Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013-05 - Stay in the game if you want to win…

The more you try, the greater your chance of succeeding. The law of averages is on your side.

Taking a risk is often your first necessary step toward success. If you don’t take some risks, you won’t get the chance to succeed. While you are trying, you are winning.

Never get discouraged.

Every wrong attempt is another step forward. People that make no mistakes usually don’t make anything.

Make up your mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand defeats. Your mistakes are stepping stones to success and your instalment payments to victory.

You can’t be a winner and be afraid to lose.

~ Anonymous

" Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."

~ Robert Collier


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013-04 - The importance of repeating the same thing

An action is a thought that manifests itself.

A small gesture denounces us, so we have to make everything perfect, think about the details, learn the technique so that it becomes intuitive.

Intuition has nothing to do with routine but rather with a state of spirit that lies beyond technique.

So, after practicing a lot, we no longer think about all the necessary movements: they become part of our very existence. But for this to happen, you have to train and repeat.

And as if that were not enough, you have to repeat and train.

Watch a good blacksmith working the steel. To the untrained eye he is repeating the same hammer blows over and over again.

But those who know the importance of training know that each time the hammer is raised and then lowered, the intensity of the blow is different. The hand repeats the same gesture but as it approaches the iron it knows whether to touch it harder or softer.

Look at the windmill. Whoever sees its vanes just once imagines that it always turns with the same speed, always repeating the same movement. But those who know windmills know that they are conditioned to the wind and change their direction whenever necessary.

The hand of the ironsmith was trained after the gesture of hammering was repeated thousands of times.

Windmill vanes can move fast after the wind has blown a lot and polished their gears.

The archer lets many an arrow pass far from the target because he knows that he will only learn the importance of the bow, posture, the string and the target after he repeats his gestures thousands of times without being afraid of making a mistake.

Training is NOT routine. It is essential 

~ Paulo Coelho
" You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset."

~ Tom Hopkins


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013-03 - One Can Make a Difference

I always believed that one man could always make a difference; little did I know I will have a story to back this age long saying.

 It happened on a bright Saturday morning, which was the last for the month, which we observed the environmental sanitation exercise. 

Our compound was full of weeds and in dire need of a cutting but the challenge was who was going to bell the cat, which simply meant who was going to take the lead in cutting the weeds with five youthful men in the house.

I got a cutlass and began cutting and then the most profound thing happened. While I was cutting the other young men came out with other working implements and jumped on the bandwagon which I had earlier kick started. In minutes, the whole compound was sparkling clean. 

The older men were proud of us as; they congratulated me - their team leader on a job well done. One of them, Mr Francis of blessed memory gave me an undisclosed amount of money telling me how grateful they all were. I felt like I had been given the Medal of Freedom for I was on cloud nine. The peak of it all was when I was about stepping out my father called me and gave me even a higher denomination of money telling me that he was proud of me and I had earned it. 

"You displayed the spirit of a leader and I am proud of you" he said as I walked away with my head held high.

I would always remember that fateful Saturday when I was a living example that one man could indeed make a difference. 

~ Author Unknown

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do."

~ Helen Keller


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013-02 - The other side of the river

A man went out for a walk. He came to a river and saw a woman on the opposite bank.

"Yoo-hoo," he shouted, "how can I get to the other side?"

The woman looked up the river then down the river then shouted back, "You're already on the other side."

Life and truth is often a matter of perspective and viewpoint.

I thought about that issue for a good part of the day.

It was short and somewhat funny but extremely profound.

Do you realize how many people are trying to get to the very side that you are already on while you are trying to get somewhere else?

Do you know how many people wish they had a good husband or wife like you do?

Do you realize how many couples wish they could have children like you do?

Do you know how many suffering people wish they had a pain free body like you do?

Do you know how many people wish they just had enough money to pay their basic bills like you do?

Do you realize how many people wish they could get to the weight that you are already at?

Do you realize how many people wish they had a job like you do?

Do you realize how many people wish they could see like you can?

...could hear like you can?

...could walk like you can?

I, like most of you reading this, wish for many things. I have a lot of dreams and visions.

"Perspective" really made me think and realize that with so many of the rivers of life, I'm already on the "other" side... and so are you.

~ Author Unknown

" What we see depends mainly on what we look for."

~ John Lubbock


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013-01 - Happy New Year

2013 is here. What will it bring?

Opportunity. Every day of the coming year will be filled with opportunity and possibilities. Every day will give you a chance to make your life count, to make a difference, to grow, to learn, to achieve, to be the person you were meant to be.

Today you stand at the threshold of a new year. A blank slate ready to be filled by you. The new year makes no promises, and has no guarantees other than this - every day will be filled with challenges and opportunities. It is up to you to recognize the opportunities, to see the possibilities, and to overcome the challenges. And by so doing, your life, and the world around you, will be enriched.

You don’t have to wish for a Happy New Year. You have the power to make it a truly happy year, a year of fulfilment and accomplishment for you. A year that will lead to many other great years.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we ushered in 2012, and 2014 is already looming on the horizon. Time is precious, and we cannot save it up. We must use it as it comes.

Climb aboard 2013 and hold on. Keep your eyes open - there’s opportunity around every bend. Have fun. It’s going to be a great ride!

~ Ralph Marston
" If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade."

~ Tom Peters