It Takes We – Not Me!

 

Have you heard that African proverb: It takes a village to raise a child?

Using that concept of helping a child to grow and develop their potential through the support of extended family and/or community, I’d like to apply it to you and to myself, as we seek to live productive lives as purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers.

What will it take for you and me to fulfil the purpose of God in our lives?

What will it take for you and me to achieve the dreams and desires that God has placed within our hearts?

Apart from the benevolence and protection of our Father God, the intercessory prayers of Jesus our Lord and the assistance of the Holy Spirit, we need each other.

And so I say:

It takes a spiritual buddy, a coach or mentor, a group of like-minded people, a supportive network, to raise a purpose-driven achiever. 

Listen to what the Bible has to say on this matter:

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another

(Proverbs 27:18 NIV).

 

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls and has no-one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV)

 

Even the individual members of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Ghost), do not operate as lone rangers and Jesus, whilst he walked upon this earth, gathered to himself a close group of friends and disciples.

So my question to you today dear ones is this: do you have some such person or community in your life? If so are you availing yourself of their help? More importantly, are you giving back? Are you helping someone else in a meaningful way?

I close with this quote from a wise motivational speaker, who has now departed from this world. He said:

If you want to achieve your goals, help others achieve theirs.

(Zig Ziglar)

 

 

PDA friends and followers, have a blessed week!

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Relevant Post for Further Reading: I Dare You – Topple That Edifice

 

 

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

 

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Boost Your Confidence – Every Day!

 

 

Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone’s lack of confidence in you?

I bet you have!

Perhaps you’ve even encountered someone’s scarce-concealed contempt.

But what about you?

Do you entertain self-doubt?

Have you secretly harboured concerns that you might not be able to meet the needs of a job, or get a task done in time to meet that deadline?

Do you wonder whether you really have what it takes to fulfil your dreams, to achieve your purpose, to end this year on a strong, productive and victorious note?

Whether emanating from you, or somebody else, the above scenarios speak of reservations regarding your ability, personal commitment, even perhaps your integrity.

Not pleasant is it?

Do you know that God has no such reservations about you?

And the wonderful, amazing truth is that despite our God knowing us so much better than anyone else (including ourselves), He still has confidence in us. He still entrusts us with the advancement of his kingdom. He still wants to use you and me as co-labourers. Humbling, isn’t it?

God knows your strengths. He knows your weaknesses. He’s familiar with your failures and shortcomings. He’s aware of your outward pretensions and occasions of bluffing bravado. He knows your secret fears. In fact, God knows you inside out and outside in. He knows your thoughts, intentions and motivations. Yet despite what he knows about you, he places utmost confidence in you… has planned a wonderful destiny for you.

Now when God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, do you think he had no idea Adam was going to fail, that he was going to betray his Creator and disobey his command? And yet despite knowing this, our Father-God had absolutely no reservations about placing Adam in the Garden of Eden, entrusting him to look after it. None!

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, whether you are aware of it or not, whether you believe it or not, God has a plan for your life. Listen to what the Bible has to say about this:

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

(Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible)

 

So what were your expectations for this year?

Do you have cherished dreams, goals, or a vision which have been a continual source of discouragement because you’ve failed to achieve? Have you abandoned hope because it feels less painful to let your dreams go, rather than experience the constant disappointment of thwarted aspirations?

Dear reader, I sincerely hope you did not answer “Yes” to any of my questions above, although I fully understand if you have done so.

I sincerely hope that whatever life throws your way, you will not allow yourself to be deterred from following your dream, running with that vision, pursuing those goals.

But if that is the case, I hope the following motivational video (4.16mins) will encourage and kick-start that much-needed faith in yourself.

 

However, if you are doing well, if you are on target for fulfilment of your goals then please take a moment to congratulate yourself and to thank your loving Creator, whose breath fills your lungs and has enabled you to reach that milestone.

Dear friends, even though we are drawing close to the end of this year’s journey, there’s still time to write a few pages of achievement and success in the story of your life.

Friends and followers, I wish you God speed, as you continue with confidence on your journey.

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Would you like to read what others have written on this prompt, or would you like to join in yourself? Then here’s the link: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/reservation

 

NB: Your comments, likes, positive ratings and social media shares are both encouraged and appreciated!

