Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 20: Building your Intellectual Assets

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 20: Building your Intellectual Assets

Hello friend,

Welcome to another great Monday again. It’s always my pleasure to share sometime with you here. Today, I will like to share with you on building your intellectual assets. It is important to note that personal excellence is perhaps the most important of all invisible and intangible assets that you can acquire. Achieving personal excellence in your business or industry requires lifelong dedication.

And one of the lifelong dedication you need is building your intellectual assets. Today, we hear about intellectual property because people have invested in building their intellectual assets to the point that whatever their minds can conceive and produce becomes their property that people have to pay for.

Interestingly, every one has or can acquire intellectual capital that can contribute to making your life more meaningful and purposeful, giving you the opportunity to experience both personal and corporate fulfilment.

The three intellectual assets that we need to build are:
– our core knowledge
– our skills
– our abilities

The question is, is there any area in life or study that you have core knowledge in? Is there any skill that you possess that either stands you out from the crowd or places you among the best of the bests? Or still, is there any ability that you have acquired that makes you unique in your domain of influence? If you cannot answer yes to any of these, then there is need for you to begin to look at building these up. They determine how well you do your job and the value of your contribution to your life and that if others as well as your business. This is the only way you can achieve and live a significant life.

Building your intellectual assets will require three processes: education, experience and training. These three are different and contribute differently to building your mental capacity. I always encourage people to acquire all of these three as much as they can and no matter how much it will cost them to do so. Education opens your mind to knowledge, experiences gives you skills and training develop your abilities.

Therefore, there is no successful person who does not have these three assets and have not gone through the three processes listed. So, this week give attention to these and your success will become closer as you begin to put them to use.

I hope this creates a passion you you to do something’s differently today and for the rest of the week. I will see you next Monday as we explore further on these.

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede
@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

 

 

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[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 19: Of the Love of a Mother

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 19: Of the Love of a Mother

Hello friend,

As yesterday was mothers’ day, I am poised to dedicated today’s post to mothers and their love for their children and how this is a factor that determines success for every person. I still have clear memories of the price my mother paid to get me to where I am today. Many of us can agree that it was the love of a mother that kept them through all in life and helped them to arrive at destiny.

For me, there was a time when it was only my mother that believed in me. At that moment, that was all I needed to face life headlong. My mother would do anything to support my father to see that our needs are met.

motherLooking at the word of God, there are many people we look up to today that would never have been successful if their mother never did what they did. Simply, I am yet to see anything or a force more compelling than the love of a mother.

Think of these very outstanding scenarios of the love of a mother and ponder……

Isaac, the son of promise was delivered from the scorning of the bond woman and her son because his mother Sarah loved him and was willing to stand for him against any such acts. She drove the bond woman and her son away so the promise to her son will remain and not be corrupted.

Jacob was later to become the heir to the promise because his mother pulled a string she never cared what would be the consequence only to see he never missed out in the promise.

Moses’ mother risked her life to keep the baby even in the face of the decree by the ruling Pharaoh then to terminate every male child. She preferred to be caught disobeying than to have her baby boy killed.

Samson was a mighty man in his days just because his mother obeyed the command of the Lord to make him a Nazarite and never to have any strong drink. Assuming she’s a woman who loves to drink. It would have taken a greater love to abstain just to birth greatness.

Samuel was nurtured from childhood to know God by his mother Hannah who birthed her out of agony. When it was time to hand him over to God she was never reluctant and Samuel went on to become one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament. His words never fell to the ground.

Timothy was one of the youngest voices in his time and it was recorded that the faith in him was first found in his mother and grand-mother.

Jesus the Messiah started his public ministry only after a compulsion from His mother who despite what the situation believed her son has the power to do miracles. His obedience to His mother’s demand announced His ministry.

And so on……because the list is unending. Take a moment and think about your mother. I am sure you will have a reason to bow your head and say a prayer for mama today. That is all I want to achieve with this post today. Your success in life can never be disconnected from your mother. You owe her a few words of prayers to God to bless her this week!

And if you love your mother, drop a word for her here! See you next Monday.

