Going From Fear To Motivation With a Simple Shift

My motivation is insanely out of control lately. Something has switched inside after I dropped my negative thoughts and adopted some radical thoughts that I share here. I am basking in the glorious aftermath of living on the other side of fear: in a constant state of motivation. Think it’s too good to be true? So did I, but so glad I was wrong!

Lately, my energy is to the roof. My focus is laser sharp. My productivity is highest it’s ever been. I feel a great sense of urgency and nobody can talk me out of the work I need to do.

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I can’t stand the idea of resting and relaxing for a minute longer than necessary. I cannot keep count of all the ideas running through my head and what’s more, I can smell no fear in pursuing every single one of them.

No fear. Not anymore. I am done being scared . I am done making decisions with fear. I am finished half-committing to my goals. I am done fooling around with my dreams. What about you?

I’ve turned a corner and I am not looking back. It happened when I woke up one day only to realize I have been chasing an empty dream, an illusion of happiness, and a mere shadow of success. Have you turned that corner yet?

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The Mantra for Staying Motivated Daily

A mantra is a phrase or several phrases that you repeat to yourself to make thoughts and habits stick. Here’s a mantra for staying motivated. Just say to yourself:

  • Today is the day that I drop the heavy weight of doubts and fears, bury them deep under the ground and take the rest of the journey without them.
  • Today is the day that I take my dreams seriously (but myself not so much!) .
  • Today is the day that I make no exceptions to my values but plenty of room for failure, should it wish to show up.
  • Today is the day that I refuse to touch any endeavor unless it is with my absolute best effort.

Tomorrow, I will raise the bar higher.

Let God’s Amazing Grace Make Your Life Easier: Your Everyday Remedy

The key to having abundant life in Christ is living by God’s grace through faith. Because grace is His power working in us, enabling us to do whatever we need to do in life.

When we try to do everything in our own strength and leave God out of the equation, we just get worn-out and frustrated by our mistakes and failures. But when we lean on God, we actually enter into His rest and can enjoy our lives, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Hebrews 4:9-11 says, So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest…

Now the rest of God is not a rest from work—it’s a rest in work. It’s partnering with God to do what He is calling you to do by His grace, and leaving the part you can’t do in His hands, trusting Him to do it. Hebrews 4:3 says it this way: For we who have believed enter that rest… So we start by believing.

Trying vs. Trusting

When I’m trying to believe, I haven’t entered God’s rest. But when I do believe, I have complete rest in Him. Living by faith is not a struggle—it’s rest. And you can enter into God’s rest in every area of your life.

I’ve discovered that the stress in my life is caused by the way I approach my circumstances and the attitude I have toward them. It was a turning point for me when I realized that the world will probably never change, but I could learn how to change the way I go about handling situations that are challenging.

One key to this is knowing that as believers in Christ, we are partners with God—we have a part, and He has a part in everything He calls us to do. When we don’t do the part we can do and we try to do His part instead, that’s when we live stressed-out with worry, fear, anxiety, frustration, no peace and no joy.

The reason this happens sometimes is because we think God needs our help. We meditate on the problem—rolling it over and over in our mind, worrying, trying to figure out how things should work out. It’s like we’re telling God, “I kind of think You need my help, and I’m not sure You can take care of this situation, Lord.”

We need to realize that worrying is useless! It’s like sitting in a rocking chair, rocking all day, wearing yourself out and getting nowhere. Trusting God means we give up worrying, reasoning, and anxiety and we enter into His rest with simple childlike faith—we live by grace through faith!

That Which You Cannot Believe, You Cannot Have : Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide!

How does a flower grow from a small weed into something beautiful? It doesn’t take much. It has to be planted in the right place, good soil. And it has to receive nutrition, water and sunlight. When a flower has these things, it will begin to grow and develop into what it was made to be. The same is true for us. God created each of us with a purpose. As long as we have good soil in our lives (A core group of faith filled close friends.) and proper nutrition (A solid relationship with God through his word and prayer.), we have all we need to be successful. We are different from the flower because we are unsure of what we want to be. Therefore, we have difficulty growing into who God made us to be. The truth is, if like the flower, we knew who we were in Christ, we would have no issue. Proverbs 18:21 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Believe through faith who the Word of God says you are and begin to walk in it. You will begin to grow into who God wants you to be.

