As human beings, we are essentially spirits. You are a spirit, you live in a body; your body is your house, your abode, your container, your packaging, your vessel. You live inside your body. And the purpose of your body is for physical and carnal interaction. It's for physical contact with anything that has form and occupies space.
As a human being there is a third part that makes you a complete person; that is your soul. Your soul is that part of you essentially designed and tailor made for you to be able to fulfil your purpose on earth.
Every soul has the potential capacity for unprecedented accomplishments, greatness and glory in this life on earth when operating and performing at its best.
Your soul is a combination of your mind, your will and your emotions. If you will be great, if you would be mighty, if you would influence and improve the world in this generation; in your life time, your soul is where the capacity lies.
Many of us are not happy in life not because we don't deserve to be or we don't want to be, it's simply because we do not know how to be happy. This morning, let's talk about the values for happiness.
The simple fact that the world's system is such that promotes ambition, achievements, accomplishments, and commensurate reward naturally has, embedded the realities of rivalry, competition, strife, envy and contest.
If no matter what you do or how hard you work, everyone on earth is rewarded equally strife, envy competition and jealousy will be extremely low if not totally eradicated.
If every human being is entitled to the same amount of monthly income, the same kind of house, the same kind of cars, the same kind of clothes, the same quality of food, the same quality of health care, the same quality of education; if everybody gets the same thing no matter what you do, stress level amongst us will decline by probably 90%,
Many of us are not unhappy and stressed up today because we are in lack, many of us are stressed up today because we are in competition. We believe we belong to a particular social cadre and should associate with a certain category and profile of persons, hence our daily hard work and diligence to keep up with our class of people.
This morning I'd like to share with you a powerful strategy on how to create the kind of life you want. This one is titled, thought evolution.
Do you realise most of us in reality grossly underrate our true power and potential as human beings? We grossly underutilise our true capacities and capabilities. Hardly do we take the time to really conduct a study on humans and what humans are truly capable of. Perhaps this study may not even be necessary, all we need do is take a look around and see all the powerful and complex inventions mankind has created and developed over time and you'll surely agree that yes, the mind of mankind is truly the most powerful force on earth.
Dear friend, all men are created equal, the differences in our results is basically a function of how much we learn, how much we know, how committed we are and how far we're willing to go in life. The inventors of the aeroplane, warships, computers, television, cell phones, spaceships and powerful earth moving machines are normal human beings just like you. The founders of the biggest businesses in the world with transgenerational growth success are normal human beings like you. The only difference however, is in what you choose to learn, what you choose to know, what you choose to believe, what you choose to do and your courage to follow through.
Today let's talk about harvest; the life principle of sowing and reaping. Are you really reaping in life? Let's go there
We are all motivated by desires, expectations and achievements. The reason many work so hard, study so hard and make sacrifices daily is essentially based on certain expectations which they hope will make them happy and satisfied in life.
Everyone's got a dream, some are big dreams, some are not that big but we all have dreams. Our dreams are the things we hope to get, have, experience or enjoy in the future. Whatever you've experienced or apprehended is no longer a dream, a dream is always about the future; an expectation, a reward, a harvest.
Many of us however are not happy because we are today, not living our dreams. The dreams we had in time past about our today is not really our experience. Many of us looked forward to a great, exciting, rewarding and comfortable future but alas; far from it, we today, wake up daily to a life of struggle, hustle, extreme hard work, uncertainties, fear and social insecurity. Many of us are enduring not enjoying our lives. This was not our dream.
The quality of your life and experience today, who's really responsible? Is it your making? Let's share on that this morning.
Many of us many times get confused about life. We look at so many things and developments and wonder why things turn out the way they do. We have so much expectations from life and work very hard to accomplish our goals and many times we end up frustrated and wonder if life is fair to us after all.
Ladies and gentlemen, life can be tough and rough not just because of what is happening all around but also a consequence of not having a clear understanding of the realities of life itself. A nation is not just a geographical expression, it's about a people. When everyone clamours for change and improvement but as individuals we prefer to remain the same then we would hardly see or experience any great change or improvement. The reality in life is this, things never change if the people don't change.
