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Personal Development Self Growth Self Improvement

You don’t grow when things are going easy

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.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Albeit Einstein. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenges and controversy” – Martin Luther King Jr. As human beings, we have a natural tendency to wanting to do the easier things in life. I guess this is how we are wired. However, you will realise that if you want to grow and succeed, as an individual, you better get used to doing the heavy stuff as well. Doing the things that you are not used to. The things that you like to postpone. The things that make you uncomfortable are the things that really help you grow. Not all things are easy the first time. But with practice and perseverance, they become easier, lighter and enjoyable.

There is usually no growth in times of good. In times of plenty, we normally concentrate on enjoying the rewards. However, life demands that we constantly grow in everything that we do. This month I have dedicated to write and post 29 articles. I am already behind. Not that I want to give excuses but this is the reality of it. Writing on a daily basis is an unfamiliar territory for me. I have had a few other personal challenges that have hindered my progress but to talk about them would be like to give excuses. I would rather pick it up from here and see how far I can go. I guess it will be worthwhile to review and measure my performance at the end of the challenge. I take full responsibility for it.

They say all growth comes from within. The ability to grow is implanted within each and every one of us. If you really want to grow, be it financial growth or personal development you need to start nurturing the seed of growth within you. Personal development and growth are like a mustard seed. You plant a small seed, with care and nurturing, it grows into a tree. All things take time but, better things take even longer to produce.  They say good wine takes time to mature. The longer it takes the better the quality. Likewise, if you are working on a good project, you should not expect immediate results. You will need to overcome failure and many other obstacles before you see the fruits of your labour. Most of the times there is a thin line between success and failure. Most people give up just before they strike gold.

Endurance is key

Without perseverance and endurance, there is no success. Without endurance, there is no real growth. If there is a formula for personal growth I would say, “hard or smart work + persistence + endurance = success”. Let’s take a college student, for them to get good grades, they have to work hard or smart and endure the long hours of sleepless nights of studying. When I was studying computer programming I would study into the wee hours of the night before going to bed. As a student, I had to endure the sleepless nights and persistently pursued my studies. Without which I would not have graduated.

I guess endurance is a measure of how much we are willing to go, in order to achieve certain objectives. I believe that all great inventors had to endure and conquered failure many times. Without endurance, we would not have achieved even the little that has been accomplished. You may not realise it but you have made certain sacrifices and have come out strong, it could be positive or negative we all have experienced endurance.

How motivated are you?

What contribution are you giving to humanity? Are you spending 8 hours a day doing something that does not inspire you? Are you just doing time? What will you leave because you came on earth? These few questions keep me motivated to continue writing and pursuing my life’s purpose. I believe that the most important day in one’s life is when they realise what their purpose is. When they realise why they wake up in the morning and do what they need to do on a daily basis. There is a saying that the moment you are born the body begins to prepare for death. When you were born they dug your grave and put the dirt on the right side. When you die they will put the dirt on the left side.

Unfortunately, the reality of life is that many of us will not be remembered after some time. And many of us will not even be known that we ever lived on this earth. I believe that one day we will be made to account for the time we spent on this beautiful planet. We, therefore, must make good of it. But to achieve this we must do things that keep motivating us to achieve our life’s purposes. That is why it is important to do things that make you happy on a daily basis. One of the best ways to be happy is to earn a living doing the things that make you happy.

Conclusion

Personal growth and development are usually achieved when we are going through challenges. They call them trying moments, meaning they are not permanent. “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser” – Lou Holtz.

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Your values make the person you are

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.

Life is lived from the inside out. At the very core of your personality are your values. What you become or what you are, is largely dictated by the values that you hold strong. If your values are love, kindness, honesty, positivity and sincerity that is what will often be shown in your life. Our outward life is merely a reflection of our inner core values. The Bible says “you shall know them by their fruits”. Our values are our fruits. We all live life by our values, be it wrong or right and sometimes knowingly or unknowingly. Human beings are mostly directed by the values they hold. We are daily displaying what we value by the way we live our lives. The life you are living today is a direct reflection of your inner values. Notice that most successful people have a positive outlook about themselves. They harbour positive values within their inner being.

