD Shock Therapy’!

Well, that did the job because I saw a flash of defiance in her countenance and instinctively knew my response had triggered off her innate determination to rise above the report on that scrap of paper.

Back then, I was already aware that the certificate from any academic institution is merely the opinion of other people – a board or committee of flawed humans!

Why would you use that to rate yourself or other people for that matter?

You are who you say you are!

I dropped out of the university in my third year and have no single ‘degree’ today.  Yet that hasn’t stopped me from becoming a Christian Pastor, Self-Discovery Coach, Leadership Consultant, International Conference Speaker, Multi-media evangelist, Chancellor of the Success Academy Nigeria, a Magazine publisher, a book author and so on!

No, you are who say you are, period!

Other people’s opinion about you do not matter as much as your personal opinion of yourself.

If past circumstances within or beyond your control resulted in your not having a scrap of paper signed by a bunch of flawed men, so be it!  But realize that the height you reach in life is not a function of that incident, but rather one of your own determination.

I pray that this brief post will inspire you to attain the awareness that human opinion is plastic.

Discover yourself!

3 Reasons To Pursue Your Joy!

Beat the hype!

With bills to pay, mouths to feed, and deadlines to meet, it’s not hard to recognize the importance of money for daily living. The importance of money in the 21st century cannot be ignored by any intelligent mind.  Yet, I believe that the money’s importance is so disproportionately hyped that it drives multitudes to poverty by deluding them into pursuing it at the expense of more important values.  Yes, when you pursue money at the expense of more important values, you don’t get richer, you rather get poorer.

For instance, how else would you explain the following situations?

  • Multitudes slaving daily at jobs they do not enjoy, just to make a few miserable dollars.
  • Parents abandoning the destinies of their tender kids to be shaped by unscrupulous, and greedy media influences, just because they are trying to ‘make ends meet.’
  • Couples sabotaging their relationships because of financial concerns.
  • Politicians sacrificing their integrity just to make some money.

This is just a brief list to illustrate how the 21st century mindset has so deteriorated as to elevate money to an undeserved pedestal.

The reality, however, and this is what  most of us need to realize, is that you would begin to accelerate towards greater fulfilment, happiness and personal success the moment you beat the hype of money, and overcome it’s pull and power. 

Pursue your joy!

The first instance I listed above is a situation where multitudes slave daily at jobs they do not enjoy, just to make a few miserable dollars.  I think that this is pathetic and unjustifiable.  It’s a gross abuse of self, and a waste of potential.

You have a mission, and should never sacrifice the ultimate for the immediate.  Do not live a life that is dominated by monetary concerns.  Don’t be a slave to currency notes.  I have never been a part of the rat race in any area of my life, and will never be.

The fact that I grew up in the world’s poorest continent and experienced the worst forms of poverty imaginable, was no excuse for me to make money my chief object of pursuit.  Instead I decided to pursue my joy.  I dropped out of the University in my third year as an Electronic Engineering Student to follow my dream.  I’m happy I did because that decision is now among the top three that I consider ‘the best decisions of my life.’

I encourage you today to pursue your joy!  In other words, pour your heart and soul, invest your time and resources in doing things that you enjoy.  I understand that it could seem like a life-threatening decision when you have so much pressing needs, yet, when you turn your back on money in order to pursue your joy, you actually end up with more money than you will ever be able to spend!

Joy is a very powerful indicator of ‘alignment’ which controls the dynamics of success and failure.  The more aligned you are with God, yourself, and the natural laws of the universe, the more successful, happy, relevant, and fulfilled you will be.

Below are a few of the more powerful reasons to pursue your joy:

#1.  Joy indicates that God is present!

I understand joy to be a deep and abiding inner sense of wellbeing, relevance, and fulfilment.  It’s not a superficial emotion, it’s a deep spiritual experience. Now read what the bible says about joy…

…in Your presence is fullness of joy…”
~ Psalm 16:11b

This is a very significant revelation, it means that one of the signs of God’s presence is Joy – fullness of Joy.

The import of the scripture above is that joy is one evidence of God’s presence.  When you have that deep inner and abiding sense of wellbeing, relevance, and fulfilment, it’s a sure sign that God is actively present with you.  And when this sense is associated with any activity, it’s a sure sign that God is with that enterprise.  In other words, any activity or enterprise that fills your heart and soul with joy lies at the core of God’s vocation for your life.

