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An ardent reader and writer sold out for God,positivity and purpose fulfillment.

Relationships:5 Classes Of People To Value

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Hiya lovelies! It’s another new month…beautiful and full of expectations.

Happy new month!

Today, I’ll share a post I made on one of my social platforms,nairaland

You know life is all about building great and valuable relationships.So, this post will help us all as we journey through life.

Here we go…

“You don’t know the value of what you have until you lose it”.

TRUTH!!

Too often, we take for granted the people who deserve our gratitude, respect, and recognition.We don’t even know who we should appreciate, realize why we should recognize and value them…We never realize this, until they are gone.

If you don’t know the people to appreciate in your every day walk, never take these people for granted.

5 Classes Of People To Value

1.Those That Worry About You: Trust me, not everyone goes around looking for ‘extras’ to worry about.Everyone has got their own personal issues to be concerned about.When people go ‘extra’ to see to your wellbeing, to check on you; they surely have your best interest at heart.Such people are rare to come by-Do cherish them.

2.Those That Correct You: Taking correction is hard.Most people see correction like that bitter pill we always avoid taking when the pill has come to make us better.Somehow, somewhere; we mess up, take correction and move on-that’s life.No one is above mistake, neither is anyone beyond correction.When people correct you, they only want to see you move on to succeed-take the right path.This act is love-driven.Don’t make light of corrections.We all need it to make progress.Respect such people.

3.Those That Are There For The Good Times And The Bad:’Success has many friends, while failure has no friend’.This popular maxim is coined from human disposition.Everybody wants the good times, nobody wants the bad times.There are people who are with you for the benefit and when the benefit stops because of circumstances: they will turn their back against you, denying ever knowing you.When you have friends/people who are ready to stick with you through thick and thin, share your happiness and sadness: never let them go!Such folks come with the tag ‘priceless’.Appreciate them.

4.Those That Want To See You Do Well: Everyone wants to be an exact representation of ‘I am doing well’.A successful life is not gotten by mere wishing.There must be a deliberate move and effort.Everybody is striving to beat the other person to the side at all cost.It is survival of the fittest.People are just too busy to offer a helping hand, just a very few who throw in their support.For people/friends/family whose got your back, who go out of their way to support and lend hands to your elevation and success story: always keep and appreciate them.

5.Those That Tell You The Truth: One thing people hate accepting and facing is the truth.People prefer living in deception, lies just to keep themselves from pain.As bitter as truth is.it always set minds free.Truth never damages a cause that is just.It is always fulfilling and rewarding to know that choices and decisions we make are based on the truth.While it takes courage and strenght to admit the truth: when people/friends tell and admit the truth, when they are being honest with you-never let them go.Value them.Honesty is a scarce commodity very few can pay for.

Holding people in high esteem is just one of the ways of appreciating their impact and effort towards your wellbeing.
Value What You Have Before It Becomes What You Had.

So,this is it! I hope this post helps you to build up great,strong and valuable relationships that will help you in future.
Do you have other class of people we should value? Use the comment box.
If you are yet to follow my blog,please do,for more inspiring and great tips.

7 Awesome Benefits Of Social Media For Your Business

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Have you secured a place for your business on social media or are you wondering how social media can help boost your business?

Social media is no longer the meeting, chatting or hook up zone that we all take it to be. Social media have now become the hot spot and hub for many businesses. The engagement on social media is now constantly on the increase daily and people have been tapping into the opportunities created by it.From the confinement of their homes, city, state and country, people now send or receive email, interact with friends, search for information, get news, book tickets, buy products or even learn online.

To support the increase in social media engagement and it being the way to go, check out these statistics:

  • According to internet usage statistics, there are over 3.6 billion internet users as at Dec 2016, making up 49.2% of the world population who accessed the internet 2016.
  • In another statistics, 3.5 billion Google searches are made every day while 2.7 million blogs are published every day.
  • The average person spends nearly 2 hours on social media according to Social Media Today.

These statistics are all pointing to one thing:

Social media is now a marketing place to position and expand your business. No matter the size of your business, whether big or small, there is a place for your business on social media.

A week ago, a friend called, asking for help on how to grow his business on social media. He already had a website built and needed help with content creation for his site. He has taken his business to the digital marketplace. This is the mindset for every business owner.

