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Responsibility is a Source of Happiness

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

Happiness is not by chance, but by choice” – Jim Rohn. There is a very big relationship between taking more responsibility and being happy. These two thing are intertwined. The more responsible you are the more you enjoy happiness. Being responsible can be a source of great happiness. I have been doing a simple study on people who are seemingly enjoying happiness and have noticed that among the most common factors they share, is that they have taken up more responsibilities in their circles. These are the people who are in the driving seat of their lives.

Following up on this study I decided to take more responsibility, firstly with my own life. Yes, my own life. Most of us are not responsible for our own lives. We live under the shadows of other people. We only want to take responsibility when the right outcomes are achieved, sometimes even for the things that should not even be credited to us. I have seen this type of behaviour especially with our friends in the political world. There is a tendency of wanting to be praised for other peoples efforts.

But also amongst my peers. There is this tendency of only wanting to take credit when things are right, but we do not even want to take full responsibility when our actions are wrong. We always want to blame someone else or give excuses.

Taking Responsibility Puts You in the Drivers Seat

Look, when you take full responsibility for your life, you simply takeover the driving seat. You are in charge. You will accept when things are bad. Being in the driving seat is usually a source of happiness. It gives me joy when a plan comes together. You are happiest when things go according to your plan. If you are in charge you will quickly put up corrective measures when things are drifting away.  “Action may not bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action” – William James.

Taking up responsibility is also an indication of being a good leader. Remember, we are all leaders of our own lives and I believe that at some point you will be made to account for the actions you take in life. The quicker you realise it the better for you.

Personal growth and development is all about taking responsibility for all your actions and not just some. If you want to achieve serious self growth you need to start taking charge of your life. Do not let your mood be determined by other people, they may dampen it. This means taking control of your thoughts, as they are responsible for your emotions; taking control of your emotions as these may lead you to act on impulse. Usually, your predominant thoughts will dictate the state of your mood.

Make a Conscious Decision to be Responsible

The best time to consciously make decisions is in the morning. I have made it a point that every morning before my day gets hectic a decision is made that I will stay focused, be happy and responsible for my actions. Look, no one will make a decision for you unless you approve of it. If you live an unhappy life its your decision; if you are not in charge of your life its your decision. All in all the power to decide is within you. Learn to use it properly.

There is something about doing certain things early in the morning. Your mind just remains focused on them. I usually read through my writing ideas every night before sleeping and every morning when I wake up. Ever since I started this practice, my productivity levels have just been going up. How I wish this had started sometime back. Am writing and publishing articles on a regular basis.

I have taken full responsibility for my actions both positive and negative. On the days that I am not writing I take time to improve my writing skills by reading; researching, listening and watching motivational videos among other things. Yes, sometimes I have to force myself to do these things but I have made it a point that they are done. This is all, is a result of a single decision I make in the morning and that is to be responsible.

Sharing is Caring

They say sharing is caring. Some people find it had to share anything. If they have to share, it is those things that have no meaning and value to them. In other words they share what they call scraps. Well, I guess its human nature but I feel that it is wrong. I read somewhere that all habits are learnable good or bad. This is true. If you can learn bad habits you can also un learn them and replace them with good habits.

There is always something you can share. Sometimes people have lame excuses for not sharing. You will be amazed that the little you think you have some people do not have. I practice an open door policy and have taught my children to always learn to share. I know that sometimes its had, but we must share anyhow. Sharing does not necessarily mean giving out handouts in form of money, it could just be sharing your time to help out someone in need of your skills.

I know that if we all developed and practiced the habit of sharing, the world would be a much much better place. Sharing is also a source of happiness. Let me ask you a question. How do you feel when you see the joy on someone’s face all because you shared something with them? Exactly, that’s why you must share unconditionally more often. When you share do not expect anything back, you are not in control of them. If you expect anything in return more often than not you will be disappointed.

Conclusion

I would like to end by encouraging you to develop the habit of taking responsibility for your life, accept that you are the master of your destiny. Take charge and live a happy life. Learn to also take extra responsibilities and share your gifts with the world. “Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul” – Democritus. Standout tall and be happy.

