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Appreciating the law of cause and effect

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

“Cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things. Mind is the master weaver, both of the interior garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance” – James Allen. Every choice we make has far-reaching consequences; all actions do. I’m a great believer in the universal principle of cause and effect. What we sow is what we reap. What we say or do comes back to us. Every action has a reaction. What goes around comes around.

All the old sayings are true. If someone is stimulating and inspired, they have an infectious way of exciting and inspiring others. When we give the best we have to give, the best comes back to us and in some way, we are rewarded. It may not be exactly the way we expect, but the more we put into life, the more we get out of it, the more good we experience.

I have been taught since early childhood that it is better to give than to receive. The great secret I grow to discover is that the more I give, the more I possess, or have inwardly. Cause and effect is not only a scientific principle but is also biblical. I believe that to every action there is an equal reaction. Every thought is a cause and every condition is an effect. We must, therefore, be mindful of what thoughts we entertain on a regular basis because they have consequences. Know also that thoughts radiate energy.

Energy, good and bad, affects us. Every deed or action has a cause and effect, as human beings, we have a distinctive aura, an atmosphere, that surrounds us in our thinking, feeling, and actions. Each choice we make makes a difference, for better or worse. We must, therefore, determine the value of an action by weighing it against the value of its consequences. Consider the logical consequence of every action of choice that you make. You and I have the power to produce an action that will achieve a good result that is of benefit to many people and society. We have a great deal of influence on the way we live our lives.

You hold the key

We choose what we want to produce, through our thoughts and actions. Our actions are mainly, influenced by our thoughts. If you are always habouring negative thoughts most likely, your actions will be negative. In other words, your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. This inner world depicts your predominant thoughts. With these thoughts, you choose the course of your life or rather charter the course of your life. “Man breathes his own life into things until finally they begin to live of themselves and to multiply.” – Carl Jung. As human beings, we are responsible for our choices. However, it is amazing to note that we always want to blame others for our shortcomings.

I believe that the best way to get the most out of our short life lives is to put forth more effort. Our lives are made possible by the goodwill and hard work of so many other people. We first have to give, in order to receive the full measure of the abundance of all the good things in life. Choose wisely what actions of others you will pay attention to and those you will ignore. Be sure your actions will bring the results you desire. When you are responsible for the consequences of your actions, when you are never satisfied with what you have done but are dedicated to doing more and better, you will be making a useful and worthwhile contribution to the universe.

In turn, you will be rewarded abundantly for your good work. You are your choices; you choose what you want to manifest with the best-intended results. If you choose the path that leads you to a good life, you will be living in the light. I believe that humanity is about service. I personally derive a lot of pleasure in seeing people happy after being, served.

Why I appreciate the law of cause and effect

There are many reasons why we should learn and appreciate the laws of cause and effect. I will answer this question from the knowledge and benefits I have so far experienced from this law. Knowing about the causes of things and the effects of the causes is surely beneficial in itself. It would be right for me to say that the ordinary man, who has no knowledge about the law of cause and effect, is governed by his feelings or emotions. Most of us grapple with unsuccessful lives because we do not know what the cause of it is. When I read about the laws of cause and effect, it changed my way of thinking.

You will appreciate to know that the law of cause and effect states that “thought, therefore, is the cause, and the experiences with which you meet in life are the effect” just this statement is life-changing. To know that your thoughts are directly responsible for your current situation is just mind-blowing. It is the first step to unlocking your full potential and realigning your life. For me, this simply means that my mind is the doorway to success. If you can change the way, you think, you can change your current circumstances. Therefore, we should be very mindful of what we feed our minds on. Since they say you reap what you sow, you cannot reap happiness if all you feed your mind on is sadness.

Knowledge of this law has helped me to be making conscious decisions about my choices. I keep asking myself if my decisions are beneficial, not only to me but to the people around me, if they make me happy and the people around me. What effect the choices I make will have in my life and how they will help to shape my future. Believe me or not our lives are shaped by the choices we make. I try to make conscious decisions that are more productive and progressive. Of late, I have learned to make proactive choices and have significantly reduced making reactive choices. It is not easy but I feel its something that has to be done. This cannot be achieved, without being prayerful and persistent. Always seek God’s guidance in everything that you do.

