Monday 9 December 2013

4 Concepts You Must Consider

It’s a nice moment to catch up with one another. I suppose you are having a thrilling time living and possibly doing all that you have wished. Well don’t mind the fact that I have chosen to be positive, considering that there isn’t a better alternative.
Okay let’s add some important vitamins to our knowledge artery and keep being hopeful that it will further nourish our mental capabilities to face the different organs of life. Just give it your best shot.
Some things are avoidable, but others are simply not, no matter how hard we all may try. Skulking we may neglect them for a while, but there they are always waiting for us at every major junction of life.
In thinking about this, there are 4 Concepts you must consider (also, pencil down as topic):
Expressing thoughts in 2D
The 4 Concepts are: Passion, Talent, Values and Destiny.
But before we proceed with our discussion let me share a frightening phrase by the Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson that I always love to reflect on; “few men find themselves before they die…”
What a bold assertion!
Hmmm…. With this phrase in view, I think there isn’t a better time to act than now. So, I guess these 4 Concepts will aid the possibility to find “Self” and fulfill essence.
Maybe for the first time you will have to be deliberate about providing accurate answers to these questions you will never really avoid as long as you are breathing!
      1.  Passion – What do you love to do?
Listen friend, no humongous salary will in any way take the place of your passion. What you truly and sincerely love to do!
It’s as simple as this, there is something you are passionate about doing. It may not pay much or may not even look publicly appealing, but be rest assured you will be gratified with the feeling of ecstasy.
Beyond the feeling of genuine excitement, it leads to a whole chain of benefits – creativity, innovation, motivation, streams of hope and fulfillment, all these you really can’t pay for them.
      2. Talent – What are you good at?
In the words of Dale Carnegie, “the greatest misfit in the 20th century is industrial misfit.” But I think this equally, is applicable in recent time.
“Why weep so hard that you are not able to sing, when you were designed to be a painter” says Chairman of the defunct Daewoo Corporation, Kim Woo Chong.
There is something you are wired for; something you are good at; something you were design to do. And you succeed naturally when doing it. Just imagine a fish out of water, every effort becomes futile!
      3. Values – What is important to you?
This is a concept that you must constantly review. You must keep asking yourself what is most important to me and of utmost benefit to humanity.
Your values inform why and how you do things. It provides the frame of reference for your life’s engagements. Values are the foundation for your actions and what characterize your becoming.
      4. Destiny – What were you born to do with your life?
Sincerely, this is a bit difficult to ascertain, but when you have a clear knowledge of what it is your Passion, Talent and Values truly are, then you will begin to gain clues of your destiny.
Destiny is the inner realizable purpose of your life. Well, sadly you can’t delegate the discovery of your personal destiny; it’s solely your responsibility.
But the good news is this; you are a creature of destiny. No matter the present status quo, you are important and much needed in life’s affairs.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “Destiny is not a matter of chance but of choice. Not something to wish for but to attain.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Monday 2 December 2013

Why Give Up Now?

Hello. Sequel to my last post on The Reward of Perseverance, let me ask a question that will double as topic: WHY GIVE UP NOW?
Of course one of the best ways to equip your mind is to ask empowering questions; Questions that will promote the doctrine of resilience and trigger molecules of faith that makes any aspiration a possibility.
For instance, a well known fact remains that “money flows to great ideas, and the path to great ideas is through great questions.”
So let’s activate and energize ourselves by asking this one powerful question: “Why give up now?”
“Why give up now?” When no quitter ever gets a pat on the back…
“Why give up now?” When you have started trailing the path of stardom…
“Why give up now? When you are simply experiencing what others experience in the name of shortcomings, failures, etc….
The 19th century Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson quips, “that our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
Another sage expresses it this way “life is not about how fast you run or how you climb but how well you bounce.” Bounce back with a greater wealth of experience.
Why walk away now when “perseverance is the secret of all triumphs.”
      a. Noah built the ark within 120 excruciating years!
      b. Thomas Edison sent his assistants around the world searching for a suitable element for his incandescent bulb and he did over 9,000 experiments to perfect his research.
      c. The authors – Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield had their book “Chicken Soup” rejected by 33 Publishers before it was accepted by one and went on to achieve international prominence.
      d. The 66year old retiree and social welfare receiver – Colonel Sanders got so use to hearing “No” to his chicken recipe before Kentucky Fried Chicken became a global phenomenon.
My question again is “why give up now?”
“Rise and rise again until lambs become lions” says Robin Hood.
Hear Charles Spurgeon on why you should never contemplate throwing in the towel: “for by perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
On October 29, 1941 UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Harrow School to hear the traditional songs he had sung there as a youth, as well as to speak to the students. When he was invited to give a speech, Churchill stood before the students and said:
“The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity, whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem. Never give in; never give in; never; never; never; never – in anything. Great or small, large or pretty, never give in except to conviction of honour and good sense.”
So school yourself with every reason not to give in!

