Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 6

 

Hi dear friends and followers,

I hope you are enjoying my creative challenge posts.

Have they sparked any ideas of your own?

Today I’d like to share another aspect of what I see, when I use  the following image as a visualisation tool with a view to motivating myself to achieve my dreams and pursue my goals.

 

 

I note that this woman is forward-looking. This brings to mind the following scripture:

…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV)

 

I see this woman as someone whose eyes are firmly fixed upon Jesus, who is the author and finisher of her faith.

As this woman strides towards her destiny, towards the fulfilment of her dreams and the achievement of her goals, the image of the shining sun reminds her that the Lord God is her sun and shield. In other words, He is her means of personal growth, development and well-being. He is her divine protector. He will grant her the necessary grace to endure, to overcome and to triumph. Furthermore, she’s aware that the Lord God will withhold no good thing from her as she conducts her life in an upright manner (Psalm 84:11).

Can you see the large bag that this woman is carrying in her hand? Recently as I considered what this could mean, the  saying: “it’s in the bag” immediately sprang to mind. To me the bag signifies this woman’s complete confidence that whatever she is pursuing she will achieve. In fact, she already sees her desires, her goals as an accomplished fact.

In conclusion, my belief that this woman is future-focussed, is brought to mind once again. A clue to this is in what I do not see in the picture, rather than what I can see.  I note that this woman  is not depicted wearing a rucksack upon her back – praise God!

And so what? (I hear you ask).

Well, this serves as a reminder to me that we should not be carrying around baggage from our past and my observation brings us full circle to the scripture quoted at the beginning of this post from Philippians 3: 13-14.

Now how neat is that?!

 

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?
  • Are you future-focussed, or past-obsessed?

 

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Dear reader, if you are familiar with the ethos of this blog then you know that my heart’s desire is to encourage readers to be dream-achievers and purpose-driven believers (as per Rick Warren‘s best-selling book).

Are you enjoying these posts? Would you let me know your response in a comment box below? Better still, why not take part in this challenge? All you have to do is write a post sharing your creative reading of the challenge image above and link back to this post. I’d love to hear from you!

Before you go, may I ask you a favour? Would you tell others about this? My creative challenge closes on 30 September 2018 so there are still a few days left in which you can join in. Many thanks!

CREDIT: the above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

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Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 5

 

Today’s post will focus on what I see as this woman’s diligent and ongoing preparation for her future… for the realisation of her dreams.

 

First and foremost you will note that she wears no shoes. As soon as I realised this my mind went to the scene in Exodus 3:1-5 when Moses stood before the burning bush. He was instructed to take off his shoes, as he was standing upon holy ground.

The fact that this woman is not wearing any shoes, symbolises to me that she is walking in the “fear of the Lord” i.e. she desires her deep respect and reverence for God and the principles of his kingdom, to direct and influence her life.

Working upwards, I see that this woman is not casually attired. She looks suitably smart. She is dressed for success. Her outfit is symbolic of the SMART* goals she has set, which will propel her towards her desired level of success. Her outfit bears the heavenly design label “Garments of Praise” and enables her to overcome periods of despair or discouragement.

Next we note that this woman is wearing glasses. I believe this signifies clarity of vision. Motivational speakers often encourage us to “see” where it is we desire to go, to visualise ourselves achieving our goals. Glasses are normally worn to correct our vision. As a born-again child of God, I now have the capacity to “see” with the eyes of faith. Why faith? Because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen!

Last (but not least), I see that this woman’s hair has been tied back in a neat, orderly way. In the Bible, hair represents a person’s separation or consecration to God. Remember Samson? I believe it also represents spiritual strength.

And so I see a strong, disciplined and focused woman of God, who prepares herself mentally, emotionally and spiritually, so she can experience ongoing personal development and significant success.

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?
  • What are you doing to increase God-focused awareness and spiritual strength?

 

* Goals which are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time-bound

 

If you would like to read my post on how to set SMART goals, please click here

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Are you enjoying these posts? Why not share your thoughts with me in a comment box below, or if you are feeling inspired join in! Write a post sharing your creative response to the Challenge image above and link back to this post. I’d love to hear from you.

Also, will you share this post with your friends and social network? I’d appreciate your support.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 4

 

I trust you are enjoying my musings and that you are even beginning to see this creative challenge with new eyes.

 

I hope you are placing yourself within the above scenario and visualising the goals you’ve set for yourself… the dreams you’ve cherished in your heart. And I sincerely hope you are striving towards becoming a bigger, better you.

Now for today’s post – what do I see?

 

I see someone who is prepared.

Jim Rohn  has said that it is better to be prepared to meet opportunities, rather than for an opportunity to come your way and find you unprepared.

Whenever I imagine myself in this scenario, I am placing myself there within the context of being a woman of God and a committed disciple of Christ.

So, as a woman of God, as a follower of Christ, how can I prepare myself for the unknown?

How can I prepare myself for future opportunities?

How can I prepare myself to achieve my aspirations?

How can I bridge the gap between who I was last year and whom I need to be to achieve my dreams and goals this year?

How can I bridge that gap, so I can realise the full potential of whom God has called me to be?

In my next post, I’ll elaborate further on what I see in this challenge picture, regarding this woman’s preparation.

 

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?
  • Are you preparing yourself for future opportunities?

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Why not join in with this challenge? For full details visit here

Come on!

  • Inspire
  • Connect
  • Share

I look forward to hearing from you.

NB: Challenge ends on 30 September 2018

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 3

 

Hello dear readers,

Today let me reveal another aspect of what I see when I look at this image.

 

I see…

A chasm between this woman’s place of achievement in 2017 and what is required of her in terms of personal development throughout 2018.

And so I ask myself, what will bridge that gap?

What will enable this person in the picture (me or you) to leap over any preconceived, or unforeseen obstacles?

How can this woman (how can you or I) reach that higher ground?

Notwithstanding the above, I also see an individual who has the stamina, the mental, physical and spiritual fitness to move forward purposefully… to maintain progress… to achieve success.

 

Challenge questions:

  • What do you see?
  • Are you aiming to bridge that gap between who you were in 2017 and whom you desire to be in 2018?

 

PS: Are you familiar with the phrase “gap analysis”? If interested in learning more, please click here

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Why not join in with this creative challenge? Either share your own thoughts in a separate post and link back to this page, or use a comment box below.

This challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Come on! Let your imagination go.

  • Inspire.
  • Connect.
  • Share.

And may I ask you a favour please (pretty please)? Would you use your social network and invite others to take part in this challenge?

I look forward to connecting with you.

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 2

 

Today I want to share another aspect of what I see when I look at this image and visualise myself as the woman in the picture.

 

I see someone who is dissatisfied with maintaining the status quo. I see someone who has accomplished some of her goals in 2017 but who does not want to remain the same person, or operate at the same spiritual level. She does not want to rest on her laurels. She does not wish to stagnate.

So her dreams and expectations for 2018 are bigger. They are perhaps greater than her current capabilities. She realises it is not by might or by power but by the Spirit of God that she will be able to change from glory to glory into the likeness of God’s Son.

She realises that despite the challenges ahead of her, she can do all things necessary to grow, to develop, to move towards her God-ordained destiny. She knows she can do this through her relationship with Christ, who strengthens her.

She realises it will take vision, it will take planning, it will take faith and it will take ACTION to reach this higher ground by the end of December 2018.

 

Challenge question:

What do you see?

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Want to participate?

Then simply comment in a box below, or write a post of your own and link back to this page.

This challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Come on! Let your imagination go.

Inspire.

Connect.

Share.

And may I ask you a favour please (pretty please)? Would you use your social network and invite others to take part in this challenge?

I look forward to connecting with you.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 1

 

Hey people!

Are there no takers?

Have your creative juices completely dried-up, or are you too shy, or too busy to participate?

Well, I’m happy to share mine. But to whet your appetites, and hopefully spark your interest, I’m going to share this piecemeal, rather than in one whole post.

Here’s today’s offering.

 

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When I look at this image I see someone (why not me, why not you?), who is striding towards bigger and better things.

Bigger opportunities.

Bigger dreams.

Perhaps greater responsibilities.

I see determination and courage. I see someone who has the vision and the potential to take that quantum leap into the unknown. Someone who is forward-looking (not backward-glancing).

I see an image of complete focus and readiness.

Challenge question:

What do you see?

 

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Want to participate?

Then simply share your creative visualisation in a comment box below, or write a post of your own and link back to this page or to the original Challenge page.

This challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Come on! Let your imagination go.

Inspire. Connect. Share.

And may I ask you a favour please (pretty please)? Would you use your social network and invite others to take part in this challenge?

I look forward to hearing from and connecting with you.

Have a relaxing and God-glorifying weekend!

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

Speak Kind Words Saturday — Courageous Christian Father

Speak Kind Words Saturday – A day to speak kinds words over people on this certain Saturday day. Speak Kind Words Saturday This is held the Fourth Saturday in August each year. 79 more words

via Speak Kind Words Saturday — Courageous Christian Father

Hi friends and followers,

I wanted to share this post with you, along with a comment response I tried to leave at Stephen’s site several times without success!

BTW Stephen if you happen to be reading this please note I dropped by your place to thank you for following my 2 blogs (A Purpose-driven achiever and Women of Warfare!). Very much appreciated and I hope you will find my posts a source of ongoing blessing and inspiration.

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I have never heard of Speak Kind Words Saturday, so from just visiting you today I’ve learned something new.
Of course I agree with you that as Christians, as human beings shouldn’t we be speaking kind words to everyone, everyday? However, as Christians and as human-beings, if we are honest, whether deliberately or unintentionally, we know that we do not!
I think when we have a day that focuses our behaviour in a direct and positive way, it becomes a reminder and a challenge to us to look at our lives and adjust them accordingly if need be and hopefully use the day as a launching pad for being more consistent every day.
Just a thought!

Your Diet for Success

 

 

Dear reader,

  • Are you maximising your potential?
  • Are you learning and growing?
  • Are you being transformed into the person you would like to be or need to be, in order to experience ongoing success on your terms?

Dear friends, please don’t waste the opportunities and potential of this current year by persisting with your old mind-set or negative habits.

Change your perspective.

Renew your mind.

Because, just as they say “you are what you eat”, so you are what you think. So you are what you habitually do.

Purpose-driven believer and dream achiever, I encourage you today to eat the Word of God, think in accordance with God’s Word and, be a habitual doer (not a hearer only) of God’s Word.

Have a blessed and productive week!

 

 

 

 

Credit: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Rita E at Pixabay.com

A reminder – To Dream. Plan. Execute!

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success

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 THEME WORD:

EXECUTE:

  •  To perform or carry out something
  • To produce something, especially according to a design

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Hello dear reader,

Do you recall the advice in one of my previous posts from Madam Bountiful? It was to:

Dream. Plan. Execute.

So bearing this in mind, may we take this time to have a progress check?

Now, those of you who regularly visit my blog or read my posts, will be aware that I often quote from the *UCB Word for Today devotional booklets, written by Bob and Debbie Gass.

Today’s post, shares a quote from one of these daily readings:

On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait, and waiting – died!

(William A. Lawrence)

 

The devotional writer (Bob or Debbie Gass) goes on to say:

Stop being a procrastinator. Stop being a perfectionist. Spiritual growth is about progress, not perfection. 

When it comes to going after your goals, your greatest adversary is inertia (emphasis mine).

 

Inertia is another word for:

  • inaction,
  • slothfulness,
  • sluggishness.

So let me ask you, purpose-driven achiever, how are things going in relation to making 2018 a year of unprecedented achievement and personal growth?

Have you forgotten about or abandoned your New Year goals?

Have you failed to make plans and set realistic deadlines?

Have you fallen by the wayside, or given up?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any, or all of the above questions, there are still approximately 5 months left of this year, for you to pick yourself up, get going and move forward.

However, if all is going well with your personal dreams and aspirations – well done!

 

For your well-deserved applause, please click here

 

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, why not share your struggles, progress and triumphs with us in a comment box below?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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*Free postal copies of UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from: FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

For the online version visit: UCB

 

CREDITS:

The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

The audio file comes courtesy of findsounds.com

Be Like a Wooden Chair!

 

The following is my response to an old Daily Post prompt.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

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The Daily Post – Daily Word Prompt: UNCOMPROMISING

Uncompromising.

The word sounds hard, doesn’t it?

Like a chair. A wooden chair.

Why do I say a wooden chair is uncompromising?

Because if you sat on such a chair, a hard wooden chair, it would not bend beneath your weight. Further, if you sat on the bare wooden chair, without the blessing of a cushion or padded upholstery, it would not give even a millimetre of comfort.

Try to sit still on it for some time, and your backside will know what I mean. In fact do you recall those hard benches in church? Now that’s what I call uncompromising – especially for a young child’s posterior!

You sit there and the fun bit of Sunday school is over. You are just waiting for the end when you will be given a sweet. But in between? O boy!

That was the uncompromising bit. That was the time when the teacher spouted out the gospel and gave it to you in as dry and as uncompromising a spirit as possible. B-O-R-I-N-G-!

Uncompromising.

Generally, I believe this word should represent a good thing. It should signify a good trait of character. Such as when you decide that you’re going on a diet and someone tries to tempt you with an ice-cream but you say: “No!”

Even though your heart and taste buds are crying out to accept the delicious creamy concoction, your resolve hardens. Yeah, it gives not an inch (much like that wooden chair or bench), and you self-righteously say: “no thank you”.

Uncompromising.

When I think of this word, I think of the “Iron Lady”. Have you heard of her (aka Mrs Margaret Thatcher)?

She was a former Prime-minister in the UK, who has now passed away. But whilst she lived, whilst she reigned over the Conservative party, boy was she uncompromising!

“This lady” (she said), “is not for turning!”

Unfortunately, I understand that she did turn on one of her uncompromising policies. And, as you can imagine, the press and her detractors, had a field day.

Perhaps her uncompromising bent felt unwell that day, or took leave without permission. Who knows!

All I know is that the “Iron Lady”, the woman who was “not for turning”—turned. Contrary to her nature, she back-tracked on a decision and in the eyes of her colleagues and the nation, this woman with a self-confessed iron heart and reported iron fist, softened and became almost as malleable as plasticine.

Uncompromising.

Dear reader, if you and I wish to realise our aspirations, there will be times ahead of us when we need to be uncompromising.

We have to keep that goal… that dream… that aspiration ahead of us constantly. We have to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the target. We have to review that dream daily, perhaps several times daily.

Dear reader, if we are serious about achieving our desires, then regardless of any setback or frustration we may face, regardless of any circumstance which discourages us, we must decide that we will not turn our feet towards the path of compromise.

We must go on. Doggedly.

We must possess that uncompromising will and spirit. Because only an uncompromising spirit dear friend, will win the day.