Conclusion

 “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for, but rather something to be achieved” – William Jennings Bryan.  Learn the principles of the law of cause and effect to help you achieve your destiny. In life, do not expect to achieve different results from what you are doing. If you are expecting to be a good footballer, you are required to practice football and not basketball. Life gives you back an equal measure of what you give it. Bye for now and as usual remember to standout tall and be counted.

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8 ways to help you maximise your potential part two

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

This is the second article of a two part series on 8 ways to help maximise your potential. A quick reminder of the definition of the world potential according to the oxford dictionary “potential is having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future“.  Personal development and growth is a vehicle that you can use to help maximise your potential. We are all built with potential, that is waiting to be unleashed and maximised. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential.. .these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence” – Eddie Robinson. Lets get straight into it and see what the remaining 4 ways are:-

Know yourself

You will be amazed to learn that many of us do not know ourselves very well. It may sound absurd that am talking about knowing yourself but it is very important that you know yourself and have total control of your being. I believe that self knowledge is the starting point of maximising your potential. It gives us an insight into understanding our capabilities. Knowing your self will help you understand where your natural strengths lie and how well you can combine them to take advantage of the prevailing opportunities.

Donald O. Clifton and Paula Nelson in “play to your strengths” outline five different ways in which we can discover our strengths as outlined below:-

  • Listen for yearnings – normally our yearnings are often triggered when we hear or see someone doing something we would like to do or feel we can do it better. You will agree with me that there is something you are yearning to do but do not realise it because you have not paid attention to your self.
  • Watch out for satisfactions – what really satisfies you? When you get a glow of satisfaction from doing something (work related off course) even though we may not understand why, this is most likely one of your strengths.
  • Watch out for rapid learning – a strength is usually characterised by rapid learning. Am very sure that you do have things that you learn more easily than others. This will usually continue for a longtime if not a life time.
  • Be aware of moments of excellence – position your mind to be alert to your moments of excellence. I believe that each and everyone of us has had a moment of excellence in their lives.
  • Watch for total performance of excellence.

Over the years I have learned to be a student of my self. Learning is a continuous process and so from time to time I do a personal re-evaluation. This process has so far proved to be very important and of great use to my personal development and growth.

Make the change for new things

Don’t get stuck in the survival or maintenance modes of personal development and growth. You need to make the change for new things in order to maximise your potential.  We live in an ever changing world and the only way to keep moving forward is to embrace change. Most of us have a reputation of resisting change. I know that change comes with at a price but it must be embraced as it usually comes with different opportunities. “Your current conditions do not reflect your ultimate potential” – Anthony Robbins.

Life demands that we move with time and everyday is a new day. It is also important to be always reading and improving your skill set. Knowledge is key to success and you should always be willing to learn on a daily basis. There instances when you cannot change some situations due to various factors but you can change your mind set and behaviour. The only factor that you have control over is yourself. Many of us fail because we do not want to change our habits and behaviours to accommodate the ever changing environment.

Set your goals and stick with them

Perhaps the starting point to maximise your potential is goal setting. The importance of goal setting cannot be over emphasised. This is one of the cardinal principles in personal development and growth. When your have set your goals it is important that you stick with them and do not be distracted from achieving them. Persistence and perseverance will be key in achieving your goals. Stay focused and motivated as you pursue your goals.

You should set goals that are realistic and achievable. However, you should not limit yourself to setting goals that will not challenge your ability. You are capable of achieving more than you can image. God made you to be a solution to the world and the way I see it now the world needs more solutions than ever. For more details on goal setting please read click here.

Take action

Continuous effort! not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking your potential” – Winston Churchill. Maximising your potential requires that you take action. A journey of a thousand miles requires that you make the first step in the right direction. Regardless of what your plans are for your life just get started. Its only when you take action that you begin to realise your potential. Without taking action you will never realise your full potential and a later on maximise it. Taking action is the fuel to living your dream. Once you get started on your journey there will be obstacles that you will encounter. These obstacles should not stop you from re-focusing.