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Thursday 28 November 2013

The Reward of Perseverance

Good day. Trust you are having a great time living. Exercising your resolves and engaging in processes that will better improve your living status.
Permit me to intrude a bit and share one of my Telecast’s teaching on the subject: THE REWARD OF PERSEVERANCE!
The most obvious evidence between a winner and somebody we all may consider a loser is the finish line. Most times, it’s not who crosses first, but whether they ever cross at all.
The reality is this, life is no 100metres dash, it is a marathon and not necessarily a competition, but a path we all must individually advance the course of our action.
So in the light of this opener, let me say that life only reward those who persevere. You can’t quit at the sight of every obstacle and expect a reward.  You don’t go through life quitting everything. If you’re going to achieve anything you’ve got to stick with something.
Clinging Fist
“Stick with something” is the echoes of the game. It is best to describe perseverance as “commitment until death do you part”…letting only the parting gap between yourself and the task at hand be death. Cling to a course until you choke the success out of it.
Robert Brault insightfully puts it this way, “stubbornly persist and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.”
Of all forms of discipline staying power is one that every project initiator should possess, for it’s impossible to give credibility to any task that is not properly executed.
I personally think that every time a person embarks on any undertaking, he should mentally drag it to life’s marriage registry and then whisper loud to the hearing of his tripartite nature the words – “until death do me part”, only then will life with its limited arsenals, after a while, give up on you and go seeking another “human prey”, if you stay true to your ideology.
It is true that the road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. But you must stay on the main lane, if you are targeting the finish line.
Listen, with ordinary ability and talent, but with extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable no matter how difficult it may seem.
The simple fact remains, “he conquers who endures.”
Behold the immortal lines of Calvin Coolidge on the potency of forthright determination:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “The greatest oak was once a little nut that held its ground.” 

Authored by: Anointed Enoh 

Tuesday 19 November 2013

The Elements of Passion (Part 2)

Hello. Am hopeful that your willingness to read through this little piece of literature will be rewarded with the burning sensation to express the true you or the “other self” as Mother Theresa calls it. I pray this assertion made by Orison Swett Marden become true for you: No true man can live, when he has genuinely learnt that it is a half life. The other half, the higher half, must haunt him.
Passion of the Christ
Still discussing the Elements of Passion!     
Passion is intense emotion, compelling interest, enthusiasm, or desire for something.
Pause for a moment and sincerely answer these questions:
  1.  What makes me cry and sincerely want to be a part of?
  2. What work will I do gladly without being paid?
  3. What will bring me the greatest fulfilment when engaged in it?
If your responses are unbiased, then most likely you have identified your passion.
Passion… your passion will definitely always have more influence on you and your environs than your personality.
Why do we quickly remember men like Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Luther King Jr., Socrates, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison etc.?.... their passion. Because most likely you have forgotten how they physically look like or what they possess but not their impact.
You will be remembered more for the expression of your passion than for any other thing.
Carl Buechner said, “they may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
You have got to find and settle for the “why” you arrived here on planet earth, encoded with a divine DNA – a specific set of talents, gifts, opportunities, connections, and sensitivities.
An Orchestra Conductor
Listen, there is music in you, a song you were destined to sing, or an instrument you were destined to play in the symphony of life.
This is what makes all the meaning. It’s what makes life worthwhile.
One of the undoing of Africa is that very few do their work or anything with genuine interest and passion. It’s rather done with a sense of survival than the interest of significance.
In moving forward as a continent we have got to educate ourselves that beyond immediate gratification, legacy is paramount.
Che Guavara, the Bolivian Revolutionist puts it this way, “we cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.”
But what are you willing to die for? What are you willing to give up everything for? Friend, only when you have found answers to these questions, will life be worth living.
It is this thing… this passion that will move you beyond yourself, beyond your shortcoming, beyond your failures.
Find your passion and you have found your true source of influence.
A sage writes, “When you’re following your energy (passion) and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.
The sculptor Pablo Picasso narrates a personal account:
My mother said to me, “if you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and ended up as Picasso! 
So what have they told you, you can become and what have you decided or discovered you will become.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “Passion is the genesis of genius.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Sunday 10 November 2013