Every negative experience we have as a nation is an outcome and consequence of how people are and what people are doing. Bad things don't just happen, people do these bad things. We can choose to place the blame anywhere but I assure you, you will hardly experience any personal improvement and progress in your own life if you do not personally carryout any change or improvement in your life
I want you to think about something this morning. What worries you the most as an individual? What is the strongest source of your concern and anxiety?
From observation and research, security is the number one source of concern and anxiety for most people. This is not just about physical security, it's actually more of social security. Everyone wants to consistently have access to the basic needs of life, Food, water, clothes, shelter, healthcare, education and companionship.
These are essential needs if lacking in our lives can bring about severe repercussions even death. No one survives that long without food or water, shelter is very crucial for mankind, good health care, education and social interaction. These are needs we are all desperate to have as mankind.
Incidentally, these very essential life requirements come at a cost. They are not free, they're not like sunlight, moonlight, fresh air, oxygen and sanity. You must exchange these needs for cash.
The lacuna between many intelligent and hardworking folks and their very powerful dreams is lack of courage.
I mean, let's look at it, daily I speak and interact with many people, and I believe you do too, who are extremely brilliant, intelligent, creative and hardworking. These guys are so loaded with knowledge and information, they have answers, they have experience, they know case studies of many people; living and dead, who rose from nothing and became extremely great and powerful and successful.
These guys I'm talking about are very exposed, many of them work for top notch organisations, occupy very important positions in their organisations, they are high fliers and they perform brilliantly on the job, they are highly respected within their organisations and have become corporate celebrities in their respective industries.
However, many of them secretly, as they sometimes share with me, are not really that happy, they miss something really important to any human being, freedom.
Every one's life can be observed as though a journey. We are all born on a certain date to start life, we then grow up, we age, grow old, and we then pass on – most of us at least.
In a world of seven billion people is it not amazing that no two persons travel the same journey in life? Even twins don't, married couples may share a better part of their journeys together but it doesn't make it the same. Your journey through life is 100% your personal adventure.
In your journey through this life there are some core choices you can't make as an individual. For example you can't choose when you're born, you can't choose your parents, you can't choose the country of your birth, you can't choose your tribe, language, race, colour, your siblings your background and the way you look. You can hardly influence, much less choose the success or failure of your parents in life. All these you can't choose.
However, one of the most amazing, yet sad situations I've observed in life is how people can judge others and carry a sense of superiority and intense discrimination based on these factors they didn't choose.
The unique and exciting thing about life is its dynamism. Life is not consistent in the way it unfolds. You can hardly predict precisely what the next hour holds. No matter how well informed you are and how experienced you are, you cannot brag or be certain about the outcome of anything in this life.
Life is not pure science. One plus one is not always two. What someone attempted to do that worked out pretty well for him can thoroughly embarrass and frustrate another person should he attempt the same feat.
Times and seasons change, people do change, trends do change and ways to great results are not cast in stone.
Yes, we have and believe in certain life principles that most of the time if appropriately applied would yield the expected result. But it's also a matter of hope not certainty.
To live life is to be actively involved in envisioning, planning and activating a success agenda for yourself. If you don't take charge of your life; coordinate your daily activities and try to do valuable and rewarding things in line with your success agenda, life would naturally punish you.
Self-esteem is simply your confidence in your personal worth and abilities. It is self-respect. It has to do with the regard you have for yourself and your dignity. It's the value you attach to yourself.
My question to you this morning is, how much value do you attach to yourself? What's your personal worth in your estimation? How do you see yourself, how do you rank yourself relatively within your community and society? What would you accept, tolerate or condone? What would you reject, ignore or rise above? Do you have a clear understanding of your personal worth? Do you determine your worth or allow the society determine it for you?
Dear friends, everyone is born with a reasonable degree of self-respect and confidence. However, our upbringing, nurture and negative experiences may to a large extent damage these confidence levels. Things people said to us, our past errors and mistakes, our bad choices and consequences and even coming from a background of poverty, scarcity and lack can actually deal a bad blow on our personal self-worth and esteem.
Many of us growing up may have been told by close friends, relatives, community and family leaders, siblings and even parents that we would never amount to anything great.