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Life is Like a Seed that Needs to be Nurtured

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but, by the seeds you plant” – Robert Louis Stevenson. Our attitude about the future depends on our ability to see the future. Each of us has the inherent ability to dream, design, and experience the future through our hopeful imagination. Whatever the mind has the capacity to imagine, it also has the ability to create. All human beings carry a seed to create. They say all growth is from within. You see we all carry the seed to succeed and grow in whatever we put our mind on. In other words life is like a seed. If you look around, you will realise that there is nothing that was not created. Believe it or not, everything you see was first conceived as a seed.

The question you might be asking is if we all carry the seed of success why is it that only a few people are successful? Well the biggest challenge with most of us is that we let the seed go to waste. We do not take good care of it. You see for any seed to grow, it must be nurtured and nourished. This is the process that we do not want to undertake. Nurturing and nourishing a seed takes a lot of time, discipline and is hard work.

Recently I started a small backyard garden. I have been growing plants from seeds. It has taken me close to 3 months to grow pepper, from seed to now almost harvest time. I have not yet harvested it and anything could go wrong before then. So not until we have enjoyed the first harvest, we have not yet enjoyed the benefits of our labour.

I believe that life is like a tree. It starts as a seed and grows into a tree. Any seed has the potential to grow into a tree. However, whether the seed will grow into a tree and produce good fruit or not will depend on the quality of the nutrients. See for any seed to sprout and grow it needs dirt or better still soil otherwise if left open the sun will burn it. Now soil contains nutrients that are necessary for the growth of the seed. I believe it takes a lot of energy for the small seed to push it’s self up from under ground to the surface. And better still it has to adapt to the different weather patterns and conditions to grow and start bearing good fruit.

Nurture and Nourish that Seed

Whatever that you want to do in life is like a seed. If you want to be successful at whatever, you need to understand that it takes hard and smart work to achieve it. Look, “somewhere in the Kafue National Park every morning arises an impala that realises that it must run faster than the fastest Lion or it will be eaten and die that day, in the same National Park arises a Lion that realises that it must run faster than the fastest Impala or it will starve and die that day”. The moral of the story is that no matter what you do in life you have to run.

No matter who you are you have to run. The running symbolises the work that you have to do on a daily basis. If you’ve had the opportunity to watch national geographics and observed how both the Impala and the Lion run. You will realise that they do not just run in a straight line.

Life will throw things at you. It is therefore, important that you learn how to meander throw those obstacles. Believe me learning to meander through life is not easy. We are constantly learning and adapting to life on a daily basis. If you are not changing with time then, you are not improving and are most likely to remain behind. It could be the reason why you have stagnated in life.

The dirt or soil symbolises the hard work. This is the hardest part. To make the soil more fertile and conducive for the seed, takes learning and discipline. This helps you build character. Now that you have character with time and endurance you will have nurtured and nourished your ideas and will give birth to your plans or project. Before you know it you will be reaping the fruits of your labour. The hardest part however, is the nurturing and nourishing part. I believe that every good thing takes time. Most of us do not want to endure the soil. We do not want the dirt being thrown at us. We want to skip from seed to fruit.

Allow God to Be at the Centre of Your Plans

The bible says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29. This is huge for me. To me it is clear that what ever plans we have before we implement them we must put them before God. Ultimately the Lord knows what he has planned for us. It is therefore, imperative that we conform with the plans of the lord for our lives. Allowing God to lead is just wonderful. Yes sometimes we miss it and get off target and yes sometimes things do not go as we want them. The bigger picture is that God knows what is best for our us. Am human just like you and sometimes I question God when things are not going as I expect them.

The comforting thing is that God always makes a way where there seems to be no way. Allow me to say that God is a teacher and accepts anyone as they are. The beauty with following God is that it is at your own free will. I have made mistakes and some of the things am not proud of. But I know that he accepts me just the way I am.

Conclusion

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” – Proverbs. Do not let those plans; those seeds that you have go to waste. You have a duty or rather a responsibility to ensure that you do not deprive the world of them. Lastly we should should learn to give thanks and praise to the Lord because he gives us the opportunity to live and go on with our lives. Thank you and remember to standout tall and be counted.