The Elements of Passion (Part 1)

The pleasure is mine to have you read through this little mind-piece. I hope it will fortify your resolves and help you see an aspect of life that many are ignorant of its very existence. Trust me; you will feel a renewed energy rising from your inner most being.
Quickly pencil down as topic: “The Element of Passion.”
Discipline of Passion
Truth be told, nothing remarkable can be achieved in life without the consummating effect of passion.
Almost in every work of excellence you will see the tangible presence of passion.
Passion makes you behave extra-human.
So what is passion?
  a. Intense emotion or overpowering emotion towards something.
  b. Intense interest or an object of enthusiasm.
All worthwhile biographies and autobiographies are the written expression of passion. You can’t read one and not literally feel a surge of energy emanating from you.
So this suggests you have got passion, and then all you need to do is discover and connect with it.
Hear an excerpt of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Graduation Speech at Stanford University:
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Passion is love for. Why do you think most employees hate Mondays but love Fridays? Lack of passion for what they are doing!
Listen to this. It is strong, but true…No passionate medical practitioner will engage in a mindless strike at the expense of a dying patient by his side without doing anything about him.
On the contrary, passion always seeks to serve. It is the expression of a “God-like” nature or tendencies in the affairs of men.
Don’t reverse the order – money doesn’t come first. The order is: Do what you love, and the money will follow plus an incentive called fulfillment.
More than anything in people’s credentials, passion should top the preference. It makes the difference.
There is no substitute for passion. It is fuel for the will.
Your passion will always have more influence than your personality.
So ask yourself these questions:
   a.What is my passion at the moment?
   b.How can I unleash more passion in my life?
   c.How will living with passion support my personal growth?

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “Passion is one of the causes for all human action.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Thursday 7 November 2013

5 Sources of Inspiration (Part 5)

Hi. Glad you have made out time to read through this piece of resource. Hope it garnishes your thought and enlighten your value base.
Now, let’s draw the curtain on this incredible teaching series – the 5 Sources of Inspiration. We had done Deciding, Planning, Beginning, and Progressing; so let’s discuss the fifth source which is Achieving.

Governor Imoke, Barr. Asim and Anointed Enoh - Achieving
A boy sets out and enrolls for an entry exams into college. What do you think is his primary motivation? Very simple - graduation…. The day he will be rewarded for his efforts; the day he will finally walk the aisle not as a candidate but as an alumnus!
Or what do you think inspires a pretty young lady so much that she decides to embark on the demanding journey of a nine months gestation period with all the dangerous statistics of high mortality rate, unknown medical complications, physical deformation, etc. The chance that she could become a co-creator of another life! What an achievement.
The possibility of achieving is what inspires hope, engineers faith, and leads to the accomplishment of a set course.
The core motive of any undertaking is the nursing thought of achievement.
Just like the illustrations above, it is okay to say that every human is a goal-driven being. It is our ability to look beyond the immediate mundane and aspire towards something higher that gives value to our creative culture and sense of purpose.
Albert Einstein puts it thus, “that if you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Achieving will definitely guarantee a high self-esteem. If you set a goal and then actualize it, then most certainly it will become a booster towards the pursuit of more related ambitions.
The truth remains “that nothing succeeds like success.”
 Well on the other hand, achievement may not always be attained, but always the desire to achieve will often serve as something to aim at.
But in all, the overwhelming fact remains “that you can reach that achievement; oh yes, you can get there, what you have wished for and what you have dreamt of…. If you will draw from the source of inspiration - deciding and the inspiration of planning, the inspiration of beginning and the inspiration of progressing, then you will know the incredible inspiration of achieving…. Of finally being there…finally becoming the person…finally accomplishing the goal.”
Achieving or achievement completes the cycle of inspiration we have been discussing!