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 18: 7 ways to build friendly attitude

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 18: 7 ways to build friendly attitude

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 18: 7 ways to build friendly attitudes

There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” –Proverbs 18:24

Today, let’s reflect on something I had discussed sometime last year because I feel in my heart it is a key that will motivate someone towards success and that is the attitude of being friendly and how to build such. I believe that friendship is one of the things that make the world go round. Unfortunately, people never set out in life with the decision to become friendly. Some people find it so difficult to be the first person to smile, wave a hand or simply say hello. In most cases, we want to wait until someone approaches us to become a friend before we respond.

This kind of attitude is not one that is identifiable with successful people. Friendship is one of the greatest gifts in life and therefore should be desired by anyone who wants to become successful in life. There are times and seasons in our life that the only consolation we may get is that we still have people that matter in our life.

68f77-joy3Our fear for not showing ourselves friendly is mostly based on the harm and disappointment we may have experienced in the past from ‘so called friends’. However, that does not mean all friends are bad either, because God’s word assures that there is a friend who sticks closer to you than a brother, even when all other have failed in their friendship with you. And in choosing friends, you have to set your criteria without being judgemental and at the same time without making yourself cheap. Another thing is that if you have encountered negative friends, be sure that you never sowed any such acts before.

In your attempt to become friendly, be purposeful in doing that. If not you will attract rather, all kinds of people into your life. Someone said that “Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.” So you see the role you play in God’s hands when you are someone else’s friend? When you are a friend to someone, you nourish their souls with your kindness. To them it is a special kind of love. To the world, you are someone, but to those whom you have shown yourself friendly, you are the world.

So here is how to develop friendly and sociable attitude

1. Get rid of all unfriendly behaviours.

Prevent unfriendliness by adopting a new perspective or way of seeing things in life, resulting in new ideas, values, and realities. Smile, rather than being a snub; trust, rather than doubt; and stay positive, rather than being negative.

2. Develop a friendly mindset.

Make sure your attitude is friendly for realization. To do that, you must develop a way of thinking in which friendliness is the default position. Learn to like yourself. Before other people can start liking you, you should give them enough reasons to.

3. Become familiar with people.

When you see the same people over a period of time, start conversations with them. Find out if you have similar interests; and if the conditions are right, you can start up a friendship. Becoming familiar with the people you deal with every day will make this much easier. Start by smiling, saying “hello,” and introducing yourself. And before you know it, a new friendship has developed.

4. Introduce yourself.

Do not wait for other people to ask you your name and more information about you. Be the first one to take the initiative to say, “By the way, my name is [Apeh]. What’s yours?” The sooner you introduce yourself to other people, the more comfortable you become with each other. On the other hand, when you wait longer to make an introduction, the situation gets more awkward.

5. Let other people know they are important.

Remember important facts and details about other people you meet. In doing so, you make them feel special. Your attention shows your interest and curiosity, and encourages them to talk and reveal more information. When people begin to open up to you, it means they are starting to trust you and are comfortable with you.

6. Don’t be afraid to show your liking to the other person.

When you want to make friends with someone, let him know you are interested and that you want to get to know him better. Make it a point to stop and chat when there is a perfect opportunity. You will be building a friendly, outgoing attitude. When you show a person that you like him, he will most likely respond in a friendly manner.

7. Learn to repair damages.

Even if it can be difficult at times, apologize and say you’re sorry, especially if you know it’s your fault. You may not be forgiven right away, but at least you have done your part in accepting your mistake and in asking for forgiveness. People tend to forget mistakes done by those who know how to acknowledge them and are ready to make changes.

If you do these, you will not only be a blessing to many but you will also build covenant friends who will stick with you through thick and thin on your journey to destiny.

May God use your friendship to bring sons and daughters to destiny in 2014. As you do so, may God also bring men into your life for your lifting in 2014.

Your friend in Success and Excellence

 

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 17: 5 more Lessons from 3 Decades of my Life 

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 17: 5 more Lessons from 3 Decades of my Life 

Hello Friend,

I believe your Easter break was worth it and gave you the opportunity to reflect, prepare and re-enforce your passion towards you vision. It was a good time for me as well. You may remember that last two weeks before the Easter break, I started a reflection on my life lessons of 3 decades. Today on #MondaySuccessReflections, I want to complete that discussion. I want to appreciate you for finding time to be with me every Monday on this series. If it blesses you, share with a friend or recommend to someone.