30 Little Stories From The Unknown Man

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1. Once upon a time I met a man who told me that telling the truth and making someone cry, is better than telling a lie and making someone smile and happy.

2. He said to me your true friends are those who will never avoid you just because they have met new friends.

3. As he kept on speaking to me, he said If some people do not appreciate and value my presence, I should work hard to make them value and appreciate my absence.

4. He said I must not be angry with anyone who is quiet on me because there must be a reason why they are quiet, and that I will get to know the reason later.

5. He told me it is always better to be a blessing to others at all times than to be a burden at all times.

6. He said I must learn to forgive others not because they deserve it but because I deserve the peace that comes with forgiveness.

7. I must know that everyone deserves a second chance and many more chances if they ask for forgiveness, but I must not loose my guard over their intentions.

8. I must not only talk to people in my free time, but I must free my time to talk to people.

9. I must know that the truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie will hurt for a long time.

10. I must learn to value and respect people who tell you the Truth no matter how painful the truth is.

11. I must make my decisions when I am in the right mood, not when I am angry, likewise I must not make promises when I am excited with high emotions.

12. I must know that some people are like candles that burn themselves to give light to others. I should not have regrets if I happen to be one of such candles.

13. I must learn to be a caring friend because it is a thousand times better than a careless lover.

14. I should value and protect my relationships of many years of investments because they are like a book that takes years to write but can get burnt only within few seconds.

15. He specifically said this repeatedly that If have a problem with someone, I should go tell the person and not go tell the world.

16. He said to me that I should know that nobody is too busy, it is just a matter of their priorities within a day.

17. He said to me that people can trust you when you are consistent with what you say and what you do.

18. He said with a low voice, only God can be totally trusted. Trust God 100%.

19. He then said no matter what, I must not forget those who helped and stood by me in my time of trials and during my difficult times.

20. I must always remember those who turned their backs on me in my difficult times of trials. Not for vengeance, but for the lesson of life.

21. I must be careful with those who put me into difficult times but I must never hate them. It is a lesson of life.

22. He said again I must be grateful at all times to God for this life and for living. It is a previlege and not a right.

23. As he was leaving me, he said, always remember how temporary this world is, I must always be conscious of the reality of eternity with God in heaven or with Satan in hell fire.

24. He smiled and left waving me for a long time. Who must this man be?

25. What he told me may be useful to you.

26. Nothing lasts forever; whatever you’re now,whatever you’re going through now will one day pass away.

27. We brought nothing into this world; and we will take nothing out of it.

28. We shall answer for everything deeds of ours at the end of our life.

29. The best things of life are free.

30. Happiness is a choice.

God bless 🙏

Progress Is Not Always Measured By Victories “The Ugly Truth”

Have you ever tried to learn something new and just not had the patience to perfect it? Or maybe started a project, and got tired/distracted and never finished it? Or starting a blog but discouraged because you have no traffic and comments? In the world we live in, it is an immediate satisfaction and very little patience type of society. But to build something sustainable, it takes time and patience. Think about a house…they don’t just appear, it takes time an patience to build something that won’t fall down in the first storm.

When I watch football matches (specifically club football), and the coach is not doing well by winning trophies, then before the end of the season they are fired and a new coach comes in. You have to win NOW. If you make a mistake or have a bad year or two, your opportunity is over, there is very little grace or “mulligans” to use a golf term in that world.

I am glad that our relationship with Jesus Christ isn’t that way. Can you imagine, if God treated us like that? If we made a mistake or had a bad season, then He would just kick us off His team. No, it doesn’t work that way at all, our God is full of grace and patience and wants to build something in us much more long-lasting. It helps that He is GOD and doesn’t require immediate success, He is focused on the process and looks for progress along the way.