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Life gives us a second chance

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

If you are reading this article, today is the first day of the rest of your life, and you have every reason to be grateful for it. Thank God for the gift of your life. You are alive for a reason. I believe that life has always given us an opportunity for a second chance. You may not currently be in a position to afford a good life. A life that you desire. You may have messed up or have let an opportunity pass you by. Yes, life may seem to be unbearable and unfair; the doctors may have given you a bad report on your health but, that’s not the end of the world. Thank God you are still alive. Let me assure you, that for as long as you have the breadth of life in you; as long as you are alive;  you definitely have an opportunity to overcome your current challenges. Never give up because it is never too late for you to achieve your dreams. Yes, some people may seem to be far ahead of you, but always remember that you have your own life to live; and who says you should live your life based on other people’s progress?

Most of us have had a very bumpy life. Sometimes due to our own making and at times due to circumstances beyond our control. I believe that most of the circumstances we go through in life are of our own making. Meaning we have the power to change them. Most of us have given up on making progress with our lives. We have become accustomed and have accepted to living a mediocre life. When we fall down we must learn to pick ourselves up. Many of the times we will have very few people around when we have fallen down. It is at these times when we should summon all our strength and courage to stand up and keep moving. The God who has given us life also provides us with the strength and direction of our lives.

As human beings, we must embrace and be thankful that we are always given a second chance at life. Though we fall, when we have the courage to get up, God gives us more life and grace so that we can achieve our goals. Yes, I know that there are opportunities that come once in a lifetime. Some of these may not be the best ones for us. Never give up just know that God’s timing is the best. We should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall. Those that have succeeded have failed before. The great inventors of this world have failed many times before they succeeded and today who remembers their failures?

Have a never give up mentality

I love football and sports in general. Sportsmen and women who succeed have a never give up mentality. Sportsmen and women are impressive; the hours and days they put in training for them to show their skill only for a short period of time is amazing. Not only to show their skills but also win to matches, is out of this world. I recently watched a football match were the team I support was written off even before the beginning of the match. The only consolation I had as a supporter was that we are going to have a good game of football. But as the players entered the pitch you could see the positive mindset they were carrying. They just looked like they had already won the match. You see they had lost the first match and needed to win this one by an “impossible” scoreline against one of the very best teams. When my team scored the first goal I believed that the impossible would be possible. Well, the rest is history.

The never give up mentality should be adopted at all times. Those who never give up even in the times of adversity are bound to succeed. When you are given a second chance, embrace it with all your might and ensure that you make the best of every opportunity. Don’t be discouraged when you fail, because you have just discovered one way of not making it. I have set a one month challenge; beginning 1st February I will be posting an article every day until the month-end. This is a huge challenge for me, as I have never done this before. But I pray that God will give me a never give up mentality. A mentality to press on until I achieve the goal. I will evaluate my progress at the end of the challenge and share the experience. I am looking forward to it.

I believe that challenging our abilities is one of the best ways to ensuring and enhancing personal development and growth. I think life would be very boring without challenges. I am now developing a mentality of constantly challenging my abilities.

Enjoy your life

Learn to live a happy life. Decide to be happy every morning you wake up. Did you know that happiness is the highest level of success? One of the best ways of enjoying life is doing the things you enjoy most of the time. There is no point in living a life of grumbling every day. “Life is too short to be lived with hate and sadness” – said Nelson Mandela when he was released from prison after 27 years. He had no choice but to forgive his oppressors because he did not want to continue being their prisoner by carrying hatred in his heart. He wanted to enjoy total freedom for the rest of his life. If you are carrying hate, unforgiveness, and anger you are not free; you are a prisoner. Free yourself and begin to enjoy your life.

Happiness also comes through giving. I have great joy when I give and see the joy on the other person. I used to wonder why the bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive. I mean, after all, we all want to be on the receiving end especially good gifts. but I have learned that as a parent we are always happy to see our children enjoying the fruits of our labour. I don’t know about you but the joy I get when I have provided a solution for someone and they walk away happy is just mind-blowing. Giving may not necessarily be in monetary form. It could just be a helping hand. It could be your time or just being good to someone. There is so much we could do for the world that will put a smile on many people. Imagine living in a world full of happy people.

Conclusion

Life is only what we choose to make it. With every choice you make, you create your life. God is such a gracious father he is a God of second chances. We must learn to embrace the opportunities and chances that come our way. Many a time we will fail, but we must never give up. We must remain steadfast and focused. We must embrace failure and learn from it; we must never be defeated by it. Remember that life is built of the things we do. The small things we do every day. “In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. Its the life in your years” – Abraham Lincoln.