This post will help you make the most of the social media for your business.

Let’s look at how social media can benefit your business.

Benefits Of Social Media For Your Business

  1. Builds Product Awareness

With the rise in social media engagement, your product has a better chance of been visible to many online users. People will become aware of the product or service you offer through the contents you share. Your product visibility will enable you to get connected with new and existing customers. Social media is an easy and faster way to get your product out for the world to see and get acquainted with your product. For example, a regular Facebook user could get to know about your product after seeing your presence through your Facebook page.

  1. Increases Customer Base

Your presence on social media is an opportunity to increase your customer’s base. You get to have access to new customers through your brand awareness. Your blog post, video, image or comment is a tool to reach out to more potential customers, interact with all your customers. This may all lead to your product been patronized by potential customers.

  1. Builds Loyal Audience

Your connection with your customers on social media is a strategic way of building a loyal audience. According to a report published by Texas Tech University, brands who have social media engagement enjoys loyalty from their customers. Building a community of loyal audience through your interaction with your customers will help to boost your business.

  1. Increases Sales

The more people become aware of your product, the chance of you making sales from new customers. Social media helps businesses to rake in more sales through their marketing techniques. Gaining the trust of customers and attending to their needs will generate more sales for you.

  1. Efficient Customer Service

Having an online presence for your business helps you to reach out to customers in the most efficient way. The fact that customers expect immediate response and attention should bring a sense of commitment to meet their needs. Answering questions and getting feedback will help you improve on your product. Also, when your customers see that you have their interest at heart and that you are doing everything to satisfy them, they will remain loyal to your product or service.

  1. Attracts Target Market

Attracting your target market, not just any audience, is made possible by some social media tools like Hootsuite.This social media marketing tool helps business owners to target their desired audience based on a geographical and demographic parameter. By this, you will get to reach potential customers who have a need for your product.

  1. Increases Web Traffic and Search Ranking

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a great way to get traffic to your site.This is done through the search engine for some specific keywords by Google users and others. These keywords come from blog posts made on your site. As your online presence grows, your site will be visible in search engines.

With these benefits, the use of social media for your business is now a necessity to grow your business. Social media provides great opportunities for businesses, whether small or big.

Now, are you ready to go social with your business?

Use the comment section and tell us.

If this post was helpful, you may  also like 7 Powerful Tips To Help Your Startup Business

Swallow, Chew: How Do You Eat The Word Of God?

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Yearning to know God more, live victoriously and bear fruits are the desires of every true Christian. And how you eat the word of God goes a long way in determining if you become successful and live victoriously in your walk as a Christian.

Food is a necessity for the human body. We need food. We eat food to help build up our body, to stay alive and working too.

The Bible describes the word of God as the food for our spirit. As our physical body uses food in other to build up the body system to function effectively, so, our spirit man needs food to build up the spirit to enable victorious and prosperous living as a Christian.

Suffice to say, a glorious and victorious living is a function of how you feed on the word of God.(Jos1:8)

How Do You Eat The Word Of God?

There are different ways Christians feed on the word:

Some read the word of God, which is swallowing.

Some meditate on the word of God, which is chewing.

An explicit description for swallow is when people take pills. You pop a pill into your mouth and snap, it is gone down into your stomach or wherever it goes in there. Chewing doesn’t happen like this. It takes time because you are breaking food down into small pieces with your teeth for easy digestion.

The Christian who swallows (read only) the word and not chew, doesn’t get much out of the word of God. Such Christian had a quickie feed on the word of God. And as described in James1:24, he only took a glance at the word, walked away, and two minutes later, have no idea what he read.

That is spiritual malnourishment.Feeding poorly in the spirit affects one’s daily walk as a Christian. When challenges come up, he will cower, he bows and gets defeated because he couldn’t remember the word of God to help him overcome the challenge.

Swallowing or reading the word of God without meditating on it is catastrophic for Christian living.

Now….

This will bring us to the other way some Christians eat the word, which happens to be the best and productive way of eating the word of God.

Most Productive Way Of Reading The Word Of God

Meditation.Chewing.

Meditating on the word is the most productive way of reading the word of God. It’s the only way to get the word ingrained into your life. Meditating on God’s word is pondering over what God says and relating it to your own life. This could be a particular scripture or promise in God’s word concerning a situation—health, finance issue etc.