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers when it comes to pursuing your goals and aspirations, don’t be like the “Iron Lady”. Don’t compromise your personal principles.

Do you want to fulfil your dreams? Be like that wooden chair!

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 

I Appreciate You!

APPRECIATION: gratitude or thanks; sensitive understanding and enjoyment of the value or quality of something;
GRATITUDE: The state or feeling of being grateful; thankfulness

Hello dear friends and followers,

I wrote a post today for those whom I’m privileged to have as friends and followers of my two blogs (A Purpose-driven achiever and Women of Warfare!).

Thank you for blessing me with your time, feedback and encouraging messages of support.

With humble appreciation and love,

Carol ♥♥

Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Hello old friends and new followers,

As those who  have followed me for some time and regularly read my posts are aware, I love to acknowledge new followers.

I don’t always get around to thanking you all in person as much as I’d like to do, but I don’t want anyone thinking you have gone unnoticed.

No way!

I appreciate you!

I’m honoured when you take the time to read and engage with me regarding my posts. I hope you will continue to find them a benefit and blessing to your life.

So, this post is in honour of you all, both old and new. This post serves as a vehicle to express my heartfelt appreciation. I enjoy my exchanges with those who interact and hope our relationship will continue. I pray God will continue to use my words to inspire or challenge – not only you but also myself…

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Open Letter to Mr P

 

Dear Mr P (aka Mr Procrastinator),

No doubt, you will not want to hear what I’m going to say to you but hear it you will and hear it you must.

I am breaking up with you!

I no longer wish to entertain you in my life. I no longer wish to listen to your suggestions that I put off the things I want, or should do today, until a more convenient time.

I listened in the past because your suggestions accorded with how I was feeling at the time, because your counsel fitted in with my mood but you have been a deceitful so-and-so and I have now become wise to your games, to your intentions. I’ve also had a chat to some of your former girlfriends and even to your current mistresses! You unscrupulous cad!

They say procrastination is the thief of time.  Mr P, you certainly have proven the truth of that saying because you have robbed valuable years from my life.

I’ve been putting up with your deception for years. In fact I’ve faithfully listened to you for decades. I foolishly agreed to your suggestions—to not write that story, or article, or begin that draft, or pursue a writing career NOW because, as you so helpfully pointed out, there is plenty of time.

But that time has now gone and over the weeks, months, years and even (I’m ashamed to admit) decades, I’ve only now woken up to the fact that this wasted time is never going to come back. I have squandered opportunities.

Well no more!

I want you to pack your bags and leave!

Yes. This very instant.

I just cannot put up with your pernicious ways any longer. Although I’ve given years to you, I now find out that I am not the only one to whom you’ve been dispensing your favours. I feel such a fool.

So goodbye Mr Procrastinator and good, good riddance!

Is that crocodile tears I see?

Save it! You can’t fool me.

Go look for another poor unsuspecting sucker. But you can take it from me that I’ll be spreading the news far and wide about you.

I shall write articles exposing your shenanigans. I shall take an advert out in the Huffington Post. I shall name and shame you. By the time I’ve finished, you’ll have no option but to go into hibernation until a new breed, or another generation of unsuspecting writing novices grow up and take you into their bosom.

Out! Out I say and take your bags of deception and pack of lies with you!

Yours disgustedly,

The Enlightened Lady Cee

 

Do you know this man? If so, it is your duty to warn others about him. Please share your story in the comment box below.

 

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
Pablo Picasso

 

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A Glorious Perspective

Hello precious friends, followers and visitors,
As many of you will be aware, I own two blogs. This post was written for Women of Warfare! However, I feel its message is just as pertinent to my readers at this site. I therefore share this post and hope that someone will be touched, inspired or motivated by my message. I pray you will do more than read.
I pray this post will stir up an unquenchable desire to live your best life, to strive to be all that you can possibly be, to make a difference in the lives of others around you. I pray it will galvanise you to act. And, as I pray this for you all, I pray this for myself. May God answer my prayer!

Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

 

 

Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.

Maya Angelou

What a powerful statement and observation from Maya Angelou!

Well, here’s another, which I declare today with faith and in boldness.

I am God’s masterpiece!

This fact makes me special in his eyes.

Now who creates something of beauty, purpose or worth and then doesn’t feel proud of their achievement? Who utilises their gift, their creative ability and then doesn’t feel any satisfaction about what they’ve created?

No one!  Unless you are a mega-obsessive perfectionist. Which is certainly not me!  How about you?

The Eye of My Beholder

Well, God is no different. I have the book of Genesis to verify that. Whenever God created anything, he declared that it was good. Very good. He was pleased…

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A Valuable Masterpiece!

 

We are God’s workmanship – a creative poem! (Ephesians 2:10)

You are God’s treasure,

A priceless pearl,

A creative masterpiece!

Do you think a work of art ceases to be so just because critics or the general public disagree about its worth and value, or provenance?

Don’t let the critics in your life pull you down from the place to which God has elevated you. Don’t let them devalue you.

God has already determined your worth – so accept his evaluation and get into agreement with him!

You are His masterpiece!

Love,

Carol ♥♥

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CREDIT: the above CCO images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Foster a Growth Mindset!

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD: GROWTH

  • the process or rate of growing;
  • the increase in size, weight and complexity of a living organism that takes place as it develops to maturity

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As human beings we were born with the innate desire and drive to continuously grow and improve.

Hal Elrod.

 

As we enter into a new month and a new quarter of this year, let’s examine ourselves in terms of our commitment to being a purpose-driven achiever, in terms of our dreams and goals.

Are you growing?

Are you working at taking your life to a new (higher) level of success and fulfilment?

As a tree grows, its roots become firmly established in the earth. So let me ask you dear reader, are you firmly established in your faith… in the principles of the Word of God?

The Bible, which should be our first point of reference when it comes to successful living, describes the godly man and woman as follows:

He [She] shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water,

That brings forth its fruit in its season.

Whose leaf also shall not wither;

And whatever he [she] does shall prosper.

(Psalm 1:3 NKJ)

 

Purpose-driven believer, God is committed to your success, to your ability to grow and flourish – are you?

 

 SELF SCRUTINY:

Have I changed (for the better), from the person I was at the end of last year or the beginning of this year?

What areas of my life do I need to focus on during this next quarter to see an increase of growth?

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FOR FURTHER READING:

https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/foster-good-habits/

https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/focus-focus-focus/

 

Have you been encouraged or blessed by this post? Why not share it with others? Would you also drop me a line in the comment box below with your response to this message? I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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It’s An Un-Pretty Path!

Hello Purpose-driven friends and followers,
I made a mistake and this post which was specifically written for you guys (as will become apparent once you begin reading), was uploaded to the wrong blog (my Women of Warfare site). Or perhaps God has intervened – who knows!

My apologies for the error. I hope you will pop across to read the rest of it.
Happy Easter!

With love Carol
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Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Just before starting to write this post, I felt like crying and weeping and crying some more.

Why?

I had just watched The Passion of the Christ.

It is something I like to do every year on Good Friday. I do it because I don’t want my relationship with God to be something I take for granted. I don’t want my profession to be a Christian and the life I live as a result of this claim, to be a light-hearted matter.

I want, no I need, to be reminded of what God and his precious Son Jesus, has done for me. And so here I am today having watched Mel Gibson’s dramatization of the last few hours of Christ’s life.

It’s brutal. It’s graphic. It’s thought provoking. And it’s deeply, deeply moving.