So, drawing from the book of Psalms 90:12 again, where King David wrote, ‘So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom, let’s go and ruminate over life!

1. Life is more about impact than of gain

I have lived here long enough to understand that life should be more about impact than gain, and that if life must ever be about gain, it must be gain just for the purpose of impact. This is because I don’t want you to think that I am trying to separate gain from impact or vice versa but I am trying to say that it is better to live a life of impact without gain than to live a life of gain without impact. I have had lots of gains in my life but I have had more times impacting lives with my gains than focusing on the gains alone. I cannot remember every man who lived and gained all he could but I can remember as much names as possible of men and women who lived for impact or for gain with the purpose of impacting their generation.

2. Life’s value comes from living purposefully

I have also come to realise that it is easier for people, including members of your own family to disdain or scorn you when you are yet to discover your purpose. I have also seen how that turns automatically and you suddenly become a celebrity when you discover your purpose and begin to walk in it. The fact is that we all may not have fathers and mothers who believe in us and so for those of us like that (and I happen to be one of such), until life’s purpose is discovered and lived out, do not expect value to be placed on your life. Governments, organisations, and people only value your life (words and actions) only when they begin to see the glimpse of purpose around all that you do.

3. Life will give back to you what you gave to it

I have lived enough to know that there is now free lunch anywhere. Even favour is highly priced. To gain favour, there are protocols to follow. Sometimes, your good will is all you need to get back from life. Sometimes, it is your love towards others, sometimes, life may require the seed of prayers and hard-work and at other times, it maybe a helping hand you gave to someone. And I know, it can also be a seed of your vision that you gave to life that life will give back to you. It took me several years of consistent study, hard-work, self-belief, faith, vision and just a string of favour to get a scholarship for my PhD. Unfortunately, some people think I just woke up woke up one morning, applied for a scholarship and boom! I got it!. No, not like that. You must give to life whatever you want life to give to you.

4. Life is most beautiful with love in it

If you wonder why my life is so beautiful, I will tell you that it’s because I have filled my heart with love. This is the only one virtue I know that makes the world go round. When you hate or create things that make people who are meant to love you develop hatred for you, you will begin to notice that your life will begin to lose its beauty. Also, I have surrounded myself with people who know how to and what it means to love. At the most difficult situation of your life, it is such people who will truly make a difference in your life.

5. Life without tough times becomes weak

Sometimes, because of our human nature, we simply expect life to treat us with simplicity. I do not think that is what is obtainable at all times. Sometimes, life confronts us with the highest level of difficulty with the sole purpose of making us strong enough to be able to face what lies ahead. The degree of strength you command is actually correlated to the degree to which your life has overcome tough times. You will not do yourself any good by allowing someone to sooth your emotions with the notion that ‘everything is gonna be alright’. Sometimes, everything can only be alright when you fight! S, you need to stand up and fight so you can overcome weakness in dealing with life.

God bless you as you apply these lessons in your own life and I pray they will work for you as they have always done for me.

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 16: 3 Lessons from Easter

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 16: 3 Lessons from Easter

Hello Friend,

Last week in #MondaySuccessReflections, I started a series on Lessons from 3 Decades of my Life. However, because we are in the season and mood of Easter celebration, I will take a break from the series and return to it next week Monday while I discuss 3 Lessons from Easter with you and hope it will bless you real good.

And so here we go!

1. Hell will never celebrate over you forever.

When Jesus was on the cross, Satan threw up a party in hell with his demons. ‘Ah, finally I have gotten him and so let’s see how their plan for mankind’s deliverance will work. When Jesus was finally put in the grave, I can imagine the uproar in hell.

What he did not know was that his big party will end abruptly. Suddenly, He that was dead came back to life and snatched victory away from hell, death and grave and now lives forever. There are times in our lives when it seems the devil has gained the upper hand over our destiny, dreams and directions.

easterThose times when things do not work again and all seems dead will always come but will never last forever. But as a child of God, you need to understand that it is at those moments that God comes into the picture, just to shame the devil and make a public mockery of him. The devil does not have an upper hand in your life, so though he may be celebrating the injury inflicted on you but his celebration ends today and you are healed forever, spiritually, physically, emotionally, economically and otherwise.