You see, when you ponder or think about something over and over, it registers in your mind. And there is where God wants His word to remain. Not on the pages of the Bible.

“Keep my words within your heart” (Pro4:21).

Reading the word does not keep it within your heart. Meditating on God’s word drives the word into your heart. The Heart is the battlefield where life’s battle is either won or lost. The word of God that will help you to become a victor, is not the one on the pages or chapters of the Bible. It is the word of God you carry in your heart.

God’s word is like a seed. Seeds don’t grow or gain root on the surface of the soil. They need to be rooted inside to whether the storms, winds and bear fruits.Colossians3:16 says, “Let the word of God dwell in you richly”. Not on the surface.

Swallow, glance at, flip through or skim-read are on the surface ways of reading the word. They don’t produce fruits. They do not help a Christian to live victoriously.They either do not bring joy or gladness to the heart.

Do you want to grow in your walk with God? Do you want to be victorious and prosperous?

Then, whenever you want to read Gods word:

Sit down with the word.

Think of the word.

Meditate on the word.

Chew the word.

Don’t put the word of God in a box, expand it.The Holy Spirit helping you, you will experience true freedom, prosperous and victorious living,joy and gladness of heart as you walk with God.

How have you been reading the word of God? Use the comment section and tell us.

Don’t forget to share this post to help a soul out there.

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It’s Hard Being A Christian

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Will I ever be able to obey God’s commands completely?

This question never stops coming up in my walk as a Christian; one who have received the free gift of salvation-Jesus.

The sermon on the pulpit on Sabbath days keeps exhorting me to be holy, ’’without holiness you won’t see God. Without holiness, you are ending up in hell’’.

Who does not want to behold God?

Who isn’t afraid of hell? (Those stories of hell, did you hear about them too?)

Now, wait…..

I know that Jesus was the sacrificial lamb, who took my place at the cross. He saved me from sin, sickness, fear, poverty etc.

But….

I still bear the guilt of sin when I fall.

I am still afraid that I might disappoint God since I’m unable to obey God’s commands completely and live a holy life.

It’s just really burdensome being a Christian because I don’t fully understand what I’ve been saved from and what I’ve been saved into.

I took up a request to God each day, asking Him to help me live a holy life always. He pointed me to this scripture.2corinthians 12:9a”My grace is sufficient for you. My grace is enough and it is all you need.’ I started to meditate on that scripture to know His grace. As I was on it, a verse came up. ’May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ………….2cor13:14a, for the grace of God that brings salvation, has appeared to all men…….Titus1:11

Ahaa!! Jesus is the grace to help me.Jesus is enough. Jesus is all I need.

It was at this point that I came to the understanding and realization, that I’ve been trying to live holy on my own and by my own effort.

Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, had asked them in chapter3:2-3,

“I would like to learn just one thing from you. Did you receive the spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

I started with Jesus. I believed and accepted Him, but now, I want to run off to continue on my own, thinking it’s by my own human effort.

No one can keep the whole commands. When you stumble in one, you’ve stumbled in all-Jas2:10

The Truth About Christianity

We are not saved by works-human effort. We are not saved by obeying laws, doctrines, regulations and all that. The bid to live a holy life on our own is a dead end street. It’s not about works lest any man boasts-Eph2:9.You can’t even work it out, because the more you try, the more you fall

If obeying God’s commands will make us holy, then Jesus died for nothing. It’s because we can’t keep God’s law on our own, that was why Jesus came to fulfill the righteous requirement of the law on our behalf. Jesus was the spotless lamb who carried our sins so that by believing in His finished work on the cross, we automatically become holy. This makes salvation what it is-FREE gift. Not something we earn by works.

So, Jesus bore our sins that we might be dead to sin and alive for righteousness-1pet2:24a.It is no longer us living but Christ living and expressing His life through us. When He lives in us and work through us, we won’t have any need to struggle to obey God’s commands-Living a holy life now becomes effortlessly.

Saying yes to Jesus and His finished work is all it takes to become a child of God.

“But to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to be children of God.”Jhn1:12

When we come to the knowledge and understanding that it’s not about us and what we do,but it’s about Jesus and embracing His finished work on the cross, we will grow and become who God made us to be-His righteousness.We will experience true freedom and peace.