It is, therefore, very important that if we are to succeed at whatever we are doing we must learn to feed our minds and inner souls with the right material. If you feed on negative emotions you are most likely going to produce negative emotions and the opposite is equally true. In short, your character is a sum total of what you feed on. The good thing with our mind is that it can be transformed. If you want a transformation of your mind, feed it with the right material. The bible says “you shall be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. The only way I know of renewing your mind is by reading and learning. Look, whatever you read sticks in your mind and someday it will come out. If you read wrong books your mind will be transformed by them. One of the books I read on a daily basis is the Bible. It is full of positive affirmations. The Bible is actually my life’s guide.

You have to make a deliberate policy and have the will to change. Our daily actions are controlled, consciously or unconsciously by our thoughts. You may not have noticed it but believe me, your thinking has a direct bearing on your character and general behaviour. What you hold dear to your heart will always manifest. I always like to give the example of thieves, do you realise that no one is born a thief. People just learn to thieve and since it can be learned it can also be unlearned. Nature provides us all with equal opportunities. For example, we all have 24hrs a day, 12 months a year. The biggest difference is the way we seize the opportunities that come our way. Sometimes opportunities can be disguised as a “disaster” say, loss of employment. Most of the times when one loses employment they moan and groan about it without realising that it could be an opportunity that has just presented itself to be self-employed or even look for better employment.

Improve your values

Like I said before our values can be learned and unlearned. The question is how can we unlearn the bad values that have accumulated over a period of time. Over the past months, I have been focussing on changing some of my values by reading, listening and watching motivational materials and attending personal transformation seminars. This has seen me change my internal values tremendously. To this day some of the things I thought of being valuable are actually of negative value. When you change your values and focus on building positive ones it gives you a sense of purpose and you feel in control of your life. Most of us are not in full control of our lives and hence just flow with the wind. Hence the frustration with life.

A positive mindset has the ability to create a sense of responsibility and enables you to enjoy your life much much better. You have less pressure and you do not panic when things go wrong. Believe me, things will always go wrong and sometimes very messy. The most important thing is the way you react to them. Do you let the situation overtake you or do you take control of the situation? Most of the things that go wrong are actually within our control. I believe that everything that happens to us, happens for a reason and mostly it is just an opportunity for us to provide a solution differently. However, this entails thinking outside the box. In fact, removing the box altogether. I always like to think of life as a journey. When faced with a challenge do I go back or face the challenge head-on. I focus on facing the challenge head-on. There is always a solution to every challenge that comes your way. Remember that God always makes a way where they seem to be no way. The Bible says “seek ye first the kingdom of God and everything shall be added on to you”. The bible also says that “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. It is, therefore, very important to have a prayerful life if you have to be successful. Prayer and meditation on the word of God open doors.

Your values are the key components in determining your character. As human beings, our lives portray our core values. Take stock of your life and see what you value most. The best way is to write down what you think your values are. Now compare that with the way you carry on with your daily life. If your values are love, honesty and sincerity this will tend to be exactly how you treat other people. You will always treat people with love and sincerity. I have also noticed that we make opinions about people based on our own characters and past behaviour.  Just take time to observe your life and you will surely agree with me that what you value most will definitely be primary in your daily life.

Clarify your values

One of the characteristics of good leaders is that they have clarity of their values. Remember that we are all leaders of some sort. You may not be in a leadership position but you are the leader of “yourself corporation limited”. The more you get to know what your values are with clarity the better person you become and the more happiness you experience. Many of us have values that are not clear. If you want to succeed at what you are doing it is very important that you write down a clear set of values that you believe in. These values should actually be engraved and be identified with your belief system. This is also true that most successful corporations have a set of values they adhere to.

Your belief system is also key in determining your values. Remember that our belief system can also be learned or unlearned. Our beliefs are mainly deduced as a result of our past experiences and what we have read and seen. Some experiences can be directly linked to us as individuals or can be someone we have seen or read about. To be successful and develop a positive mental attitude there is need to have clarity in your values and belief system. Personal development and self-growth is not a destination but a journey. We are all on the journey of life, however, the difference is how we are enjoying this journey.