2. Whatever is meant for your evil, God can turn for your good.

Again when the devil was passing Jesus through the pains and shame, there was no way he would have thought that Jesus was paying the price for the glory His name hold today and till the end of ages. While he meant evil for the Messiah, God meant it for the glory of the risen King. What Satan meant for evil, God meant for good.

Evil may surround you on every side but do not fret, God can turn it for you good. In my personal life, I have found myself at points that seem like, okay, I will be finally buried in this case and then out of the blues, God came to my rescue and put a smile on the frown. So, you may be at a point where everyone thinks there’s no way out from the situation but God will turn it all around for your good in this Easter season.

3. Jesus won, so you can win too.

The victory of Jesus over sin, death and grave is your victory. He conquered these and handed the victory over to you. Jesus did not die the death of a failure, rather, having cancelled the written code…that was against us… He took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. So you do not have to live your life, facing every day with a defeat mentality.

Bob Gass wrote and said “Because of the cross we have hope. It’s through the Servant’s wondrous wounds, not His miracles, that we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). And if God can wrest such triumph from the jaws of apparent defeat…what might He do with the apparent failures and hardships of our lives? Nothing—not even the murder of His Son—can end the relationship between God and human beings”.

This is the beauty of what Easter brings to us and of course the greatest lesson we all should take away anytime we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus.

So I want to encourage this week, to go out, raise your head high and celebrate the victory handed-over to you by Jesus Christ.

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

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@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 15: 5 Lessons from 3 Decades of my Life

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 15: 5 Lessons from 3 Decades of my Life

Hello friend,

It was my birthday just three days ago. And I really was filled with love from friends all around me. I had a some surprise treats and my day was really great. Firstly, I thank God for the gift of life and I appreciate everyone who made it a worthy day for me. In the book of Psalms 90:12, King David wrote, ‘So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. So, as the euphoria of celebration was going on, I took time to ponder on some of the great lessons I have learnt over these years.

I discovered that the wisdom that guides us in life comes from pondering on how God and other circumstances have been working out in our lives. So, in today’s #MondaySuccessReflections, I want to share 5 lessons I have learnt so far in the more than 3 decades of my life here on earth.

1. God is the essence of life

I have in my life come to terms with the truth that life has most meaning when God is in it. I have not achieved much success compared to several millions of other people of my age all over the world (and I’m okay about that) but I am happy with the progress I have made in life so far. There are some who consider it that I have achieved a level of success and I agree with them. So when people ask me, what is my secret to success in life, my answer to them is God. I have seen lots turn around in my life since I came to the full knowledge of Him and have committed to living a life directed at glorifying Him. I have had more peace than worry, joys than sorrows, progress than stagnation, love than hatred and so on. I am sure you will experience same if you give thought to this and let him take charge of your life.

2. Personal development is key to growth

I have seen and heard young people complain and blame their parents, governments and institutions for lack of success and progress in their lives. But the truth I have come to full realisation of is that ‘you are expected to be more responsible for your life than others and be held accountable for its failure. Young people neglect and give no attention to developing themselves. They rather want to fold their arms and think everything will be provided. I have had this habit of buying myself a personal development product at every of my birthday in the past. This is because, each year as I celebrate my birthday, I have a focus. I look forward to something and I attempt to work toward it. Today, there is no quantification for all I have learnt investing in personal development in these past 3 decades. Take time to buy a book, learn a skill, attend a seminar anytime you have the opportunity and you will never regret it.

3. Failure should not be fatal

In my life, I have failed several times. There have been times when I was never impressed with my performance. There have been times when I felt ashamed and disappointed by my inputs and outputs thereof. And there have been times when I did my best and yet could not hit the mark. What did I do at those times? I moved on! I never got held back. I never stayed down. I stood up and moved on. Part of the things that have made me the person I am today were lessons from my failures. I never got to a point where failing became fatal and paralysed my mindset and power to try again. Rather, for each failure, a new level of courage and strength was acquired. So, give yourself a second chance. It’s not the end of the world.

4. People are worth more than money

I do not have all the money I need in my bank account right now but I have learnt that God has put all the things I need in life in people around me. I mean to say that ‘open door is a human being’. When I see someone pray for open doors and yet go on to treat people like they are ‘shit’, I tell myself such person is not yet serious. You must learn to love and value people and give into their lives if you much always have people be at your beck and call. God has blessed my life with the most wonderful people in life to the point that I know I have all I need in all the wonderful people around me and I do my best to appreciate them and let them know I do.

