Posted in Author Omotayo, Digest, Motivational

My A to Z of Motivation

My A to Z of Motivation

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

Bradley Whitford

A- Accepting: Accept who you are that’s the starting point, if you want to be a better you. Accept others for who they are, that way you expect less from others and more from yourself.

B- Boldness: You have to be bold to stand out. There will be castigations,humiliations and reproaches but if you want to be outstanding, you must be bold enough to stand alone.

C- Closure: Forgive and let go, life gets easier that way.

D – Dream: Dream big…it will cost you nothing but it would give you everything you have ever wished for.

E – Everyone is Special: Growth is all encompassing, if you want to grow, you must open your mind to people growing around you, after all everyone is special in their own way.

F – Failing can be beautiful, so also is falling. Most times the best life changing lessons are learned after a fail. When you understand the concept of failing forward, success would eventually find you.

G – Gratitude: Be grateful for what you have no matter how small or insignificant you think they are. They are someone’s prayer request and once they were all you could think of. Only a great fool is not grateful.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

H – Help in any way you can. Give, encourage, listen, advise, inspire, challenge, help in every capacity you can, somehow, it will impact on your own life too.

I – Information. Information is a key to success, gather it, analyse it and interpret it and most of all make use of it on time.

J – Justice: Be just in everything you do and in all your dealings; with the young and old, big and small, rich and poor. Be fair as humanly possible, only do to others as you would expect them to do to you.

K – Knowledge is power. Make it your job to know, make your findings, don’t rely on just the information you have but make efforts to know details. Knowledge will always set you apart from others in a highly competitive world.

L- Live: Many people are alive without living, you start living when you start taking risks, it is nice to live simple but simple life seldom impacts on history.

M – Miracle is all about faith. We all need miracle once in a while but the first miracle we need is faith. With faith comes courage and with courage comes possibilities.

N – Nurture your talent. Everyone has something they are good at, it is just natural. Whatever yours is, nurture it and find a way to make people buy into it.

O – Optimism: A pessimist sees it far worse than it is, a realist sees it for what it is but an optimist sees it for what it can be. Don’t be down because of what today holds, be optimistic and focus on what tomorrow has in store.

P – Possibilities: If you can conceive it, then you can create it. Nothing is impossible with the right tools, information, knowledge and will power. No matter how difficult it is for people to believe it is doable, if you can dream it, then you can do it.

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII

Q – Quality stands you out. Give your best no matter the situation. Don’t sacrifice quality for any reason, if it must be done by you, then it must be the best of you.

R – Read: You can’t grow yourself without growing your mind. Read wide, expand your horizon and be without bounds. Information is the key to breaking new grounds.

S – Sex like all matters in relationship is sacred.

T – Time: Time waits for no one, don’t waste yours. The best time to start is yesterday, the second best time is now. Don’t procrastinate no matter how inconvenient it feels, if it must be done, then now is the time.

U – Uniqueness: Be unique by being you. You are Special by creation, don’t become less by trying to be someone else. Be yourself, improve on who you are on daily basis and your uniqueness will speak for you.

V – Valable relationships: People you know are to a large extent the measure of how far you can go. Build valuable relationships and value people in your life. Water your contacts and don’t wait till you need assistance before you reach out.

W – Will power is that unstoppable force that keeps you going against all odds. For every fall, there must be a rise, even to grounds higher than before.

X – X-factor: eXtra is all it takes to move from being ordinary to being extraordinary. Go a step further than the rest, push a little harder than the rest, give more than others will give, in everything you do, don’t forget the extra.

Y – You are the most valuable person to you. Understand yourself, love yourself and appreciate who you are. You are your best shot at being successful, have faith in yourself and give yourself time.

Z – Zeal is everything. You have to be able to push, even when you have got nothing to go on, you still have to keep pushing. It is called the never say die attitude.

Posted in Author Omotayo, Inspirational Stories, Motivational

Recreate Yourself Every Time

Evolution creates a baby but to be a man, a boy has to recreate himself.Whoever you are today is the creation of who you were yesterday.

A successful man is a man of different phases and who at each phase recreates himself to not only survive but to excel. Ask an old person, they have so many tales to tell, of times and events, how opportunities were lost and how unforetold doors were opened, how time stood still in times of hunger and how they sped during fun times, how being broke wasn’t fun and how being rich comes with its headaches; phases of life filled with both regrets and rejoice. Nonetheless, those who had more regrets than rejoice are often those who failed to recreate themselves regularly along the way.