This morning I'd want to share on the subject of stress. Too many people today are so stressed up and they can't seem to find a way out hence, seek for different ways of escape including dangerous ones with destructive and costly consequences hence this morning lets share and see how we can effectively deal on the subject of stress. This one is titled, borrowed stress.
Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
Stress is always about situations, circumstances and conditions you find yourself in that are quite exerting.
Life, you'll agree with me is by nature challenging. Anything you want out of life, you must earn it. You must pay the price in sacrifice, labour or value exchange. In this life nothing good comes easy. This simply means an appropriate degree of pressure or stress is necessary for us to be stirred up and motivated to achieve things in life. This kind of stress is good and productive.
However, when strain and tension endured in order to acquire, achieve or accomplish anything in life becomes excessive, abnormal and extreme, it becomes dangerous and destructive. Many young people today are struggling with ill health as a result of stress. High blood pressure has become quite rife amongst very young people. This of course is mostly tied to a stressful life style.
I want you to this morning take a second look at your life. Are you living the life you want or a life dedicated to earning? Is your daily activities and choices inspired, motivated and informed by the need to earn, or you're living a life you truly enjoy? Do you see a life dedicated to earning as the only kind of lifestyle; hence, you've decided to embrace it and call it life itself? If you have everything you want and everything you need in abundance will your lifestyle today still be your kind of life style?
Think with me this morning and lets go way back to when you were a child, your days in primary school, secondary school, university it was all about working hard to earn good grades and subsequently get a good job and ultimately earn good income. Even in career, it's been all about working hard daily to earn good income and keep growing your income so as to obtain all you need in life.
Please tell me, is this really the essence and purpose of being alive? Are we just here to keep working all our lives to earn and gather so many things and so much that we shall eventually leave behind whether we like it or not? I do not think so, I believe our lives should be much more than a dedication to earning; there must be more.
Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. What your life is today is an indication of your attitude and disposition to fear. Every human being is born with unlimited potential and capacity for greatness. There is nothing humanly possible that you cannot do or accomplish.
There is no height you cannot attain and no great limits you cannot cross. No matter how great or otherwise your life is today my friend, your number one opposition and limitation is fear.
Fearless people rule and conquer the world. The courageous rule over the fearful. Perhaps, the main reason Europeans came to Africa, dominated and colonised the people for several centuries is simply because they were not afraid to travel across the treacherous ocean to a strange and mysterious land and people to dominate it but we, as Africans lacked the courage to do the same. Africans are generally fearful. Africans don't want to die. Laughs.
The bold make discoveries, access secrets and have superior answers because they are not afraid to take risks and are adventurous. Dominion in life is for the courageous. The fearful will always serve the vision and purpose of the courageous.
A Potential is having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future. I want you to take a good look at yourself this morning, just think of you and consider how far you have grown and developed over the years. Remember, if you can, the cute and lovely you as a kid of five years old, how you used to jump and play and run around the whole place and get excited and attracted to so many kiddie stuff like toys, cartoon movies and just playing and having fun with other little kids your age.
Then with time you evolved, became older and more mature. You became a teenager and other things began to interest you, began to attract you and occupy you. You also changed in appearance. You became bigger, more masculine or feminine in appearance, your body changed and your adulthood began to emerge.Then at last you became a full grown adult. And of course, teenage stuff was no longer that exciting or attractive; your thinking, priorities, interest, activities and perspectives in life changed considerably, and you began to behave differently from when you were a teenager – from when you were a child.
Two is better than one in matters of effort, energy and possibilities. Many matters in life can be addressed and tackled more easily and faster if many people come together to deal with them. It is called cooperation, it is called working as a group or as a team.
When two or more people come together and agree on a matter, it is very likely they will accomplish the ambition faster and better than just an individual dealing with it.
As mankind we are designed naturally to cooperate and work together. We are not really independent in life, decisions and survival. We are designed to need one another and depend on one another. No single individual in life has the power to succeed alone without help or support from others. Hence our social order of living is in family and community groups.
As important as it is to work with one another to achieve results and address challenges, it's possible to work and agree with some kind of people that can actually limit, stagnate, frustrate or even destroy your purpose and effort in life.
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