It’s all about Jesus.

“In Christ, the law is fulfilled in us, but not by us.”

Do you have such experience in your walk with God?Do tell us by using the comment box and if you find this post helpful,then share.

 

 

5 Simple Ways To Take Charge Of Your Day Each Day

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In a society that is becoming more busier, demanding and dynamic every day, taking charge of one’s life is now daunting and almost impossible. With the demands and distraction getting at us, we no longer focus on what matters.

Life is busy!

It’s so easy to get caught up with external activities, situations that have turned us to be passive participants in our own life.

But wait…

We are all responsible for own lives and just like the tides do not command the ship, the sailor does; it’s time to take charge of your life.

Yeah…You see!

The tides, obstruction, and distractions of life will always be there. But it’s now up to you to take the rudder and stir the ship of our life in the direction you want our life to go each day.

And if you don’t know how to take charge each day, these 5 simple ways will help you to take charge.

How To Take Charge Of Your Day Each Day

  1. Have A Quiet Moment

Quiet moments are stellar moments…..bliss!

There are a whole lot of things one could do during quiet moments. A quiet moment is simply a time to be still; to think clear of what you want out of each day and how you want to achieve it.

This is quiet moments for me,

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation.”Pslm5:3

A lot goes on during my quiet moments. I connect to the spiritual side of me.I seek God to draw from His ocean of grace to help me through the day.

Quiet moments are time taken out each day to remain still from distractions. Mornings are ideal. Such times are moments to chart the course of your day, time to purge your system from every negative vibe that will stand in your way.

It can easily be likened to a man who is about to go on a journey. He makes preparations in view of the journey. So it is with quiet moments. Quiet moments are preparation moments. When you take out some time alone before you begin your day, you position yourself to take charge of your day.

  1. Speak Positively Into Your Day

Life is governed by laws. Laws are a system of rules recognized in a place and as such, controls the action of its inhabitant. Your days only respond to the laws that govern them. And it is depended on your actions -what you say or speak.

One of such laws is the cause and effect law. It says that what we choose is what we get. What we speak is who we become. If you sprinkle positive words into your day, you attract or get a positive result. If you sprinkle negativity, a negative result follows you.

And as it turns out, nothing good comes out of negativity. Taking charge of your day means learning to speak positively, think positively and act positively. Use your lips to send your life in the direction you want it to go each day. Words are powerful.

Tell yourself each day

I am ready to take charge of my life today.

I will reach my goal.

I am stronger than my challenges.

I can do all things that benefit my life, through Christ who strengthens me.

  1. Have A To-Do List

Who wakes up each day and barges in without a to-do list? Without a plan of how he/she intends to spend 24hours? With a to-do list, you get to see your entire day before you.

A to-do list is a list of tasks that need to be completed during the day. Whatever task you want to get done should find its place on your to-do list.

It will keep you from getting lost in the busy-ness of the world. You can’t stop distraction, but you can set, do the things that are important to you with a to-do list.

My daily activities revolve around a to-do list, which keeps me organized and helps me to take charge of my day.

  1. Be Focused On Your Goal

One of the reasons why people do not get what they want is a lack of focus. A lot of things are vying for our attention….things out of our control.

Each wanting a piece of us…..Everyday

Having a to-do list, plan or goal needs a focused mind to be able to achieve them. It will help you to get things under control. A focused mind has no room for distraction.

Be determined to focus your attention and efforts on your daily task to achieve your desired goal.

  1. Be Grateful For Each Day

You may be wondering,” what has gratitude got to do with me taking charge of my day?” A grateful heart is a happy heart. Happy people exude positivity and confidence.

Showing gratitude for each day will always give you more positive energy to face each day. No matter how yesterday went, a grateful heart will always see each day as an opportunity to keep doing that which will position him to take charge every day.

Be grateful for little things…Be grateful for big things…Be grateful for each day

Summing it up

Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by the choices you make. Making the choice to take charge of your day is a huge step in the right direction. Your life takes up a new shape and meaning.

Always remember….it’s one day at a time.

That’s what life is all about.

Take charge today!

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Moving Forward

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Hi, Lovelies!! New Year greetings, New Month greetings…… from me to you all.

So, this is my first post for this year.I’m really excited to have you all on board 2017.