This is why it’s so easy to excel in something that you enjoy doing – the fact that God is connected with it! 

So whenever you are doing something that releases joy into your heart, you are walking, and working with God!

#2.  Joy is the essence of strength!

I believe that joy is more significant than technical skills in determining the core of your personal success.  This is because, in reality, joy is the essence of any strength!

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.”
~ Nehemiah 8:10c 

As I wrote in 4 Keys To Boost Your Productivity, a key requirement for success in life is the ability to deal with troubles [tough times, difficulties, delays, challenges and so on].  Troubles must come. No matter how smart you are, no matter how careful you are, and no matter how spiritual you are.

It is not the difficulties and storms of life that defeat people, it’s their lack of strength.

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”
~ Proverbs 24:10

So rather than naively wishing for an adversity-free life, develop your strength, cultivate your capacity to deal with the storms of life.  This strength is hidden in your joy.  When you are joyful, you are strong, whereas when you are sad and depressed, you are weak, and so vulnerable to the predators of life.

When you initiate a new venture, sooner than later, you’ll encounter the inevitable challenges that will attend that enterprise.  You will definitely quit if you lack sustained passion for the object of your pursuit.  It is the passion for your purpose that will get you across the point of quitting.  This is why it is almost impossible to excel at anything that does not give you joy.

Majority of the so-called richest people of this planet never really set out to pursue money, success, or fame.  They simply pursued their joy. They invested their time, money, talent, energy, and other resources doing things that they enjoyed.  They embraced the core of their obsessions, and money had no other choice than to abundantly manifest in their lives.

I enjoy learning and sharing my discoveries with individuals and groups by speaking, writing, or singing to them.  I enjoy talking, writing, reading, singing, playing the piano. I enjoy seeing people discover themselves and begin to create their own personal successes.  I enjoy spending time in fellowship with my God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. These are my joys, my obsessions, my pursuit!

I don’t need money less than anyone.  In fact, I should need it a whole lot considering the fact that I live in one of the most economically challenged nations of the earth.  Yet, I really don’t care about money, not because I have so much of it, but because I’m so busy with other things!  I’m so busy enjoying my joys that money just takes care of itself!

That’s the way to live.

#3.  Joy is good medicine!

Longevity is more of a function of joy, than of any other factor.  People who live long are those who are happy with their lives.  And the happiest people are those who are functioning at the core of their personal success by doing things that they really enjoy.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
~ Proverbs 17:22

When you are doing something that gives you joy, you really don’t notice how long and hard you work at it.  In reality, work is supposed to be fun refreshing, and re-creative!

People are stressed out today and prey to all kinds of horrible so-called stress related diseases, not because they are working harder, but because they are working harder at things they have no pleasure in.

When you engage in something that you enjoy, no matter how long or how hard you work at it, you’ll still experience pleasure, renewal, and re-creation at the end of the day.

Closing thoughts…

What are your joys? What are the things that you enjoy doing? 

As a way of internalizing and crystallizing this principle within your inner consciousness, list the things you enjoy doing in the comment section below.

4 Steps To Boost Your Productivity

What do you so desperately want to change in your business and career?
Do you have life threatening, complicated, and depressing difficulties littered across the landscape of your life at this time?

What are the most irritating problems facing you right now?
What are the outstanding challenges in your personal life at this time?

First of all, I’d like for you to take comfort in the fact that life is full of troubles.  Troubles are a part of the normal course of life. So it’s not strange for you to have a couple or more of troubles.  In fact, a key requirement for success in life is the ability to deal with troubles [tough times, difficulties, delays, challenges and so on].  Troubles must come. No matter how smart you are, no matter how careful you are, and no matter how spiritual you are.

So, don’t be overly and unnecessarily worried about the things that don’t seem to be working in your life, relationships, business, and career at the moment.