I have been moved.

I would not describe myself as a nominal Christian. Someone who attends…

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Hey! He’s Alive!

 

 

It’s almost Easter!

 And so, I wanted to share a post to commemorate this.

 The following is my response to a Daily Post prompt.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

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The Daily Post – Daily Word Prompt: FORLORN

My Chambers 21st Century Dictionary gave the following definitions:

Forlorn:               1exceedingly unhappy; miserable.

2deserted; forsaken.

3desperate.

 

Have you ever felt forlorn?

The word for me conjures up a picture of a typical Charles Dickens’ character.

I have an image of a poor young orphan child—and I mean dirt poor. She goes to live with relatives who clearly do not want her. She is marginalised from family life, turned into a skivvy and treated abysmally.

The next thing that comes to mind when I think of this word forlorn, is Jesus’ close disciples—apart from Judas of course! How they must have been devastated after his death.

For three years they’d shared his life, heard his sermons, engaged with his teachings, watched his miracles and harboured hope for a life where they’d no longer be subject to the Romans.

But then he dies!

This was not part of their script. They’d bought into the concept of the kingdom of heaven… the righteous rule of a holy and just man—their friend Jesus Christ. And if Jesus was the ruler, and they were his close friends, surely they were going to figure in the leadership team – right?

We know that they thought about things like that… that they quarrelled among themselves regarding who was going to be the greatest. We even hear about two shrewd brothers, who went so far as to get their mother to ask Jesus if he’d grant them the honour of sitting either side of him, in the new kingdom.

Each disciple had hopes – high hopes. No longer would they be the underdogs. Oh No! They would be top dogs!

So when the religious leaders conspired to kill Jesus, when they arrested him and brought false charges against him, when they stirred up the crowd to ask for Barabbas (a murderer and thief) to be released, rather than their friend Jesus (who’d done absolutely nothing wrong, absolutely nothing worthy of death), when they watched him being nailed to the cross, when they witnessed him die and then buried, all their hopes, all their expectations, all their dreams were buried along with him. They were forlorn.

What to do?

Well, go back to their pre-Jesus life. Go back to their trade. Go back to fishing.

However, whilst they struggled with their confusion and feelings of disillusionment, whilst they threw their nets half-heartedly into the sea; their friend, their Saviour, their teacher, their master, their dead and buried hero, appears as large as life, on the beach.

And when they finally recognise him, when they realise that the strange thing he’d told them about (that he’d rise from the dead), had actually happened, their sense of forlornness disappeared. Their hopes were resurrected. Their dreams of a new kingdom were revived.

Their friend, the Son of God, was ALIVE!

Dear reader, have you ever felt forlorn? Have you ever considered yourself to be an orphan, whether literally or metaphorically?

Jesus is longing to be your friend. And he is an exceptional friend, a faithful friend. You can be confident that whatever you say to him will never be shared with anyone else. He will keep your secrets. And unlike your bestie, your BFF, when you share your heart, your hurts, your fears and failures, your desires and dreams, Jesus can do more than just listen, he can actually help you.

Purpose-driven believer, whether you are looking for support or solutions, Jesus is both willing and able to do something about your circumstances. He can heal your hurts. He can transform you into a new person. He can give you hope, a confident expectation that no matter what happens in your life, you can emerge as a victorious overcomer.

Dear friend, Jesus can turn your forlorn hopes into miraculous reality. If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour and friend, I highly recommend him. And if you’ve been acquainted with him in the past but circumstances have caused you to lose meaningful contact, to withdraw from, even abandon him, let me encourage you to mend that relationship, to trust him once again. Do it TODAY.

You will find no better friend, believe me.

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If you’d like to participate, or read what others wrote on this prompt, please visit: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/forlorn/

 

CREDIT: the above CCO image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

Spring Has Sprung!

 

 

 

Hello dear readers,

I decided this week to do a little research and find out when Spring officially starts. I discovered that the date differs according to which definition you choose to use.

If you consider the beginning of this season from a meteorological perspective then the date is always fixed. So, based on our Gregorian calendar, Spring begins and ends at the same time every year, i.e. from 1st March to 31 May.

Simples! (As our meerkat friends would say).

If however you were looking at Spring from an astronomical perspective then Spring starts with the Spring equinox.  And because the date is not fixed, the beginning of this season falls on either 19, 20, or 21 March each year and ends at Summer solstice (around 21 June).

Hmmm! Not so simples!

You know what? I’m not particularly bothered. Whether you go with the meteorological definition, or the astronomical perspective, Spring has come. SPRING has most definitely sprung!

And so I say:

Spring, you are welcome!

Come burst into our lives with blossom and buds, soft showers and sunshine.

 

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever are you preparing for Spring?

Now is the time to prepare the ground of our lives with the Word of God, with discipline and diligence, with hope and expectation. Now is the time to sow our seeds of peace and mercy, patience and love.

 

SELF SCRUTINY

Dear reader, are there areas of your life which you need to dig up, prune, replant and water, so you’re in good spiritual condition—able to grow and flourish, pursue your purpose and achieve your dreams?

 

CREDIT: The above CCO image comes courtesy of Karolina Grabowska at Pixabay.com

Carol’s Writing Kudos

 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen! (Drum roll please)

I’m so very happy to announce 2 new publishing achievements.

My first, is an article which was accepted and published in the Spring 2018 issue of a popular devotional magazine, The Secret Place. This devotional enjoys a worldwide readership of more than 250,000. I even received a small payment – yippee!

 

My second, is the publication of a guest blog post at an award-winning literary website, Two Drops of Ink. If you are looking to join a friendly writing community, you need search no further!

Those of you who like creative non-fiction, or enjoy reading articles about the writing life, may be interested in my contribution, which was published earlier this week. It’s called: Writing Angst.  I do hope you’ll be able to pop over and support me by reading this post and if you are minded to, leave me a “like”, and perhaps even a comment.

And because I couldn’t end this post without acknowledging the One who has blessed me with my writing gift and made this week of rejoicing possible, I would like to give special thanks, plus all glory and honour to my Father-God.

Last (but not least) my thanks to all visiting friends and followers – my love and appreciation goes to you, as always.

Best wishes,

Carol

“…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer

 

CREDITS: The above CCO images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Lose that Stinking Thinking!

 

 

 

I’d like to share the following extract taken from devotional booklet UCB Word for Today* (8 May 2017):

 

Become a person who is spiritually, emotionally and mentally prepared for any challenge that crosses your path, and don’t allow yourself to be easily discouraged or defeated. And you do that by ‘the renewing of your mind’ with God’s Word.

(Bob & Debbie Gass)

 

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, in order to change your life, you must change your thinking—so develop a Word-based, faith-oriented mind-set!

 

 

*Free postal copies of UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from: FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

For the online version visit:

 

The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Gerd Altmann at Pixabay.com

 

A Visualisation Challenge!

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD:

VISUALISATION:

Visualisation can be a powerful aid in overcoming self-limiting habits, such as procrastination, and in taking the actions necessary to achieve your goals.

Hal Elrod/Steve Scott – The Miracle Morning for Writers

 

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Until recently, I had not fully appreciated what a powerful role the act of visualisation could play in one’s pursuit of success.

Apparently Tiger Woods, Anthony Robbins, Will Smith and many successful athletes and entrepreneurs use this tool to enhance their performance, or mentally rehearse desired outcomes.