To all of you lovelies who were here on my blog last year……..A big thanks for your wonderful engagement here.You rock!

Let’s do more this year.

Also to my new readers and followers……thank you for joining us here too. Sit tight. We are all poised to live and become better.

New Year brings great opportunities and possibilities. The beauty of this New Year is that other past years doesn’t get to define it. The past years are just chapters in the story of your life; chapters that have been closed to usher you into a new chapter.

It’s simply a fresh start!

As it turns out, this is an opportunity to look at how you fared last year, evaluate your life to ascertain what you did right and what you did wrong………we all are in this together.

We all want to do more and become better each year. But, these dreams, aspirations are just not easy to come by

Why?

Because life does not give you what you want or desire. Life only gives you what you place a demand for. Placing a demand for your dreams and goals to become a reality means, fighting for your dreams.

It is working hard enough, seeking ways to realize them and believing that you can make it work out.

I don’t know how the previous years and month was for you: where you able to achieve something tangible, did you succeed in seeking meaningful relationships?

You see…….

Life is a process. You won’t get it all in a day, month or year. The most important thing is your decision and determination to make each day count for you.

The New Year and New Month is a great start to set your mind to go for the best.

Don’t allow the last or previous years to hold you back from experiencing another new level and opportunity this year

A new experience from within, new experience with friends and family, a new experience in your business and career. This post is a great help on where to start to make this year much better, meaningful and purposeful for you.

Now….

Will you make this year and month count?

Here is why I asked.

Every knowledge, advice, motivation and inspiration we get is as good as nothing without an action. For every decision you’ll be taking this year, you will have to back it up with actions to give life to them. That’s the way we know that you’ve truly resolved and decided to make this year count.

You don’t need lot of plans or goals to be a success.

What you only need is to be consistent and disciplined enough to live out each day. It’s true that ’the secret to your success is hidden in your daily routine.’

Concentrate on what you do each day because they’re summing up your 2017.

I’m much committed and determined to make 2017 count.

I’m much more, ready to make the sacrifice, go the extra mile to move to the next level and make this year happen for me.

You can as well….You will

2017 will be a great jolly ride.

We are going to have a great and purposeful ride.

Do you have any tips for moving forward? I will like to know.Hit the comment box.

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If you love this post, you might also like A Purposeful October

5 Easy Steps To Turn Your Passion Into A Career

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“One of the things that may get in the way of people is that they are not in touch with their passion. If you are passionate about what it is you do then you are going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it.” Jack Canfield

If I am passionate about writing, shouldn’t I find ways to become good…..better at it?

If you find happiness in something that you love doing, an activity that you are passionate about, then your passion should be able to fuel your desire to seek out ways to become better at it.
Probably you are in the demographic of people who have lost touch in what they love doing and are only hanging on to a job, not because of their love for the job but because of the pay. If this description fits you then this post has got you all covered. You are not alone. A demography by Deloitte Millennial survey has it that two-thirds of Millennia’s express a desire to leave their job by 2020.

By the way, would you leave a job that you are passionate about?
Instead of pining in a job that you don’t enjoy or have no passion for, you create one for yourself. And there’s a tricky part to creating a job you love….it’s marketability. Read up these tips to help you.

What Is Your Passion?

Your passion is that activity which you have developed a strong feeling, excitement, and devotion to. It didn’t come out from the blues or mars. Neither is it a hobby. It has been there all along while you were growing up. Something that leaves you with a sense of peace and fulfillment whenever you settle down to do it.

This activity could be writing, painting,photography, catering just to mention.

And if you are yet to know the benefits of pursuing your passion and turning your passion into a career, here they are.

Why You Should Turn Your Passion Into A Career

  • Job satisfaction: one of the things that can give you job satisfaction in your work is when you are passionate about it.Doing the work that you love will make it easier for you since you are giving it all your shot.
    Again, the passion that comes from within will help fast-track the job.
  • Reduces stress: stress is a common malaise in workplaces. One of the reasons why you are stressed at your workplace is because you are unhappy with your job. Stress has a way of reducing your efficiency in your job, erodes your ability to focus and remember things. When you are happy, passionate with your career, it helps reduce stress and improve your health condition.
  • Boost confidence: Confidence increases your productivity in your career. When you know your job, are happy with your job and passionate about it, it boosts your confidence. Confidence helps deal with challenges when they arise. Your passion for a job will increase your confidence in the job, motivate you to set goals and accomplish them.
  • Consistency: Your devotion to a job will drive you to become consistent in that which you love to do. Consistency is the key for a successful career. When your consistency steam runs out, your passion will serve as the adrenaline to shoot it up
  • Freedom: Everyone wants freedom. Freedom to do what they love doing. When you do the work you have a passion for, it removes the feeling of been caged to do want you don’t like doing.

