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

 

 

 

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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?

 

The ‘Instead’ Factor!

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  • Moses was called to be a deliverer but took matters into his own hands and instead committed murder.

 

  • David was called to be a ruler but instead of ruling his appetite for sexual lust, became an adulterer and murderer.

 

  • Samson was called to be a judge of the Children of Israel. Instead he allowed his obsession over one woman to provide an opportunity for his enemies to capture and imprison him.

 

  • Judas was called to be Christ’s disciple but instead he allowed greed and a covetous mindset to control him. After betraying Jesus, his remorse was so great, he committed suicide.

 

You have been called by God to fulfil a purpose. Is there an ‘instead’ situation in your life threatening to derail that purpose? If so, take heed of these examples.

If you’ve fallen, pick yourself up, call on God, confess and repent of your sin. Rise up in God’s strength and walk out that purpose, run with that vision.

Don’t allow the Enemy to condemn you, to immobilise you, to stymie your destiny.

And please note that the sin in our lives need not necessarily be the breaking of God’s commandments such as murder or sexual immorality but can relate to anger and resentment, habitual disobedience, pride of life, a self-sufficient attitude.

Paul advised:

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. (2 Corinthians 13:5a)

 

When last have you measured yourself against God’s Word?

When last have you taken an inventory of your soul?

Purpose-driven believer, if God weighed you in his balances today, how would you fare? Would you be found wanting?

Let me close with a quote from Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life:

Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever. The deeds of this life are the destiny of the next.

 

Have a blessed week!

Expectations!

 

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 for dropping by.

I’d like to talk to you today about expectations.

My reason for doing so, is because I came across the following passage in a really useful e-book I like to dip into every now and again. It’s written by Jason Harvey—Achieve Anything In Just One Year—and I do recommend it for those looking for inspiration and self-help instruction regarding achieving your dreams.

However, whilst reading it today, I noticed the following statement:

“You can’t predict the future. What you can do is let go of the baggage of your past (so far so good) and move forward without expectations.”

What?!

Now if I don’t have any expectations for my future, where’s the excitement and motivation in pursuing my dreams? What would be the point of pursuing my goals?

I believe it’s the expectation of accomplishment which drives you, which enables you to keep putting your feet forward on that pathway of success, so why is it this experienced life coach is advising his readers to move forward without expectations?

Perhaps the author, sees expectations in a negative light. Certainly when you consult the dictionary it is possible to have good or bad expectations. And I know from my dealings with other people, from scenarios portrayed on TV and cinematic screens that it is possible to have unrealistic expectations.

So, if we are referring to bad, or unrealistic expectations then I totally agree with this author. But why doesn’t he say so? Why has he referred to expectations period?

If I was one of his clients, I would have asked him and I’m sure he would have been able to explain this odd remark.

But since he isn’t here to explain himself, here are my thoughts on why we should have expectations.

  • Expectations (of the positive kind of course) are another way of describing hope.
  • Hope gives you something to look forward to, something to aim at, or strive for.

My dictionary defines ‘expectation’ as a state, or attitude of expecting.

Everyone who sets out on a journey expects to arrive at their destination. You decide where you want to go, you decide how you want to get there and you take the journey.

Of course there may be set-backs. The road may be closed, an unfortunate incident on your route may lengthen the journey. You may have to stop off to eat refreshments, take comfort breaks or replenish fuel.

Whatever, your experiences along the way, you are still hopeful, still expecting to arrive at your destination. And, all being well, sooner or later you do.

As purpose-driven believers, and dream-achievers, my only caution is that our expectations should not be based solely on personal ability to make things happen. Our expectations, our hope should be placed in God.

Going back to Harvey’s statement, we of course do not know what our future holds. However, we know someone who does! Furthermore, he (God) is able to cause all things we may encounter (the good, the bad and the ugly), to work together for our benefit.

My soul, wait silently for God alone,

For my expectation is from Him.

(Psalm 62:5 NKJV)

Life happens!

