Happy New Year Fam!!!

Jan 1, 2013 by

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Happy New Year Fam! I’m so glad I’m alive to see this new year – the beginning of another cycle. For me, 2012 brought so many blessings, victories, and very few disappointments. Now, I realize that this might not have been the case for everyone. Most people had more disappointments than they did blessings. But whatever the case may be for you, I’m glad you made it into 2013! We have another 12 months to set the things in our lives that are within the spheres of our control straight! We have 12 months to dream big, and stretch ourselves to the best of our abilities!

However, in order for us to accomplish this this year – for us to have a more fruitful and productive 2013 ever – we have to first accept the fact that NOTHING magical happened when 12 am struck this morning! So even though we’ve been given another opportunity this year to set things straight, that will only happen when we take personal responsibility to make positive changes this year. This is why its important for us to reflect and honestly review our performance in 2012 if we haven’t already done so. By so doing, you’ll be able to analyse your true performance and properly determine the areas in which you need to make changes and perhaps, how to make them.

But whatever the case may be, just blindly starting off 2013 wishing that things will turn out better than they did in 2012 is self-deceit. Also, blindly making new year’s resolutions just because you feel obligated by custom and tradition to do so at the beginning of every new year will also turn out to be unfruitful – unless you ensure that those resolutions are actions that will yield the changes you have determined is detrimental to make your performance in 2013 better than that of 2012.

Fam, let’s all hit the ground this year running! Let’s set goals that will inspire us to give our best this year to everything we set our hands to do. But most importantly, let’s commit our year into God’s hands and work with Him, expecting that He’ll help us with the things that are outside our range of direct control.

We, your fam at Seeds In Words, wish you a fruitful, favorable, and fun filled year! May you receive all that you desire and work for this year! And may your dreams and all that you hope for come true!! Happy New Year!!

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Keep moving, don’t get comfortable…

Jul 24, 2011 by

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“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” – Will Rogers

We go to school, get a degree, and look for some job – even if it’s not one we really enjoy. We make a few bucks every month. Pay our numerous bills and if we’ve got a little change left in our pockets, thank goodness! Isn’t this a classic case? What happened to our childhood dreams? What happened to, “I’ll keep the job for a while and save up to start my own stuff?” When asked this, a lot of people say, “Life happened!” Not so true!

We all have dreams. Things we’d love to do ALL our lives. I believe we’re supposed to live everyday working towards achieving those dreams. Maybe slowly, but steadily! Honestly ask yourself…”I’m I doing what I really love doing?” If you’re not, then please don’t get comfortable. Don’t quit on the way to your dreams! Don’t let ” job security” stop you from living your dreams…Don’t stop driving. Don’t stop trying to fulfill that desire you have! Lose the justification for forgetting your real passion already!

Earl Shoaff, an entrepreneur and self-made millionaire, sharing one of his secrets to success said, “Work part time on your dreams, while working full time on your job.” I believe this is the key! Keep working on that dream. Don’t let your job be an excuse. Don’t settle for anything less than your dreams! Don’t park until you get there!

 

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The Ant Philosophy…

Jul 15, 2011 by

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Have you ever seen a battalion of ants marching in formation? *Pretty nasty I know!* Now, assuming you don’t murder them with bug spray, what happens when you try to block their path?…They break up for a while, but in no time, they gather themselves together and fall back into formation!! *So annoying I know!* But this is the same mindset we’re supposed to have in the pursuit of our goals and dreams.

Most times, once we set out to become the best we could ever be, all hell breaks lose on us. This seems to be a fact of life! Whenever we decide to start pursuing our dreams, it seems like a bunch of demons gather around with their cups of coffee, and very comfortable sofas to continuously set hindrances in our paths until we eventually fail :-D. This is so true! Sometimes we experience so much opposition that it feels like Murphy had us in mind when he coined his very famous law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

In times like these, learn to be like ants! Learn to never quit! If one way blocks, relax, look around, and find another. If it seems like what you’re doing right now is not working, take a step back, re-evaluate your methods and get right back to it. Learn to keep working on whatever you’ve set your mind to achieve UNTIL it happens!

