‘HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO… GAINS UNDERSTANDING. ‘ PROVERBS 3:13 NKJV
An important key to building a strong team is being open to new and different ideas. One of your greatest dangers as you become older (or more successful) is that your thinking can become institutionalized; which is just another word for ‘fossilized’. To remain successful you must create an environment in which the free exchange of information and ideas takes place. If people had not been permitted to trying things we’d still be traveling by horse and carriage, dinning by candlelight, and dying a lot earlier from preventable diseases. It’s said that knowledge is doubling every five to ten years. That lets us know how much we didn’t know; when we thought we knew it all.
‘Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.’ We must honour what we’ve learned by building on it, but we never stop asking, ‘Is there a better way? ‘ Champions don’t ease up because they’re ahead of the competition; they’re still accelerating as they cross the finish line. The competition keeps you sharp. You need them.
Irish singer Bono said something worth noting: ‘I would be terrified to be on my own as a solo singer…I surround myself with…a band, a family of every spunky kids, and a wife who’s smarter than anyone…you’re only as good as the argument you get. So maybe the reason why the band hasn’t split up is that people might get this: even though I’m only one quarter of U2, I’m more than I could be if I was one whole of something else.’ Solomon put it this way: ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpen…his friend’ (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV).
‘LOVE CARES MORE FOR OTHERS THAN FOR SELF.’ 1COR.13:7 TM
Many of us would rather settle for achieving less, than put up with ‘people-problems.’ But fulfilling a great dream usually means having a great team. And great teams are made up of people with strenghts, and weaknesses. God seldom calls us to do the job alone; He calls others to stand with us. So, do you know who belongs in your life?
Jesus chose twelve disciples to help Him fulfil His mission on earth. One of them doubted Him, one denied Him and one betrayed Him. Yet He called them, knowing what they were; and could become. After listing hardships that would make your worst day look like ‘a walk in the park,’ Paul writes, ‘Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of…all the churches’ (2 Cor.11:28 NIV). How did Paul evangelise Asia, guide the church and write half the New Testament? Through a team; he introduces them in Romans 16. Let’s look at one of his team-building secrets. It’s called:
LOVE. If you don’t genuinely care about people they’ll sense it and they won’t stay with you. If you’ve a turnover in your relationships, that could be your problem. Even your best team members will go through times that affect their performance. Jeremiah got so stressed out that he wanted to quit the ministry and go into the motel business (Jeremiah 9:2). Paul advise his right-hand man Timothy to ‘use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses’ (1 Timothy 5:23 NIV). Here’s a helpful prescription for the stress that goes with people-problems. Write it down on a 3*5 card and read it regularly. ‘Love cares more for other than for self.’
TOP TEN  SELF ESTEEM
1.Help others. You’ll be glad you did.
2.Talk and walk with happiness because God created you!
3.Choose joy no matter what happens today.
4.Be content with yourself and do not envy others.
5.Be generous to God and the people around you.
6.Speak what is true and with lots of kindness.
7.Keep your heart free of wrong desires.
8.Take care of your appearance.
9.Be real, no need to fake it.
10.Wear a smile.
Walking on the road of preparation
With the hope of getting to the land of glorification
Board a bus to aid transportation
Concentrate not and not a concern of destination
Still in my journey of no anticipitation
Feel so relax with all forms of temptation
Having no time for any consideration
Till I get to the destination
Oh my God! There is misinterpretation
Boarded bus not to glorification but, condemnation
No wonder, there has been a lot of deprivation
With the devil being the consultation
Then come the deep cry for salvation
Praying my life can still enjoy beautification
Putting aside all this damnation
For the land called glorification
At last! An answer to my supplication
Comes my lord with a voice of acclamation
No more need for condemnation
Retrace your step with the bus of restoration
For your mourning will be joy, the declaration
For your ashes beauty, the pronunciation
Shame turning into glory, the confirmation
All in the bus of restoration.
Everyday ways to:
Be An Awesome Member Of Your Family.
MONDAY: Ask a family member what makes your family special.
TUESDAY: Spend time with your family tonight.(e.g playing, gisting, e.t.c.).
WEDNESDAY: Do a job around the house without being asked.(e.g hoeing, tidying of suroundings).
THURSDAY: Ask an adult in your family what he or she remembers about being a teenager.(e.g telling of stories, folk tale, e.t.c.).
FRIDAY: Help a family member with a project.
SATURDAY: Do something to make someone in your family feel special. (e.g presents gifts).
SUNDAY: Ask a wise family member for advice and listen to his or her counsel.(e.g Career, Leadership, Friendship, Marital Counseling).
The subject of patience is one that I find very necessary in the journey of success. This is because a lot of people have gotten the message of faith mixed up. This has hindered them from being successful. While we thank God for faith, many of us should stop believing that when you are using faith, you are using magic. Some people think God is a magician. God is not a magician; He is a miracle worker. He can change your natural situations and circumstances, but He will not do it like a magician.
I want you to understand that there is a relationship between faith and time and the understanding of this concept is crucial to achieving all-round success.
What does it mean to be patient? Some people think patience is a passive word; but it is not. To be patient does not mean your level of faith should reduce, or that you are withdrawing. To be patient means you remain the same in spite of situations and circumstances because of your knowledge of God’s timing. To be patient means to wait for God’s time without worry but with your faith intact.
Perseverance is another interpretation of patience. To persevere means to hold on,endure; steadfast even though situations and circumstances are pressurizing you left, right and center.
Patience is spiritual power. It is what you need to hold on. Sometimes it seems all the demons in hell are on your own case alone and the truthis that there is nobody who can withstand all this by ordinary will power.
Patience is the spiritual force that helps you hold on; it is the support that holds you from behind and keeps you from moving back and falling down. The fact that God has promised you that thing does not mean it would work automatically at your own time. God has His own plan.
Patience and perseverance are two essential ingredients of success. They are qualities of a good character.Success without a good character will end in failure. Do not think for a minute that success is an overnight operation. No! It is a life-time achievement and it requires an ample dose of patience and perseverance.
God has made all things beautiful in His own time. Most of us do not understand that God lives in timelessness; He does not live in days and nights like we do. If you understand that God has been living for over millions of years, you will know that telling Him three months is too long for you, is a waste of time. The truth about God is that He has a programme He follows,so you cannot rush him into anything.
I consider David as a patient man; even though God had told him he would be king, and Samuel had already anointed him, David still waited for God’s time. Many of us cannot wait like David did; we would have rather killed Saul, to help God fulfill the prophecy. David had three opportunities to kill Saul, yet he refused to force the prophecy to happen.
No matter the odds, it is in your destiny to succeed. Do not take the shortcut.