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 8

 

Well today is the last day of my creative challenge. I hope those of you who have read these particular posts enjoyed reading them and I do hope that in some way they spoke to your hearts.

I know I found them a challenge to write. To look at the same image and come up with something fresh and meaningful to share each time, was daunting—but I surprised myself!

I would have loved to have read something from others, just to hear their take on this challenge and perhaps learn something new but alas it did not happen!

And now for my last offering.

 

 

I see a cloudy sky.

Clouds can speak of obscurity. Or bad judgement. Or bad days.

Perhaps the lady in our challenge picture experiences days when she doesn’t know what to do, or where to turn. Perhaps she’s had days when everything seems to be against her. I can relate! Can you?

In our own lives we will experience good days and the not so good days. How do we deal with the latter?  Dear reader, do you have a strategy for coping with those inevitable bad days?

About five years ago, I came to the realisation that whenever I sought to discover and pursue my destiny, or attempted to accomplish something or build myself up spiritually, the Enemy of my soul, arranged for me to receive a knock-back. I began to realise that the Enemy had spent years, decades even, sabotaging my self-esteem.

It seemed like every day I’d go home from work, or every weekend I’d return from church or some outing feeling hurt, or broken, or emotionally mauled.

I’d spend morose hours and days, even weeks at my exclusive pity-parties. I’d examine and mourn over my wounds and then eventually decide to pick myself up. But then something else would happen to knock me back down!

Now, I don’t quite recall how I came to my epiphany a few years ago but it was as if my eyes were suddenly opened. I could “see” that the historical cycle of rejection and marginalisation was a tactic. An artful satanic tactic to keep me feeling down, keep me looking at my circumstances instead of at Christ and keep me in a negative frame of  mind.

Of course I was familiar with God’s Word, which reminds us that we are not (or at least should not) be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). But I made the mistake of thinking I was only dealing with unpleasant people.

As I began looking at motivational videos and listening to messages from people who’d totally turned their lives around, I realised that whether you have chosen to walk with God or not, because we are all created in the image of God, because we all have his spiritual DNA within us and, because we are his creative masterpieces, we are the object of Satan’s hatred and wrath.

Christian or not, we, as human beings, made in the image of God, are targets in the midst of an ongoing spiritual battle and the spoils of war are our very lives, our souls, our potential, our destinies.

Satan’s strategy is to warp our minds and hearts with doubts and fear.

Dear reader, whether you believe it or not, there is nothing Satan wants more than for us to live lives that are small and self-serving, or purposeless and unfulfilling, beset with hatred or humiliation, disappointment or despair.

He knows what it is like to fulfil your God-given destiny. He know what it is like to experience the joy and satisfaction of using your God-given ability to bless others. He knows because for a time he enjoyed blissful days of doing just that. But he became filled with arrogance and pride and was subsequently booted out of God’s glorious paradise. And guess who he now chooses to vent his anger against?

Yes. You’ve got it – you and I!

And so the challenge to us is to live. Not to get through each day, as if we are emotional and spiritual paupers but to live abundantly. To ride the surf of opportunities. To bask in the sunlight of cherished hopes and dreams. To pick ourselves up when circumstances conspire to pummel us into the ground. To wrestle with adversity and emerge as victors.

Dear reader, as I listened to these motivational messages, and as I read my Bible and considered the experiences of certain characters whom we’d deem to be successful, as I mined the precious nuggets of experience from both sources, I realised that people such as Les BrownBrendan Burchard and Lisa Nichols,  or saints such as Father Abraham, King David and the Apostle Paul, are no different to you or me.

They didn’t float through life in an idealistic bubble. They were not exempted from the vagaries of life. They were not excused from confronting their insecurities or dysfunctional personalities. They were not shielded from the attacks of adversaries.  Oh no!

Like me, like you, they encountered bad days, frustrating situations, disappointments and failures. But they learned to overcome. They learned to see their future potential. They learned to appropriate the wisdom of those who’d gone before them, or avail themselves of the wisdom and supernatural resources of God.

They learned to master themselves. They looked for the silver lining. They understood that “…this too will pass.”

I’ve mentioned the clouds that are apparent in this image. Now I want to focus your attention upon the sun.

I believe it is representative of a good season, or a favourable climate.

Dear reader, if you’ve been beset by trials, or feel negative about your future, let me encourage you today. Let me prophesy to your spiritual inner person. Allow me to speak over your life and declare the following in faith: you shall arise!