You should make a commitment to achieving your intended life’s purpose. Your success will only be achieved by taking action. Do not let procrastination still your success. Do not let failure stop you from achieving your goals. Instead make a commitment to pursuing your goals and live to enjoy the fruits of your labour. I know for a fact that everything worth while does not come on a silver platter. There is much joy in living your dream without short cuts. I always try to do things right and straight it makes my life much easier and leaves me with a piece of mind. So far so good.

I have made a commitment to ensure that this blog becomes one of the preferred sites in the areas I have fashioned it to be. This commitment is for life. I will continue to write and post articles on this site for as long as I possibly can. I know for a fact that it is helping someone out there and that is the biggest motivation for me. This site is one of my contributions to help change the world for the better.

Conclusion

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but for what is still possible for you to do” – Pope John XXIII. There are many ways that you can use to help maximise your potential, the 8 ways mentioned in both articles are just some of them. I recommend that you develop the habit of reading and have an open mind to learning. Remember that personal development and growth is not a competition but a personal journey to be walked by you alone. Bye for now and  as usual “standout tall and be counted”.

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5 Common principles for successful people

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

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit” ~ Conrad Hilton. You may have asked yourself this old age question. Why are other people more successful than others; why is it that some people make more money, have more friends, enjoy better life than others; why do other people derive more satisfaction from life than others? Studies have been done and lots of money spent seeking the answers to these questions. I have been doing my own personal study of successful men and women. The revelations have been phenomenal and interesting.

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I know that the subject of success is a very wide one and that there is no formula to success and that it is, also very difficult to measure. However, after my little study I realized that all successful men and women have 5 habits or rather principles in common. They practice these differently and have variations in their applications but, you can be rest assured that no matter what variations they apply, these 5 principles or habits will be listed amongst their daily activities. It is therefore, imperative and important for you and me that are striving to succeed, to incorporate these five principles into our daily lives. Thank God we do not have to reinvent the wheel, studies and documentation is there to provide us with a guide on how other people have succeed in their lives.

Remember that there is no defined formula for success. What works for someone may not necessarily produce the same desired results for you. Please note that you are not competing with anyone. Success is a personal journey. Do not measure and compare it with anyone else. In my quest to help change the world for the better I do not consider “competition” as a threat I rather treat it as complementary. For me if anyone is doing what I think will help change the world they are most welcome, they are not competition but we complement each other. I have presented these 5 principles in no particular order.

The habit of saving
The number one principle is the habit of saving. The saying “Rome was not built in one day” holds a lot of water. If you want to build up riches it is common sense that you must learn to save from your current income. The discipline of saving cannot be compared to any. You must be like the ant, it knows when to store food to be used in the future. You must know that you will not always have good health or that at some day the energy you have will be a thing of the past. It is therefore, important that you start saving and investing your money wisely. Investing your money should be in investments that you understand and of a long term nature. Do not invest your money in something you do not understand unless you have professional advice.

Most financially successful people will tell you that the habit or rather the principle of saving is very important. You should learn to live not for now but for tomorrow unless you have no tomorrow. Can you imagine how much you would have raised after 20 years if you saved only $100 per month from your pay check. You can accelerate the time it takes you to raise a million dollars by half if only you can defer gratification to a later date. This does not mean however, that you should not enjoy your wealth.

The principle of saving is probably the number one factor in determining the extent to which you will succeed. Be it financial or in any other field you are engaged in. Remember that saving is not just about saving finances; saving can be in any form. I have learnt to save especially in the area of my finances. Personally I save a minimum of about 20% of my current pay cheque; I intend to increase this as my income increases. The best way to get you started is to start saving in small bits. If you are working you could open up a savings account and ask your employer to split your salary. The discipline of saving requires that you cut down on many unnecessary spending. Some areas you could look at are how much you spend on talk time; entertainment; deferring to buy a new car instead buy a second hand; transportation and many other things you know are not necessary.

Time Management
If there is one thing that God has given us all in equal measure is time. We all have 24hrs per day; 7 days per week and so forth and so on. There is no one on planet earth who can claim to have less time than this. Yet with the same amount of time some people seem to succeed than others. One of the magic wands to success is the principle of time management. If you are to succeed at whatever, you are doing it is very important that you learn how to manage your time efficiently.