Secondly, I want you to also take solace in the fact that there are simple, practical, and effective steps that you can take to boost your productivity in all areas of your life.  Below are 4 of such steps:

#1. What Do You Want?
Identify your personal success indices

A lot of people have a very vague picture of what they really want in life.  They complain about how bad things and how that things are not working out for them. Yet, when you ask them to define in clear terms what it is that they really want, they respond with a blank stare, or at the very best, an incoherent answer.  The reality is that you would never be able to boost your productivity or personal success if you don’t know in very clear terms what it is that you really want.

In resolving this issue, you must forget about what men have already set forth as the tangible indices of success.  Think rather in terms of what resonates with your personality – what creates that inner sense of fulfilment, ‘specialness’, and relevance.  In very specific terms, what are the tangible and intangible results that you desire to see in your life from your various efforts? Those should define what I’ve termed your ‘personal success indices’.

Your personal success indices should fall into two broad categories:

  • Intangible inner personal pleasure, and
  • Positive impact on others.

For instance, here’s a list of my personal success indices grouped according to the two broad categories I defined above.

Intangible inner personal pleasures

  • A sense of growth in my awareness and understanding of the laws, mysteries, and principles of life.
  • Happiness
  • Feeling of uniqueness, and specialness

I usually experience the above listed thrills from a variety of activities like:- reading books, magazines, and other like materials; watching movies, news, and documentaries; browsing the internet, and personal interaction with interesting and intelligent minds; toying with computers and electronic gadgets, playing electronic games, and listening to worship instrumentals and jazz music.

These are important activities in my life.  Never underestimate the impact of intangible inner personal pleasures even if there are no accompanying tangible and visible results.  This is because the energy and sense of well-being derived from one area of activity (even when there are no physical results) can drive efforts and results in other areas.

As someone commented on my blog, “…that FEELING AWESOME will do more for us than any To-Do list on the planet!

Positive impact on others

  • I’m thrilled each time any individual experiences positive results – such as improved business productivity, or more personal success – as a result (particularly) of my personal teaching and counselling.
  • The smile, happiness, shock, surprise (and any other positive expressions and experiences) that I see on someone’s face when I give them a material gift.
  • Quality attention from people to my teachings, writings, and information products.
  • Healing and miraculous answers for others as a result of my prayers.

The things I listed in the two categories above lie at the core of my personal success indices.  It doesn’t matter what else happens, if I do not experience any of these intangible and tangible results, I feel unfulfilled.

So what do you want?  what are the tangible and intangible results that you desire to see in your life from your various efforts?  What are your personal success indices?

 

#2. Where Are You Already Getting Desired Results?
Identify current productivity areas

 

A common mistake people make is to focus on what’s not working in their lives.  This is a negative focus and is not effective at all.  If you want to boost your personal productivity, you must learn to overcome this negative pull and focus rather on areas where you are already getting desired results.

There are areas of your life where you already have one or more of your desired results.  What are they?

Recently, for instance, I experienced one of my positive success indices – a young man that I’d known since he was 16 just bought a very expensive laptop PC for me.  He has experienced tremendous business growth as a result of my personal spiritual counselling and coaching.  About a year ago, this young man was just starting out in business and had no resources at all except his raw talents, and dreams.  Today his business transactions has moved into the realm of millions in just a little over a year!

That’s thrilling!

Of course, there are several areas of my life where I don’t see any of my desired results in spite of all my efforts, yet as in the instance I cited above, there are others where I’m already getting desired results.

Listen, I don’t think there’s anyone on the face of this planet who is experiencing zero productivity in all areas of their lives.  The problem is that people tend to be negative in their orientation and so it’s easier to see what’s not working.  If you want to boost your productivity, you must identify your current productivity areas where you are already getting desired results.

#3. What Are You Already Doing Well?
Identify past and present effective actions

 

Of course, all activities do not create the desired results.
Some, however do.

Which of your actions are already producing the kind of results that you desire to see in your life?

In reflecting over the experience I shared above, I kept thinking, “What specific actions of mine could possibly have been responsible for that result?” In the end, I could think of at least five:

  1. I’ve had several multi-houred counselling and discussion sessions with him.
  2. During those sessions, I gained a deep understanding of his dreams, aspirations, passions, and specific talents.
  3. I also discerned his potentials clearly and the heights he could possibly reach with those abilities.
  4. After a thorough analysis of all these about a year ago, I understood his specific challenges and knew the most critical resource he needed to take off in his business.
  5. I had that stuff at home at the time and gave it to him as a gift with this word, “the only way I want you to say thank-you is to succeed.”