Now, what does this mean for you?

You are much more going to be happy and fulfilled when you make a career out of your passion.
These easy steps will show you how to turn your passion into your dream career.

5 Easy Steps To Turn Your Passion Into A Career

1. Discover Your Passion

As I mentioned before; your passion comes from within, something that gives you a sense of joy and fulfillment. It is a gift wired into you. You don’t struggle to do it.You don’t even get bored because engaging in that activity makes you happy.

. Go down memory lane back to your childhood days. What were the things you loved doing?

I could vividly remember reading as many storybooks that I can lay my hands on. Then, I only made friends with the children who have storybooks, all to borrow their storybooks and read.
How funny now! My love for reading has transitioned over the years and help shape my career choice….freelance writer.

Yours could be traveling, teaching, drawing just like Walt Disney who discovered and developed his passion for drawing at a younger age. He sold his drawings to his neighbors at the age of seven. Keep an open mind about your passion

2.Explore your passion

Once you’ve discovered what you love doing, the next thing is to search for ways to become better at it
.This you can do by polishing your skill,taking lessons. People only pay for good services and when you add value to their lives.

Do you love writing? Take a writing course. Write every day. Perhaps you love talking to people, then take a public speaking class. The idea is to start getting a feel of your passion and positioning yourself in your choice of career

3.Look for like-minds

Starting out to make a career out of your passion will lead to testing the waters before you begin. There are people who are doing what you want to do for a living. They are successful people who have tested the waters and know where you might sink. Seek them out. Read their stories. They obviously have an advice or tip to help you take off on your career path.

4.Look for a platform

As it is, the only way to become better at what you love doing is in finding the platform to express yourself. Start from somewhere. Walt Disney started by drawing for his neighbors.If you love making dresses, start sewing for yourself and family. Do you love to write? Start putting up posts every day on your social media account. You can as well start blogging.Wordpress is great for that.

Starting with any available platform is just a great way of nurturing and building your potentials.

5. Set Your Priorities Right

It is one thing to find your passion, it is another thing to follow it.

You see, pursuing your passion and living your dreams is not going to be easy, if you don’t make the decision to set your priorities right. Nobody asks to be distracted or sidelined along the path to living their dreams. Turning your passion into a sustainable career is a priority you have to guide and stick to….if you want it to work out. Be prepared to make sacrifices and work hard.

It’s hard work. You need more than just passion for pulling it off. You need discipline too

Summing it all up

It’s not all about the external values (what you stand to gain from a job), but for the internal values (the people you help solve their problems and the fulfillment you get).

Over to you, are you doing what you love doing? How did you turn your passion into a career? Hit the comment box and share your thoughts.

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Healthy Dose Of Inspiration For Your Success

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A successful businessman was asked to mention the secret of his success, he quickly wrote down the following:

“After God, my work comes first: pleasure comes after duty. To achieve my goals. I schedule my daily, weekly and monthly priorities and focus on them till I see them through.”

Successful people live a planned, disciplined and focused life.

They don’t wake up with no laid down plan to run each day. Successful people have a target, goal or something that they want to pursue and achieve.-and they follow through. They don’t mix business with pleasure.

It’s so sad that too much kick for pleasure has stopped many people from being successful in life.
You cannot seek pleasure and success at the same time and expect to be successful. The body naturally loves pleasure-hedonism. It doesn’t want to be subjected to work and meaningful activities. So when you don’t plan and discipline your life, it will head towards a pleasure-seeking direction.

People and business fail for lack of a plan.

As a student or career (business) man, do you have a plan?
If you do, do you follow your plan through?

We all have 24 hrs. in a day each. The difference is what we do with them.
When you don’t put your time to good use, people with no plan and direction will use up your time.
The truth still remains that, there’s always something that wants our time and attention.