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This is a milestone reached

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

This website has just hit a hundred articles. In essence this translates to more than 100,000 words at an average rate of 1,000 words per article. This is a personal achievement for me. Thank God for the grace and inspiration to write. I can only ask for more grace and inspiration to write even much much better articles. Thank you also for following me on my journey this far we are in it together.  I have never written this many articles in my life.  This is truly a milestone to be celebrated. I also pray and hope that these articles have been and continue to be of great help to you the readers. I believe that we can help change the world for the better. A journey of one thousand miles starts with one step in the right direction. I have personally endeavoured to take that step and I know that it is the right one.

My pledge is to have this site grow to be one of the most preferred destination for people seeking personal growth, personal development, spiritual growth and encouragement. There are others areas that I will be writing about in due course as outlined in the home page. I just thought of sharing this happy moment with my readers.

What’s coming in the next few weeks?

I have been doing some work in the background on how best to host podcasts. I am in the process of introducing a podcast section for some of the articles. I hope that this will also open up the possibility to record podcasts with different personalities. Am always looking for ways to improve both the quality of the articles and the general outlook of the website. I want to make it as user friendly as possible. I also want it to be a very simple website. You will notice that there are are few tweaks here and there, this is just to correct some errors and improve on the general outlook. If you feel that there is anything that needs my attention please feel free to contact me in the about section.

I have noticed that ever since the blog carnival website was pulled down there has not been any platform that hosts personal development carnivals. I intend to start hosting one in the coming weeks. The submission requests page will be uploaded soon. I will be asking for only a link back to successfully hosted sites. I hope this services will be greatly appreciated by the community. These are some of the major changes that will take place on this sites. Thank you again for your continued readership and support.

Bye and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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The dawn of a season

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” ~ Carl Bard. Take heart and give way to the new season. This is my first article for this New Year since my website was hacked. Time flies and waits for no one. Whether you like it or not time will not wait for you. We have just been ushered into a new season and it is still the right time to start afresh or build up on the gains achieved from the past season.  If you are like me and like to set new goals please go ahead and set them. Set this season as the turning point that will see you grow in your weakest areas of your life.

In order to grow you must obtain what is necessary for your growth but, as you are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for you to receive only as you give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action just the same as like attracts like. The challenge for you this year is to obtain what is necessary for your growth; to stop those detrimental habits; to build on your business skills; to improve on interpersonal relationships and to grow spiritually.

The challenge

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you will become after the game, whether you are a winner or loser” ~ Lou Holtz. Think for a moment, what you would be if you were not a husband or wife, father or mother, or brother or sister, if you were not interested in the social, economical, political or religious world. What then would you be? Think about what you were last year; how much you achieved; and how much more you did not achieve; do you want to stay in the same position or do you want to climb the ladder of self-improvement or would you rather take a few steps backwards?

The challenge therefore, for me is to find the right combination and balance of tools or rather characteristics for a more fulfilling personality. The target should be to find the  ingredient’s necessary for my growth. In order to grow I must then, obtain what is essential for my growth. My growth then is dependent on what I take in. Remember first that all growth is from within and that I am the source of that growth. Note that you are also the source of your own growth. 

For me to ensure that I reach the optimum growth levels for this year I must make sure that I develop the right mental attitude. This will mean a constant renewal of my mind. I must make a deliberate policy to buy and read self-improvement and development books. It will also mean that I need to focus more on the positive things in life.

Manage your thoughts

It is very amazing to know that all things in the world began as a thought. Even at creation I believe that, God must have first thought before speaking. The saying “as a man thinks so is he in is heart” holds water for me. You always produce what you think. Your outside world is a true reflection of your inside world. If you think cheap you come out cheap. If you set your mind on mediocrity you get exactly that and vice versa. I can challenge you that nothing in this world has been ever invented without first being conceived as thought or an idea by someone. I have noticed that the world has a way of giving us back what we predominantly harbour as thoughts.

This then makes me realize that one of the most important tools we have as human beings is the mind which is the thinking organ. If you can control what thoughts you harbour believe me you are destined to achieve greatness. In this new season I challenge you to start learning how to control and manage your thoughts. 