In my case, this sequence of 5 actions shows represents what I refer to as ‘effective actions’.

The effort you make to identify your past and present effective actions is a very rewarding exercise because it forces you to think in terms of what you want and what is working, rather than in terms of all the things that are not working in your life.  In order to boost your productivity, you really need to carry out this exercise – find out what you are already doing well.

#4. Do More of What You Are Already Doing Well 
Improve the quality and volume of your effective actions

 

The moment I outlined the specific actions that I could connect with the impact I had on my young friend, I realized that I’d probably stumbled upon another ‘working formula.’ By the way, I have accumulated several of these over the years 🙂 .

I knew that in order to multiply the kind of results I had with this young man, I needed to focus on improving the quality and volume of the very set of actions that produced those results.

So, rather than focus on my problems and all the things that aren’t working out as I would want, I identified the ones that were already working, understood why they were working, and developed strategies and plans to improve the quality and volume of effective actions.  That’s the way to boost your productivity!  I call it the ‘champion’s focus’ or the ‘winning focus’.

When you follow these steps, you’ll be able to:

  • Experience a greater sense of fulfillment, relevance, and personal success.
  • Experience greater motivation to achieve more.
  • Leverage success from more to less successful areas.

Ultimately, when you follow these four simple and practical steps, you’ll actually be able to boost your productivity and expand your sphere of personal success.

How To Overcome Unpleasant Experiences

What’s the most undesirable and unpleasant experience of your life right now?

Is it mounting debts that’s threatening to bury you in a nervous breakdown?
Is it the death of a loved one?
Is it a chronic illness?
Is it a painful divorce?
Or is it a sense of stagnation in your life as a whole?

I wrote this post out of a firm conviction that you can overcome any unpleasant experiences in your life. In this post, I’ll offer simple and practical ways to overcome unpleasant experiences, rejoice in difficult times, and achieve your dreams in spite of temporary setbacks.

Life is full of troubles, and none of us is smart enough to completely avoid the unpleasant experiences of life. Every now and then, you’ll run into one unpleasant experience or the other, often unexpectedly. I personally have had more than my own share of unpleasant experiences, from the torturing betrayal of trust, to a near fatal car accident; from a chronic and painful illness, to a persistent sense of stagnation in life and business. Severally, I’ve come to the point where I felt like quitting.

And that is the greatest temptation in unpleasant experiences – that inner pressure to abandon your dreams. I understand that feeling, and I know how tough it can be to not yield to it. But, I also understand that the point at which you seriously want to quit usually coincides with the point of breakthrough! Your miracle, victory, or success, is actually closest at the point you want to give up.

Are you feeling like abandoning your dreams, projects, and enterprise at this time? My challenge to you is 2-fold:

#1. Resolve to put in your best efforts for another 12 months!

The mental shift to put in your best efforts for another 12 months will,

  • Free you from that 21st century demon called ‘haste.’
  • Give you a long-term perspective of your situation and challenges.
  • Ultimately enable you remain in position for the inevitable favorable turn in the tides which will carry you to new and greater heights.

Please, don’t be under any illusions with regards to the pressure to quit; it’s a very capricious devil that will resort to any rationalizations in order to distract you or force you into a cowardly retreat. Some of the most common of these rationalizations include:

“You are not cut out for this”
“You don’t have the talent for this.”
“People will laugh at you if you fail.”
“You are not in the right business, or profession.”
“The situation is hopeless.”

The real challenge is that all of these suggestions are quite logical and sensible. Yet, don’t forget that illusions normally masquerade as realities. The suggestions that attempt to pressure you to quit are so deceptively real as to be hard to ignore. Yet, and here’s my point based on personal experiences and years of pastoral counseling, the pressure to quit heightens as you get closer to victory and breakthrough.

This is why I advise you to put in your best efforts for another 12 months.

Don’t shut down that blog yet.
Don’t quit that enterprise yet.
Don’t give up your expectations for a miracle yet.
Don’t run out of your country yet.
Don’t abandon that dream yet.