Your success in life is determined by how you use your time and what you spend your time on.

You will always become whatever you exchange your time for. Don’t just wake up and barge into the day.

  • Have a plan.
  • Have an objective.
  • Have a focus, more especially on activities that will give your life a meaning…and make you successful.

In conclusion,
Before you start your day, don’t forget to do these

Have a quiet time. Here, you come before God to take you through the day. It’s always an opportunity to prepare your mind for the day. Make it personal.

Schedule your daily activities. Scheduling your day helps you take charge of your life, monitor your activities and avails you to be on the lookout for distractions and time wasters.

Make it a habit…Successful people have great habits.

Always be focused on your goals for the day and follow them through.

Don’t mix business with pleasure. Learn to draw the lines.

Discipline your life, distractions are knocking every day.

Be deliberate with your time: use it or waste it.
You are going somewhere, don’t live your life anyhow.

Now over to you. What are your healthy dose of inspiration for each day?
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7 Powerful Tips To Help Your Startup Business

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Do you want to start your own business?

Yes I know….it’s the entrepreneurial bug.

You want to become your own boss.

Starting up a business is a huge deal. It’s not an easy task because a business is not a hobby. It is an income stream. There are laid down rules, principles and tips before the returns starts coming in.

Every year, new businesses keep springing up, people are stepping out to have their own business.
In the light of new startups, one of the most difficult part of having your own business is knowing where to begin. Most solopreneurs start up without arming themselves. No wonder every year we see new startups opening and closing. Statistics as published by Forbes has it that,approximately half a million small businesses get started each month but more shut down than start up.

What are they not doing?

These statistics is not intended to discourage you from starting your business, rather, it is to encourage you to be smart before you launch your business.

These 7 powerful tips will help you startup and sustain your business

1 .Have An Idea: Every great business began with a great idea and without an idea, there will be no business. Your idea is the major drive of starting your own business. An idea is simply the first milestone in the process of growing and sustaining a business. Your business idea should revolve around your passion.
Why am I saying this?
Your passion is the driving force that will help you pursue and sustain your business. Your passion can be identified by what you love doing, what gives you fulfillment and happiness and trying out ways to monetize it.This is where you turn your passion into a business.

2. Do Your Research: As reported by Fortune, startups fail because, “They make products no one wants.” This is where research comes in.It will be totally out of place to start up a business without a background research. Research is an essential tool for all businesses that wants to flourish and be sustained.

Doing a research has a lot of benefits.

  • You will know if there is a demand or need for the product or service you want to launch. It is very necessary that you deliver what consumers need, not what you offer.
  • It will help you to redesign or repackage your product or service to satisfy the needs of customers.
  • It will help you to know the market trend and come up with a unique selling point to make you stand out and be ahead of the crowd.

With research, you have a knowledge of what other competitors are doing and not doing, how they are offering their services, branding and packaging.

3.Have A Business Plan: A business plan is a written guide describing the future of
your business. It is a road map for how a new business will achieve its goals and objectives’ business plan is not only meant for sourcing fund for your startup, with it, you can run and sustain your business. A business plan tells you what you plan to do in your startup and how you plan to do it.

4. Have A Business Goal: Your goal should help answer the question ‘why am I going into business?’ Every business in operation have a goal and mission statement. Having a goal is vital to the success of your startup business. A business goal will keep your startup in track and also give you something to walk towards. It serves as a tool to measure the success of your business. A business goal will help to provide guidance, direction and keep you focused.

5. Be Prepared: You probably would have heard about the 5p’s.The 5p’s says that, “proper preparation prevents poor performance.”
Now, you don’t intend to start up a business that will not grow and flourish, do you?
Before you start up your business, you’ll have to be fully prepared to face the challenge of owing a business, mapping out strategies and sweating it out in the market place. To be prepared is half of the victory because a startup without proper preparation is a disaster waiting to happen.

6.Check Out For Clues: According to Anthony Robinson (business and motivational coach),”success leaves clues”.
Nothing is new under the sun. There are entrepreneurs who are into your intended startup business before you. They have experienced the up’s and down’s of your intending niche, product or service line. There is nothing wrong in picking up one or two things from their experience. Experience is after all a great teacher. Their experience will help provide you with valuable strategy and approach for your startup. Have them in your radar.