I will share with you two of such stories and I will hope that you will pick up few lessons to better inform you:

There was this man in the 80s, a young brilliant telephone technician. This was the days of landlines (cable, poles and phonebox). This man was very popular amongst the rich who could afford the luxury of telephones and he charged them heavily. This man was living on top of the world, two vehicles (a convenience car and a truck), a house of his own and a happy family. It was all fun for this man till 2003 when GSM came to Nigeria, people started abandoning telephone boxes in exchange for mobile handsets. By the 2004, this brilliant phone technician had lost his relevance; no more installation works or quick fixes. By 2010, he had sold all his assets to feed his family and now he is just a nobody struggling to make ends meet.

Also in the same 80s was another man, a Volkswagen (beetle) automechanic. He was the mechanic of the educated and the creams of the society. This was the time when owning a Beetle meant you are a graduate with a beautiful job. This man made the most of the situation and like the phone technician, he bought two cars, built a lovely house and a beautiful family. By the early 90s, Japanese cars became the new toast of rich and gradually the numbers of Beetles started going down. This mechanic saw the trend immediately and sold one of his cars to raise money for a 3months’ course in Japan on “how to fix Japanese cars”. Most of his fellow mechanics thought that was a dumb idea and a complete waste of money, as they felt cars are cars, German or Japanese. However, by early 2000, there were very few Beetles left and the few left where owned mostly by the poor who can barely afford to maintain them. This mechanic had recreated himself, he was still the toast of the rich who now drives Japanese cars and also a star amongst his colleagues who now had to come to him for training on how to fix Japanese cars.

A successful man is a man of different phases and who at each phase recreates himself to not only survive but to excel. 

Lessons

1. Life is dynamic, ever changing, if you want to stay relevant then you must continue to recreate yourself.

2. Comfort zone is great but it could also be a dangerous zone when you stay there for too long. 

3. Whatever field you find yourself, always look ahead and improve yourself accordingly. Acquire knowledge at high cost if that’s what it takes so you don’t pay the ultimate price in the future.

4. People with lesser ambition may call you over ambitious, don’t let that distract/deter you, it is better to standout than to be unnoticed.

5. Your life can only get better when you strive to be better. The quality of your input will determine the quality of your output.

Your life is a story in writing, a story only you determines how it will end. Create, recreate and re-recreate yourself!

Posted in Author Oluwatosin, Digest, Inspirational Stories, Motivational

Meet the Mark, Exceed the Limit

Meet the Mark, Exceed the Limit

The cheetah is the fastest moving land animal. It survives in the animal kingdom with its speed and agility; which serves as both hunting and safety weapon. The cheetah is neither the biggest animal in its habitat nor the most skillful but what the Cheetah has, it makes the best of. The cheetah’s speed sets it apart and makes it outstanding. The cheetah exploits it’s ability to outrun other animals which comes very handy when hunting. When it captures a prey, it consumes it as quickly as possible, before other animals with greater strength intrude. The cheetah neither roars nor has a frightening appearance, therefore, It can be inferred that without its speed, the cheetah will be just another cat in the animal kingdom.

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In the study of life and nature, many qualities can be adopted from lower animals and even plants; the caring nature of a monkey towards its infants, the tireless efforts of ants in obtaining food, the patience of the vulture, the never giving up attitude of rodents, the easy lifestyle of trees – obeying the wind and struggling for nothing yet providing shelter for anyone that comes close… Nature provides helpful tips for the successful living of humans. An interesting and challenging lesson can also be adopted from the cheetah’s life. The fact that it ran today and came out the fastest is not a reason for it not to run tomorrow or not put in all its best- a cheetah takes every challenge as another opportunity to prove itself.

A man who puts in all his resources and efforts into the actualisation of a goal will always make a difference. Today’s failure does not ascertain tomorrow’s failure, the same way today’s success does not guarantee tomorrow’s success. Everyday is unique in itself. The only help yesterday can render is the lesson it taught which becomes reference for tomorrow’s decisions. The life of the cheetah teaches man to fight for each day like it’s his last day, hold on to every opportunity like none other might come, take one’s chance as quickly as possible, push till limits are exceeded, set new records and not rely on yesterday’s success.

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The major hindrance to continuous success is complacency. The notion of “people already know I am the best”. The cheetah does not allow that to consume it! Competition becomes difficult yet more exciting when one’s opponent is oneself, trying to better one’s own performance and being a better person on a daily basis. Knowing you can be better and aspiring to be, it is more satisfying to know that you have made a mark and set a pace. Fight everyday to better the person you were yesterday.

Meet the mark, exceed your limits, that’s how consistency can be achieved!

By AYODEJI, Oluwatosin Abiodun