Like the woman in this challenge picture, you can choose to make a quantum leap forward into a new beginning, into a place of peace and prosperity of soul, into a God-seasoned ambience of sweet success.

And now as we are about to enter into the last quarter of this year, may I challenge you dear friend?

  • Have you pursued any of your goals?
  • Have you changed this year in terms of your outlook and behaviour?
  • Are you making positive strides forward, in terms of your ambitions, your health and your relationship with God?

As I look at this image, and imagine the woman within it as a representative of me, or of you, I see potential being realised. I see dreams being pursued. I see the birth of fresh hope. I see faith for our future. I see God guiding us toward our pre-ordained destinies. I see the joy of fulfilment. I see purpose-driven believers. I see exultant dream-achievers. I see victorious over-comers. I see the approval and pleasure of our dear Father-God.

 

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?

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

 

 

 

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 7

 

Hello people,

We are coming towards the end of this month and therefore the end of my creative challenge. I hope you have been enjoying these particular posts.

Isn’t it amazing what you can “see”, yeah what creative thoughts can be sparked once you put your mind to it?

Even if you did not wish to participate in this challenge by sharing your ideas, I do hope that you’ve tried the exercise for yourself and found something useful, even inspirational as a result.

Anyway, here’s what I’d like to share with you today.

 

 

As I study the above scenario, I turn my attention to what is happening beneath the woman in this picture.

If you look closely, the area between the two structures representing 2017 and 2018, is taken up by the sea and an island.

In literature, the sea is often a metaphor for sorrow, sadness or troubles.

In the Bible, we are told of a time when Jesus was asleep in the boat whilst a storm raged and the sea became turbulent, causing the disciples to cry out in fear.

The woman in the picture seems almost oblivious to what lies beneath her. She occupies and operates within a higher realm. This says to me that this woman has decided not to allow her problems, or her past to interfere with where she is aiming to go. As mentioned in my previous post (Creative Challenge 6), this woman is forward looking and future-focussed.

You will note that the body of water in our challenge image appears calm.

In the biblical account mentioned above, Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves and they became calm under his authority and command.

I believe that this image of a calm sea beneath the woman in the picture reflects the quality of her prayer life and her relationship with God. They are both at a level where she is aware that no matter what happens, God is in complete control.

Below her may lie the sea of uncertainty but she is too busy looking towards her dreams, too busy looking at the one who has the power to guide her towards her destiny, to allow those uncertainties to seriously hamper or halt her progress.

And whilst I’m thinking along these lines, the following scripture came to mind:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

(Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)

 

Again, as previously mentioned, when you examine the above scenario, you will notice an island. In his poem, No Man is an Island, John Donne (a metaphysical poet), uses the metaphor of an island to say that as human beings, as a society, we are impacted by whatever we do. Our acts of commission, even of omission, affect someone else.

I therefore see the woman in our challenge image as someone who is focussed, yes, upon achieving her dreams and goals, upon fulfilling her destiny but, she also realises that in pursuing these things, there can be no greater joy or satisfaction than using her abilities, skills and resources to serve God and bless others.

What say you?

Challenge questions:

  • What do you see?
  • How are you influencing the lives of others?

 

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Did you enjoy reading this post? 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!

But before you go, may I ask a favour?

Would you tell others about this creative challenge? It is coming to a close and will end on 30 September 2018 but there’s still plenty of time for you to join in. So c’mon! Make my day!  🙂

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

 

 

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

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

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge!

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Earlier in March this year, I shared an image and challenged readers to use it as a visual aide-memoire to motivate, inspire, or challenge ourselves to regularly reach forward and become the person we want or need to be, in order to achieve our dreams (click here to read this post).

I can’t help wondering whether there is anyone out there who personally took on that challenge. Since there are no comments in this specific regard, I can only assume that either people were too shy to share, or perhaps the challenge did not appeal. Who knows?

However, I just cannot seem to leave this idea alone. I cannot get this image out of my mind. Not surprising really I suppose, since I use the picture regularly as a motivational tool.

And so today, I am issuing another challenge.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So dear reader, may I ask, what does this picture say to, or about you?

It can be related to this blog’s theme (i.e. encouraging each other to be purpose-driven believers and dream achievers), or it can be related to your own blog’s theme, or in connection with your personal aspirations, or as a literary/creative writing exercise.