7. Have An Online Presence: Everybody is on Facebook, let’s start there. Do not limit Facebook to be a channel where you chat and have new friends. Make it your advert board. Create an awareness there. Many startups are taking advantage of the social media to expand their target market, business and boost sales and productivity. An online presence will allow you to reach your target market easily and faster with every possibility of connecting to more clients. Tell your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or your LinkedIn connects what you are offering in your new startup. The world is now a global and technological village, go global with your startup business.

In conclusion, anybody can start up a business but not all can sustain it.The world of business today is all about value, knowing and doing the right thing and your capacity to sustain that value in the market place. Your startup business doesn’t have to be hard. Not after you have known and worked with these startup tips

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To Your Startup Business!

The War Room

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Do you have a war room?

Earlier this year, I got wind of a Christian film by the name ‘War Room.’I was just as curious to watch the drama film because of its title and also, with that title, it was a Christian film.

I downloaded the film and watched it….

This is a summary of the film and the message.

War Room is a 2015 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written and produced by Stephen Kendrick.

WAR ROOM

The plot was about a family:
Tony-a pharmaceutical sales person (husband)
Elizabeth-a realtor (wife)
Daniella (daughter)
The couple has a successful career but a strained marriage. Tony was not always there for their daughter. He verbally abuses his wife and daughter, even nursed the thought of cheating on his wife. The only thing they did together as a couple was a fight.

Then Elizabeth met Clara, an old widow. Being a realtor who wanted to help Clara sell her house, Elizabeth got along with Clara and there, Clara sensed the stress in Elizabeth’s marriage. She told Elizabeth to fight for her marriage and not give up.
During a tour of Clara’s house, Clara showed Elizabeth a special closet she has dedicated to praying and calls it her ‘War Room’ and as she has put it, ”in order to stand up and fight the enemy, you need to get on your knees and pray.” The War Room had scriptural notes  and prayer points taped to the wall.
Elizabeth, after giving it a careful thought, got her own war room.

“She cleared her closet. She gave up her vanities just to have her marriage back.”

Later on, Tony got fired for stealing drug samples. It was a hit to the bottom for him, he then dedicated his life to God. Tony having drawn close to God decided to return some stolen samples still with him. This has every likelihood to put him away in prison. Tony’s former boss was moved by his admittance to wrongdoing and decided not to press charges. Tony started showing interest in his daughter’s activities and offered to participate with her and her friends in an upcoming double Dutch competition at the local community center.
Their team took second place in the competition which paved the way for the restoration of father and daughter relationship.
Elizabeth finally got Miss Clara’s house sold out to a retired pastor while Tony was offered a job as the director of the community center.

THE MESSAGE

  • War is a part of humanity in every age: fight for power, freedom, love, marriage. There’s always something to fight for.
  • Many battles we engage in today, especially emotional; very few of us know how to fight the right way or understand who we should really fight against.
  • To win any battle, you’ve got to have the right strategy and resource because victories don’t come back accidentally.
  • The spiritual controls the physical. Lashing out, complaining, whining, tweeting never solves war or mess. Seek God for the right strategy.
  • Anyone who goes into the war room comes out victorious.
  • It’s your duty to pray and it’s God’s duty to fix the war.
  • Prayer is the best weapon to fight. Get a prayer life or fuel up the one you already have.
  • Most importantly, hand over your life and all that is yours to God. You need a relationship with God to have a ‘War Room.’

 

My Thoughts on War Room

I simply loved the way war room addressed some issues faced in marriage and the efficacy of prayers. People will get it right through prayers.
When Clara found her voice and place, she reminded the enemy about the change in management. She took charge. It was a wake-up call to stand and fight; enough of the enemy toying with her marriage and sanity. She confessed and gave voice to situations and by so doing, she gave life to her faith which in turn manifested her confession.

The War Room is all about raising up more that will call and seek the face of God. An army of believers who are not ashamed of the gospel, who hate to be lukewarm.
It’s about raising up a generation that will not compromise under pressure. Raising up warriors who will take their stand, who will seek and worship God.

There you are…..The film is packed with loads of messages which I know you will find out too when you watch it.

 

Have you watched War Room? Tell me your thoughts too.
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You will get it right!

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