Be proactive and not reactive

The human nature is that of being reactive. Meaning we always wait for the situation to happen and then react after wards. This means that most of the time we are firefighting. That is the difference between successful individuals and those of us that are struggling with life. If you want to be ahead you must be proactive and not reactive. I used to be like this and I can confess that this firefighting syndrome has not completely gone away from me. The best way to handle life is to be prepared for every eventuality. To be proactive is to take measures in advance for an event that will occur including the unexpected.

Like I said this is a new season and with it comes a new tide of everything. The challenge this season is to build on the little gains achieved for being proactive and not reactive. I want to believe that being reactive is a sign of laziness and no lazy person can be successful.

Conclusion

As per tradition for me every New Year is a new season and I always make resolutions and set goals for it.  This is one of the best tools I use to measure my progress towards reaching my personal development goals. I hope and trust that you have formulated one for yourself to keep you going. Bye for now and remember to always “standout tall and be counted.

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5 Tools for a successful business

We all want to have a successful business do we? But, what tools do you need to have for a successful business? Many of us focus too much on the money part and neglect other important ingredients of a successful business. Yes I know and understand that money is important so are the tools you use to generate it. Any business cannot generate enough revenue without tools. In this article I discuss a list of key ingredients for business to succeed. These I have proven and think they will be helpful to you, especially if you are just starting out.

1)  Time
You must understand that time is money and it is of essence. Time is an important tool in anything we do. In business, your objective is to make money period. How do you make money? You utilize time accordingly. But the question is how productively you convert your time into money. Are you making full use of your time or you just let the time pass by you? Time once lost cannot be recovered.

How much you make depends on how good you are at converting time to money. If you are already productive, then you may want to ask; what are the things you can do to improve further. Remember time is the most valuable asset and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Also time is also the fairest distribution of resources every human being receives. If there is anything God has given us all in equal proportion it is time. Everybody on earth experiences the same hours of day and night. I have never heard of anyone saying that he enjoys more time than 24 hrs per day.

2)  People
The second tool for me is people. To be successful in business, you must have people connections. I mean the right people. People consist of customers, suppliers, partners, staff, and associates. I cannot imagine a business that is successful without people. If there are no people connected to your business I can guarantee you that you are wasting your time.

One thing that you must not leave out is your mentor or coach. Having genuine mentors or coaches is very important and it can make a very big difference in your business. What a mentor does is that they will help you grow through your business. You will gain valuable knowledge if you have a good mentor. You should also have a mentor not just for your business also for your personal growth.

To make sure that you have more profits, you must serve people well. Organize your database of people connections. By simply knowing who does what, who supplies what, who needs what, where to get what make your miles ahead of other people. Even if you are doing affiliate marketing you need to know the needs of your affiliates.

3)  Knowledge and Skills
The third tools you need are a combination of set of knowledge and skills. When I talk about knowledge and skills, I am not referring to academic knowledge that you find in schools or colleges including universities. What’s more important to you is knowledge and skills that can bring you the kind of results you want and usually these are not found in schools.

How many MBA holders that you know of have become business owners and have made tones of money or are running successful businesses? That shows you that getting the right knowledge and skills is important. Don’t blindly go after knowledge that could drown you. Go for knowledge and skills that are universally tested and proven. Get knowledge that is relevant to your business. Study what other related businesses are doing and do it better.

Examples of right knowledge and skills are where to get what from who, money making trends, marketing strategies, art of dealing with people, negotiation skills, selling skills, skills of managing and growing money, investment skills, universal laws of success, and more. Don’t waste time on unnecessary knowledge. There’s only so much that you need to know and learn. Be sharp and focus when you acquire knowledge and skills. Don’t follow what normal people do. Above all put your knowledge and skill set to practice.

4)  Personal Health
You cannot make money when you are in bad health. My number 4 tool is good personal health. In fact, this is the most important tool of all. How can you run a business without a healthy body? In order to maintain an optimum health, you have to provide your body with proper nutrients and sufficient exercise. And also don’t forget about your emotional well being  Don’t let anger and other negative emotions control you.

This is where positive and empowering attitudes come into play. Maintaining your body is just like maintaining your car. If you send your car to a workshop for regular service and pump petrol regularly, why don’t you do the same for your body? It’s something for you to think about. Don’t be stingy over spending money for your own health because physical and mental health can cost you a lot of money in the long run if your body is not taken care of properly.