5. Keep your heart clean

People will never seize or fail to hurt you. This will include those close to you and those you love. I have had my share of this too in these past years. However, what I have learnt is that if you hold on to the grudge, you will hurt yourself more than the people are hurting you. Holding on to a hurt makes your life stink and there’s no way you can have a good and meaningful life living like that. You live free when you clean your heart of all hurt. You live happier too and keep people standing on their toes when you still love and care about people even when they hurt you. This is God’s way of life.

So, these are a few important lessons I wanted to share with you today, hoping they’ll inspire you to life a more purposeful week this week. I want you to know that you can have the best life now, here on earth. That is my wish and prayer for you, this day.

I will see you next Monday, enjoying your life.

Your friend in Success and Excellence

 

Apeh Omede

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@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 14: 5 ‘Never Be Afraids’ for this quarter of 2014

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 14: 5 ‘Never Be Afraids’ for this quarter of 2014

Hello Friend,
Welcome to the first Monday in this second quarter of the year. In today’s success reflections, I want to share with you something I feel will help you drive through the next three months of the year, at the end of which we will be hitting the middle of the year.
I want to help you address the common fears that you may confront in the coming months. This is because it is important we do not live in fear if we must succeed in life. Also, looking at the scriptures, you will discover that God is very much interested in dealing with our fears as much as He desires to deal with the things that hinder our relationship with Him. That is why you have about 365 ‘fear nots’ in the bible, according to findings by theologians.
One of these ‘fear nots’ that bares clearly the mind of God is seen in Isaiah 41:10 ‘Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice‘. This quote reveals God’s thoughts and what our responses should be in times of fear. It also exposes some of the promises of God to us in times of fearful confrontations.
So here are a few ‘never be afraids’ I’d like to share with you today
1. Never be afraid to trust God even when He seems late
Sometimes the most fearful thing to do is to trust God in times of our battles, our low moments, especially when we have an experience with delay in getting a response from God. This fear leads to making the wrong decisions followed by the wrong actions, just to help ourselves. One truth is that God never disappoints anyone who puts his trust in Him. You may have had delays in the first quarter of the year and you are wondering if this will ever change. There are several who have had similar experiences that have to prove that God never fails. Well, what I have to say is ‘never be afraid to trust God again.
2. Never be afraid to be yourself even if others think otherwise
One of the key reasons for failures in life is trying to be like other people. And painfully, this is seen almost every day in people’s lives as they struggle to meet up with friends and family’s expectation of them. You can only maximize God’s deposits in your life’s purpose and destiny only when you remain who God has made you to be. You may not even know how many people out there who desire to have what you are having until you begin to live in the light of who you are in God. God is much pleased if you become who He wants YOU to be than when you struggle to be like someone else. Most importantly, being you is a key to discovering your personal path to success. Remember, original is always worth more than a copy.
3. Never be afraid to try again even if you fail
People are afraid to try especially when their previous attempts on success resulted in what short-sighted people may call failure. But the truth is that life is much more interesting when you failed while trying than commonly existing without giving life a try. There’s no one who has never failed at one time in his or her life before. What makes the difference that while others remain down, others stand up and try again. And, it is when you try again that you create the opportunity for success for yourself. And as a matter of fact, failing is an opportunity to rebuild.
4. Never be afraid to love, even your enemies
There may be people in your life who have only been sources of hurts and discouragements to you since the beginning of the year and now you are considering hating them. Love is the most power change agent in the world. You cannot get those people to change by rewarding them with hatred. As a believer, rewarding evil with evil should not be part of your dictionary as the Lord has commanded. It is important that in this season that you are not afraid to love people because loving them will make you better and change them for good.
5. Never be afraid of change, even when it hard to accept
Change will always come and go. What keep the world moving are the changes that we experience daily. There are moments in our lives when all we need at those points would be a simple adjustment to the current situation. And this change must begin with you because you cannot change what is around you until you change what is within you. The word of God encourages us to change our minds continuously until we come to the mind of Christ. Remember, life begins to get boring when you remain within the same level.
There is no claims that these are all the ‘never be afraids’ that you need for total success in this season but they are good enough to help you go a step further in your pursuit for a good life. So, I will encourage you to embrace them while you go ahead to discover more of the things that create fear in your life and hand them over to the Almighty God for His courage.
I will see you next Monday, living without fear.
Your friend in Success and Excellence
Apeh Omede
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@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

