2012 in review

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

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Take the Lead And Live Your Dreams

Every human being was born with great dreams but only a very view end up achieving or getting close to their dreams in life. “Take the Lead And Live your Dreams” will not only inspire you but more importantly will show you how to take the lead and live a fulfilling and impactful life. Irrespective of your current level, this book will help you to move from where you are to where you really want to be in life.

When you take the lead of your life, you automatically become a better person because you have better control over issues pertaining to your life. Taking the lead means to wake up and take control of your life. It means to get up and become a participant rather than being a spectator in the affairs of your life. This book will show you what you need to do to take the lead, transform your dreams into realities and soar to higher level.

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Tapping into the Power of the Bible

Most people including large chunk of those who claim to be Christians grossly underutilize the potentials of God’s Words in the Bible. I know human being by nature always act in a particular manner either negative or positive for a reason or several reasons, though at times the reasons might not be genuine. In this case, I have been thinking in my mind to figure out the reasons people fail to tap fully into the Bible potential. And eventually, from my observation, I noticed four major reasons. The first one is ignorance, the second is misinterpretation, the third is narrow-mindedness and the fourth is lack of self-discipline to obey universal principles. In the rest of this write-up, I will discuss the first three of these reasons in more details. You can read about the lack of self-discipline in my post for last week by clicking here.

Ignorance of the Word

Because of laziness, most Bible carrying Christians don’t read it and consequently they don’t really know what is inside the greatest book they carry around. The best they know about it is what they were told by other people. That is why it is not uncommon to see people misquoting the Bible. A very good example of this is money is the root of evil. The Bible does not say money is the root of evil, what is actually in the Bible is: for the love of money is the root of all evil (1Timothy 6:10). Most Christians have ignorantly accepted the fallacy that money is the root of all evil to such extent that they have come to term to live in penury. They are ignorant of the fact that God even pronounced His blessing on us to be fruitful, multiply and have dominion in the book of Genesis 1:28.

Ignorance simply means lack of knowledge. And it has capacity not only to limit people’s potential but is also a deadly disease. That is why the Scripture says that: my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)

Misinterpretation of the Word

Another reason people often fail to take advantage of the word of God in the Bible is misinterpretation. The root cause of misinterpretation most often comes from wicked spiritual leaders who are trying to justify their wrong doings or failure with the word of God in the Bible. These leaders often quote bad precedent in the Bible out of context. They will not go further to look at the negative implication of the precedent they are applying to support their case. In the process, they misguide and confuse their followers who will then begin to apply the wrong interpretation in their life. My advice to people here is that when somebody is trying to defend his point with a Bible verse and you want to apply same to your life, please don’t be too lazy, go and read the full story in the Bible first. This will give you a complete perspective of the whole story.

Narrow-mindedness

The Bible is More Than Spiritual. In fact, it’s a Complete Life Guide for successful living. Also, there is no doubt about the fact that our world operates on universal principles. The Bible contains all these timeless laws as it pertain to every area of our lives. These principles work for just anybody who obeys them even including those who don’t know the Lord. This explains why you can see successful unbelievers. Unfortunately, most Christians put themselves at unnecessary disadvantage in life by limiting the application of universal principles in the Bible only to spiritual matters. Narrowing down the timeless principles in the Bible to only spiritual issues is one of the major limitations most Christians place on themselves. People have the wrong mindset that anything in the Bible is solely spiritual. But this is not true; the Bible is a complete life guide. It addresses every aspects of human life – spiritual, relationship, leadership, career, material, financial, health, economy and many more. You can always get solutions to every life problem in the Bible.

Spirituality Should be an Advantage

It is very pertinent to make it clear that we should stop deceiving ourselves with spirituality and consequently miss out on several great opportunities the universal principles in the Bible offer us to live a fulfilled life. As Christians, spirituality should be an advantage, but unfortunately most people have turned it into a major disadvantage by narrowing down the application of God’s Words to only spiritual matters. Spirituality will give you an undue advantage over the unbelievers if you expand your view of the God’s principles in the Bible and apply them to every areas of your life.