Most successful men and women have mastered the principle of time management. They say time is money. I say time is more than money, once lost it cannot be recovered this is how precious the commodity of time is. I have learned from Brian Tracy’s “How to master your time” the technique of writing down my daily goals. This simple principle of daily goal setting is a life changer. In this technique you are required to write down and plan your day. Organize it in such a way that you start with what is more important moving down to what is less important. Your daily goal setting is best done the previous day and reviewed at the end of your day. Stick to your daily goal setting principle religiously for better results. It surely is a wonderful tool to use.

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In everything that we do time is of the essence. Most successful people have realized that time needs be managed and managed very well. You will agree with me that time is a precious commodity especially during school examinations. The difference between passing and failing an exam could just be time management. If you have to take a giant step towards success you must be time conscious. If you are in business marketing, then you know what it is to learn how to manage your time very well. You can learn more about time management by purchasing Brian Tracy’s “How to master your time” CD’s from this store.

Hard work, perseverance & persistence
“Hard work pays off” ~ unknown. There is no substitute for hard work. Successful people work hard smartly. There is no point in working hard for the wrong results. If you have to achieve above average results you need to start working hard and doing it smartly. Every successful person will tell you how hard working they are. The difference between more successful people and less successful people is the level of hard work and perseverance. Most of us give up at the point when we are just about to break through. The most success people will work hard even when they fail, they will get up and continue. With perseverance, hard work and persistence comes success. There is no sweet without sweat.

You will be amazed at how much time successful people work. Most of them will tell you that they wake up very early in the morning and they are the last ones to go to bed. I have noticed that most of us want to have it easy. We let our bodies dictate our way of living. There is no difference in terms of brain capacity between those that are successful and those that are not. The only difference I have noted is that those that make it are the ones that are disciplined. They have trained themselves to do that which is important first, even when it feels awkward to be done. They have the discipline to follow their daily goal settings. If the goal says to wake up at 05:00hrs in the morning and exercise before anything else they do just that even when the body still wants to sleep. This kind of discipline is the one that makes the difference.

Most people fail because of a lack of discipline; lack of hard work; lack of perseverance and persistence. Vince Lombardi says “the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand”. I can therefore, conclude that the price to pay for success is hard work. If you are in the habit of stopping a project when faced with a little challenge today, should be an eye opener. You must learn to develop a culture of hard work, perseverance and be persistence.

Clear life’s purpose
If I have to rearrange these principles according to their importance I would put this (Clear life’s purpose) at number one. What is success without a life’s purpose? How do you even start on your journey of success without a target? If you have not yet formulated your life’s purpose please stop wasting your time and devise one. Having no life’s purpose is living by the wind. God gave each one of us a life’s purpose. Every successful person has a purpose they are living for. You may be wondering why the fuss about having a life’s purpose. Your intended life’s purpose defines who you want be; what you want to achieve; how you will achieve it. In other ways it is the reason why you exist. Remember that we are all but one big family with different roles to play.

I would encourage you to formulate one before you start on your success journey. The best way to do it is by writing your life’s purpose in a note book. Read it very often possibly every day so that your mind absorbs it. Believe me it becomes easier to tailor your business or whatever activity around your life’s intended purpose. You will notice that what you have written down as your intended life’s purpose flows very easily from within you. This makes even running a business much easier and fun as you will be working with something that you enjoy doing and flows naturally from within. Believe me we all have something to give to this world and I mean something unique. There are no two people with the same exact DNA. It does not matter if you look alike with someone you are very unique and have your own signature.

Successful people have a clear life’s purpose and that is their driving force. I can tell you that living life with a purpose is much more exciting. Ever since I had my intended life’s purpose written down I always look forward to the next challenge coming my way. It has not been easy but it has been fun. I am still a long way to go but am slowly getting there one step at a time.

Knowledge
The final common principle is acquiring knowledge. “My people perish for lack of knowledge” ~ the Bible. “If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability” ~ Henry Ford. This is perhaps one of the keys to success. To be more you need to have more. Successful people are more knowledgeable than the average people. They spend time reading and expanding their knowledge base. I always encourage people to read and read and read. If there is anything that you will go with when you die it is knowledge. The world is full of reading materials and one of the best ways to expand your knowledge base is by reading.