You may even have heard about the actor Jim Carrey who reportedly wrote himself a 10 million dollar cheque as payment for his acting services and regularly visualised it becoming a reality. Approximately 8 years later, he earned just such a cheque for his role in Dumb and Dumber!

For those like me who wonder whether there is a biblical precedence for this, let me direct you to Genesis 11:1-9 where you can read about the Tower of Babel and where God himself said: …now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them (v6).

In his book, The Miracle Morning – The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life, Hal Elrod explains:

Visualisation is the process of imagining exactly what you want to achieve or attain, and then mentally rehearsing what you’ll need to do to achieve or attain it.

And Steve Scott in his book, The Miracle Morning for Writers, suggests that combining affirmations with visualisation will:

…turbocharge the programming of your subconscious mind for success.

I don’t know about you but I have wasted many years visualising what I didn’t want in my life. I visualised rejection, opposition and sabotage. My experiences in life led to me having a negative mind-set, and as I re-played the negative scenarios experienced and used my imagination to anticipate further rejection and opposition, guess what? My imagination worked against me and brought the very things I didn’t want into my life.

Not sure what to make of all this? Don’t just take my word for it. Let’s have a look at what the Bible has to say on the subject:

For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,

And what I dreaded has happened to me (Job 3:25 NKJV).

 

Now let me ask you dear reader, how do you think fear works? How do you think fear is expressed? In our imagination. With our thoughts and words.

Well, faith works in exactly the same way. We are told that:

…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)

In other words, faith is positive visualisation (evidence) of the things you want to (or hope will) happen.

And so my dear friend, I have a faith challenge for you.

I challenge you to use the above image as a creative visualisation tool. I challenge you to regularly review this image in connection with one of your main goals or a chief aspiration for this year.

Consider what needs to be done in order for you to achieve your dream. Consider whom you need to be as a person in order to accomplish that desire. Then visualise yourself as the individual in this picture doing whatever it takes to move from the person you were in 2017 to the person you desire to be or are aiming to be in 2018.

As you regularly review this image, I am sure certain symbolic suggestions will come to mind that relate to you personally. Write these impressions down so you don’t forget and set time aside to:

  • regularly recall and affirm those thoughts
  • visualise your desired future
  • rehearse your journey of success.

And so that there’s no room for the Enemy of our souls to ride in with deception, ask the Holy Spirit for divine protection over your mind and ask him to take control of your visualisation sessions. Ask him to show you God’s perfect will for your life and to direct your thoughts and imagination accordingly. Ask him to help you gird up the loins of your mind whenever you begin to think contrary to God’s Word and will. Ask him to help you visualise yourself becoming the person God has called you to be, or whom you need to be, in order to experience the success you desire in 2018.

If creative visualisation is a new concept to you, ask the Holy Spirit to help you use your imagination in a way that develops and enhances your potential, not undermine it. Ask him to help you see yourself accomplishing your goals and fulfilling your destiny.

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, I wish you an abundantly blessed and productive month.

 

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Did you enjoy reading this post? What is your response to the concept of creative visualisation? Please share your thoughts (and experiences) in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Igor Link at Pixabay.com.

Am I Nearly There Yet?

 

 

Satan stalks and harangues me

Struts about in front of me

With the confidence of a ‘has-been’

Revelling in past glory.

 

He showed me my failings,

Pinpointed my weaknesses,

Reminded me of others—

Colleagues, neighbours, former friends

Who’d fulfilled their dreams.

 

He poo-pooed my aspirations

Questioned my commitment

Dissed my endeavours and

Doubled over with mirth

At the idea of my success.

 

But…

 

Faithful Father-God came alongside me

And staunchly upheld me

Declared that He was with me

Despatched his Holy Spirit to help

Comfort, counsel and encourage me.

 

So…

 

I climbed out from the place of self-pity

Forsook Procrastination’s highway

And trudged the path of Perseverance.

 

My journey may be long and arduous

But I will grasp that trophy of achievement—

Since sooner or later, I’m bound for success!

 

 © Carol Hind 

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Ales Krivec at Pixabay.com

 

Master the ‘F’ Word!

 

The path to success is through multiple failures. Failing doesn’t make you a failure, quitting does; not learning from it does; refusing to get back up when you fall does.

(Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today* –Nov 2017 to Jan 2018)

 

SELF-SCRUTINY: 

Are you willing to learn from failure?

 

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 *Free postal copies of UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from: FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

For the online version visit: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

The Path of Life

CC0 Image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 

You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

(Psalm 16:11 The Amplified Bible)

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way.
– Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

Do You Desire to Inspire?

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD: INSPIRE

  • To inspire someone to something, or to do something; to stimulate them into activity, especially into artistic or creative activity
  • To fill someone with a feeling of confidence, encouragement and exaltation
  • To create a particular feeling in them (inspire someone with something or inspire something into someone)
  • To be the origin or source of (a poem, piece of music etc)
  • To guide or instruct someone (said of supposed divine power or influence)

(definitions from Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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Hello dear followers and visitors.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something under this category.

Let’s just say that this New Year has both challenged and inspired me to be more consistent with my blogging!

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I recently read a few posts about inspirational women.

Now I wonder, if you were to compile your own, who would feature on your list?

Looking at the candidates, I discovered that those who inspired others did so because of their passion, or their compassion. Think Mother Teresa. Think Princess Diana. Think Lady Pankhurst.

Dear reader, you have been born to fulfil a purpose and perhaps one day, if you are not already doing so, you will be seen as an inspirational figure – not necessarily in the eyes of the world but in the hearts and experience of those within your circle of influence.

So what’s your passion? Or, for whom do you have compassion?

The answer to these questions could give some indication about your life’s purpose and it could very well be the key to your future success.

Love,
 Carol  ♥♥

 

SELF SCRUTINY:

Who inspires you?

What have you been inspired to do this year?

 

Did you enjoy reading this post? Is there something you would like to add regarding the theme of inspiration? Please don’t hesitate to leave me your response in the comment box below. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

Success is…

 

 

At a recent visit to the TED Talks website, I found the following definition of success:

 

Success can mean: feeling that tingle of excitement about what you do, sticking with what matters through hard times, living a life you can feel proud of in retrospect.

 

At another website I found the following poem:

 

 

Success
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.

 

And at yet another site, I discovered this unfamiliar quote, which I heartily endorse:

 

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

David Brinkley

 

Purpose-driven believer and dream achiever, what does success mean to you?

 

Which of the above definitions do you like best?

 

Do you have a favourite quote re success?

 

Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you.
Love,
Carol

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Have You Unleashed Your Potential?

 

 

Potential is like a seed.  It is buried ability and hidden power that
needs to be cultivated. 

Understanding Your Potential – Myles Munroe



Everything in life has potential, but it must be developed. It never develops itself. It’s not how much you know, but how much you live up to what you know that determines success or failure in your life.

The Potential Principle – Edwin Louis Cole

 

The greatest gift we can give to the people we love is to live our full potential.

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

 

 

What are you planning to do this year to discover and develop your potential?

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 

 

Change Your Modus Operandi

 

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, [or woman] I put away childish things.

1 Corinthians 13:11

 

One good thing about writing posts to encourage and motivate others, is that they always speak back to me. That’s why every now and again, I like to review my old posts and take stock of my life. Further, I also believe that if we want to be people of integrity, we must do as a well-known saying demands—we must practice what we preach!

Since making a commitment to seriously pursue my dreams, since actively working towards being a purpose-driven believer and achiever, I’ve realised I need to change. I need to mature.