The Better Perspective

Failure to tap fully into the potentials of God’s word denies us of our blessings and consequently limits our ability to become the best God wants us to be. Going forward, let us throw away narrow-mindedness and expand our horizon when it comes to application of universal principles in the Bible. There is need for a paradigm shift from narrow-mindedness to universal-mindedness when it comes to application of the principles in the Bible. This is the better perspective that will help you to reap the full benefits of the Words of God in the Bible. My honest advice is this: start applying the principles in the Bible to every aspect of your life and you will experience dramatic positive changes.

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Maturity is not Determined by Age

There is a wrong popular opinion which equates maturity to chronological age. But contrary to this erroneous popular believe, the best proof of maturity is not age but putting away childish things. Apostle Paul made this very clear to us in the Bible, he said,

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)

I want you to take note of this statement “When I became a man, I put away childish things.” It means I became a matured man because I threw away all my childish behaviors. Throwing away childish things is the prerequisite for maturity. But many grown-ups today are still stuck with all the negative childish attitudes you can think of in the world. Such people are just growing older but not growing matured. They are yet to put away their childish things. We all know that children have to be under the tutelage of adults until they mature. And since maturity has to do more with putting away childish things, you will inevitably continue to be under the control of somebody who is matured irrespective of your chronological age until you throw away all your childish behaviors. Growing up to maturity requires that you throw away all your childish attitudes. Such attitudes include but not limited to self-centeredness, lack of self-discipline and blaming other people or circumstances for failures.

Failure to do away with these negative childish attitudes put serious limitation on our ability to become what God has destined us to become. Childish attitudes always deny people of God’s blessings because they prevent them from doing what they need to do to become the best they can be. Considering the serious negative impact that holding on to childish attitude can have on our lives, let us examine two of them briefly.

Self-Centeredness

Self-centeredness is a terrible childish attitude that limits people’s ability to have great vision because it makes them to narrow and focus their thinking on themselves just like a typical child. As an adults, you are expected to put away this attitude and think of how you can add value to others.

If you really want to enjoy God’s blessing to the fullest, you need to do away with the childish attitude of self-centeredness and have a paradigm shift to others-centeredness. This mental shift will help you to see and provide solution to other people’s problem. Your focus will be to acquire knowledge and understanding to solve problem or make life better for humanity. And you know what? This kind of attitude will eventually crystallize into ideas that will help you solve problems on a large-scale. When you are solving problems for humanity, you are fulfilling the greatest requirement for attracting unprecedented wealth. The principle is very simple, it states that: give and it shall be given unto you. When you solve problems for mankind, the world will surely reward you by giving back to you. When Zig Ziglar said, “you can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” this was the principle he was emphasizing. He was saying all your needs and wants, including that fine car or the house you always admire and wish to have can be met if you can help enough other people meet their needs.

Lack of Self-discipline

Self-discipline is the ability to do the right thing whether it is convenient or not. It is doing what is needed to be done whether you feel like it or not and restraining from doing what you shouldn’t do no matter how tempted or pressured you are. It involves being able to endure necessary pain even when you have the freedom to do otherwise. All these are hallmarks of maturity. For instance, if a child is pressed he will wet his pants if you don’t act fast when he tells you but a matured adult in a similar situation will hold himself until he gets to the right place.

Unfortunately, most grown-ups lack this important quality of self-control. They can wet their pants anytime and anywhere they are pressed irrespective of whether it is the right time or the right place or not. They are yet to put away the childish attitude of lack of self-discipline. Consequently, they still behave just exactly like children; they are physically adult but children in maturity. And we all know that children have to be under the control of a matured adult to guide and direct them to do the right thing. So, if you are still stuck with the childish attitude of lack of self-discipline, your life will be controlled by a matured adult notwithstanding how old you are.