Something different and positive is about to break forth upon you, and it will unfold sooner than you expected. New realities will soon emerge that will flood your soul with pleasure and release new and desirable experiences for you.

In the meantime, shift your mental gear into a firm resolve to hold on for another 12 months. Then put in your best efforts into what you are doing and resolve to do so for at least another 12 months, regardless of your results.

#2. Chose to smile, not to sulk

Any of us can feel great and give thanks to God in times when everything is proceeding according to expectations. But it is even more important to give thanks when everything appears to be going against us.

It is a truly great man or woman who can choose to smile and maintain a positive attitude (of gratitude, and thanksgiving to God) in the midst of disappointments, failures, and unpleasant experiences. What you do amidst unpleasant experiences, the way you handle your adversities, has a tremendous impact on how things eventually turn out for you.

During unpleasant experiences, don’t shrink back. Don’t get bitter. Do not lose your enthusiasm. Do not allow the unpleasant experiences bury you. Don’t be scared away from your dreams. Put a smile on your face and resolve to press forward till the very end. It is this kind of positive attitude that produces great faith, great strength, and greatness in you.

Please, note that you don’t have to ‘feel’ like smiling or rejoicing before you do so. You don’t have to ‘feel’ grateful before you can give thanks or express gratitude. It’s not a feeling, it’s a choice. It’s not an emotion, it’s an act of your will. You choose, and resolve to smile, to express gratitude, regardless of how you feel.

From a black coal to a priceless diamond

The only difference between a piece of black coal and a priceless diamond is the amount of pressure that it has endured. When you resolve to put in your best efforts, and smile in the midst of the unpleasant experiences of life, it’s like going from a piece of coal to a priceless diamond.

Those unpleasant experiences are going to give way to new growth, new potential, new talent, new friendship, new opportunities, new vision.

Unpleasant experiences are the tests and sieves that life uses to separate the weak from the strong, in order to decide who will go forward to the next level. This is why it’s been said that quitters never win, and winners never quit.

Resolve to put in your best efforts for at least another 12 months, put a smile on your face and begin to express unwavering gratitude to God for present blessings.

If you choose to do these amidst your unpleasant experiences, and regardless of how you feel, you’ll begin to experience more strength and victory in your life.

 

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How To Experience More Personal Success

A dear friend of mine asked me a question recently, “Pastor WD, what is it about you that you enjoy the most?” It was a beautiful question…so beautiful. I reflected on it for a while because I don’t like to jump to answers, even when I think I know. However, unknown to her, I’d been reflecting on the answer to that question all week!

My answer to her was simple and straightforward, “I love and enjoy the fact that I think my own thoughts, reach my own conclusions, and don’t care about other people’s opinion of me.” I decided to not let others do my thinking for me at the age of 20. I believe that was when life began for me. You see, I don’t think you are free until you can choose what to believe and discard whatever does not resonate with your spirit.

Life’s greatest gift to you is the right to take possession of your own mind and think your own thoughts. It’s up to you to accept that gift and enjoy it.

Success

One thing I’ve pondered on for as long as I can remember, is the concept of success, and particularly, personal success. What does it really mean to be successful?

I don’t think it’s possible to experience enduring personal success if you don’t know what the term means. I also believe that it is up to you to determine, or discover, what success means to you personally.

If you allow others to define success for you, you’ll forever be pursuing an elusive ideal. Success becomes a very elusive and unattainable experience when you let others define it for you.

I wrote this post to guide you on how to experience more personal success, and below are 4 of my best ideas on the matter.

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How To Manifest More of What You Want In Life

How can I manifest more of what I want in my life?

Most of the mails that I’ve received in the last couple of weeks from readers of this blog, and I received quite a lot, have bothered on the issue of “How do I manifest more of what I want in my life?” These mails have come in from readers with diverse religious and philosophical backgrounds – Christians, New Age, Buddhism, and others.

I love the fact that though I’m a Christian Pastor and often present issues from a Christian’s perspective, a lot of my readers are actually non-Christians (at least in the traditional sense).

What’s important, though, is the fact that people who come to this site are searching for effective solutions to their daily challenges. I did not author this blog to convert anyone to Christianity. My aim rather is to inspire you, Christian or non-Christian, to discover yourself! As my site tagline reads, this blog promises ‘self discovery for open hearts.’