I’ve realised that I not only have to ditch negative or childish thoughts and behaviour, such as: What’s the point? I don’t feel like it, I’ll start tomorrow; I also need to be faithful and continue doing what I’ve purposed in my heart to do regardless of obstacles, regardless of whether there are accolades or brickbats… of whether my efforts are noticed and celebrated, or seemingly ignored or rebuffed.

Satan will seek to distract us with negative or oppressive thoughts. And we ourselves can sabotage our own success through self-delusion or procrastination.

Thank God for the Holy Spirit! I’m so grateful Jesus sent him to come alongside me and help me. He is not only my comforter, counsellor, advocate, source of strength and standby, he is also my mentor, my creative partner and cheerleader.

Purpose-driven believer, if you want to see significant change in your life this year, if you want to rise to a higher level of success, then are you willing to examine your attitudes and behaviour?

  • Do you recognise those areas of habitual weakness which prevent you from achieving your dreams?
  • Do you have someone to whom you can turn during times of discouragement, who will speak honestly into your life and help you get back on track?
  • Do you have what it takes to CHANGE so you can achieve your goals?

Purpose-driven achiever I wish you a blessed and super-productive week.

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CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

Want to read further motivational posts related to the above? Then click below:

https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/under-achievers-pie/

https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/foster-good-habits/

https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/daily-motivation…a-daily-decision/

 

 

New Year Greetings – 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

Thank you one and all for your input

Without which my endeavours

Would sure fall flat

My appreciation just cannot

be expressed enough

Or any more plainly than that!

 

With love to you and best wishes for God’s absolute best in 2018

 

Carol

 

Purpose-driven Achiever – Highlights from 2017

 

Dear fellow bloggers, followers and visitors,

I’ve decided to look back at some of the posts shared and the following were picked either from my favourite or my most popular posts this year.

 

  1. Is there a dream, goal or vision that you’ve abandoned or neglected because you felt discouraged? Are you willing to try again, to persist until you succeed? To read more click here

 

  1. This popular post encourages readers to enjoy the gift of life

 

  1. Forgive me for this shameless self-promotion 😉
  1. Well – it’s not always about me! This post is a reblogged poem that is a personal favourite and also proved to be highly popular with visitors. If you’ve never read it – go visit. If you have – go and re-acquaint yourself! And don’t forget to leave this young lady an encouraging comment.

 

  1. What on earth are you doing? Intrigued? Waste no more time. Go visit this page
  1. An attitude of gratitude – My “thank you” poem to blog followers and visitors.

 

  1. An inspirational post particularly for those who feel it’s too late to achieve their dreams.

 

  1. My debut blog event

 

  1. Tick tock! There goes our life clock!
  1. Reaching for the stars – this post was written as an angry response to something I’d read – what say you?

 

 

 

Success Detours

 

 

You can’t afford to live life based on your emotions. They’ll delay you, stop you, and create detours on your journey of success.

Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today* – Feb-Apr 2017

 

*Free postal copies of UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from:

FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

OR

For the online version visit: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT – 08.28.17 — A Thomas Point of View

Hello Purpose-driven believers,

Ran across this post today which I wanted to share with you all.

Enjoy! 😃

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Happy Monday Loves! It’s the last Monday in August and I was looking for words to inspire you today. To motivate you. To put you in a good mood. Sigh. I didn’t have any. My life and my words are all jumbled together. I am working like crazy and preparing Munch for school. He’ll be […]

via MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT – 08.28.17 — A Thomas Point of View

Choose to Collaborate

 

 

There was a time when I conducted my working life as a lone ranger. I felt I had to be the one to make things happen. I. Me. Myself.

I preferred working on my own. If there was something to be done, I’d rather you just give me the task so I can get on with it. Don’t ask me to work with someone else. Don’t expect me to be a team member.

In fact, most of the jobs I had in my early years were jobs where I was solely responsible for getting the job done – legal secretary, personal assistant, professional dogsbody!

I held jobs where I worked my socks off, not just doing what was expected of me but over and above. I had positions where I worked beyond the remit of my humble job title, supporting my boss by taking on tasks that were properly his/hers. I prided myself on my flexibility, my accuracy, my excellence, my dependability, my resourcefulness. I suppose I was secretly seeking self-glory.

Then work-life changed. It was probably down to a combination of:

  1. Changes in the modern world of employment and
  2. God wanting to change my outlook and modus operandi.

So, instead of the superstar, the bright spark, the absolute God-send that I’d worked hard at becoming, there was now no “I” because of course as we all know, there is no “I” in TEAM!

To my dismay, the new order of things meant I had to work in a team. To my mind, this was a negative. Why? Because teams had individuals with different outlooks, different priorities, different abilities and agendas. To me, teams represented a subsuming of myself, a not necessarily advantageous blending of abilities, a potential shirking of responsibilities and a grabbing of undeserved glory.

I hated the very idea of depending on someone else, shoring up, or covering up the weaknesses of others. I was blind and selfish, so teamwork (at least my view of it) just didn’t serve my aspirations.

 

And then for over 5 years, I worked as a voluntary editor within a team of editors for a Christian publication (Magnet) and through this, I learned about collaboration. I realised that a team could be a winning combination. What we accomplished together as a group of editors was so much better than anything we could have done separately as individuals.

Now, in recent months, more and more, as I expose myself to the thoughts and ideas and strategies of high achievers and successful entrepreneurs, I see that collaboration is key.

When I think of my favourite comedy shows, such as Frasier, or Everyone Loves Raymond, I see the fruits of collaboration. Great writers, talented actors, committed behind-the-scene workers make for a brilliant and winning combination.

And, no doubt as bloggers, as writers, you have come across successful individuals who have joined forces with others, pooling their skills and interests to create a bigger and better venture than anything they could achieve, if they worked on their own. Two successful writing blogs which immediately spring to mind as shining examples are:

Dear reader, as a purpose-driven believer and aspiring dream achiever, do you recognise the power of collaboration? Are you, or will you consider joining forces with another, with others, in order to achieve a higher dream, a greater-reaching purpose?

If you don’t know anyone, or don’t currently feel you are ready to work with someone else on a project, have you considered the three awesome members of the Godhead? Meet these highly adept team members. God the Father. Jesus Christ, the Son. The inimitable Holy Spirit. They are the ultimate “A” team.

 

When it comes to your projects and ventures, why not invite them on board as counsellor, inspirer, mentor and motivator, even creative director.

I can absolutely guarantee that they will not lead you astray, they will not slacken on the job and they will not let you down. In fact, they are capable of enabling you to achieve exceedingly, abundantly above your highest ideas, desires and dreams.

Trust me – they can and, if you’ll let them, they will make you a winner!

 

SELF SCRUTINY

Are your currently collaborating with others on something or working as a lone ranger? If the latter, has this post challenged you to change?

 

CREDITS: All the above CC0 images are courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

I Dare You! Topple that Edifice!

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Stephen R. Covey, author of the highly acclaimed book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People observes that an individual’s path towards greatness lies not in focusing solely on the success of self but is achieved by serving others.

As purpose-driven believers and aspiring dream-achievers we should pay heed to God’s Word which advises:

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

(Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV)

and

we should also emulate John the Baptist who declared:

He [Christ] must increase, but I must decrease.

(John 3:30 NKJV)

 

 SELF SCRUTINY:

  • Are you serving others with your gift, talent and abilities?
  • Are you as keen to build the confidence and reputation of others, as you are your own?
  • Have you toppled that edifice?

 

Purpose-driven believers, I wish you a productive and God-glorifying week.