The consequence of being under the control of somebody is that you will not be able to maximize your potential. For instance my little son really wants to drive a car but I will not allow him because he is not matured enough to do so. In a similar manner, a lot of your dreams will never be fulfilled unless you throw away all your childish things and become a matured woman or man. Therefore, if you really don’t want to live average or mediocre life, you need to identify all the childish things you are still holding on to and make serious and conscious effort to do away with them. When you do this you will surely become a better person with capacity to realize each and every one of your dreams.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this write-up. If you are blessed by this message, please forward it to your loved ones. If you’d like to have this topic presented as a seminar in your organization, kindly contact me on: +2348023277203 or send an e-mail to muyiwaokeola@gmail.com

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Birds in the Bush are Opportunities Waiting to be Exploited

Many people see failure as something very bad consequently; they do whatever they can to avoid it, even when it means remaining on the same spot in life. Such people justify their decision with various excuses. Some people say “a bird at hand worth two in the bush”. But please let me make it clear to you, this statement is very far from the truth. It is not a fact but somebody’s opinion. And decisions base on opinion are always very wrong and often lead people astray. This kind of statement is just an excuse put up long in the past by somebody who was afraid of venturing out of his comfort zone. Unfortunately, many people ignorantly adopt this philosophy in running their life. When you internalize such statements they just create a mindset which places serious limitation on your capacity to realize your full potential. Therefore, from this moment on, you need to start seeing the birds in the bush as opportunities for you to increase, and realize your full potential. Birds in the bush are opportunities waiting to be exploited. They are out there waiting and begging to be grabbed only by men and women who are bold enough to leave their comfort zone.

You have the capacity and whatever it takes to grab as many of these opportunities as possible if only you are willing to get out of your shell and take a dive. Do you realize that, if a caterpillar become comfortable in its cocoon and consequently refuse to get out of it, the caterpillar will never be able to fly? If you want to start flying, you must get out of your cocoon and take some risk. Your cocoon is your comfort zone. Just as good is enemy of great, comfort zone is enemy of progress in your life.

My message is this, if there is an opportunity for you to go into the bush and catch more birds go out there and catch as many as possible. Don’t limit yourself! If you look around, you will see that successful people are not afraid of failure. They are not contented with a bird in their hand. They are willing to risk a bird in hand to take advantage of opportunities around them. They are never comfortable with their comfort zone. Such people are never satisfied with the status quo. They see failure as part of the process of success. When they fail, they learn from their mistake and move forward.

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Life Purpose and Vision

Our world is governed by universal principles. When you obey them they work in your favour irrespective of your age, sex, race or status. And if you disobey them, they work against you. One of these principles which apply to practically every areas of our life is the Seed Principle. The principle simply states that: Whatever you sow you shall reap. If sow maize, you will surely reap maize. If you sow nothing you will definitely reap nothing! It is as simple as that. The seed principle applies to almost every human endeavor. It applies to:

  • Business. Sow the seed of good quality product and excellent customer service, and then you reap a flourishing, vibrant and profitable business
  • Relationship. Sow the seed of love and care, and reap healthy, happy and productive relationship
  • Finance. Sow the seed of wise investment and reap great financial returns. Please note that wise investment is not putting your money on an investment product you don’t understand. Doing that is nothing but gambling. When you gamble, the possibility of good financial returns is not certain. Making wise investment decision requires a lot of hard work
  • Career. Sow the seed of dedication and hard work and reap outstanding career success
  • Ideas. Sow the seed of good thought in your mind, reap good ideas.

You see, I can go on and on applying the seed principle to every area of our lives. The point I am making is simple, there is no outcome in life either negative or positive that is not the consequence of a seed sown.

Perhaps you are beginning to wonder how does the seed principle tie into the topic of discussion – Life Purpose and Vision? Don’t worry; there is no cause for anxiety. Everything will be clear to you by the time I conclude. Just be patient and keep on reading.

Life Purpose

Life Purpose answers the questions such as; what the “heaven” am I on earth for? What problem are you here to solve for humanity? Every one of us was created by God with potentials, talents and temperament that equip us to solve at least a problem for mankind. Providing solution to that problem is your life purpose. That means your life purpose is what you must donate to make our world a better place. It is what you must donate to mankind to make your vision a reality. It is very important for you to identify your life purpose because when the purpose of anything, including human being is not known, its abuse is inevitable. Apart from being abused, other consequences of failure to discover your purpose are lack of passion, waste of potential – your inner potential will lie dormant and untapped – this will ultimately lead to average or mediocre life.

