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By Shepherd Magombedze
Personal Mastery: The Will to Succeed What is success? Success is a combination of accomplishments. It should be wholesome and cover all areas from spiritual, health wise, financial to social life. However, to different people success is different. To many people success is personal prosperity. Personal prosperity to them means having a fine home, financial security, achieving leadership, and gaining respect and admiration. In other words they want to be able, Intellectually, Physically and Financially.
Most have realised that this success requires personal development to the fullest potential and stretching the body, soul and spirit to extreme limits. Now, do you have what it takes to succeed? I say you have it, because you were born to succeed. It’s in born within you. God created you a success and it only takes your decision to fail. Choose success! Master yourself for success. Steer your boat towards success.
Success is like a person rowing a boat in a river towards rapids and a fall. You need to have a purpose: To get to your destination safely in the quickest possible way. From the purpose you then set goals consistent with your purpose. Getting to the destination requires good quality planning and consistent effective and efficient action so as to successfully reach your destination. Failure to do so will only mean you may hit some rocks or perish over the falls. You should not start rowing furiously backwards when you reach the falls. If you plan ahead you will know what to do when you get to the falls. Life is like that. In order to succeed, have a definite purpose and clear achievable giant goals. Precise definite plans for the achievement of these goals followed by persistent definite action will set you on high.
Facts of Life As a matter of fact, every human being wants success. Everybody wants the best out of life including morons and mad people. No one wants pernicious experiences in life. No one enjoys a life of mediocrity. The abyss of mediocrity disenfranchises many a soul. No one likes to be labelled inferior or a nonentity. No one enjoys being pushed around…...yet the majority languish in squalor! The thing that separates the successful and failures is the purpose, goals, plans, decisions and action that these people take. Get it right there and you are done. Even if you only learnt that point from this discourse it will be enough. Everything else is making the story long. Get this right: Sought out your purpose, goals, plans, decisions and action.
I repeat again: Purpose, goals, plans, decisions and action. Master these
five and you are done.
According to the Pareto principle, a meagre 20% of national wealth is in the hands of a whopping 80% the population. The trivial many with ‘chip on the shoulder’, excuse-makers, ditherers, prevaricators, doubting Thomases, lazy bones, ‘hewers of wood and drawers of water’ are the 80%. 80% of the national wealth is in the hands of only 20% of the population. These are the vital few bold, decisive, proactive, visionary, risk takers. Who then are you?
Do you want to remain where you are? You were born to be great. Take action now! Purpose in your heart to change. It’s not good to be poor. Don’t give up. Giving up is for the dead. Live to be an example, to be an inspiration to others that big success in possible to anyone. You are not faint hearted! You are made of high fibre. You are the best! Take action! Now!
If wishes were horses beggars would ride! Wishful thinking cannot bring about a change of status. You cannot wish for a better job and get it. You cannot merely wish yourself a beautiful mansion. No business empire can be built upon mere wishes. Ascendancy to dizzy heights was never begotten by a simple wish. Dispel Wrong Views about Money and Riches The poor think that money is ‘filthy lucre’, however they scrape for it. They spend sleepless nights to have it. The poor beg alms and appeal for aid. They have an insatiable desire for possession. They think that money is the root of all evil, yet the bible says the love of money is the root of all evil. However, Churches and cannot be established without money. Tithes and offerings are good for the any church. Also, great achievements have been possible because of money.
People misinterpret the bible, thinking that the rich will never enter heaven. However, Cornelius in the bible was saved because of his riches. See, some of the rich people are the best selfless and serious givers. Not meaning that if you are poor you will not enter into heaven. I would rather enter into heaven rich than poor. ‘Blessed is the hand that giveth’
Most poor people think it’s blessed to be poor. Yet they have envious hatred of the rich and famous. They are jealousy of the wealthy. Actually the bible talks about “blessed are the poor in spirit” i.e. those down-to-earth, not puffed up, not conceited.
Flee from poverty If poverty is not associated with evil and destruction, then what is it? What is meritorious about lack of funds? Where is the virtue if you cannot pay your bills? How can you have one foot in heaven by running ragged? How can one be next to God merely because of depravation? Where is moral excellence in civil strife
for crumbs? Be an entrepreneur. Others have a vision, while common men have none. These few are making vital contribution to the economy. They have broken through and weathered the storm.
Only a few individuals can do it That’s wrong. If it’s right, then be one of the few, than to sulk and depend on another for your livelihood. In African extended families, a few work hard, while the rest do little. Change does not need the participation of the whole world. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever is” (Margaret Mead) Change your attitudes and succeed Makeover of appearances cannot change the real thing. A pardoned criminal is soon turned in. A cleaned up vagrant is scruffy again. A prostitute reverts to streets. A kerb-crawler sees no value in wife. Exert personal transformation rather than external effort.
Attitudes affect self- belief Weed negative thoughts; thoughts such as “I am nothing” “I am afraid”. Why? Attitudes kill self-confidence. Remove words like “I can’t” “I will never make it” from your vocabulary and replace them with words such as: How can I make it, I can make it, I can, All things are possible, I am not afraid.
Attitudes cause paralysis of inaction. For example if you tell yourself that “It’s too late” you will not do anything. But if you say even though it’s late I will try, then you will take action.
Change your thoughts
The bible says as a man thinks that is what he is. Break the negative thoughts. Change your thought patterns. Don’t tell yourself “I have no chance”, tell yourself: I have all the changes. Remove negative, disparaging statements. Modify your behaviour. Act right and act now. Do what you know is right. You have unlimited potential. Remove such thoughts as “I am comfortable as I am” “What if I try and fail” “‘I do not have what it takes” “I am not destined for success” None in my clan has gone that far “This is our family’s problem”. Be the first success in your family. History already has such people who against all odds have traveled paths others did not travel and have set new records. If no one will do it, be the one who will do it. Don’t limit yourself! Do it!
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