Enjoy your life

There is much joy in doing the right things. I have heard that if you are feeling low and want to experience happiness try giving a helping hand to someone else. You will definitely be filled with joy when you see the glow of happiness in the other person.  I believe that humanity was created to help each other. We are the solution to many people around us. If you look around you will realise that there are many people who are worse than you. The onus is on you to make the best out of the current situation. Stop complaining and blaming people for your current situation. Especially if you are over the age of 18, you have full responsibility for your life. Learn to enjoy life by doing that which God created you for. You have the ability and capacity to improve yourself no matter how bad the situation may look like.

Life was meant to be enjoyed. I have learned that for as long as someone has the breath of life in them they are not to be written off. Never ever look down upon anyone in life no matter what their current situation is, instead try and help them where possible. They say as you climb the ladder upwards ensure that you look after those you leave downwards as they will be able to catch you when a calamity falls on you. No offense but I have noticed that those people occupying higher authority, have a tendency of thinking that they do not need anybody whose below them.  I believe that life is a vicious circle. You never know when someone will come and give you a helping hand simply because you helped them at some point in life. You may not be the direct beneficiary of that help but it could be your children or indeed someone close to you. Some of the favours I have personally received are a result of my late father’s goodwill. People have told me that we have done this for you not because you deserve it but out of appreciation of your late fathers’ good standing with us.

Conclusion

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals and values are in balance” – Brian Tracy. One of the key areas of personal development and success is knowing what your value set are. Your values form an important aspect of your character. It is your character and will that eventually drives you to your life’s goals. I encourage you to set goals for your life and just be a student of your self. Know yourself as much as possible and take action to correct the areas of your life that you think need correction. Lastly, if this site is an encouragement to you, please feel free to share it. Bye for now and remember to always “standout tall and counted”.

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You are gifted and talented

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice” ~ Indian Proverb. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give” ~ Sir Winston Churchill. Each one of us is uniquely designed and made. We are all designed to be interdependent. In this article I want to remind and encourage you of how important and relevant you are to humanity. I want you to realize that you have something to contribute towards the wellbeing of humanity.

I have noted with great concern on some of the negative questions being asked on one of the major websites. And to make matters worse they are coming from kids as young as 15 years of age. Most of the questions are to do with giving up on life. Imagine a 15 year old kid is giving up on life even before he actually begins. I always ask myself this question; imagine Albert Einstein; Henry Ford; Thomas A. Edison and the many other inventers and discoverers had given up on their lives, what would the world be today?

Your gifts and talents may not amount or march the great discoverers and inventors of the past, but it plays a very significant role in the advancement of humanity. You have a very significant and important role to play on earth. Myles Monroe says the richest place on earth is the grave yard. This is where you find inventions that were not invented; dreams that where not realized; songs that were not sung; buildings that were not built and many other things that the world has been deprived of.

Ask not what the world will do for you but, what you will do for the world. Stop thinking from within the box and in fact let’s remove the box all together. The human race is like a body. The body cannot function properly with a missing part, don’t be those missing parts. Do not rob the world of your talents and gifts. Do not deprive us of your contribution to humanity. We need it greatly. You are not living by accident but for a reason and purpose.

If you were almost giving up on life sit down and thank your God that you are still alive. There are so many things to thank your creator about and let alone obey his words by contributing to the well being of humanity. I personally have learnt that there is no little contribution. It all adds up to something. It is high time you started using your mind constructively.

You see everything is conceived in the mind. Our minds are the workshops for all that we see. The real secret of power is consciousness of power. The more conscious we become of our unity with this mind, the less conscious we shall become of conditions and limitations, and as we become emancipated or freed from conditions we come into a realization of the unconditional. We have become free! We have removed the box. We have evolved.

The ability to eliminate imperfect conditions depends upon mental action, and mental action depends upon consciousness of power; therefore, the more conscious we become of our unity with the source of all power, the greater will be our power to control and master every condition.

Conclusion

Every human being including yourself is as important as the next one and the one before. I want to encourage you not to look down upon yourself. You were created to contribute to humanity and your contribution is valuable. This all starts with you realizing and appreciating how important you are to the whole world. DO NOT rob us of your gifts and talents. Just like you have benefited from the inventors of computers we also want to benefit from you. 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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You are what you choose

Your current life is a total summation of the choices you have made in life. The choices you make in life are a direct reflection of the life you are leading today. Albert Camus said “life is the sum of all your choices“. We continuously choose our way of life everyday, breath by breath and choice by choice. I have come to appreciate that the way I lead my life is my own choice. Everyday I choose what to wear; eat; whether to be happy or sad etc. It is all entirely up to me to choose. No one will come and make a choice for me they can only offer suggestions. Some people may have influence on the choices I make but, ultimately the choices are  made by me. They are mine and not someone else s’.