Derby County football coach, Frank Lampard , is in a rebuilding process for the team. That’s if he isn’t called by his old club Chelsea. They have had a few bad seasons and in order to re-build it takes time, recruiting, changing of the culture, etc. He wants to win as much as anyone else, but he is able to see the progress within the team outside of just the wins and losses. He said something after a loss the other day that stuck out to me and I think fits very well with many situations.

In other words, you can grow and get better without winning immediately.

Winning will come as a result of progress, but they are not immediately linked together. The catch is, to get to the victories, you have to be patient and stick with the process. If you “jump ship” you will never be around to experience the victories that are in store! Here are some biblical examples…

  • Noah…made progress on the Ark for years without every having proof or rain
  • Moses…made progress on getting God’s people to the Promised Land for 40 years before they actually got there
  • Jesus…made progress on saving us all from our sins, even though Him dying on the cross didn’t look like a “victory”

Again, God is not focused on the here and now. While every second, is important to Him, He is focused on the bigger picture. Be thankful today that our God is full of grace and patience, to allow us to grow into the individuals He has called us to be.

Stay with God’s process in your life, trust His plan, and victories will come…

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

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Carry Each Others Burdens “Smackdown”

I didn’t know Jesus had a law! Well, he doesn’t have a written one like we find in the old testament (II Corinthians 3).

No, His is spirit- imprinted in our hearts and transforms our character. This law gives us liberty from written law (James 2:12-17) and emphasizes the undergriding principle that guided Jesus life- sacrifice and service for others (Philippians 2:5-11).

Far more than a written law, this is a passion for Christ and a commitment to be like him.

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A Quick And Easy Fix To Your Frustration

I learnt a valuable lesson yesterday reading a book titled “if not for the Grace of God ” by Joyce Meyer.

I learnt that we can’t do anything in our power to achieve what we want. I also learnt that when you focus your energy and effort into something that is doomed to failure, the only possible result is frustration. And what do we do when we frustrated, we keep up trying harder which only produces more frustration.

We don’t attempt anything without asking for God’s help. We lean on Him the whole way through each project. We maintain an attitude that says, “Apart from Him, I can do nothing”

If you are frustrated about timing, lean to pray with the psalmist, my times are in your hands… (Psalm 31:15).

Sometimes when I feel my time is wasted in a particular circumstance, either waiting to see the doctor, waiting to get an alert from the bank, bad electricity, no water and so on… Yea am not perfect and just human, I get frustrated and disgusted but after reading this inspiring book from Joyce, it changed my perspective to the way I handle my mood when frustrated.

What Can We Learn About Failure and Family From Avengers: Endgame?

This is a guest post by Tatyana Claytor.

This inspiring piece got my attention when surfing the net this morning. The creativity of this writing is too good to be true as the message is centered on Marvel “The Avengers”.

It’s easy to see how our heroes failed in Infinity War. For one, they had very little advance knowledge of their enemy. Banner’s warning to Dr. Strange and Iron Man came moments before Thanos’s henchman arrived. They are all spread out all over the world with little or no communication. Captain America and Iron Man aren’t on speaking terms. Vision and Scarlet Witch are attempting to live a normal life incognito. Banner hadn’t even been on Earth for a few years. They are divided, and this division leads to their downfall. *Spoilers ahead* if you have not watched the movie.

We see this in how they fought separated battles with Thanos instead of a unified battle. Iron Man, Spiderman, Doctor Strange, and The Guardians of the Galaxy engaged him on Thanos’s old home planet. Though they are almost successful, Quill attacks Thanos when he realizes that he killed Gamorah. This allows Thanos to come out of the Mantis-induced trance and to successfully subdue them all. Dr. Strange then gives up the time stone to save Iron Man’s life.

Back on Earth, the other Avengers are trying to save Vision’s life by removing the mind stone from his forehead to destroy it before Thanos can get it. Thanos’s army arrives, and they run out of time. Scarlet Witch destroys the mind stone, killing Vision, at his request. However, when Thanos arrives moments later, he uses the time stone to turn back time and get the stone. The other Avengers keep trying to kill Thanos before he uses the stones, and Thor with his new weapon comes closest when he slices into Thanos’s chest. Thanos does not die, though, and says that Thor should have aimed for the head instead. He snaps his fingers, disappears into a gateway, and then people begin to disappear.