In this article, I want to show you how to manifest more of what you want in your life.

The quest

“…’Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves and you have not noticed’…” ~ Isaiah 58:3a

This is a common question particularly among religious minds. I often hear it in the following form, “I prayed, but God didn’t answer; why?” “Pastor, I sowed my seeds (ie gave money to God), yet no harvest (promised financial increase) came; why?”

I regularly receive complaints such as, “I’ve done everything the pundits have prescribed, yet I don’t see the promised results; why?”

What most people who seek to manifest more of what they want in life have missed is the point that success does not respond to ‘methods’, it responds more to ‘heart’.

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My Twitter experience

Twitter power

Here’s Jill Rapley’s opening comments in the interview I gave on her blog, Mindset For Living:

“I recently met Pastor WD Favour when he began to follow me on twitter. (If you are not on twitter, you are missing out on meeting some very cool people). Pastor Favour really caught my attention when he wrote his post “The Cure For Poverty”, where he states that poverty is not about money but rather it is spiritual.”

I live in Nigeria, Jill lives in Texas, and we’ve not yet met in person, yet we are working together to spread the message of hope through our blogs around the internet. Our encounter began through Twitter, then spread to e-mail, and Jill has actually donated some money to some projects that I’m running here in Nigeria (just like others that I’ve met on Twitter).

As I shared in 9 Very Inspiring Benefits of Blogging , several tremendous opportunities have opened up to me as a result of my active engagement in blogging and participation in online social networks; the internet is a marvelous media for spreading hope and inspiration!

Truly, online social media is alive, well, and flourishing! In fact, these are still early days. The way I see it, the social media will impact the world, bringing people, businesses, and opportunities together in ways that no one can ever foresee today.

Qwitting

Yet, in an imperfect world, nothing can be absolutely rosy, thanks to selfish, greedy, and downright evil activities. In fact, in spite of the power and potential benefits of social media like Twitter, lots of people are actually quitting – it’s called ‘qwitting’ in Twitter lingo!

Some of my friends have already dropped out from Twitter 🙁 , and for very good reasons IMO (In My Opinion; another chat lingo). They came to a cross-roads and decided that they would not continue with Twitter for similar (or exactly identical) reasons that almost made me quit too.

Here are some of those reasons:

#1. Pseudo Twitter expertise

Everyone who knows how to type on a computer keyboard, log on to the internet, and who can hitch up a web page, can now claim to be a twitter expert and spam the twitterville with links to pages containing his or her so-called expert counsel. A lot of these pathetic experts have even less number of followers than those they are trying to lecture…This is very disgusting to thinking minds.

#2. Link Spamming

A lot of people who see Twitter as a place to build friendships, relationships, communities and so on are irritated when they find out that it’s being used rather for marketing and plain spamming purposes. Thousands of people and business groups are merely pumping out thousands of links daily with little or no value to people. This too is irritating to anyone who cares about the well being of people.

#3. Number game

Twitter is rapidly becoming a number game; in other words, a matter of how many people you have following you. A dear friend of mine referred to it as a ‘popularity contest’. Those with the personal relationship paradigm on twitter, cannot imagine how anyone can sincerely build a meaningful relationship with tens of thousands of people.

#4. Insufficient character allowance..

A lot of those who’ve left complained that 140 characters is insufficient for building quality relationships and connections.

There are even more reasons, depending on who you meet.

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How much are you really worth?

My mission in authoring this blog is to inspire you to discover yourself and create your own personal success. In this particularly article, I want to motivate you to free your consciousness from the trappings of materialism and realize your true worth. At the end of the day, it’s all about self discovery.

Interesting observation

In recent months, there’s been a spate of kidnappings and demands for ransom here in Nigeria. This situation is primarily due to the frustrations of the people in the Niger Delta region of our country. They feel that the benefits they get from the Federal Government and Oil Companies are not worth the degradation of their environment. Consequently, in other to express this frustration and anger, they formed militant groups who began to kidnap foreign nationals working in those regions.