If you are not in the habit of reading quickly develop one, even thirty minutes every day can make a difference to your knowledge base. Knowledge will help increase your skills set. If you have to be successful you must acquire knowledge at all costs. I have a daily reading program that I stick to. I have a modest target of reading one motivational book every month on top of my other materials. I have realized that even the target of one motivational book per month is not enough but I have to make a balance. The good thing with reading is that it is one of the best ways to keep my mind from mischief.

Ever since I gave myself this target I have noticed an increase in my knowledge in this area. I am hoping to increase it even further, so that one day I should be able to write my own books on the subject of personal development and self growth. If you have to join the successful elite you cannot afford to lag behind in knowledge.

Conclusion
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” ~ Robert Collier. I hope and trust that this article has been of help to you. I must make mention here that there is no written down formula for success. What may work for someone else may not necessarily produce the desired results for you. However, it is very important that you take action and begin on your wonderful journey of success. You were created to contribute to the healing of the world and to help make it a better place for all humanity. “He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything” ~ Unknown. 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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Is knowledge key to success?

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

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” ~ The Bible. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest” ~ Benjamin Franklin. The fact is that knowledge is married to success and that there is no success without knowledge. I like to compare the co-relationship between knowledge and success with a mobile phone and a sim card they are inseparable.

In my endeavour to achieve my intended goals I have discovered that I need to acquire knowledge to achieve them. I have also come to understand that knowledge is the key to success. Without knowledge chances of you achieving your intended life’s purpose(s) are very slim if not bleak. In this article I outline why knowledge is key to achieving your success.

What is knowledge?
The result of man’s ability to think is knowledge” ~ the master key system. Put in another way “man’s ability to think is as a result of his awareness; know-how; understanding and intelligence”. The oxford English dictionary defines knowledge as “the information and skills acquired through experience or education; the sum of what is known; awareness or familiarity gained by experience”.

According to the definitions given above knowledge is gained through experience and education. By the way education does not need to be formal you can be educated informally. I believe that not all successful people are “educated”. They have just acquired the right knowledge and experience needed to achieve their personal objectives. “There are no secrets to success it is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” ~ Colin Powell.

Using knowledge as a yardstick
Knowledge helps us to prepare ourselves for the oncoming obstacles as we move towards achieving our objectives. It is therefore imperative that you continuously acquire knowledge and improve on your skill set. As I have mentioned before in my previous articles that success is a journey and not a destination you will come across many obstacles on your journey. The difference between successful people and the rest is that they prevail over the obstacle.

They never give up even when they fail the first time around. I am pretty sure that the knowledge and experience gained when faced with different challenges comes in handy at some stage in life. I want to encourage you acquire as much knowledge as you can as you go about working through to achieve your intended life’s purpose. You just never know when you will need to call upon it for help.

Knowledge can then be best acquired through reading books and experience. These two are some of my best ways of acquiring knowledge. You could also attend seminars, listen to recorded messages and many other ways that are available to you. When it comes to acquiring knowledge do not limit yourself. Remember that one of the very few possessions that can never be grabbed from you even in your death is knowledge. I have never heard anything like they downloaded his knowledge to a storage media never before.

How does knowledge fit in?
If knowledge is the awareness gained by experience, I would be right to say that success is achieved by experience and this takes time. Clearly from the definitions of knowledge described above I can safely say that without knowledge; experience; awareness or education there is no success. Experience does not come over night, it takes time to come.

In my opinion knowledge is the driving force to success without which it is very difficult to walk down the road of success. If you have to succeed in life you will need to spend good quality time acquiring knowledge and skills needed for your intended purpose. If it is the driving force, then you must therefore learn to put it to good use. Knowledge acquired without being used is a waste of time. Knowledge is acquired for a purpose and not just for the sake of it.

Conclusion
In whatever, endevours one may be engaged in, it is impossible to succeed without sufficient knowledge. It is therefore key that you strive to acquire the right knowledge for you to pursue your life’s intended purpose. Knowledge does not necessarily have to be acquired through established institutions such as schools. There are various ways and the main one being reading. I will end here and hope you have enjoyed the article and always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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4 Tips for inspirational and motivational thoughts

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

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be” ~ Horace Bushnell. One of the keys to being able to maintain the motivation levels for any project is found in the ability to stay positive no matter what the circumstances are. Having a positive mindset is not only an asset to any endeavor but also to the individual as people generally like being around positive minded people.