Failure Divides Them

Each hero carries the weight of failure individually–Iron Man feels guilt about his young protege, Spider-Man; Thor regrets not using a more killing blow; and so on. Their guilt also separates them from each other. In Avengers: Endgame, after Iron Man and Nebula are rescued, what’s left of the team discusses their next steps. Stark, recovering from almost dying and hooked up to an IV angrily accuses Captain America of not being there. He blames him for their defeat.

All hope seems lost until Antman comes back from the Quantum realm with an idea that could give them all another chance. Later, when this new plan is birthed, Iron Man approaches Captain America with forgiveness, saying that the resentment was corrosive. This is a turning point for them as a team. While Iron Man and Captain America are divided, the Avengers are useless. Zemo’s plans begun in Civil War is a large part of their failures in Infinity War. The reversal of that division is what brings them success.

This renewed vision provides the opportunity for them to work together as a team, as a family. This is an important theme in the Avengers series. We see discussions of fatherhood with Iron Man and his father and then his own daughter. We observe Hawkeye and his devotion to his wife and children and Antman with his daughter. But we also see non-traditional families with Thor/Loki and Nebula/Gamorah), and the family of the Avengers for Black Widow. Instead, what made them a family is not blood, but rather commitment, a unified purpose, and a willingness to forgive the past.

Unity Should Be a Priority

There are obvious correlations here to the church. Our strength and success lay in our unity.  Jesus’s final prayer was for the unity of believers and not just those with him at that moment.

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,  that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:20-23 ESV

Our unity is an important part of our effectiveness. If we want the world to know Jesus as Messiah, our unity or lack of unity has the potential to validate or invalidate this.  We are our own greatest enemy when we allow the same things that brought the Avengers down to bring us down:

  1. Taking failure personally and believing this disqualifies us
  2. Fostering unforgiveness towards other members of the group
  3. Allowing different perspectives to cloud our unified vision
  4. Permitting personal woundedness to distract us from our purpose
  5. Forgetting the power of family– especially chosen family

Overcoming the Enemy

We too have an enemy like Zemo whose purpose is to bring disunity and brokenness among our ranks. He knows that a broken church is a lot less effective than a unified one. He will encourage us to focus on all the ways we are personally wounded by others to get us to forget the mission set before us. Once we are divided, like the Avengers were, he can easily beat us in small skirmishes.

The only way to stop this is to recognize the temptations that beset the church and remember what we have in common–Jesus and the Gospel. This can be our rallying cry though we might differ in a million ways. Captain America and Iron Man disagreed on principles they both held dear, but they also knew they needed each other to get the job done. This trumped their personal differences. Whatever our divisive issues may be, they can never be more important than fulfilling the ministry of reconciliation with which we’ve been entrusted.

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A Quick Way To Bounce Back From Disappointment

The work by Abraham Zaleznik at Harvard proved that the way you respond to disappointment is usually an accurate predictor of how likely you are to achieve great success. If you respond to disappointment by learning the very most from it and then by putting it behind and processing forward, you are very likely to accomplish great things in the course of life.

N:B: Everyone faces difficulties every step of the way. The difference between high achievers and low achievers is simply that high achievers utilize adversity and struggles for growth, while low achievers allow difficulties and adversity to overwhelm them and leave them discouraged and dejected.

So today, choose to face difficulties with a positive attitude and bounce back from disappointment.

A Short Testimony By Rick Warren (Inspirational Speaker And Author)

This testimony has blown me apart. May I live for Him alone not for the things of this world. Patiently read through….

RICK WARREN’S (BEST selling Author, Inspirational Speaker) Interview…..

Pls Read this:

This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,
‘Purpose Driven Life’ author and
Pastor of Saddleback Church in California.

–In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren,

Rick said:
–People ask me, What is the purpose of life?

–And I respond:
In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

–One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me.*

–I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity.
This is the warm-up act –the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity..

–We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.