Unfortunately, as the government clamped down on the militants, the spate of kidnappings escalated into other areas. These militants, and other crooks taking a cue from them, began to carry out kidnappings for purely monetary motivations. They would kidnap someone (usually a person with high and wealthy connections) then demand that the family of such individuals pay a ransom to have them back. My hope is that this sordid state of affairs will soon come to an end. I also pray to God daily that He will rescue innocent men and women in this nation from the snares of evil people.

Nevertheless, in the course of these kidnapping activities, I observed that the amount of money demanded by the kidnappers was normally a function of their estimate of the worth of the person held captive visavis the financial capacity of the redeemer; in other words, how much the redeemer is able and willing to pay to recover the person. On this basis, kidnappers have demanded as high as $400000 and as low as $8000.

So a ransom of say, $400000, represents the monetary value of a captive from the perspective of his kidnappers. In this sense, the value of the individual becomes a function of the cost of his or her redemption.

Yet, can a person’s worth be calculated in terms of money? Is it possible to evaluate the value of an individual on the basis of financial and material considerations?

Well, I happen not to think so.

Human beings are yet to realize the worth of human beings

When Jesus asked the questions,

“…what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36,37

He underscored the invaluable worth of the human being. In other words, if it were possible to place all the wealth and resources of this entire universe on a scale in comparison to you, your intrinsic worth will outweigh them all!

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Self Discovery

So far, we’ve been examining various aspects of the self discovery process. Below are aspects we’ve already covered:

#1. Become aware of your vital connection to God.
#2. Acknowledge the infiniteness of the varieties of divinity.
#3. Understand that you are a unique variety of divinity.
#4. Discern your message.
#5. Capture your passion
#6. Identify your abilities.

There are other aspects of the process, but I want to deal with them in a second edition of this series. For now let me put down some of my concluding thoughts on the present edition.

The entire series is appropriately titled ‘How To Discover Yourself and Achieve Personal Success’ because, you must discover yourself if you want to enjoy personal success, influence, and lasting greatness. In my opinion, self discovery is probably the most powerful tool for a life of impact.

Majority of people passing through this planet are completely estranged from their true selves, living as inferior clones of others! This is pathetic. Don’t let it happen to you!

Life actually begins for you the day you discover yourself. Until then, you are merely existing. Extraordinary men and women are individuals who have come to terms with their true selves and are translating that awareness into tangible and intangible benefits to the rest of humanity.

Your true self is your personal key to success, and impact. Your true self is hidden in you. He or she is not always obvious! This is why I use the word ‘discovery’…this is why I say, discover yourself.

Continue reading “Self Discovery”

Yes, you have a mission!

Last week I wrote a post ‘9 Very Inspiring Benefits of Blogging‘ which has already had over 1000 page-views. That article captured my personal reflections on the impact of my blogging so far on my own life and that of others. I wrote about the challenges that my results have brought to me, particularly, the inspiration to provide better services to my readers.

As I wrote in that article, I recently went through all of the messages in my email and social network inboxes in order to review my interactions with readers over the past 7 months; my intention was to locate what my readers wanted to know the most from me. I observed a trend, particularly from the point that I wrote The Cure For Poverty and gave the blog interview at Mindset For Living. Most of the questions seemed to revolve around issues related to “how did you go from being a poor Nigerian village boy, to authoring a widely read blog, gaining so much spiritual, pastoral, and leadership influence online and offline, and getting invitations to international events?”

Consequently, I decided to do a series of posts offering more practical counsel on how to discover yourself and achieve your own personal success. I also indicated that I’m working with two dear friends from Pittsburgh and Illinois to create ‘Discover Yourself’ and ‘Personal Success’ tele-seminars which I intend to offer FREE on this site.

I’m firmly committed towards fulfilling these promises as we head into the month of April.
Let me begin by sharing a few of my thoughts on the concept of self-discovery…

Discover yourself: What’s it all about?

Some have described life as a journey; that it’s not a destination but rather an ever unfolding process. In my opinion, however, life is much more than a journey, and it’s also more than a destination: Life is a mission, that is to say, a journey with a purpose. I also believe that you cannot complete that mission if you are disconnected from your origin, or your source, because the blueprint for that mission, as well as the power to accomplish it, are contained within your source.