The question now is: how do I discover my life purpose? The first thing is to pray for God’s guidance. Ask your creator what your purpose is. Nobody can know the purpose of any equipment more than its manufacturer. Though God had deposited in you potentials, natural talents, passion and temperament that make you a perfect fit for certain kind jobs or professions, you need His guidance to choose the one that will give you the best return on effort. After seeking God’s counsel, you can now focus on your passion, what you love doing, your talent and temperament to identify a purpose which aligns with His will for your life.

Vision

Vision is what you desire to become in future. It gives direction; it is your life compass that helps you to navigate your way through the journey of life. Having vision for your life helps you to be focus in life. Being focus will help you to utilize every resource available to you efficiently and effectively. It is however very unfortunate that most people do not have vision for their lives. Living life without vision can be likened to a piece of paper floating in the air. It moves in whichever direction the wind blows it. Similarly, people who don’t have vision for their lives move in whichever direction the circumstances of life push them. A visionless life is like a man setting out on a journey without a specific destination, the tendency is very high he will end up a derelict sometime, somewhere.

The common mistake

Majority of the few people who have vision usually make a common mistake. They often cast their life vision without identifying what exactly they need to do to make that vision a reality. Having vision without any idea of what you need to do, how you need to do it and when you need to do it to realize the vision will ultimately lead to mediocrity. Usually without any exception realization of any vision is the consequence of another action. That is, vision does not become reality just by itself; a price has to be paid for it. Therefore, once you have cast your vision. The next thing is to identify what you need to do – the price you need to pay make your vision a reality.

We Live in an Interdependent World

Since we live in an interdependent world, the price we need to pay for our visions is usually connected to doing something to make life better for other people. The most effective way to realize your vision is to identify your life purpose for humanity and fulfill it. Fulfilling your life purpose for humanity is the price you need to pay to realize your vision. Don’t forget I told you earlier that your life purpose is the problem you are here to solve for mankind.

Now, if you apply the seed principle to life purpose and vision, fulfilling your life purpose for mankind is the seed you must sow to reap the harvest of making your vision a reality. A life vision come true is the consequence of life purpose fulfilled. And you should take note of this fact too: you only realize your vision just to the extent you fulfill your life purpose. Don’t forget that, it is whatever you sow that you are going to reap. Your harvest – vision realized – is directly proportional to the seed sown – life purpose fulfilled. If we apply the law of direct variation in mathematics, we have:

Harvest α Seed Sown (to transform this expression into mathematical equation we need to introduce a constant K)

Harvest = K * Seed Sown

In this case, constant K is God’s blessing

Harvest = God’s Blessing * Seed Sown

Your life purpose is the seed while your vision is the harvest, so we can say that:

Extent of Vision realized = God Blessing * extent of Life Purpose fulfilled.

Years ago, the greatest teacher of all time from the plain of Galilee explained this principle of variation to us in a very clear term. He said:

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)

But unfortunately, most of us still don’t understand it. As a result, we narrow its application down to giving offering in the church. This principle applies to more than giving offering in churches. Giving offering in church is just the spiritual dimension of the principle. However, there is another dimension to it, that one involves using your talent, skill, knowledge, ideas, time and other resources to make life better for humanity. It is fulfilling your purpose to solve problem for humanity. This is another kind of giving which most people don’t pay attention to. Jesus said in the second part of the Bible verse above that: “For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” The implication of this statement is that the extent of reward that will be given to you depends on the magnitude of the problem you solve for humanity. The extent of your donation – life purpose fulfilled – to humanity determines the extent of reward that will be giving back to you – vision realized. This is the secret of genuine prosperity and great wealth that come without sorrow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this write-up. If you are blessed by this message, please forward it to your loved ones. If you’d like to have this topic presented as a seminar in your organization, kindly contact me on: +2348023277203 or send an e-mail to muyiwaokeola@gmail.com

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