- “The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one’s own opinions, and value others that deserve it.” –Sir William Temple
- “It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.” –Confucius
- “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In the space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” –Viktor E. Frankl
- “Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” –Herbert Otto
- “Things become clearer to us when we seek and find the answers within ourselves.” – Bibobra Alabrah
- “When we challenge ourselves to change, we find solutions to unchanging situations.” – Bibobra Alabrah
- “Let him who would move the world first move himself.” –Socrates
- “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.” –Samuel Johnson
- “If we all do the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” –Thomas Edison
- “We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.” –James Freeman Clarke
- “Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” –Jean-Paul Sartre
- “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
- “You will know that you are growing when things that confused you yesterday, make more sense today.” –Bibobra Alabrah
As we journey through life, we will fall flat and fail completely.
The truth is the bigger your goals, the heftier your failures and this can be frightening but we must not be deterred, because if success is the goal… then failure is the springboard! We must fall forward.
We are in the second month 2018, how has it been with your goals?
If you have being on top of things, awesome! More grease to your elbows, be more fired up to achieve even greater things; if you have fallen short already, is alright to fall short but it is not okay to remain there, so pick yourself up and continue the journey.
Moving forward, give less thought but KNOW MORE and ACT MORE, for until we act, we have no experiences to learn from and better ourselves and others.
I found these insights when I examined the gospel of John chapter one. I am convinced that if you apply them correctly, your life will begin to take a more positive shape in your daily interactions with people and challenge your thought process.
Here we go….
- Jesus is the light of men: He illuminates and enlightens everything that concerns us; if you believe.
- Find your purpose: our purposes are rooted in God our maker; to know and understand WHY we are here, we must turn to the light that shines in the darkness of our hearts and mind.
- Step to greater things: we must aim higher and know exactly what it is that we want in life, this will create awareness and help us stay in tune with ourselves and be prepared to take opportunities as they present themselves or we create them. John’s two disciples left him for Jesus knowing that He has the potential to make them achieve incredible things.
- Be direct: this will help us avoid unnecessary chatter and focus on what is important and urgent. When Jesus saw the two young men following Him, “What do you what?” He asked! Afterwards, He just said two brief words—“follow me”.
- Be receptive to people: Jesus invited them into His abode when they inquired of His residence. “Come….and see, He said!”. He chose to show them……any lessons here for you?
- Learn to share: Upon finding the Messiah, the first thing Andrew did was to look for his brother and share his new-found treasure. Too often we hold back powerful tools in our disposal that make us successful, happy, content, joyful…. you name it.
- Human relations: Jesus’ approach to Nathaniel was different from the other two disciples who had met Him earlier. Apparently, Nathaniel was a tougher nut to crack given that he had doubted anything good could come out of Nazareth. Jesus knowing his heart, used a more effective means to win his heart. We too must meet people where they are to establish any meaningful relationship.