There are several ways to learn how to stay within a positive mindset always. Below are just some simple recommendations anyone can follow to have positive thoughts:

The mind
Perhaps the first recommendation would be to start with the focus of the mind at any given time. Our mind is key to staying motivated and inspired. Training the mind to only recognize the positive elements in any situation or circumstance is one good habit to follow. This is because the perception formed in the mind generally dictates the rest of the individual’s response. Therefore if the mind is able to process information in a positive manner then there is a better chance of facing any potential problems successfully. See related articles the power of thought and knowledge is key to success.

Motivation is from within. “When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself; is you; you begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully” ~ The master key.

Company
Being in the company of other positive minded people also helps to ensure the cultivation of the individual’s own positive mindset. Keeping negative people from being a permanent fixture within one’s everyday activities would be a step in the right direction. You must be mind of the people you surround yourself with. I believe that all people we meet with have a bearing and a purpose in our lives. Not all of them are beneficial though.

Try and evaluate all your mates and companions and see what each one of them adds to your life. I can tell you for myself I know amongst my peers who to approach when I am in need of assistance in a certain area say financial; spiritual etc. At least I have an idea of the characters of some of my friends and those I normally associate with and I know what I draw from their lives.

Knowledge
Nothing can substitute knowledge and this comes through hearing and by reading. Another interesting way of staying positive is to surround one’s self with positive posters, quotes, audio and visual media exposure and maybe even trying to commit to memory some helpful and positive abstracts or statements. Attending personal development; self growth workshops and or seminars is another good way to staying motivated.

I have made it a point to read at least one new motivational book every month. This is besides my daily reading of the bible. I can attest that the bible is probably the best book on motivation and inspiration. You can never go wrong reading the bible. Staying motivated also requires that you read books that motivate you at least once a day for thirty minutes.

Exercise
Proven scientific research has shown that regular exercise can also help regulate the chemical balance in the human body and thus create the positive energy that is needed to keep a positive mindset. Thus following a regular exercise routine would be a definite advantage. Meditating and yoga may also help to achieve the same positive mindset as it is predominantly geared towards this end.

There are also some mind exercises and games that help grow your minds. I personally play chess besides a weekly physical exercise schedule. I prefer to do my physical exercise in the early hours of the day. This makes me feel very refreshed as I go about doing my daily business.

Conclusion
Inspiration and motivation is the art of imbibing, the art of self-realization; the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal Mind; the art of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power; the art of differentiating the formless into form; the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom; the art of visualizing perfection; the art of realizing the omnipresence of Omnipotence. “Opportunity follows perception, action follows inspiration, growth follows knowledge, eminence flows progress. Always the spiritual first, then the transformation into the infinite
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and illimitable possibilities of achievement.” ~
the master key. Stay motivated and inspired “standout tall and be counted”.

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How to build your character

Nature compels us all to move through life, but every right thinking person wants not merely to move through life like an empty bottle, but to develop, to improve and to continue the development of his thoughts to the close of physical life. Yet, most of the people have remained stagnant and wallow in poverty and live in mediocrity. This development can only occur through the improvement of the quality of the individuals thoughts and the ideals and actions that arise thereof. Every one of us has the power of will and choice, and can therefore, exercise them in the selection of the type or kind of life to lead.

Personal development is not an easy task and no one can say they have arrived at the station of personal development. It is not destination but, a continuous exercise. We can only get closer to perfection as we continue to build our selves on a daily basis. The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. There are three things that you need in order to help build your character.

Knowledge of the power within

Surely knowledge is supreme and all growth is from within. The bible tells us that “without knowledge my people perish“. Perhaps the most cardinal ingredient to personal development and achievement is knowledge no one single person can do without it. You need to acquire knowledge in order that you succeed at anything you desire to do. He who desires wisdom, power, or permanent success of any kind will find it only within. Knowledge is the number one building block to achieving your personal development and success. Therefore, you need a solid foundation of knowledge if you are to succeed at any endeavor you set out to do.

