Sometimes, you see someone from afar and you can see they are doing well, getting some recognitions and making impact; then you assume, this guy’s situation is better than mine. Or this guy seems to have lesser challenges. You may even become jealous, and you may be soliloquizing, “who did I offed?” Little did you know that the challenges of life do not care who you are, where you are or how good your intentions are. Everyone, including those you admire has one or more challenges to overcome on a daily basis. It could range from anything to anything. There is no beginning or ending to the diversity of life’s challenges. Even plants are not exempted from struggling with the soil before becoming big trees. Please who did they offend? That’s just what it is.
You need to realize that one of the things that keep people going is their motivation to overcome their challenges; this could also mean their motivation for doing what they do. When your motivation is weaker than your challenges, you may be stranded. Have you ever wondered why almost all organizations have preference for potential employees who are self-motivated? They know that challenges abound everywhere; their own organizational ecosystem, not exempted.
The crux of the matter is this, you must overcome to become! Those challenges are meant to be overcome. If you don’t stop them, they can stop you. So, you have to be smart. Your victory is very much linked to your motivation gauge. With God, ALL things are possible.
Now, do all to stand firm, be strong, be bold, and be HIGHLY motivated.
Everything’s gonna be okay!!!
To be a man of conviction is to be a man of your own beliefs. This applies to men and women alike. It means you know what you are doing and why you are doing it, even when others do not see a sense in it. It also means you are ready to walk alone when you are deserted by others who do not believe in your dreams.
Men of conviction sometimes suffer “shame” and “neglect” particularly when their opinions and convictions are unpopular, but they are also usually rewarded greatly with success and good reputation, because they remain undeterred.
The world will always test your resolve! And that is why many people give in to all sorts of things and become irrelevant because they are moving with the crowd.
Men of conviction are leaders and starters. Their somewhat unpopular convictions sharpens their creativity. They see what other do not see. Anyway, they care less what others see or say.
To become a man of conviction is not difficult. Identify your identity and move on with it. That’s all!
Johnson City, TN, USA
When the challenges of life come, what do you do? How do you manage them? No matter where you are, who you are and what you have, challenges will always come! Sad, but true. A Nigerian musician Chief Ebenezer Obey said in one of his songs, no matter how sunny or bright the day may be, there will be some dark patches in the sky. It is true!
The truth is this, there is a direct relationship between challenges and self-motivation. The bigger the former, the bigger the latter should be.
Self-motivation is a life-changing factor that makes people wonder how you keep going, against all odds. It is the factor that draws helpers to you when they see how willing and single-minded you are to succeed. It is the factor that makes your enemies to get scared of you, and wonder what spirit moves you. It is a factor that makes God love you because self-motivation is linked to faith and when you have faith, you please God.
Let me add that, it hastens emotional healing which transforms to improvement in physical wellbeing.
The possessor of self-motivation thinks faster out of the box to solve their personal challenges. So, if you think you have challenges, it’s okay; but you have a responsibility to solve it. The world cares less about how big your challenges are, they only want to see results! Sorry, if this sounds too harsh. It is a bitter truth.
Please note that self-motivation is no magic! It is acquired, nurtured and integrated into one’s existence. It is an indispensable tool that helps you deal with life’s hard times.
Self-motivation does not necessarily stop you from crying when you are heart-broken; remember, you have emotions too. It helps you to promptly wipe your tears and PRESS on! When some people tell you where they used to be, and where they are now, you wonder how they overcame some seemingly impossible challenges. This is why carriers of self-motivation cannot always explain their success process as much as the success stories. They can tell you where they left and where they are but some aspects of their stories are just amazing and miraculous.
When self-motivated persons are shaken by challenges, they tell you boldly “No Shaking”, and you know what, they mean it! They have string faith!!!
I encourage you to be self-motivated. Let motivation come from within you. Be strong! And you know what? Everything will be alright. Don’t ask me how. Just believe!
Johnson City, TN USA.
Permit me to start by telling you that if you did not dream, you cannot become! This is not to scare you, but to encourage you. No one can achieve big things without dreaming it first. In my view, one of the most critical things parents have to do for their children is to help them dream of the kind of future they want to achieve. It is not limited to asking “What would you like to become, son?” It involves providing access to different information materials that help children identify what they really love, and then grow into that thing. I remember that earlier in life, I wanted to become a medical doctor because that was the popular aspirations of people. At the age of seventeen (17), I personally identified what I wanted to become- a public health professional after requesting for some public health materials from Pfizer. I pursued it so vigorously; working at the community level, then to higher levels. I’m still pursuing it!!!
The conceptual framework is similar to this:
- Dream: This stems from a strong desire to possess or become something. From experience, I can tell you that when you have a strong desire and work hard at it, the fulfilment occurs in usually an inexplicable way. It just happens!
- Work towards it: Although, I said “it just happens”; yet it does not just happen without you working towards it. Persistence, hard work, prayers, efforts etc. are the requirements for our dreams to come true “suddenly”. I said “suddenly” because it comes with amazement.
3. Achieve it: When points 1 & 2 are present, point 3 (Achievement) is very easy. When you achieve, you feel so happy and fulfilled. An achiever inspires himself to dream more. Other persons around an achiever also feel inspired to work harder towards their dreams too.
The main point of our discussion today is this: “Do you have a childhood dream?” Honestly, it is sad if one becomes an adult without a dream; but be encouraged by the fact that you can dream at any time in life; the earlier, the better though. Also, when you achieve a dream, do not stop there. Please keep dreaming again, and again!