5)  Resources
Let’s face it. It takes money to make money even you need a little. But you might not need a lot of money to start a business because there are many ways to start one with low capital especially affiliate marketing programs.

I meet a lot of people who want to be rich but are not willing to invest the money. You must invest in something in order for you to get something. The law of sowing and reaping is at work. Don’t expect something without investing anything. Money is one of the investments you need to make.

Even though you don’t need to have a capital for your business, but at least you must be able to cover your expenses while building your business. You also need resources to buy products to stock up and other stuff. So, you must at least come up with whatever amount that you have to start a business.

Conclusion
These are the five basic tools of business success. I call them tools because you need to use them in order for your business to succeed. Do your best to acquire or grow or invest in these personal tools. These tools have worked for me even in the area of personal development. But the good thing is you don’t need to have a perfect combination of tools to get started. You can still perfect the tools along the way. Somehow, get it started with what you’ve got. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted

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You are a leader

Leadership begins with you. We are all born leaders. It does not matter where you are or what kind of work you do, you are born a leader. Our lives are governed by the small things that we do everyday. “One of the responsibilities of leadership is to seek out and develop the latent talent of those members who, for various reasons, have never had a real chance to demonstrate their ability.” – Clem Renouf. I like to define leadership as the “ability to influence”. We all have the ability to influence. In you there is the ability to “influence” waiting to be awakened. Most people have not awakened their leadership abilities some may say they have never been given the opportunity to do so. I want to encourage those in this bracket to create the opportunities themselves. There is no better opportunity than that created by you. I have created this blog as an opportunity to help someone out there. I believe that this is a perfect opportunity and forum for me to show my leadership qualities and I am improving on them on a daily basis. I am neither a guru nor a perfect human being but I strive just like everybody else to become a better person everyday.

If you take the time to improve just 1% of your every day life say your work, imagine how much you would have improved after a single month. Improving our selves is the beginning of showing leadership qualities. There are many ways in which to improving our leadership qualities but I live by the following four principles:-

Learn

I have learnt that one of the most powerful tools to leadership ability is learning. Read and read and read. Read books that motivate, inspire and strengthen your character; books that remind you of our greatest leaders of the world. Some of my favorite books are the Holy Bible, the Master Key System by Charles Haanel, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen and The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. Knowledge is paramount to whatever we do in our lives. The more knowledge you gain the more you increase the ability to something even better.

I have a target to read at least one new book along side one of my favorite books every month. But I read the Bible every single day. I want to encourage you to do even more by reading two books every month. I have written an article entitled “Knowledge is Key to Success” where I outline the importance of learning and acquiring knowledge. Learning never ends. Each day we are alive we are continuously learning new things. Apart from reading you can also learn by listening to audiobooks on various subjects such as team building, person motivation and relationships. Attend seminars on motivational topics, team building talks and many other subjects that will uplift you.

Make a point to have a continuous learning life. You will also realize that you are a student of your self. Some of you do not know yourself very well. Have an open mind and ken interest to learning new things. Do not resist change but embrace it. Many of the times we as human beings will always resist change. Explore the change being introduced for opportunities to express your leadership qualities. Usually change brings with it new and different opportunities explore them, don’t be content with what you have.

Visualisation

Perhaps at the centre of all human development is the state of the mind. Our outer achievements are a direct reflection of our inner achievements. What we think results in our action. If your thought is constructive the action is good, if your thought is destructive so are your actions. Everything that was created was first conceived in the mind before being given birth to the world. This also is true about you and me. Before you can be, you see yourself to be. You cannot be without seeing yourself to be.

To awaken the leadership quality in you, you must realize that all achievements begin in the mind. Your dominant thoughts have a direct bearing on your character. One common attribute of great leaders is that the spend most of their time thinking positively and remaining focused. We all have dreams and it is entirely up to each and every one of us to keep them alive and bring them into reality.

To be leader you must find time especially in the morning to visualize your self achieving your goals. Have time to yourself. Find the most appropriate time during the day when you can spend at least an hour to your self. Mine is usually early in the morning at about 5.00am. I would also encourage you to be an early riser. This gives me time to read meditate and exercise. I know that waking up earlier is not easy for some people. The start is always difficult but once you make it your way of life it becomes a part of your routine.