On our journey towards success, towards fulfilling our destiny, we will undoubtedly face unexpected twists and turns, deviations, even derailment from the path we plan to pursue.

Only our omniscient Father-God, is capable of ensuring we arrive safe and triumphant at our journey’s end. So be expectant dear reader and trust him.

Purpose-driven believers and expectant dream-achievers, I wish you bon voyage!

 

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.

 

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Live the Life of Your Dreams — The Light in the Heart

Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others. Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

via Live the Life of Your Dreams — The Light in the Heart

 

Hello folks,

I came across the above message – sweet, succinct and my sentiments exactly!

Had to share it with you all. 😃 💖

Have a great weekend!

Misconceptions about Success (1)

 

 

Author/entrepreneur Seth Godin says: ‘We need to stop shopping for lightning bolts. You don’t win an Olympic medal with a few weeks of intensive training. There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great companies [and great churches] and here let me add great relationships, don’t spring up overnight. . . every great thing has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.’

There are no shortcuts; you must be willing to pay the price.

(From: UCB Word For Today – February-April 2017 – written by Bob & Debby Gass)

 

*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 email version please sign up at: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, I wish you a blessed, productive and successful week!

Go Get Your Dream!

 

Do you have a dream? Then go get it!

 

GO

Move forward.

Proceed.

Travel in direction of.

Walk towards.

 

If you are not moving forward you are either stagnant or regressing!

 

GET

Achieve.

Obtain.

Own.

Make effort.

Possess.

Succeed.

 

You need to plan, pursue and execute!

 

YOUR

An inner compulsion.

Individual.

Personal.

Unique to you.

 

Not borrowed, coveted or stolen from others. So stop competing with the Joneses, with the Kardashians, with celebrities!

 

DREAM

Ambition.

Aspiration.

Desire.

Personal ideal.

Seed of imagination.

Vision.

 

Nurture and nourish your dream then trust God for its fulfilment!

 

And by way of further encouragement and motivation here’s a song to spur you on your way.

 

Have a great week dream-achievers and purpose-driven believers. And, if this post has encouraged you today please let me know in the comment box below. Likes, shares, ratings also highly appreciated.

 

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Friends, Bloggers and Countrymen – Lend me your ears!

 

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If you have gone through the WordPress Blogging 101 training course, one of the things the tutors recommend is that you focus your blog on a particular message or theme and write for a specific person, or target readership.

With that piece of blogging wisdom in mind and, as the first quarter of this year draws rapidly to a close, perhaps now is a good time to review our blog’s message and our blog objectives. Are we achieving what we set out to do? Have our motivations changed? Have we as individuals grown since we began our blogs? If so, have our initial reasons for starting to blog in the first place now changed? Do we need to re-brand, or else go back to basics?

The following is my response to an old Daily Post prompt, which I used as a writing exercise. I’m sharing it because I think it’s in keeping with what I’m trying to say in this post.

 

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Daily Post Prompt: BE THE CHANGE!

I would like my blogs, Women of Warfare  and A Purpose-driven achiever, to make my visitors smile, feel better about themselves, be encouraged, feel as if they have an online friend who cares about them and empathises with the things they have to deal with.

I would like my blogs to influence women to aspire to a deeper relationship with God, to be a better person, character-wise and perspective-wise.

I would like to encourage women to pursue their dreams and realise their potential. I’d like them to feel there is a place they can go, for the encouragement and motivation required to live their everyday life on a higher plane. I would like them to feel highly motivated, to seize their day, to live abundantly, instead of merely existing, letting life pass them by, feeling overwhelmed by circumstances, or overlooked by the people around them.

I would like my blogs to motivate women to make the most of every day, to see, enjoy and celebrate their lives as something special, rather than dismiss as drudgery, or as run-of-the-mill ordinary, or worse still view with utter dread, because someone or something has marred their outlook.

And just as I would like God to use me, to be that change in the lives of women who come within my circle of influence, so I desire that these women in turn would be the change in the lives of others around them.