Whether you are consciously aware of this or not, you are not a creature of chance, neither are you an accident of nature. You were deliberately designed to fulfill a definite mission in time, space, and ultimately, in eternity. Yes, you have a mission!

Interestingly too, you came into time and space with a sense (‘knowing’, or ‘perception’) of your mission and your origin built into you. I know that most people have no clues as to what these are, yet that sense, or ‘knowing’ is there; it’s embedded or programmed into you. So, you don’t determine, or define this mission, you discover it.

Relative to this sense of mission, or destiny, is the quest for happiness, which is just a search for personal identity. Yes, happiness is your search for your origin, for your identity, for who you are, and for why you are. This is why I believe that the happiest people on earth are those who have found the source of their being, and their mission for being; they are united with their source and are pursuing their mission.

So, your quest for happiness, and your search for personal identity, are inextricably linked; you can’t achieve the one without the other. The quest for happiness and fulfillment was built into you from the onset in order to lead you to your sense of origin, mission, and destiny.

The moment you reconnect with this sense, and recognize your mission, you automatically trigger off the passion or energy to pursue and achieve it. It is impossible to silence the voice of destiny once it’s awakened by knowledge.

Now, this whole experience of reconnecting with your sense of mission and origin, of recognizing your destiny, and awakening the voice of destiny, is what I refer to as self-discovery.

You would have observed that I always refer to ‘mission’ constantly in connection with ‘origin’. This is deliberate because, as I wrote in Discover Your Personal Brand , your identity is the same as your mission. In order words, ‘who you are’ is one and the same with ‘why you are’; the two can never be separated! It is clear then that you don’t determine or define yourself, you discover yourself.

Of course, self-discovery entails a whole lot more than what I’ve just written in this paragraph. Nevertheless what you have here is a good handle on the subject.

Discover yourself: It leads to personal success

Self-discovery is a deeply spiritual experience. It’s an awakening, a return to your origin, to your source; it’s a return to your Maker. Self-discovery is coming back home, a realization of who you are; it’s a re-union with your Creator. I often refer to it as a re-birth.

On the other hand, personal success is a subjective experience, the only proof of which is a deep and abiding inner joy and happiness. There is no other proof of personal success. In this sense, no man can tell you whether you are successful or not; you are your own judge on the matter. If you need another person to tell you whether or not you’ve been successful, then that success is hollow and empty. True personal success is a subjective experience that can only be validated by a deep and abiding inner joy and happiness within you.

And I want you to know that personal success is connected to self-discovery. One cannot experience personal success without an intimate and conscious acquaintance with one’s true self and mission. This is why I’ve always written and taught that self-discovery is the foundation of personal success, fulfillment, and relevance. So, until you discover yourself, you really cannot experience genuine personal success

Discover yourself: It is the basis for self-expression

Self-discovery is a sort of mystic journey into the core and epicenter of your being. This journey is usually attended by the following discoveries:

  • Your core beliefs
  • Your abiding passion
  • What you are very good at
  • Your original, unique, and divine design

These attendant discoveries then accelerate the self-discovery process itself, as well as empower the acceptance, embrace, and expression of self. Obviously, self-expression – which is the key to relevance and impact – is difficult without self-discovery.

Courage

Let me point out here that self-discovery does not automatically lead to self-acceptance and self-embrace. In fact, the bridge between self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-expression, is courage. That is to say that when you discover yourself, you need the courage to embrace this discovery and express it fully.

In other words, even when you discover yourself, you still need the courage to translate that discovery into a life of impact and relevance by embracing and expressing yourself.

This month’s focus

My emphasis in the month of April will be on the theme ‘Discover yourself’ and ‘Personal success’. These are already the main emphasis of this site, however, as I wrote earlier, I will be offering a series of posts in the month of April dealing with more practical counsel on how to discover yourself and achieve your own personal success.

I will also be offering FREE tele-seminars on ‘Discover Yourself’ and ‘Personal Success’ on this site. More information will be available on this in the coming days.

I invite you to be a part of this thrilling journey of enlightenment and awareness of who and why you are. Beginning from tomorrow, the very first day of April, we’ll begin to explore the subject of ‘How to discover yourself and achieve your own personal success’.

Don’t miss a thing!!!

 

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