Set Targets

Setting and reconnecting on a regular basis with your targets is a good success discipline. Good leadership ability demands that you set goals that are achievable. I have one philosophy, set goals that are achievable but over deliver. Exceeding your goals gives you a sense of good feeling. You must try as much as possible to set yourself targets maybe on a yearly basis and broken down into smaller bits that will help you monitor your own progress.

Target setting is helpful in what ever area of your life. One must learn to set reasonable and achievable goals. Yes I know that sometimes we set goals that are difficult to achieve but we must try and reach them anyway. One of the best ways to monitor your goals is to write them down say in a dairy. Review your achievements on a regular basis and compare them with your main goals. Remember our lives and characters are made up of the small things that we do everyday. Try and improve on your weaknesses say by 1% everyday and see how much improvement you will have made in one month.

Stay Healthy

Leadership is influenced by what you eat. Staying healthy is also influenced by your diet and your way of living. One sure way of staying healthy is having a good diet and regular exercise. I try as much as possible to eat healthy and balanced diets. I must be very honest am not as disciplined as should be when it comes to diets but I exercise on a regular basis.

It is no point being a good leader and not in good health. We must try by all means to keep our bodies in good health and enjoy the days of our lives. If you have noticed “what you eat determines how well you will perform”. Avoid over eating and train your self to eat at the right time. Also eat in moderation. Staying healthy is key and beneficial to us all.

Conclusion

This is probably one of my longest articles so far. Leadership is very wide and difficult subject. What I believe is that we are all born leaders and it is the ability and wiliness to take up challenging roles that differentiate us. Many of us think being in high offices is leadership. I want to believe that we can all be leaders in whatever spheres of life we choose. In your quest for personal development always remember to “standout tall and be counted

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A Share of the billions of dollars on the internet

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

The internet is a hive of activities. You probably have head how people have made and are still making lots of money using the internet. Even though the internet is one of the best mediums to earn a remarkable amount of income, it still remains under utilized by many of its users. The most common use of the internet is communication, news reading and socializing. There are a handful of users who have really appreciated and harnessed the power and potential of the internet to generate massive and multiple streams of income.

There are a number of reasons that have lead to the under utilization of the internet as an income generating medium. Some of the reasons being; ignorance, presence of counterfeit programs, luck of patience, wanting to get rich quick, fear of the unknown and the list goes on and on. What ever, your reasons are, believe me the internet can be a source of decent income. In this article I outline five sources of income am currently benefiting from. The amounts am earning are currently not as much but I can already see that with time, patience and hard work they will greatly increase.

There are many good programs available online that can be utilized to earn lots of money. But to every good program there are many counterfeits and scams. Find here below my recommended online products.

Google Adsense

Google adsense is very different from traditional advertising, such as with banner ads or block placements. This is because of the dynamic nature of how the ads are published. It allows you to setup automatic rotating ad blocks that allow you to create channels for specific niche markets.

With Google adsense, you are paid every time someone clicks on your website advertisement. You are simply paid a percentage of the sponsors cost for advertising through the Google network. In order to maximize your earnings with Google adsense, you need to focus on optimizing your click through rates. Your website visitors should be motivated to click on your ads.

You will need to have a website, in order to get started making money with Google adsense. This can come in any format including article sites, directories, forums or even blogs. With Google adsense you do not need to build any downline and it is free to join.

Net Penny Stocks

I would be lying to say that I fully understand how this program works but it pays. So far it has the largest contribution to all my online income streams. From my own understanding, it is some sort of virtual shares program that pays you on a weekly basis. You get the maximum benefit by reinvesting your weekly payments and earn extra bonuses by building an active downline. Investing in this program is as low as US$1.95 only but the recommended is minimum is US$5.85. The program is free to join and you can start earning once you have bought “shares” it uses a 3X12 matrix once you lock in your position to earn residual income.

The beauty of it though is that there are no products to sell or market. All you have to do is promote your link and create an active downline whilst reinvesting your weekly payments. In this way you maximize your weekly profits.