Knowledge leads to skills. A good set of knowledge leads to a good set of life skills. In order to build and improve on your skills you need to build on your arsenal of knowledge. One of the best ways I do to build my knowledge is by reading the bible on a daily basis. I have come to appreciate the bible because it also offers not only a worth of knowledge but also spiritual growth. The only way not to go backwards is to keep moving forward. When you discover the power within you the sky is the limit if only you can touch the clouds.

Courage to dare

How many of us have the courage and I mean real courage to dare? Many of us fail because we have no courage. We are always saying what if I start up a business and I fail? Dare yourself and say what if I start a business and succeed. Surely we are what we think. The thoughts we harbor are reflection of what we are “as a man thinketh so is he in his heart“. You must always remember that all there is today is as a result of thought. Think about all the buildings around you. They all first existed in someone?s mind. The bible encourages us to be strong and courageous, not to be discouraged and not to be terrified.

The courage to dare is the most lacking ingredient to people?s success. Most people have developed brilliant ideas yet they luck the courage to dare implement them. We always find excuses for not implementing our ideas and thoughts. The most successful men and women have the courage to dare implement there ideas. Failure is a state of mind. You only fail when you accept failure.

The faith to do

What is faith? “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen“. Knowledge alone will not bring forth success. You need to have faith and believe in what you are doing in order to bring forth results. Faith is a powerful tool needed to achieve any level of success. Walk in faith and just start living your dreams.

If faith is so important how then do you acquire it? The bible says “faith cometh by hearing“. I have discovered that one of the best ways to develop faith is to write down your intended purpose and desire and read it to your self aloud every morning and night. The repeated reading of your life?s mission statement will be impressed on your subconscious. As your mind becomes attuned to your intended purpose and desire you will develop the faith to do.

Conclusion

Like I always mention in many of my articles the subject of personal development is not an easy one. I believe that the above article has helped you. A good mix of the three will definitely yield better results for you. Personal development is a life long commitment and should be taken seriously. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted“.

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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

“Success is about living the life of your dreams whatever that might mean for you. It’s about being perfectly content and honestly saying to yourself that you would change very little about your current existence”. I believe that the definition of the word success is as unique as an individuals finger prints. If you think that being successful is about having a hefty bank balance then you are wrong. You could have a lot of money and still live a very miserable life. Take for example Mother Theresa of India, who knows how much money she had? Yet she was admired and adored by presidents and kings around the world. Would you say she was not a success?

As a matter of fact, money should be used as medium to help us continue with our purpose in life. They say money is good but the love for money is the root of all evil. Be careful what you want in life, is it to promote your God given talents and gifts in order that you do not deprive the world of them or is it riches you want to accumulate? I want to promote both my talents and acquire wealth. Let me  mention here that I am not saying you should stay poor no, neither am I stopping you from accumulating wealth no no no. I am just emphasing the point that success does not necessarily mean having a hefty bank balance.

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I have read quiet a number of books on success and have discovered that one of the most important ingredient to the formula of success is knowledge. Find  outlined below my 2 step processes of success.

Acquire more knowledge and skills

In order to have more, you must become more. “Your success is but a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. Every one of us wants more from life yet only a small percentage of us are willing to pay the actual price for it. If you are not willing to do what it takes to be successful then you do not deserve to be called successful and will stay where you are, period. Success does not come easy. It is not a destination but a journey. If you want to make more, then you must start giving out more. From this observation we can conclude that the first part of the success formula is to make yourself more valuable by improving your knowledge and skills set. Remember the market is willing to pay higher prices for better skills. How do you add value to your skill set, Of course by acquiring more knowledge.

If you want to succeed at whatever you want to do or are doing in life, you cannot escape the process of acquiring more knowledge and one of the best ways of doing it, is by reading relevant materials. There are tons and tons of reading materials today on virtually any topic you can think of. Today we have no excuse of failure. Books can be easily be purchased and accessed via many mediums including the internet.