Choose wisely

Since our lives is a summation of our choices it is very imperative that we make wise choices. A well lived life is not an accident. Some of the challenges we will face in the future are unprecedented therefore, we must be prepared to make good choices. We will not always make wise choices and will have to live with the consequences as a result. But the good thing is that we have the ability and power  to change them under new circumstances and new knowledge. You must learn to make choices while remaining flexible to change. This does not mean you must have a mind weak mind. Make sure that before you decide you are convinced that the choice you have made is the best one available.

In life every situation presents us with a good alternative choice to take. I know that some situations may be very difficult and precarious but there is always a better choice to make. You may not have all the information to make a good decision but I believe that decisions have to be made good or bad. I call indecision is a disease. Failure to make decisions stagnates us. We remain at the same place while we watch our friends progress. Indecision is what has stopped most people from achieving their intended purpose’s in life.

Take responsibility

We do not generally suffer from others; we suffer from ourselves. I have shown you the way to liberation, now you must take it for yourself” – The Buddha. Well said by the Buddha. Most of the people I know do not want to take responsibility when some thing they are in charge of goes wrong. When it is time to be praised they take full responsibility this is a typical human nature. You see we are responsible for our lives period. We are responsible for what we think, eat, drink, dress etc. We are responsible for our success and failure. Until you understand and take responsibility for your current situation you will never improve it. Taking responsibility is key to improving our well being. When choices are made they are made by us. We therefore, have a huge responsibility to enforce our choices. Remember they are ours made by us.

I have come to appreciate taking responsibility for every situation I find my self. I find it very helpful when I take responsibility for the situation and most of the time I see the situation improve or completely disappear. I do not blame my self or anyone for it whether good or bad I just take responsibility for it. Yes sometimes am tempted to put the blame on someone but I have learned to tune my mind to take responsibility for every situation I encounter in life.

You may ask that why should we take responsibility for the choices we make? The reason is simple you want to be associated with them because they are yours. When you succeed at something are you not proud of it? Yes you are happy of it because you associated your self with the success. The more reason why you must take responsibility even for the failed choices so as to make better choices in future.

Conclusion

We live a life of choices. Everyday poses a great challenge to our lives. You should learn to prepare your self for the next decision to be made when you are faced with a difficult one. The choices we make shape what we expect to be in the future. Search your self deeper when confronted with a difficult situation that needs you to make a wise choice. Always make choices that best suite your life and preserve your integrity. Choose wisely for your life depends on the choices you make. Remember to “standout tall and be counted” for all the choices you make.

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Are you happy?

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.

In my life so far I have come across different people from all walks of life and from different races. None of these people I know would like to live a miserable or sad life. Every single one of them wants to lead a very happy and fulfilling life. It is interesting though to note that most of them are not as happy as they wish to be. Does this sound familiar to your ears? Before we go further, ask yourself the following questions; what does happiness depend on? Is it luck or good fortune? Does it depend on money or possessions? What is it that makes you happy?

Happiness is a state of mind. It is a decision to be happy and is a personal choice. Gasping for happiness is a matter of will of wanting and learning to be happy. If you want to be happy get the happiness consciousness. Happiness is an emotion and I know that all emotions are under our control. Why is it then that most people do not leave a happy life? A great deal of happiness depends on the desire to be happy, a consciousness and firm decision to reach that state. As described before happiness is a personal decision, here?s a few things that could help you enhance your happiness:-

Good friends

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A lively and positive social circle could be a great source of happiness. Choose your friends carefully. I do not mean that you should discriminate but be careful with the people you hangout with. Choosing the right and positive set of friends is very helpful. Concentrate on the positive side of things. Helping out a friend is another source of happiness. Have you ever noticed that being of service to your friends just makes you feel loved and wanted? It works for me.