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: If you’re bored with life; if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things; then you don’t have enough goals. You probably need to create an aim, discover a driving purpose, engage in a mission that will so earnestly motivate you to reach and accomplish something worthwhile. In that way your boredom will vanish and you will be governed by a new sense of inspiration!

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Monday 28 October 2013

5 Sources of Inspiration (Part 4)

A Progress Path
It’s simply beautiful to be here and I'm all fired up to share a couple of thoughts with you. But most awesome is the fact that you are over there eagerly awaiting the conversation to commence…that I value!
OK let’s go…
A while now I have been sharing on the topic: 5 Sources of Inspiration and I have already dole out 3 sources – Deciding, Planning and Beginning.
Ending this teaching at the third – Beginning – will cripple the cycle of inspiration and like the Buddhist saying goes to buttress this point, “there are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth – not starting, and not going all the way.”
That is, not beginning and not progressing; the latter being the fourth source of inspiration.
Progressing is a great source of inspiration. Not just progressing in terms of time, but advancing at a new gradient curve of learning, making new discoveries as you accelerate towards your goals!
The word “continue” carries a lot of dividend.
Quickly let’s look at two analogies in connection with the word “continue/progress:”
  1.      .    You start jogging along the block and then, you don’t stop but continue on this art of discipline, and on a daily basis you keep extending your effort. Not long the dividend begins to set in. You begin to notice an increase in oxygen circulation and gradual weight loss.
  2.          You couldn't face an audience of five persons because you were too shy. Then you decided to commit to the art of public speaking. You begin with a person or two, seizing every moment of interaction to learn something about rhetoric. Then you progress to three, four…though it’s challenging but you persist and before you are totally aware, you are addressing an audience of ten…fifty…a thousand. Suddenly shyness becomes obsolete.
Progressing is gaining mastery and ground in the art of your pursuit.
You shouldn't be expecting a baby when you had aborted the embryo.
Your decision won’t be achieved, your plans won’t be realized, and your beginning won’t gain credibility unless you are progressing.
Progressing is the oxygen in the wheel of attainment. It is what generates daily hope. It is the free-way between aspiration and actualization.
To move from point A to B, then you have got to be progressing.
Franklin Roosevelt echoed: “the only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
Also, he added: “To reach a port we must set Sail; Sail, not tie at anchor; Sail, not drift.”
Now take notes because I did when I first heard this: Unhappiness is simply the lack of progress towards a preset goal and happiness is making progressive progress.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Monday 21 October 2013

5 Sources of Inspiration (Part 3)

Once again it is a pleasure to pencil down a few thoughts that we began three weeks ago. Hope you have been learning from the article(s). If you remember, I started with Deciding as the first source of inspiration and of course you tacitly agreed that this particular source has a short life-span, so we couldn’t dwell there for so long. So we advanced to the second of the source of inspiration – Planning.
But in closing our discussion last week I quoted the religious leader, Gordon Hinckley saying; “That you can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.”
Well, again this simply expresses the limit of staying so long on this stage of inspiration, so lets’ advance to the third source which is – Beginning.
The Dawn
Beginning – getting started on what you have been deciding and planning.
The German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Geothe puts it this way, “whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”
Turn that thought, those notes on paper into action.
Assembling thoughts from the intangible realm (deciding), penciling them down into 2nd dimensional format (planning), and then firing them up into the 3rd dimensional state (beginning) is a fantastic sequence of inspiration.
Imagine saying to yourself finally, “what I thought about for so long, I have finally started.” You can’t completely comprehend what will happen to yourself esteem when you can do this!
For instance, the idea of owning a personal library, the moment you walked into a bookshop to purchase your first book that could just be the first step of an incredible journey. Or the self-promise of committing to inspiration and learning; the thought of surrounding yourself with uplifting information, then that moment you enroll for the class/seminar and there you are seated, pen in hand, ready to pen down notes on a pad. Whoop! What a feeling.
You never know how well plans can go until you finally commit to the first step of the journey – executing.
Sadly, you never finish what you haven’t started nor do you achieve what you didn’t begin.
The mountain mover began by carrying away small stones. So…
Overcome the inertia. Step out and begin. Just start. “For anything well began is half-done,” says Horace.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth – not starting and not going all the way.