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, whether blogger, Christian, colleague, parent, or whatever, I challenge you – in your  household, neighbourhood, workplace, community – be the change! Be an asset in your circle of influence. Be an influence for good.

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If you would like to read other contributions relating to this prompt please visit: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/be-the-change/

 

Question:

Have you felt the need to change, or expand the message of your blog, or have you maintained your original theme? Please share your response to this post in the comment box below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Lady Cee’s Not-So-Secret Recipe for Underachievers’ Pie

Dear blogger friends and visitors, I’m feeling mischievous today!

It all started with this idea for a light-hearted blog post, which came to me during this week (see below).

Warning – indigestion tablets may be required!

 

Under-achievers’ Pie (serves 1)

Ingredients:

1 generous pinch of procrastination

1 tablespoonful each of foiled plans and thwarted hopes

1 convenient pack of slothfulness

Several dollops of self-doubt

8oz of crushed dreams

Method:

Mix above ingredients together with several cups of negativity and leave to harden.

Garnish with a handful of sour grapes and serve with as much or as little shame as occasion warrants!

 Appetising huh?

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 I then decided to look for a suitable quote to add to the mix (no pun intended!) and was surprised at what I discovered.

For a start, someone (a doctor no less!) has actually written a book advocating that one settles for underachievement, rather than  strive for success.

If you’d like to read what one journalist has to say about this work, click here:

Intrigued? Want to know more?

Then you are welcome to take a peek inside this book at the author’s Amazon page:

But before you go dashing off, let me share two reviews, which might tickle your taste buds:

This one from Amazon rated four stars (4*) even though the book was supposedly not read!

I knew this volume would confirm what I already hold to be true, so I didn’t read it. In that light it’s the best unread book I can remember for ages. Sometimes not making use of a thing can be revelatory.

 

And this one from Goodreads rated three stars (3*):

So, why did I read this book? Two reasons.

One, I am known to be an overachiever (and after reading this book, this is not something to be proud of, really.)

Two, I hate self-help books and I thought it would be funny to read a book that subtly made fun of all of them at once.

Am I going to start being an underachiever? Probably not. But it did give me perspective. Never be too depressed because you didn’t achieve as much as you wanted, because, truth is… you’ll never stop wanting to achieve more than you already do. It’s a bottomless pit!

Time to sit back with a cup of coffee and stop caring about being productive all the time.

Dear reader, I did find my quote in the end. You may be surprised to learn the name of its originator – I certainly was!

QUOTE:

You must always work not just within, but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way, the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve.

(Guess who!) – *See bottom of page for answer.

 

Links:

Amazon reviews:

Goodreads Reviews:

And if your interest has been piqued and you’d like to explore the subject of overachievers, as well as underachievers, you may wish to read this post: (Worth reading the set of strategic golden rules for managing perfectionism)  https://theeducationcafe.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/overachievers-and-underachievers/

 

What’s your view? Do you think there’s a valid argument for underachievement?

Please share your opinion in the comment box below and you are welcome to share my secret recipe with your blogging friends and social media contacts!

 

* Pablo Picasso (Did you guess correctly?)

 

Credit: CC0 Image from Pixabay.com

 

Are you Wearing God’s Crown of Success?

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In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

(Proverbs 3:6 – The Living Bible)

 

SELF-SCRUTINY

Is God’s word and will a priority in your life?

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers have an abundantly blessed and productive week and may your efforts be crowned with success.

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Daily Motivation is a Daily Decision

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MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD: MOTIVATION 

Motivation in its very early stages is an act of discipline and you will find it will need to become more and more a part of your personality.

Peter J. Daniels –  author of: How to be MOTIVATED all the time

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The above author, Peter J. Daniels, came from a broken home and a background of poverty. Despite suffering bankruptcy in business three times, he is a millionaire land developer, a top motivational speaker in Australia attracting international demand, and a campaigner for Christ. As such, I believe he has invaluable advice for us as aspiring dream achievers and purpose-driven believers.