Having a good sense of humour

Try as much as possible to develop a good sense of humour. The say laughter is medicinal. Having a good sense of humour and laughter are cause and consequences of happiness. I know that you will encounter situations that will go against the principles of happiness, such is life. Make sure you quickly switch your mind to decipher the positives out of every situation. Mostly things happen for a good reason and it our duty to know and find those reasons.

Family

Spending time with your family is another source of happiness. It is important to find a member of your family you can share your feelings with. It could be your spouse if you are married or any other close relative. Try helping out a family member sought out their problems. There is more satisfaction and happiness in helping out the needy. You could even go further by doing charity work.

Decide to be happy

You were created to live a happy life. Make a firm decision to be happy everyday, you deserve it. Forget the hassles and bustles of life live a happy life. Tell yourself in the morning that this is the day the lord has made for me and I shall rejoice in it. Weeping may come but joy comes in the morning. The way you start your day has more to do with what you are going to get during the day. If you wish to be happy decide to be. Once your decision is made, you will have to overcome the many barriers intercepting your happiness.

Be satisfied with the past

Your life and experiences can be either a source of happiness or suffering. And depending on how you judge them, they may build or destroy your happiness. Look at the past with satisfaction, contemplate the future with hope and decide to live in the present. A great deal of joys and positive moods are directly linked with our past events. Avoid regrets for past events no body can change them. Use past experiences as a learning tool to avoid future complications. Use the rewarding memories and talk to your dear ones about them and treasure them.

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Live in the present

Enjoy the here and now” this is very important. Why dwell on the past when it cannot be changed? However, treasure the good memories. To be happy at present, learn to enjoy the simple things of today; people; nature; children. There is great joy in playing with children. You will be amazed at how much you can actually learn from them.

Conclusion

Being happy is very important to personal development and growth. You cannot attain your full personal development and growth without happiness. Being happy is a personal decision and choice. Make a firm decision and choose to be happy. We live in a world full of sadness. Every body is busy with their own things. Make a difference by making at least one person feel loved and happy everyday. Have a happiness consciousness. Happiness is God given always start your day with a prayer and “standout tall and be counted”.

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Motivational Personal Development

You are what you think

We undoubtedly live in a thought world, which is part of a thought universe. Thought is the only power which can produce tangible results from the formless substance. Our thoughts determine the way we live. Our way of doing things is a direct result of the way we think about things. Every thought we think makes it necessary for us to think another thought thus expanding our consciousness. Every fact we learn leads us to the learning of another fact thus we are continually increasing our knowledge.

In this article I will look at how our thinking has a direct influence on the way we do things. The bible says that “as a man thinks so is he in his heart”. Most if not everything we do is as a result of what has been manufactured in our minds. So then if our thoughts have a direct influence on us, then I would be right to say that “no one, therefore, is poor because nature is poor or because there is not enough to go round” You are poor because your mind is feed with poverty.

Thought is power

You will agree with me that every action we make is as a result of what we think. We have in us the power and the ability to do and accomplish anything that which we set our minds upon. Do you realize that every invention was first visualized in the mind of someone before being transmuted into being? Ask your self this question if thought is power, why then are you poor or not successful and yet you have the power and ability in you? The attitude of mind necessarily depends upon what we think. Therefore, the secret of all power, all achievement and all possession depends upon our method of thinking. The preceding statement is true because we must “be” before we can “do” and we can “do” only to the extent that we “are“, and what we “are” depends upon what we “think“.

Think about all the things you have done in the past are these not the products of your thoughts? Whatever, you have done is because you “are” and you “are” because of what you “thought”. Am helping somebody out there? You see we cannot express powers that we do not possess and we can never become conscious of power until we learn that all power is from within. You have the power within yourself. If only you can change and tune your mind to think in a certain way, nothing will stop you from achieving your desired goals.

If you live in a world of poverty, failure, frustration and all the negative things, this is a direct reflection of your mind, because all these things are governed and controlled by your mind. That is how powerful our thoughts are. See related article for more.

Live consciously

“Would you bring into your life more power? Get the power consciousness. More health? Get the health consciousness. More happiness? Get the happiness consciousness. More riches? Get the riches consciousness”. The preceding statement brings out the fact that all possessions are based on consciousness which is a product of the mind. “He who thinks to illuminate the whole range of mental action by the light of his own consciousness is not unlike the one who should go about to illuminate the universe with a rushlight.” – Professor Davidson.