 

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 13: The Waiting Factor

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 13: The Waiting Factor

Hello Friend,
Today is the last Monday in the first quarter of the year 2014. It’s a good thing to still be here today. And today’s Monday Success Reflections is tagged ‘The Waiting Factor’. Last week, we looked at endurance. These two are different, in that while endurance may involve a time of pain and grief during a time, waiting may just require you to stay calm and watch in faith. And I want to discuss this because I feel it is one of the challenges we have in pursuit of the dreams and visions that God has put in our hearts for the year. As a matter of fact, there are those of us reading this or others that we know that are already facing hard time with the demand to ‘wait’.
For some of us, the waiting started from the beginning of this year and we thought in our mind that by now, it would have been a ‘boom’ and then ‘here comes the promise of the Lord’. Unfortunately, it has not been so. Though there are and still will be many great promises from the Lord concerning our life, marriages, ministries, career, relationships, finances and all the rest, it is important not to neglect that every promise comes with a ‘waiting’ demand.
Lest we forget, Abraham had to wait for the promised seed (after making a mistake through impatience); Moses had to wait for the manifestation of what he dreamt about Israel’s freedom (after making a mistake through impatience); the Israelites had to wait for the set time for their freedom; Job waited until his change came; David waited in hiding until the throne became his. Jesus the Christ until His time came; and even God had to wait until Noah completed the ark before the first destruction.
So what do you do during a ‘waiting’ period and how does that contribute to your success in life? The Psalmist said “I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.” (Ps 130:5 Amplified Bible). Waiting on the Lord keeps you expectant and hopeful. These two are powerful ingredients that can move the heart and hands of God at any time. People who are in haste are neither expectant nor hopeful and so go to sort their issues outside of God’s support. This can actually be disastrous.
The Prophet Isaiah once said this about waiting on God, “He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” (Isaiah 40:29-31). It is clear here that rushing to gain success with neglect to waiting for God’s guidance and support will lead to frustrations. It does not depend on your strength or ability, it is all about God’s ability which He gives to only those who wait on Him.
Looking around, you will see the havoc that impatience have caused to our marriages and relationships, choice of career paths and investments, choice of government and the consequent policies. There has never been a time in history where it was better to haste out than to wait patiently for God’s leading. Even though the immediate result may be sweet and looks good, at the long run, things may change for worse and bring regrets. It is better to wait on the Lord than to take actions on your own.
I do not want to make it look simple as if it very easy to wait, but I will like to assure you that whatever you wait for in God will sure come to you. The prophet, Habakkuk encouraged us thus, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfilment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.” (Habakkuk 2:3 Amplified Bible). I know that one of the reasons for our lack of wait is fear of failure and the unknown. But if you can put your trust in God, He will come through for you at the appointed time.
My encourage to you is that is this week; you need to wait on the Lord for that expectation. Do not hurry yourself out of God’s planned success and blessing for you. Wait patiently. This is a great virtue that will work out great blessing in your walk with God.
I will see you next Monday, reaping the blessing of waiting.
Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede
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[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 12: The Endurance Factor