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

Sunday’s Snippet – 2

 

Greatness is finding your natural talent, fuelling it with passion,
planting it in well-nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it
breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars.
Janet Autherine

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Spiritual Rendezvous

SUCCESS SEEDS

 

You’re blessed when you meet Lady Wisdom,

when you make friends with Madam Insight.

She’s worth far more than money in the bank;

her friendship is better than a big salary.

Her value exceeds all the trappings of wealth;

nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.

With one hand she gives long life,

with the other she confers recognition.

Her manner is beautiful,

her life wonderfully complete.

She’s the very Tree of Life to those who embrace her.

Hold her tight—and be blessed!

 

Proverbs 3:13-18 – The Message

 

Purpose-driven believers, do you wish to obtain and maintain a lifestyle of continuous blessing? Then let me encourage you to look for Lady Wisdom and schedule a meeting with Madam Insight.

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Stop Maintaining Mediocrity – Seize Success!

 

The Success Spectrum:

I’m sure you will agree with me that there are all types of people in this world, so naturally there will be a reflection of these types amongst the followers and readers of this blog.

At one end of the spectrum there are those who are always positive-minded, who regularly walk the path of success. At the other end there are those who are habitually negative and struggle to achieve. And then there are those in the middle, people similar to King David (in the Bible), who was an incredibly capable and successful warrior, yet often experienced moments of deep despair.

The following is an edited extract from my writing journal in response to a quote, used as a writing exercise. I have however, adapted it slightly to make it less personal and more applicable to followers and visitors of this blog.

Now to all you success-dreamers out there, if whilst reading you feel that the shoe fits, I’d encourage you to use this post as a motivational boost to yourself. In any event, I hope my message will be of help to someone.

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The Writing Prompt:

“Taking back control is a wonderfully empowering experience. When you beat your victim self, you feel a sense of victory and you know that anything is possible.”

The Writer’s Idea Book – Jack Heffron

 

The Journal Extract:

Indeed, it is a marvellous thing.

When you have lived so long as a victim, when you have lived so long with procrastination, when you have failed to be productive, to follow your dreams, to live life creatively, to explore your potential, to satisfy your creative urges, to express your talent—you have succumbed to the victim mentality. You have allowed your weaknesses, your fears, your indecisions and uncertainties, to take pre-eminence in your life, to dictate how you should live your life, to decide the tenor of your days, weeks, years, even decades. But does it (victimhood) reward you for your faithfulness? Oh no my dear, it does not!

It laughs in your face. It slaps you with the hand of mockery and scorn. It insults you. It declares you have been lazy, that you have lacked discipline. It points its accusatory finger at you, stating in no uncertain terms that you are a failure! You have wasted your life. You had such potential but you wasted opportunities. You failed to make opportunities. You did not seize the day.

Victimhood sends out its subliminal messages of disappointment and disapproval. It hints that you are a failure. You have achieved nothing and just as others decreed, you’ve amounted to nothing. You have wasted time and ability and gifts and calling. You ought to be ashamed of yourself!

And if you are not careful my dear aspirant one, you will pay heed to the voice of these crippling accusations and you will pay heed to your detriment. You will believe it is too late and continue on your path of slothfulness and procrastination, or fear and indecision. You will justify your actions with the usual excuses:

  • I did not have time
  • I was sabotaged
  • No one gave me a chance, or an opportunity
  • I did not know what to do
  • I did not know how to do it.

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

Do you think that those who actually use their abilities and gifts and talents don’t have the same tussles, or battles? Do you think you are a one-off? That no one experiences the same, or similar temptations as you face?

They do! But they wrestled and won. They fought off their demons. They overpowered their negative thoughts. They slayed their Goliaths. And now they have creative endeavours to show for their efforts, for their hard-won battles. Now they stand in the glow and aura of success. They fought. They conquered. They won.

Purpose-driven believers – we can do it too.

 

The Motivational Challenge

You can do it too dear reader. Will you choose the path of success? Will you choose self-discipline? Will you stop making excuses? Will you plan and execute? Will you seek the necessary help and support, apply yourself to the task and refuse to break your focus?

Get back into the game. Pick up the ball. Give despondency (or whatever it is that stops you from achieving), the boot. Give those thoughts and feelings and excuses their marching orders. Take authority. Pick up your sceptre and rule over those immobilizing reasons and excuses.

Rule, aspirant one rule! Rule success-dreamer, rule! Dictate your terms. Summon your inner power and strength. Rise up and be strong. Rise up and be decisive. Rise up and rule!

There is a Joseph spirit (the spirit of a ruler, the vision of a leader) inside of you. There is an Esther mind-set (the mind-set of a victorious overcomer) waiting to emerge. There is a successful dream-achiever waiting to be born.

Do you believe it? Will you walk that path, that journey towards success, or will you remain in your stagnant pool of mediocrity?

Don’t deceive yourself. The power is in your hands!

 

Lacking motivation? Read this: https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/daily-motivation…a-daily-decision/

Ready to move into the realm of success? Read this: https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/a-dream-plus-persistence-success/

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Fellow bloggers and visiting readers, I trust you were able to gain something useful from the above post, or at the very least that you enjoyed reading it. Why not leave a comment and let me know your response? I’d very much appreciate it.

CREDIT: The above CC0 Image comes courtesy of Gerd Altmann at Pixabay.com

 

 

 

Pursue and Persist!

 

MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge to share snippets of positive thoughts.  If you’d like to join in, please check out this link for further details.

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 My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)

 

Hello fellow-bloggers and visiting friends, thank you so much for dropping by.

Today I’d like to share some thoughts about endurance.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you’ll be aware that this blog exists to encourage myself and my followers to walk as purpose-driven believers, to pursue our calling, purpose and God-inspired dreams.

You will be aware that I am an advocate for pursuing success on your terms (since there’s no one-size-fits-all template!).  And for those of you who are busy doing just that, I’m sure you’ve realised that endurance, persistence, stick-to-it-ness is required.

Do I hear you groan?

I know!  😦

Most people hate the word, the very idea of endurance. It raises within my mind the spectre of pain, or frustration, obstacles and trials.

But you know, it’s as you face battles (whether mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual), it is as you face these battles and determine in your heart not to allow them to stop you pursuing your dreams—but use them to develop spiritual stamina, use them to strengthen your resolve, use them to make you battle resilient, courageous and uncompromising—that you learn the secret of endurance and eventually reap the rewards of persistence.

During my appointment with God this morning (aka devotional time), I read the Bible text James 5:11. It spoke of those who endured being counted as blessed. Think about that a moment. It certainly set me thinking. We tend to think of those who have achieved, who have innovated, who are celebrated, who possess riches and the accompanying evidences of success, as blessed.

But we don’t consider where deprivation, hostility, injustice, homelessness, facing personal demons, overcoming opposition or personal weaknesses, may fit into that picture of success.

Dear readers, it comes before! It comes during pursuit of our dreams. And it is only those that persist, that endure until the bitter end, who will win the crown of success.

Before closing, let me share with you a few points from today’s devotional reading, which I hope will inspire and motivate you:

  • You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great
  • The first two letters in the word goal are ‘go’
  • You’ll never be what you ought to be, until you’re doing what you ought to be doing
  • If you’re having trouble thinking outside the box, it’s time to get out of the box.

(taken from UCB Word for Today (Aug-Oct 17)

Dear friends, there’s a tailor-made package of success out there with your name on it. Pursue, persist and go claim it!