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

The Creative Challenge:

When you look at this picture what do you see?

Let your imagination go!

Inspire. Connect. Share.

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Dear reader, would you kindly do me a favour please? Would you use your social network (whether via Twitter or Facebook or your own blog site) and invite others to take part in this challenge?

My challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

If you would like to read more about the subject of creative visualisation please click here.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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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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

 (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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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!

 

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

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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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

 

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)

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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

A Complaint from Madam Bountiful

 

Hello dear reader,

May I unburden myself?

To many of my admirers, I am known as Madam Bountiful. However, some folk have given me the dubious nickname of Lady Luck!

I am sought after, all over the globe but, quite frankly, efforts to own me, to bid me part with sizeable portions of illustrious fame and massive fortune, are more often than not, unsuccessful.

If you don’t recognise me, it’s because my countenance changes according to the desires of each dreamer. Sometimes I’m relegated to the questionable status of instant riches by way of a betting shop wager, or lottery ticket. Other times I find myself sashaying down the catwalk of life, doling out rewards for fruitful efforts, or dispensing the medicinal draughts of disappointment. It’s a thankless, thankless task.

Dear reader, may I confide in you?

Thank you!

Do you know that the most difficult people I’ve ever had the displeasure of coming across, the most cantankerous folk I’ve had the great misfortune to deal with, are those who feel I OWE them a favour and expect me to turn up and endow them with instant and unbridled success—even though they’ve neither planned nor worked towards any meaningful goals? It beggars belief doesn’t it?

(Sigh) It’s a hard life!

My dear reader, do you have a dream?

Yes?

Then may I be so bold as to offer you a free tip? It won’t take long. Just three little words.

Dream. Plan. Execute.

That’s it!

And here’s a parting shot for those of you who whine and complain that I’m not doing my job… that I seem to have my favourites. Stop making excuses for your laziness and lack of discipline. In fact, stop blaming me period, for your lack of success!

And on that note, I will bid you all a good night!

© Carol Hind – February 2018

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Our Daily Progress Towards Destiny

 

 

 

Today’s actions determine tomorrow’s destiny.

(Quote taken from the following blog post. 

 

 

When I read the above quote today it reminded me that my dreams, goals and vision require diligence.

 

Question:

What are you doing TODAY to advance your dream?

 

 

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?

 

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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)

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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?

 

Today… — a cooking pot and twisted tales

Today, when you look in the mirror, you’ll see a beautiful soul. Our mirrors are not just to see the reflections of our physical self, but to remind us that we are more than our looks. ω Check out my latest book Amazon

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Hello beautiful souls,

I hope you will be blessed by the words of this post.

May I also encourage you to check out Jacqueline’s new book on Amazon.

Best wishes,

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From Failure to Success

Hello peoples, thought I’d share the following post, which I came across during one of my cyber travels.

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When we feel discouraged, we can ask God to help us turn things around. The Bible reveals the causes of spiritual failure and spiritual success.

Source: From Failure to Success

What Are You Committed To?

Hello folks,

Have I got a treat for you!

I came across this gentleman’s blog and after reading this post, I just had to share it with you all.

If you have time, I hope you’ll also listen to his podcast.

SKYLARITY

What are you committed to? The great idea you said that would define your reality and lead to phenomenal success, are you committed to that idea? Or are you simply infatuated with your thoughts and the possible success outcomes related to that great idea? 

When no one is telling you what to do, when there is not a boss looking over your shoulder, when you are not on the clock, what are you committed to? 

Here is where the separation between the good and the great begins—between winners and everyone else. 

Winners are driven by what they are committed to. They are driven by their passion. Winners are driven by a sense of purpose.

Are you driven by what you are committed to? If you are committed to a great idea, then that great idea should drive you. And if that idea does not get your juices flowing, if it…

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Misconceptions about Success (2)

 

 

We think success is the result of opportunity, so we wait for it.

However, the door of opportunity is marked, ‘Push!

The truth is, people who do nothing more than wait for success are neither able to see it – nor seize it – when it comes.

 

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

 

QUESTION:

Have you been waiting around for your “big break”?

Wait no longer – plan, position self and push!

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, enjoy a productive and successful week!

 

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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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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

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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!