Equally important to the concept of improving your value to is the avoidance of stagnation. Once you’ve taken the initiative to enhance your value then keep the fire burning. There is always an opportunity to expand your knowledge. The more knowledge you acquire the more valuable you become and the better the service you provide. Remember that humanity is all about service regardless of what you doing.

Apply the acquired knowledge and skills

Acquiring knowledge is the first part of the success formula, applying that knowledge is the second and sometimes the most difficult part. Knowledge acquired and not put to practice or implemented is a waste of time. Imagine, say you decide to study brokerage as a part time career. You attend seminars and read books about brokerage. Then after a while your free time seems to have been over taken by having to work late at your office so much that you cannot do any thing after your work. In the end your aspiration to becoming a broker has died and life has gotten in your way. Time has been wasted.

Am sure this story is familiar with many of us. The bare truth is that you wasted time in the first place and sadly the acquired knowledge will also go to waste for as long as you do not make time to put it to use . Sometimes it could not be that life has gotten in your way but the fear of failure has crept in. Fear is also one of the most detractors to success. Let me encourage you that whatever, obstacle you may encounter when implementing or putting your acquired knowledge to use, should be treated as a challenge. Life has so many challenges and it demands that you overcome them in order to succeed. Imagine a life without challenges wouldn’t that be a boring life?

When you triumph and succeed you will look back and say well I have come a long way. Remember that in order to have more you must become more. The more obstacles you overcome the more you become. Applying your acquired knowledge will propel you towards achieving greater heights of success be it in your career, business or indeed your relationship with others.

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Conclusion

Remember that there is no written down formula for success. This article is merely a guide on what has worked for me and I feel that it could also help you in your quest to your success. Personal development is not an easy task and demands that you are disciplined and consistent in your life. You will always be compensated according to the value you are able to deliver to other people and nothing more. Every new level of income you wish to reach demands a new you. You alone hold the key to either thrive or survive and you alone will determine the path to your own success based on how valuable a resource you are to others. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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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

“To be successful and happy, you must discipline yourself to work all the time
you work” – Brian Tracy. Affiliate marketing is a low cost way for merchants to build awareness of their products and in turn drive high volumes of traffic to their websites. Remember high traffic increases the chance of making high sells. High sells means high profits for the merchants. Affiliate marketing works as a commission based referral system. Affiliates refer prospective customers to merchant’s websites and are paid for either an interaction or when a sell is made.

Statistics show that affiliate marketing experts make five figure incomes per month. This is no easy task but can be done and it is being done. The so called supper affiliates have something in common. The typical ones possess the following traits.

  • Persistence – never give up with a fight
  • Patience – is a virtue you will need it
  • Knowledge and skill – is power, strive to acquire it

These traits combined with the following strategies will help to build you into a successful affiliate marketer.

  • Select your Niche carefullyThe most common number one mistake committed by upcoming affiliate marketers is to try and sell every thing. You must find a unique niche to market. Remember we all have something within us that the world needs and does not have.
  • MarketingOnce you have built your niche. You will need to promote it. One of the best ways to promote it is to use search engines. However, use any available and effective medium.
  • Know Your AudienceCreate a resource. Collect as much information as you can on the products/services that you are marketing. This will help you to build credibility and will lead to being trustworthy.
  • DiversifyDiversify do not put all your eggs in one basket. Promote products from different merchants. I would like to be cautious though on this one.There is absolutely nothing wrong with promoting different kind of merchants.
  • PersistenceDo not give up, results take time to start showing. But when they do and believe me they will. You will reap the rewards. That is why it is important to write about, what flows naturally from you. Affiliate marketing should be a long term business and not a get rich quick business.
  • Stay RelevantEnsure that you market products that are relevant to your niche. If you have to market using your own web site ensure that you write articles that have no time limit. In other words write content that is timeless.
  • PatienceAs I said before affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick business. You will need to be patient. As an old saying goes that patience is a virtue please develop it. I would liken affiliate marketing to women.
  • Knowledge is VitalThere is no way you will succeed in anything without knowledge. The key to acquiring knowledge is to read, read, read, and read. Take notes and review them every once in a while. I would like to encourage you to start reading especially topics that relate to your niche. This is the only way you will get to know your niche even better and improve your marketing skills.

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Remember to “standout tall and be counted” that is what you were created to be.

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