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Shares of Wealth

This is a newly introduced program and has prospects of being a very good one. In the few days of its launch I have been earning almost on a daily basis. In this program you earn money even though you have not referred anyone. The administrators have made it in such a way that you earn almost on a daily basis as long as members are upgrading.

This program allows you to buy multi shares therefore enhancing your chances of bigger returns. Watch out for this site as there are currently many promotions being run. My experience with online businesses is to treat them as long term investments. Do not quit your current job until you are making sufficiently enough money from your online business. Many people make a mistake and think that affiliate marketing is a get rich quick scheme. It requires patience and diligence just like any other offline business.

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SFI Marketing

SFI Marketing is perhaps one of the fastest growing companies with over 8000 new affiliates joining weekly. The company has been in existence for over 10 years. Affiliates are provided with all necessary support for marketing SFI products on the internet. It also provides sales support such as customer support, payment processing, and product shipping at no cost to the affiliate. In addition all sales generated by the affiliate are tracked to the referring affiliate and commission credited to the affiliates account.

SFI has been steadily expanding and in January 2009 they launched Tripleclicks. Tripleclicks features thousands of products including collectibles and new products are added every day. Tripleclicks is a mega store it is also a portal to more than 170 major brand names of online stores including iTunes, PetSmart, Autos.com, BabyUniverse, ESPN, Expedia, Hotwire.com, Match.com, NetFlix, NutriSystem, Priceline.com, Skype, and TicketMaster.

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Triple Clicks

Triple clicks an exciting new destination on the web and was launched in January 2009. It currently features 27,684 products and services, with more being added on daily. You can find collectibles and many other items found nowhere else on the internet. TripleClicks also allows its members to simply and easily sell their own unwanted items for cash or trade. SFI affiliates can earn handsome commissions promoting the products and services available at TripleClicks. Here?s three reasons why triple clicks is the most loved mega store:-

  • Daily updates on deal of the day
  • TripleClicks stocks thousands of quality items including collectibles. New items added everyday
  • It is quick and simple to use. You can sell all your unwanted goods online.

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Conclusion

There are many sources of income on the internet one has to be careful with what they choose because there are also many scams out there. Making money online should be taken as any other business and patience, caution and persistence should be exercised. I have just mentioned those programs that I take part in and have so far proven to be beneficial. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Features of a good affiliate marketing program

There are so many affiliate marketing programs being published and advertised on the internet today. Although this is a good sign that more and more people are beginning to use and appreciate the abundance of wealth and opportunities available on the web, care should be taken. There are also more internet scams on the internet today than ever. Most of these programs will claim to give you success within a very short period of time. They will claim to have the latest ?hot? products that have been recently launched and will ask you to lock in before it’s too late. I am a very slow person to spend money on new affiliate programs.

My approach to them is to get word from persons I know are benefiting from them. These are people I trust and some of them are my upline in the current affiliate marketing programs I benefit from. It is quite difficult though to find such people. But, since I know that they too are prone to making mistakes I have devised a way to help me make sound decisions, before I participate in any affiliate marketing program be it new or old.

  • Credibility of the company – How credible is the company behind the affiliate marketing program? Who is behind this same company? What are they involved in? Remember you do not want to be part of a program that is sponsoring illegitimate activities. This I feel is very important.
  • How long has the company been in existence? – I guess the longer a company has been in existence the more good will and reputable it’s products are. A company that has been in business for more than 5 years has certainly built a good base of good will than the one that has been for less. I say this with exception.
  • Does the program offer free training materials? –It is absolutely ridiculous for me to buy training materials on how to market a product for an affiliate program. A good affiliate marketing program will provide free materials for it’s affiliates. The content of the material will outline the basic requirements to market the products/services and methods of being paid. It should also outline the ordering and delivery system to the customer.
  • The ordering system and customer services should be very clear. The manual should also outline your rewards or benefits for marketing their products/services. How you will access your commission and so forth and so on.
  • Does the program offer to market multiple products/services? – A good affiliate marketing program will not only sell one product/service unless that product/service is extremely popular and important. It will have different quality products or services for different niche’s. This is important as it will give affiliates different sources of income.

Conclusion

The above listed points are some of the major important features I consider before joining or signing up for affiliate marketing program. If the above are satisfactory I make a decision. One such program that has satisfied me is SFI Marketing Program.

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Remember to “standout tall and be counted” in whatever you do.

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