 

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden

 

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Did you enjoy reading this post? Why not share your response in the comment box below? I look forward to hearing from you.

CREDIT: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of engin akyurt at Pixabay.com

 

Why Reach For the Stars?

Hello people,

I came across a post last week that kinda got me angry.  Not with the blogger concerned but with that deceiving serpent, Satan. I won’t send you to this blogger’s site – I’ll just say in a nutshell what this blogger’s post spoke about.

Basically, the post referred to disbelief that:

(a)  there is a God (referred to as an “otherworldly being”),

(b) we are put on this earth for a purpose.

This blogger stated that since we are “all here on this earth by chance”, since we are here by a “freak accident”, since we have a “meaningless existence”, we could pretty much do as we pleased.

BUT the remark that really annoyed me was that it is simpler to assume that our lives are not our own, that our lives have a pre-determined purpose.

The strange thing is that this post was supposed to be a motivational prompt, asking writers to “take that leap of faith” and reach for the stars!

Anyone else see this as a conflicting message?

Below, was my response left in a comment box.

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I disagree that we are here on this earth by co-incidence. I believe we are here by design.

I disagree with a philosophy that suggests our existence is meaningless. If that is the case, why seek to make our lives meaningful? Why reach for the stars? Why broaden our horizons?

Why not be satisfied with our supposed lot in life which is to live meaningless, humdrum, inconsequential lives? Why seek to live above our station?

I disagree because I believe that deep down within each one of us is a desire to excel, to express our gifts, to be more than what life throws at us.

Where does such desires and inward motivations come from? I believe they come from the One who created us, the One whose breath gives life to our mortal bodies, the One whose creative genes we share.

I disagree because I believe this Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent One has put us on this earth for a reason and pre-ordained us for a purpose. Dear blogger, it is MUCH simpler to say “my life is my own and I can live it on my own terms” than to seek to discover and fulfil that God-ordained purpose.

I agree that to a certain extent we are in charge of our own destiny. Our choices create that destiny – a destiny that extends beyond the grave!

Peoples, my rant is now over!

What say you? Agree or disagree?

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

Sunday’s Snippet – 1

 

Hello purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers. Hope you’ve had a good week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to my newbie followers and visitors.

My thanks to you all for taking the time to stop by.


 

Author and motivational speaker, Dr Mike Murdock, refers to “pictures of possibilities” hidden away in our imagination. He further goes on to describe these pictures as “dream seeds”.

We don’t have to be an expert gardener, or farmer to know that a seed once buried in the earth remains invisible and takes some time to germinate.  Before the desired result is achieved (crop, flower or plant), there is a necessary process. And all the while, this process requires the right conditions in order for the seed to flourish.

 

QUESTION:

Are you cultivating the right conditions for your dream seeds, or are you setting yourself up for crop failure?

 

The above snippet has been taken from one of my previous posts (Dream Seeds – Part 1). If you’ve never read this post, or if you’d like to refresh your memory, the post may be found here.

Wishing you a peaceful and productive week ahead.

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Jill Wellington at Pixabay.com

Be Your Best You!

 

Today, I give you no frills, no introduction, no build-up. Just the following motivational message.

 

 

 

Question:

Have you read a great book this year that has inspired, or motivated you? Please share in a comment box below and I’d love it if you could share how, or why this inspired you.

Many thanks in anticipation.

 

 

Share The Good News!

 

Hello people,

Are you fed up with all the negative news you keep hearing?

It seems to surround us everywhere we go—church in-fighting, family problems, personal catastrophes, society ills, work issues and world disorders.

At times it can feel overwhelming.

At times I feel like shouting: STOP THE WORLD – I WANT TO GET OFF!

Jesus warned us of times like these. He mentioned a future ahead when men’s hearts will be perplexed.

As purpose-driven believers what should be our response?

  1. Prayer
  2. Trust in God
  3. Be ready to share the good news, the hope of the gospel with others.

 

The following are quotes I found online, which I share to encourage and motivate.

 

The bad news is nothing lasts forever, The good news is nothing lasts forever. J. Cole

 

The good news is that every morning we have the choice; not to be controlled by circumstances nor our past but by purposely designing our day, hence our lives better. Not to react to life but to respond with love. Bernard Kelvin Clive

 

Our chaotic, confused world has no greater need than to hear the message of good news—the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Billy Graham,

 

Know God and let Him be known. You were saved by grace for greater works apportioned for you even before you were born. Share the good news. Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You

 

The Christian belief is that Jesus, as God, is the only one who can bring humanity back to God. He was the only person in history with such a pedigree. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us plainly, “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” As a man, he could represent humanity. He was tempted in every way, and yet he never sinned. Jesus is our proverbial “best foot forward” as far as humanity goes. Jesus is also God. As such he is able to serve as a “middle man” and usher us into the very presence of God.

The amazing thing is that Jesus offers his righteousness to anyone who will receive it. Rather than being receptive to this offer, we complain there are not other ways to God. While it is incredibly gracious that God would offer any way back to him, people complain that he did not provide ten ways.

The offer for salvation is available to all. Instead of being exclusive, Christianity is actually very inclusive. Everyone is welcome to come to Jesus. It does not matter who they are, or what they have done. The Bible tells us, “…whoever believes in him shall have eternal life” (John 3:16). Whether they be Jew, Hindu, Sikh, Greek, Canadian, African, athlete, entrepreneur, lawyer, or academic, the offer is there — come to Jesus. Jon Morrison, Clear Minds & Dirty Feet: A Reason to Hope, a Message to Share

 

Dear reader, open your heart, soul and mind to the good news of the gospel. Open your spiritual ears to hear the specific good news that God has for you.

Enjoy a mega-blessed and tranquil weekend!

 

CREDIT: CC0 image courtesy of Serena Wong at Pixabay.com

Daisy or Dahlia? Rembrandt or Rosseti? – Discern your worth!

 

 

I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness. Because just like a rose is beautiful, so is a sunflower, so is a peony. I mean, all flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.

Miranda Kerr

 

In a world of peer pressure, others set the standard that we seek to live by. However, when it comes to pursuing our destiny and fulfilling our purpose, we shouldn’t allow others to dictate who we ought to be, or what authenticates us, as individuals.

It’s so easy to allow insecurities or dissatisfaction with self and our accomplishments to drive us into a game of comparison.

Whenever, or if ever we find ourselves comparing our works, or our calling, or our abilities to those of another, let us remember that we’ve been created for God’s purpose (not for our own, nor for the purpose of anyone else!).

Let us remember that we are unique beings – not photocopies! We are God’s creative masterpiece. A valuable piece of art doesn’t go looking for approbation. Nor does it seek to make inferior copies of itself, or worry about the value of other pieces of art in comparison to itself. Its value is heightened and increased by its originality. Its value is measured by its creator.

Today I’d like to highlight the words of Gilda Radner who said:

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.

 

So what are you influenced by dear friend, peer-pressure or purpose?

Let God, not others determine your worth!

Purpose-driven believers, I encourage you today to be true to whom God has made you to be.

Appreciate your worth!

Celebrate your uniqueness!

 

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Have a blessed weekend!

Time Management or Mismanaged Time?

 

 

Listen to what one godly couple has to say on the subject of time management:

Time is the stuff life is made of and wasted time is wasted life. It takes time to build relationships, learn skills, execute meaningful actions, achieve goals, and fulfil plans. A mismanaged life is often the result of mismanaged time.

(Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today – Feb-April 2017)

 

Are you making the most of your time?