Mind is creative, and conditions, environment and all experiences in life are the result of our habitual or predominant mental attitude. In order to realize your dreams you need to live consciously. Conscious living is directly induced by the mind. When you live consciously you will be amazed at how much detail you will have even of the seemingly small things in life. Remember in order to be more you need to have more.

You must seek wisdom from within you and as you become conscious of the wisdom in the world within, you will mentally take possession of this wisdom, and by taking mental possession you come into actual possession of the power and wisdom necessary to bring into manifestation the essentials necessary for your most complete and harmonious development.

Conclusion

Personal Development is not an easy task. It requires dedication and getting rid of some habits. The mind is very key to achieving a higher level of personal development. You must train your mind to think positively and maintain good health always live consciously and “standout tall and be counted“.

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Blogs, what are they?

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 was originally used by the military and research scientist. They used it to exchange highly technical information. Because of the highly technical nature of the internet and information that was being exchanged, a tradition of informality and personal expression developed to ease the cold technicality.

Blogs while appearing to be the latest fad, really resurrect in modern form an order, more traditional way of using the internet to exchange information with a personal touch. They are replacing the static web sites rapidly. Blogs, provide current information from a particular perspective. They do that in a format that easily integrates with other information from other perspectives.

What Are Blogs?

Blog” is short for “Web log”. A “Web log” is a log that is kept and shared on the internet. A “log” is a record of chronological events e.g. a Captains log. It records events and points to the sources of information about those events. It is chronological, usually with the latest entries on top prior to entries below.

Blogs can be used and have been used for many other subjects the major ones being political and for personal communication. Regardless of the subject, the entries should be chronological and event oriented. They should contain links to each original source of information that is being summarized. However, Blogs can deal with any type of subject and express any perspective.

Blogs and E-commerce

An important characteristic of a blog in this context is that Blogs, like discussion boards and chat rooms, bring visitors back to your site over and over again. They help to create a relationship between you and the visitors to your web site depending on the quality of the content you are providing.

Repeat visitors who develop a relationship with you through your website are exactly what you want in order to succeed in e-commerce.

Blogs also tend to do well in search engine rankings because they are information driven. They are a way to provide unique and useful information. By leading with this information, you can then offer your visitors opportunities, products and services. However, as mentioned above the key to attracting repeat visitors is the quality of the information provided.

Publishing Blogs

Blogs are quite simple to publish, and can be done by yourself. You can just add a page to your existing Website and use this page for your blog. Simply format this page into a table or paragraphs with a date and caption line above each entry. Add new entries at the top of the page. Blogs are more a matter of information than they are of design and formatting.

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Publishing a Blog, however, will take an investment of time. What makes the Blog useful is that you are doing the research, finding the sources of information on your subject and summarizing them, so that your viewers can save on time. You are also adding your unique perspective to the information. To keep visitors coming to your Blog, you will have to add entries often.

Visitors who share your perspective will be attracted to your Blog. The time you put in finding and summarizing the information will save your visitors time. You are providing them with a service which saves them time and effort.

Selling Using Blogs

Because you are providing a useful service to your visitors, they will develop trust in you. If you prove worthy of that trust, this relationship will build. A relationship of trust is the most important element in internet marketing. If your visitors trust the research and summaries in your Blog, they will also trust your recommendations for opportunities, products and services.

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Try to incorporate your affiliate links in to the text of your Blog entries. The textual links in the text of the entries, in context with the other information, are the ones that will really produce results. If your visitors are interested in the text of your Blog entries, that interest will flow over to your affiliate links. Do not force the affiliate links into your context.

It should be noted that the internet purists do not believe that Blogs should contain any commercial content or links. I do not agree with this belief; remember time is spent on getting this information and summarizing it. It is important that the information remains objective and not just commercially based in order for the Blog to be trust worthy. If a Blog proves to be generally trust worthy you will certainly reap the rewards of your hard work as most internet users will not object to appropriately placed affiliate links that naturally flow from the content of the entries.

Finally

Blogs, when used properly, can be an effective e-commerce tool. Appropriately placed affiliate links, flowing from the context of the Blog entries, can be a powerful marketing tool.

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