“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say,yes,I’ve got dreams:of course I’ve got dreams.Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep,they are still there.”
-Emma B ombeck-
Monthly Archives: November 2013
Every person has a weaker foot (at least the ones I have met). Each one of us has disturbing flaws and weaknesses. Here are some tips for anyone who would like to deal with their weaknesses and flaws.
1.Know what Your Weaknesses Are
The first step in dealing with your weaknesses is to know what they are. Take a hard look at yourself and come clean. If you don’t know what you are up against you won’t know how to deal with it.
In military, before launching an offensive there is an advance party that is sent to spy on the enemy. The job of the advance party is to establish the strength (number of troops and weaponry) of the enemy and then devise a plan of action based on the enemy strength, terrain and so on…Am I digressing?
The point here is that you must do a comprehensive and honesty search of all the drawers of your life and lay your flaws bare.
Just to get you started here is a list of some common human weaknesses;
- Short temper
- Time mismanagement
2. Admit It
Lets face it, admitting your weaknesses is one of the hardest things to do. Many people prefer to simply brush the discussion under the carpet. Since you are reading this I believe you are not one those people. If you can’t admit that you have flaws there is no way you can deal with them.
Admitting your flaws does not mean that you make a list of them and publish it on your website. It means telling yourself that you know what your weaknesses are and that you are willing to work on improving.
3. Make a Commitment
Make a commitment to change, to yourself and to your accountability group. An accountability group may not be a group after all. These could be two or three individuals that you have given permission to speak the truth `in your face`. Let them know what you are working on and ask them to give feedback every now and then.
4.Keep Evaluating Your Progress
The only way to know if you are making progress is to keep checking. Ask your accountability friend to rate your progress. Don’t get discouraged by slow progress. If you keep making slow progress over time, it will culminate into something big.
Also, check to see if you need to change the strategy.Make adjustments as may be necessary.
5.Keep on Keeping On
You may be doing fine, but don’t stop there. A human being must always strive for a higher level of excellence.
Become the best version of yourself.
There is told a story of a man who owned a huge tract of land in the countryside. One day he woke up to the news that gold was being discovered in a neighboring country. Hurriedly, he sold his farm and left in search of gold. He spent all his money on explorations. But he found no gold.
The money finished. The dream of owning a gold mine was dashed. But he was still a family man; he needed to pay the bills and put a roof over the heads of his family members.
He found a job in one of the gold mining companies as a driver. One day as he made a delivery he met the man who bought his land. The man was selling gold. The difference is, he was not a delivery man. This was his gold! The piece of land he sold for a song was a gold mine.
This man went looking for a mine which was under his feet the whole time. How many times in life do we embark on a journey to look for opportunities? What we need is to look at what we have, both within and without. Granted, there is nothing wrong with going for greener pastures. Just make sure that those pastures are indeed ‘greener’ than what you are stepping on right now.
Is it not strange that people admire our inner strength and yet we ourselves are completely oblivious to its existence? .
The opportunities you need are in your hand. If you spare a moment to look, you will find they are plentiful indeed.
The gold mine is under your feet.
A Poem by C.W. Longenecker
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
Everything in life is a teacher. Some time back I received a text message from a friend of mine. The message was talking about the life of a pencil and the lessons that it learns from its maker. These are lessons that we can pick and apply in our daily living. They should be able to enhance the quality of our lives.
1. Everything you do will leave a mark.
Never ever forget this; no matter how little the thing you do it will always leave a mark on someone. What are the marks you are leaving on people’s hearts by the things you do?
2. The mistake you make can always be corrected.
Sadly, our life is not like that of a pencil. You cannot pick up spilled water. Neither can you unbreak a glass. But you can always pick yourself up after a fall. The greatest mistake is to keep repeating a mistake.
3. What is inside you is what matters most
The outer casing of a pencil does not matter as much as its ‘heart’. The quality of its writing is determined by what is inside. Similarly, your inner qualities outweigh your outward appearance. Let your authenticity be inside-out, not the other way round.
4. From time to time you will undergo painful sharpening to refine you.
In order for a pencil to continue writing beautifully it must be sharpened every now and then. Sometimes life will throw you in the furnace in order to transform you into the person you are meant to be. Nothing makes finer gold than fire.
5. You must allow yourself to be guided by the hand that holds you
A pencil is for writing, but it cannot write on its own. In order to do its job the pencil must allow itself to be guided. Likewise, a human being cannot fulfill his purpose on earth unless he allows himself to be held and guided by the master artisan-God.