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Tuesday 15 October 2013

5 Sources of Inspiration (Part 2)

A while before the dawning of 12th of October, 2013, I was awake to piece together notes for my Live Telecast teaching for 7:30am; suddenly it started raining torrentially and my body earnestly sorted the care of my bed and duvet… But then, a sense of commitment to my producer, viewer and you won’t let me be - to deliver on the promise I made last week to continue my discuss on the “5 Sources of Inspiration! So here is the article:
Last week I started out with the first source of inspiration, which is - Deciding.
Deciding is the start button. It is the initiator that triggers the inspiration process. But once it’s in place, then you need to follow through with the next source that is – Planning.
The Great Teacher Jesus speaking to His disciples said (I paraphrase): “If anyone would decide to build a house, won’t he first of all sit down to determine what it will take to fulfill his ambition…”
Planning is a terrific source of inspiration. It gives limbs to the decision you have made.
It provides decision with the necessary ability for it to be effective.
Really it’s grand to start seeing on paper what has only had its existence in the mental realm.
Just reflect a bit about any of these experiences:
·         You being able to finally present the blueprint of your business plan to a potential investor. Gosh! Imagine the feeling!
·         Putting together the last part of your thesis or seminar as a final year student.
·         Itemizing strategies that will help you develop a habit or eliminate a weakness.
Listen, it’s so exciting to start committing imagination and belief to paper.
It’s like having a support system – “for the soul cannot think without a picture.”
The lifeline of deciding ends and begins with planning.
That is the sequence…
Not planning leads to the breakdown of courage.
Not planning breeds unpleasant surprises.
Lack of planning makes decisions vulnerable to extinction.
As Antoine de Saint-Exupery quipped, “a goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Or in the words of the sage Benjamin Franklin, “that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Planning means you’re armed, equipped, prepared and schooled for the third source of inspiration…
POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “You can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.”

Authored by:Anointed Enoh

Wednesday 9 October 2013

5 Sources of Inspiration (Part 1)

Hello Friend, how are you doing? Hope the pieces are gradually coming together – the good pieces I mean! At least just staying hopeful will trigger the necessary creativity to enhance your life.
For the next five weeks, I will be sharing both on our Telecast and on this site a fantastic material I just got out of my archive I have tagged “Five Sources of Inspiration.”
On this post I will just focus on the first source – DECIDING!
This is way it all begins. Taking a definite position possibly from the conventional way it has always been done.
Deciding maybe small or big, but that act of faith could simply be the moment that changes everything in your life.
Deciding is the force that creates the motion; the momentum.
Deciding is the pacesetter for any form of advancement.
You can wish all you can. You can guess all you can. You can even pray all you possibly can. But until you decide; the magic word – “until” you draw a definite mental line between being controlled and being in control, nothing will happen.
Anointed Enoh and some NN Fleet Commanders - Deciding
Deciding is the offshoot of all possibilities.
Maybe you have been dreaming of something; somebody you aspire to become or even something you want to do away with – a habit, a relationship, a job, name it. It begins with deciding.
Deciding means you have a hold on your life.
Deciding is the greatest quality that marks the distinction between you as human and any brute.
NOTE: A great advantage of deciding is that it begins the process of lifting your self-esteem. It creates a near feeling of accomplishment.
But of course not deciding has great consequences:
Indecision is the thief of opportunity.
Indecision means the doors are still closed or the opportunity should simply wait. It means what could be should wait or may never be.
Indecision robs you of any form of healthy self-esteem, makes you appear less human.
But when once you have decided then you need to follow through. That leads to the second source of inspiration….
POINT TO RUMINATE ON: Once a man has made a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

 Authored by: Anointed Enoh