Benjamin Disraeli said in one occasion, “Nothing can stop a human will that sets its existence on it’s purpose.” That is, you have to resolve within yourself that you’ll get what you want, even if it costs you your life! Whatever it is we want in life, if we set our mind on it and give all we’ve got in it’s pursuit, we’ll DEFINITELY achieve it! And just like ants, if something happens to delay or block our paths, instead of giving up, let’s keep searching and searching UNTIL we find an alternative route.

So here’s what you’ve got to do:

- The next time it seems like your paths blocked, remember ants! If those little suckers can do it, you can too!

And of course, you won’t be doing it alone. Your seeds in words fam will be doing the same too! Let’s not give up UNTIL we’ve got what we want!!

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Give, but not to recieve.

Jul 14, 2011 by

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“Always give without remembering. Always receive without forgetting.” – William Barclay

I have found that most times, we give expecting to receive something back. We give to God expecting that He’ll bless us in return. We give of our time or resources with a mindset of, “Ok now you owe me one… You may not realize it yet, but you owe me one.” Hence, it is so easy for us to call on those we’ve helped in the past, because we unconsciously believe they owe us something. Everyone of us is guilty of this.

Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it’ll be measured to you.” You see? It’s even in the bible! Most of us read this and then run off to give because we want to receive. Unconscious though it might be, but it’s the fact. We all do it. What a pathetic reason to give!

The motivation behind our giving should be love! When we give to God, to charity, or to our friends, we’re supposed to be driven by love. In our quest for greatness, it’s very important for us to learn and be aware of what the bible says in Acts 20:35: “…it is more blessed to give than to receive.” So that when we’ve achieved our dreams (no matter how long that may take), we’ll remember to give of ourselves, our time, our resources, not to receive, but to love. We need to remember that we weren’t born with the things we have, they were given us. So we need to give to others, so they too can give to others, and others to others and the cycle will be endless.

**And by the way, if you find it difficult to give now (with the excuse that you don’t have enough), you will NEVER give (even when you’ve gotten “enough”). So practice it; give! No matter how little.**

So before you give next time,

1) Ask yourself: I’m I giving because I want to receive?

2) Clear your mind of that perverted incentive and just give out of love!

You probably know how good it feels when someone’s there to help you when you need help the most. Let’s all be that “someone” to other people! Let’s all give out of love, not to receive!

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It’s Possible!

Jul 9, 2011 by

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“Jesus said to him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes” – Mk 9:23 (AKJV)

At some point in the pursuit of our dreams, we exhaust our drive. It tends to be a natural occurrence for us to lose sight of the reason why we started running in the first place. We get tired, we feel like we’ve been running forever with no sign of the finish line. All of us at some point has felt this way, especially after failing so many times.

What is that thing that will keep you going? What is that thing that when you remember it you want to stay in the race? There’s got to be something that will sustain our motivation while we’re chasing after our goals and dreams. What is it that you’ll say to yourself when you’ve failed so many times, that will give you the courage to get back on your feet and try some more? In Prov 24:16, the bible says, “Though the righteous man falls seven times, he shall rise again…” So what is it that will make you rise again, after it seems like all hell has broken lose on you, and everything that could go wrong has gone wrong?

This is what you have to say to yourself: It’s possible!! That goal you set for yourself is possible! That dream you have, though it might seem ridiculously huge, is possible! At the times when life knocks you down, and it seems like you can never win, just remember that it’s possible! There was a reason why YOU had to be the one who had that dream, or set those goals. There’s got to be a reason why it occurred to YOU and no one else. So say to yourself, say to your dreams, say to those things you really want to accomplish, IT’S POSSIBLE!!

Abraham Lincoln is probably the most ideal example of failure turned into success. He was born into poverty, lost eight elections, failed in business twice, and suffered a nervous breakdown, among other failures.  What do you think kept him going all through his numerous failures? Why do you think he didn’t quit on himself, like so many of us would’ve? Because he knew within himself that it was POSSIBLE!

Here’s the challenge for you:

1) Think of those areas you’ve quit on yourself, or those things you’ve given up on

2) Now say this with power and conviction: IT’S POSSIBLE!!

3) Continue saying it until everything in you believes it!

We – your folks at seeds in words – believe that we can all achieve greatness and live our dreams to the fullest. So join us and let’s believe together that IT’S POSSIBLE!!

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