–Life is a series of problems:
Either you are in one now, OR you’re just coming out of one, OR you’re getting ready to go into another one.

–The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

–We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

–No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.

–And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

–You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on *your problems:

–If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain. But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

–We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?

–Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?

–When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.

God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.

–That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.

–Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
–Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
–Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
–Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
–Every moment, THANK GOD.

–If you do not pass it on, nothing will happen.

But it will just be nice to pass it on to friends…

Just like I have done now.

Mom killed my tomorrow

Dear educationists & parents, kindly permit me to share this thought-provoking confession of a student. It has one or two lessons in career guidance and parental influence. 👇🏽

They call it spiritual, They call it ethical. They call it universal, They call it motherly.
They call it usual,
They call it mutual.

Shut your eyes, and think of your tomorrow.
Shut your mouth, and speak less of sorrow.
Take a bold step, and aim forward,
You know your tomorrow.

June 1986, it all started.
In the white house of “stitches and newcomers”.
My cry filled the theater,
I was successfully born.

Dad carried me, and called me a doctor,
Mom looked at me, and called me a nurse,
Leaving me with no choice of my own.

I grew up, loving what I hate,
And forced to cherish what gives me agony.
Mom wants me to do her wish,
Dad wouldnt let go off me.

They thought they were making me better,
Rather, they were killing me within.
Call me my dad!
For he couldn’t see my future.
Call me my mom!
For killing my tomorrow.

Chemistry was made my breakfast,
And biology was made my lunch.
Physics was made my dinner

Mom scolded me for failing,
Dad blasted me for repeating.
They forgot I got an “A” in literature,
And a distinction in English.

They tore my essays, and called them trash.
They tore my poems, and swept them out.
They sold doughnuts with my storybook,
And turned my drawing book to waste papers.

They wasted their money on tutors,
And paid millions in tuitions.
They took me to the best,
While I fall behind the rest.

Suddenly! Michael gained admission.
Mom could no longer watch me, sit my bottom at home.
Special center became my home,
And expo my half brother.

At last I gained admission!
To study medicine and surgery.
Daddy was happy,
And mommy was elated.

I knew I wouldnt make it there,
I knew I was going to fail.
But mom had “long legs”,
she could not watch me fail.

I was depressed and dead within,
I smiled and laughed though.
I was not even sure of my future,
Because those I call family, tampered with it.

I did 7 courses, but happily, I passed one.
I took interest in GNS101, and got an A.
Medical courses were written in “Latin”,
Words my brain can’t comprehend.

Mom’s “long legs” pulled enough strings,
And her connection got the right people.
My results were upgraded,
And I was ironically among the best.

Years went by, with no experience.
Semesters went by, with no knowledge of medicine.
Blame me not, I have no interest.
laugh me not, mum pushed me into this.

I graduated as one of the best,
Thanks to mum’s strings.
I finally fufilled dad’s wish,
And made mom’s dream come through.

She got the name she craved “Nma Doctor”,
And the praises she had always wanted.
She was exalted as the mother of the best doctor,
Little did they know the magnitude of what she has done.

Finally, the D-day came!
The Senator was rushed into the hospital where I work,
They shouted Emergency! emergency!!
And they called me to prepare for his treatment.

With fear, I cautiously walked to his ward.
And I carefully administered formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and methanol to the sick senator,
Little did I know the chemicals were only used in preserving the dead.

The senator was later reported dead,
And an autopsy was carried out.
They saw my flaws, and got me arrested for manslaughter,
Now I am here awaiting judgement.

The fierce looking judge had no pity,
I saw his scornful face.
Face that spelt death,
And a lip, that gives judgement.

He blamed me for my ignorance,
And sentenced me to death.
I looked at mom with regrets,
“Had she known”
Thanks mom for killing my tomorrow,
Thanks dad for sponsoring my death.

I should have resisted when I was old enough,
But my religion said “obey thy mother and thy father, so thy days may be long”

*#LET YOUR CHILDREN HAVE THEIR FUTURE *
*#MAKE THEIR PASSION THEIR PROFESSION*
*#DON’T DICTATE YOUR CHILD’s FUTURE*