Grow your value

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Once upon a time in a certain village, a farmer planted a tree and nurtured it consistently and intentionally.

In the process of time, the tree began to grow until it became one of the biggest and most valuable trees in the community. Its leaves were medicinal, its fruits sumptuous and nutritious with very large branches that provided shade for people who walked along its path.

Just like that tree, you too can become a person of value and impact, if you intentionally nurture the seed of greatness in you and serve your gift to your world.

The world is waiting to celebrate you.

Make an impact.

Be intentional about it!

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The CAN-DO spirit

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One of my favourite quotes from the Holy Bible is found in the letter of Saint Paul to the believers in Philippi, wherein he said, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”.

Growing up as a little boy, I memorized this verse but beyond just memorizing it, I was conditioning my mind for all-round success. Each time I said to myself, “I can do all things”, my mind kept possessing the I-can-do-all-things attitude — an attitude of possibility and success.

Our thoughts and words play a very critical role in determining our success in life. If you think and say you can, then you can. But if you think and say otherwise, you may end up achieving nothing.

Regardless of what’s facing you and regardless of what people say about you, what you think and say is more important.

• They said to David: Goliath is a warrior and a giant, but he (David) said he could do all things, and he eventually conquered the giant and became victorious.

• They said to the Wright brothers: Humans can’t fly, but they (the Wrights) said they could do all things, and they went ahead to invent the aeroplane.

• They said to Barak Obama: You’re but a Negro, but he (Obama) said that he could do all things, and he went ahead to become the first black president of America.

There are no impossibilities anywhere except the ones we create in our minds.

No more limitations!

Say to yourself: I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST THAT STRENGTHENS ME!!!

Take action and succeed.

Birth your Greatness out of nothing!!!

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One thing that has constantly stunned the world is how that greatness emerges out of nothingness!

Out of some of the most impossible backgrounds and situations of life, many of which perfectly fits the “can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” question, phenomenal men and women have risen out of obscurity to fame. They have stunned the world with amazing and excellent results of their gifts, strengths and talents.

Here are some examples:

Jack Ma — from the slums of Asia to one of the world’s reputable billionaires

Queen Hadassah — from a poor Hebrew orphan to Queen of the great Persian empire

Steve Harris — from being a 2-time college dropout to Nigeria’s leading life and business strategist

Two underlining factors of these people are: The God-factor and their diligence.

So, don’t be discouraged, don’t be distracted, keep working, keep learning, keep grinding, keep cultivating diligently, keep growing and don’t stop trusting in God until you begin to reap your harvest of excellent results that will stun your world.

Don’t stop!

Out of the box

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In course of my interaction with people, as a life and business coach, I have observed that many people are limited, simply because they have a fixed mindset and have failed to think out of the box.

A box is a container which is usually enclosed, making it difficult for continuous growth, expansion and enlargement. All those who love to remain boxed don’t think beyond all they’ve known, thereby limiting their potentials and celebrating ordinary as ultimate.

If you must achieve your greatness and reach your full potential, then you must step out of the box in order to think out of the box. You must see out of the box and reach out of the box.

Enough of the conformity!

Enough of the ignorance!

No more limits!

Success doesn’t reside within the box, only mediocrity does.

Step out of that box now and reach for your greatness!

© Somski1

Your strength zone

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As I sat in church, enjoying the sermon by the preacher and profusely taking notes into my sermon jotter, I observed that my neighbour was also jotting down some notes from the sermon. He wrote with his left hand, writing fast and effortlessly, just as I did with my right hand.

The lesson which stood out from that scenario was that everyone is born with unique strength zones. Life, therefore, becomes interesting when we find our strengths and live within our strength zones.

The strength zone of the fish is the water, the strength zone of the bird is the air, and the strength zone of the tree is the soil. Each of these thrives effortlessly when in their strength zone.

Whenever you discover your strength, focus on it and maximize it. If you do, your weaknesses will become too shy to show up.

So, find your strength zone, maximize it and succeed!

Grow, Lead, Succeed

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One of life’s greatest discoveries is that man was designed and created to grow, lead, and succeed.

However, the limit to which you grow, lead and succeed is largely dependent on how much responsibility you are willing to take for your life and for all you do.

Wherever you are in life today is as a result of leadership: someone led you there: either you or someone responsible for you.

The core essence of leadership is to birth transformation. So, every facet of our society (schools, families, religious centers, marketplaces, and so on) is in dire need of good leadership.

You were born with the capacity to lead and to influence the world with your gifts, talents and strength.

The world is waiting for you!

Take responsibility today.

Grow, lead, and succeed.

Profound lessons from the vacuum mattress

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Very recently, I was in Lagos where I was quartered by my host at the beautiful Elegba Festival Estate, Oniru, Victoria Island.

The next day, a few other friends joined us in our apartment and needed some extra sleeping space. So, I volunteered to inflate the vacuum mattress that was available.

Having used a manual pumping machine to inflate the mattress, I gleaned great lessons from the process.
1. Diligence: Diligence is a virtue for greatness. It is not just about what you do but how you love to do whatever you do. I knew a task was before me, so I had to be diligent with my work in order to inflate the mattress and birth my desired goal.

2. Perseverance: When I started pumping, I didn’t see much results but I knew that I had to persevere and not give up if I would ever see the vacuum mattress get inflated.

3. Consistency: I observed that each pump brought air into the mattress, so I consistently pumped in order to get the mattress sufficiently inflated. Consistency breeds mastery!

4. Time: Everything valuable requires time to build and grow. Using a manual pumping machine, it took some time to get the mattress inflated. Just like everything else, success requires time.

5. Patience: As I kept pumping, I had to be patient with the process of birthing the results I desired and eventually, after a while, the mattress was fully inflated.

6. Focus: I knew that I had a task before me, so I had to focus my time, energy and concentration on pumping because I understood that focus is a necessary ingredient for success in life.

As simple as it seems, we can learn profound lessons from almost everything and every event. Importantly also, we must apply ourselves to the lessons learnt because the essence of knowledge is application.

Cheers to your success.