If we are interested in achieving ongoing success in our personal lives then you and I will need to develop and maintain those habits which keep us motivated all the time.

To this end, Daniels challenges readers with the following words. He says:

Move up to a level of living and achieving by becoming highly motivated. Recognise that motivation is deeply personal and that it can only be achieved by making it a daily part of your existence.

Daniels further goes on to say that motivation cannot be permanently imposed from without but must be permanently created within.

In other words, although we can become temporarily motivated by inspirational quotes, or motivational stories and videos, permanent motivation has to come from an inner drive and become a daily discipline. Which brings us back to the thoughts expressed in my theme quote above.

So dear follower and visitor, in order to maintain a motivated mindset, are you willing (if necessary), to change your perspective, your habits, your lifestyle?

 

SELF SCRUTINY:

Do you know what motivates you? Have you discovered what it is that propels you to act… what it is that drives you towards your end goal? How are you able to sustain that drive?

Purpose-driven achievers and believers – have a blessed and highly productive week!

 

Foster Good Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”

Aristotle

 

In his internationally best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey defines a habit as:

“. . . the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire.

Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why. Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation, the want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three.”

SELF-SCRUTINY

Are there any habits in your life, which undermine your potential for success?

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A Debt of Gratitude

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

 

As a follower of Christ and a purpose-driven believer, I want to live my best life possible. I want to glorify God, honour his name and pursue the purpose ordained for my life. I am aware that I cannot achieve this on my own. I not only need God’s assistance, I also require the help of others. There are people (past and present) who will play (or have played) a part, whether minor or major, in helping me to accomplish my dreams and fulfil my God-given purpose. To those people I owe an inestimable debt of gratitude.

Amongst those people are two who are dear to my heart—my mother and my very first pastor and father in the faith, Archbishop Malachi Ramsay. Both have now gone on to be with the Lord but both in their individual ways made a significant impact upon my life and left a valuable legacy in terms of my spiritual walk with God.

Just as in the natural, the first five years of a child’s life are fundamental in helping to shape them into healthy and competent adults, so I believe the early years of a Christian convert’s life determines their future spiritual development, competence and maturity.

And so I thank God for placing both these commendable individuals early on in my Christian walk. I thank God for their:

  • integrity
  • unswerving commitment to Christ,
  • passion for the lost,
  • fervency of spirit,
  • excellence in service to the Body of Christ,
  • diligence in the spiritual disciplines of fasting and prayer,
  • willingness to teach and model their spiritual convictions to others.

 

I also want to thank God for their exemplary input into my life, which has helped shape me into the Woman of God I am today.

Are there people to whom you owe a debt of gratitude? People who have perhaps prayed for you? Friends who stood with you in good times and bad? People who believed in and encouraged you? Folks who have invested time, perhaps even money in you? Have you thanked them? Are you continually grateful to God for them?

PDA followers and visitors, let’s take care that we don’t undermine verbal expressions of gratitude with behaviour that sends a contradictory message!

Have a blessed week.

Secrets of Success…

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

(2nd and last Mondays of each month)

 

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Image by Gerd Altmann – Pixabay.com

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THEME WORD: SUCCESS

  • The quality of succeeding or the state of having succeeded
  • Any favourable development or outcome
  • Someone who attains fame, power, wealth etc or is judged favourably by others
  • Something that turns out well or that is judged favourably by others

(Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

Henry Ford

 

As purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers we can all benefit from the advice of those who have already reached that pinnacle of success in their own lives.

In the following video (10 mins), Oprah Winfrey shares her 10 keys for achieving success.

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, may I encourage you as you pursue your destiny? God is no respecter of persons – what He has done for others, He is able (and willing) to do for you! Please understand what I am saying here – whatever destiny has been earmarked for you, God is able to help you reach it… He is able to help you attain success with regards to that pre-ordained destiny.

 

SELF SCRUTINY:

Which key(s) spoke the most to you? Would you add any other?

Is there an attitude you need to change… a mind-set you need to adopt?

Please share your response in the comment box below.