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 12: The Endurance Factor

Hello friend,
  
In today’s #MondaySuccessReflections, I want to ask you a question that is not so simple or popular these days among Christians. Have you in recent times considered the important of endurance and its role in your achieving success? Because, endurance is not such a pleasant word or condition to be in as other sweet-smelling words, we find it difficult to associate with it. But, today, it has been impressed deeply in my heart that endurance is an integral part of our work with God, towards attaining to god-likeness and success as well.
Have you noticed that ‘endurance is the ability to remain in existence through an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way, the capacity of a thing to last or withstand wear or tear? Come to think of it, why do you think some people in life succeed where others fail? Why do you think that others are able to hold on at the points where several gave in? Why do you think people are able to keep going when all have fallen by the wayside? Is it just because they are passionate or visionary? Well, I am sure that vision and passion lacking endurance will surely fade away just in a matter of time.
Do you know that Jesus, the Christ we follow didn’t have a glorified name until He had endured the cross? And we are called to learn from Him for our own life too. That is why a good number of scriptures talked about endurance as a good Christian virtue and I dare to say, a tool very crucial for success. Paul encouraged Timothy to put up with his share of hardship as a loyal soldier in Christ’s army.
Endurance is valuable as a factor for success because it instils in you the discipline you need for success. It is the ingredient that builds resilience in the face of opposition. Through endurance, your capacity can be increased, your spiritual stamina becomes stabilised and your character thoroughly refined. When you endure hardship or pain for a good, worthy and godly cause, and you come out strong and victorious, your faith is built up the more. Endurance sustains the hand of God over your life and destiny. Isn’t that true with some of your experiences at those times you endured? These are values that money cannot ever buy.
And this is my encouragement to you today that you make endurance your companion, especially in this world where things may not go your way and as smoothly as you may expect it to go, especially in issues that touch on your faith and walk with God. I do not think that certain success stories are ever going to be possible in the absence of endurance.
I will leave you now, to go out this week, conquering every situation that comes your way, placing a demand to endure on you.
Your friend in Success and Excellence
Apeh Omede
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[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 11: I Am Not Ready!

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 11: I Am Not Ready!

Hello friend,

11: I Am Not Ready

It is always a joy to me to have the privilege to share this moment of your life and time with you. I really appreciate it and want it to last forever. Today, in Monday Success Reflections, I want to share with you an excerpt from John Stanko who has been one of my many virtual mentors. I have been following him since January 2, 2006 when I first received his newsletter in my email, after reading one of his books. Here, he probes into how ready we really are to confront our call and purpose and I think it will bless you as we reflect on it together. I have done a few adds/removes but all credit still goes to him.

Moses is one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament, but he was just like you and me. He was willing to do God’s will to a point, but then he began to produce excuses that he hoped would exempt him from going back to Egypt, a job he clearly didn’t want to do. His first excuse was, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:11). That was an expression of his poor self-esteem and estimate of his inability to carry out the task.

Next Moses tried a different ploy, claiming that he wasn’t ready to go. I know you have never offered that excuse, but just in case you are ever tempted to do so, perhaps you should read on and see how to handle this thinking.

WHAT SHALL I TELL THEM?

What did Moses say exactly? He said, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13). Moses was trying to talk God out of His decision to send Moses, and Moses was saying in so many words, “I am not ready. I don’t have all the information I need. I need to know more about God and be better equipped to handle people’s objections and questions. I need more education and training. “

I have encountered people who do the same thing. They have a clear mandate and burden to do something. Yet they tell me things like, “I’m praying about it,” but they really aren’t. Sometimes they tell me, “I don’t have the education or training,” or “I am not spiritual enough; I have to get this or that fixed in my life before I go and do.” Have you ever offered those excuses? Are you employing them now in some aspect of your life, ministry or work?

You may truly need more training or education, and you may need to address a lack or problem in your life. Yet those issues don’t disqualify you from doing something today to see God’s will furthered in your life. Usually, you can address your issues while you are fulfilling your purpose instead of before even trying to fulfill it. Don’t try to figure out all the implications of God’s will before you start doing it; start doing it and make your changes and improvements as you go.

MIGHTY IN BATTLE

Hebrews 11:34-35 states, “Whose weakness was turned to strength, and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” I thought it interesting that the heroes of the faith didn’t wait until they had strength, rather they received strength after they entered the battle. You may be saying to yourself, “If God gives me strength, I’ll go and do.” Instead God is saying, “If you go and do, I’ll give you the strength, wisdom, power or ability — whatever it is that you need.” If you are waiting to be ready to go before you are ready to go, you may never be ready to go.

Are you procrastinating, delaying the first steps you need to take where your purpose or goals are concerned? What excuses have you come up with that sound logical, which have almost become second nature to you? Are you ready this week to face the truth of why you are delaying? I hope you are, for God knew of your lack and weakness before He gave you the idea or directive. In spite of your lack, He is offering you a chance to fulfill your purpose. Are you ready to stop delaying and to take action?

This week could be the week when you finally stop asking questions and offering excuses. I hope it is and that you have a great week! I will see you next Monday, living an excuse-free life.
 
Your friend in Success and Excellence

ApehOmede
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Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge