WELCOME BACK TO MY BLOG

Dear friends and fans, good day and how are you doing today? I wish to use this opportunity to thank you and welcome you back to my popular blog. I am really sorry for my long absence. I was away for two major reasons. First, I was heavily engaged in my primary assignment as a Professor of Policy, Defence and Strategic Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. I have been involved in serious academic research and sundry collaborative ventures with my linkage programme colleagues. Second, I have taken sufficient time off to reassess and re-strategize my blog for better service to humanity.

I really appreciate your text messages, letters, calls and pleas for me to resume my weekly write-ups in my blog. I wish to assure you that I have resumed my write-ups in full force. My main purpose as usual is to lead you to life of abundance of riches and wealth. I will help you to live up to your full potential in all areas of your life. I will show you the secret of personal wealth, happiness and fulfillment. You will discover why some people achieve all their goals while others simply dream of having a better life.

There are two things that I want to share with that will help you to succeed in life, starting from today. Both are important but it is the first one that is most important: 1) Work harder on yourself than you do on your work or business so you can become an attractive individual to work with. Personal development is working on things you’re not good at. How do you communicate to the world is greatly affected by your level of thinking, 2) You have a choice of people you want to surround yourself with. Nobody forced you to spend time with anyone. Learn to dissociate or limit your association with people who aren’t going the same path as you. You should surround yourself with people who are always hustling. It doesn’t matter if it is a job, network marketing, insurance sales, real estate, academics, industry, politics, etc. Be around people who are never contented with their comfort zone. Not only will they motivate you to work harder but you will gain better quality connections.

Before my next write-up, let me leave you with these time-tested and imperishable pieces of advice.
1. Plan while others are playing.
2. Study while others are sleeping.
3. Decide while others are delaying.
4. Prepare while others are day-dreaming.
5. Begin while others are procrastinating.
6. Work while others are wishing.
7. Save while others are wasting.
8. Listen while others are talking.
9. Smile while others frowning.
10. Commend while others are criticizing.
11. Persist while others are quitting.

Stay focused. Till next week, remain blessed.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND IN SEARCH OF SPIRITUAL UPLIFTMENT AND DYNAMIC LAWS OF PROSPERITY (Success Strategy No.34)

November 19, 2015 was a day in time and a moment in history. My wife and I landed at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel, on pilgrimage to the Holy Land in search of spiritual upliftment and dynamic laws of prosperity. Israel is a beautiful, blessed, and highly industrialized country. Our visit was memorable. Let me briefly summarize the itinerary of our tour. Two millennia have passed since the Annunciation to Mary of Nazareth, the event that marks the start of the Christian era. For two thousand years, a constant flow of pilgrims has been coming to the Holy Land to visit the sacred places where the Gospel was preached. They come to the city of Jerusalem which, St. Paul writes, “will be the centre of the New Order.” A pilgrimage is the best way to discover the Holy Land and understand the Gospels, reading passages at the sacred sites connected with them.
Our first port of call was Nazareth. The city of Nazareth lies in a valley in the southern Galilee. Here the Angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would bear a child, and here Jesus spent his childhood with his parents Joseph and Mary: “And He came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, he shall be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23). The Basilica of the Annunciation, built on the spot where Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, was completed in 1969 and dominates the city. It is the fifth Church built on the spot where the Angel Gabriel stood when he prophesied to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive a child, and the remains of the earlier Churches can still be seen.
From Nazareth, we travelled to Cana. It was in Cana that Jesus performed His first miracle, by changing water into wine at a wedding where He, His mother and His disciples were guests (John 2). There are two Churches in Cana, a Greek Orthodox Church and the Franciscan Church of the Miracle, which was built in 1879 over the ruins of a sixth century sanctuary. This was the site of the village synagogue where the wedding is believed to have taken place and young couples still come today to celebrate their marriages here. The Chapel of St. Bartholomew is dedicated to Nathaniel, a native of Cana who was initially skeptical of Jesus, saying: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46).
We left Cana for Capernaum. At the time of Jesus, Capernaum was a wealthy Jewish town. Here Jesus met His first disciples Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew, all fishermen who worked on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus performed many miracles in Capernaum and surrounding area. Here He healed Peter’s mother-in-law of fever, brought a child back to life, cured a leper, healed the centurion’s servant and “cast out spirits with his word and healed all who were sick” (Matthew 8:16). Among his many teachings here were the parables of the sower, of the treasure hidden in the field and of the fishing net. However, the people of Capernaum did not believe in Jesus and He consequently cursed them: “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell” (Matthew 11:23). From Capernaum we drove down to the nearby Tabgha. The name Tabgha is a distortion of the Greek word Heptapegon, which means “Seven Springs.” In the past, seven springs met at this point and flowed into the Sea of Galilee, however, today only five remains. This is the traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes which Jesus performed in order to feed the multitudes who had come to hear Him preach: “But Jesus said unto them. They need not depart: give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, bring them hither to me. And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves and two fishes, and gave the loaves to His disciples to give to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:16-21). The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes was built on the table rock where this miracle took place.
After the miracle at Tabgha, Jesus “entered into a ship with His disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha” (Mark 8:10). Traditionally, this is where Jesus sighed for mankind. The place of meditation, on the west side of the Sea of Galilee near Magdala, is marked with a great Cross facing the peaceful waters. Nearby, along the shore, is the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy or Mensa Christi — the Table of Christ. This Chapel was built on the place where Jesus appeared for the third time after His death. Here they ate together and here Jesus appointed Simon Peter to the office of the Primacy with the words: “Feed my lambs … feed my sheep” (John 21:15-19).
Still within the precinct of Galilee, we visited the Church of the Beatitudes. Situated atop the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the octagonal shaped Chapel of the Church of the Beatitudes marks the spot where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount: “And seeing the multitude He went up into a mountain … and He opened His mouth, and taught them” (Matthew 5:1-2). Remains of a small Byzantine Church were discovered here in 1935, but the Franciscans chose to rebuild the modern Church on the hilltop, not over ancient Chapel. Constructed by Antonio Barluzzi of local basalt, with a colonnaded cloister of white stone surrounding it, the octagonal Church recalls the eight blessings, one of which is inscribed on each wall. The mosaic on the floor is decorated with symbols of the virtues of man referred to in the Sermon:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the poor in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3-10).

At Caesarea Philippi, we saw the remains of great Roman fortress. At the time of Jesus, Caesarea Philippi was a fruitful glen through which a river flowed, with opulent residences, colonnaded streets and large temples. The city was given to Herod by the Roman Emperor Augustus and as a token of his gratitude; he built a palace to Caesar. After Herod’s death, his son Philip embellished the city and made it his capital, renaming it Caesarea Philippi. “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples saying: Who do people say the son of Man is?” “Some say John the Baptist”, they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.” “What about you?” He asked them. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” “Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. And so this I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my Church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven” (Matthew 16: 13-19).
We left Galilee for Bethlehem. On our way, we made a brief stopover at Jericho. Known as “City of Palms”, Jericho is one of the oldest cities in the world. The children of Israel crossed the River Jordan nearby and in 1250 B.C. the city fell to the blast of Joshua’s trumpets. Elijah was taken to Heaven from Jericho, and here Elisha purified the water with salt. The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Elisha commemorates this miracle. On His way to Jerusalem, Jesus passed through Jericho. Amongst the crowd of people waiting to catch a glimpse of Him was a small man named Zaccheus. In order to get a better view, he climbed into a sycamore tree. The story of how Zaccheaus received salvation is told in Luke 19:5-9. On the side of a mountain west of Jericho is the Greek Orthodox Monastery called the Monastery of Quarantel (from the Latin for “Forty Days”) or the Monastery of the Temptation. According to tradition, it was here that Jesus isolated Himself and fasted for forty days, resisting the Devil’s offer of “all the kingdom in the world” (Luke 4:5). At the top of the mountain are the remains of a Chapel which marks the spot where Satan tempted Jesus. “And immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with beasts; and the Angels ministered unto Him” (Mark 1:12-13).
From Jericho we travelled down to Bethlehem. Bethlehem, which in Hebrew means “House of Bread” was originally called Ephrath, and has many biblical associations reflecting a tranquil, pastoral existence. Here Jacob buried his beloved wife Rachael (Gen.35:16) and here was enacted the story of Ruth. Bethlehem is revered as the birthplace of David (1 Sam.17:12) and of Jesus, “born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King” (Matthew 2:1). East of Bethlehem, in the village of Beit Sahur, is the Shepherd’s Field where the Angel appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Jesus: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). There is a Greek Orthodox Church built over a cave and a Catholic Church was built for the Franciscans by Barluzzi 1950.
Joseph and Mary came from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census ordered by the Roman authorities because Joseph was of the lineage of David, and Bethlehem was the “City of David.” The Gospel of Luke (2:7) describes how Mary “brought forth her firstborn son … and laid him in a manger; because there was not room in the in.” from the very beginnings of Christianity, the grotto where Jesus was born was sacred. The first Church was built over the grotto in the first half of the fourth century on the initiative of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine and his mother, the Empress Helena. The octagonal altar they erected is still there. This Church was partially destroyed in the Samaritan revolt of the sixth century. The present Church was built by Justinian in 530. From the exterior, it appears like a fortress. The original entrance was filled in and made low and narrow in order to protect it from the Moslem invaders and to prevent them from entering on horseback. Most of the Churches in the Holy Land were destroyed during the Persian invasion of the seventh century, but apparently the Church of the Nativity was saved from desecration because of the mosaic then on the façade of the Church, which depicted the Three Wise Men who came to pay homage to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:2) in Persian clothing.
Finally, we arrived at the jewel, the pearl of the Middle East cities — Jerusalem! References and quotations about Jerusalem in the Bible are innumerable. It is known as the Sacred City, Jerusalem the Golden, the City of Peace, the City of David, Zion… . There is not another city that has been the cause of so many armed conflicts as Jerusalem. Its holy sites, revered by the three great monotheistic religions, are a constant draw to pilgrims from all over the world. For Christianity, no mountain holds more far-reaching importance and sentiment than Olivet, or the Mount of Olives, nowhere did Jesus spend more time during His mission and ministry in Jerusalem. When Jesus was in the area, He would stay with His friends at Bethany and on His way to and from the city He would pass through the Mount of Olives. Here, overlooking the Temple, He taught His disciples, prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and wept of its fate (Luke 19:37-41). We also visited Mount Zion. In the time of the Old Testament, Mount Zion was the name given to the city of David. “David took the strong hold of Zion; the same is the city of David” (II Samuel 5:7). On the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives there stands to this day a stately grove of eight ancient olive trees. These trees and their fruits have given this site their name, Gethsemane: gat-shamna means olive-press in Aramaic. It was here in the Gethsemane, that Jesus came to pray with His disciples when He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and was subsequently arrested by the soldiers sent by the Sanhedrin.
We visited the Pool of Siloam. It was at this pool that Jesus sent the blind man to wash after He had covered his eyes with a mixture of clay and spittle: “And He said unto him: Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing” (John 9:7); the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the miracle of healing a crippled man. We trekked along the famous Via Dolorosa with its 15 Stations of the Cross. We later came down to the Western Wall (the Wailing Wall), where we fervently prayed and wailed to the Almighty God for wisdom, good health and long life.
Then, we visited Megiddo or Armageddon. Due to its strategic position on the Via Maris, Megiddo was a major battleground in the past. According to tradition, this is the site of the Armageddon where the final battle between the forces of good and evil will take place. From there, we drove down to Masada which is situated above the Dead Sea, which was one of the fortresses luxuriously built and fortified by Herod the Great. Approach was difficult. The only way seems to have been by the narrow Snake Path, tortuously winding up the eastern slope of the mountain. At Masada, the few surviving Jewish patriots who took part in the Jewish Revolt against the Romans gathered in 70 A.D. to make the last stand. The Zealots, led by Eleazar ben Yair, were besieged for three years by the Romans. Realising that it was impossible to hold out any longer, the 967 defenders committed suicide preferring to die as free men rather than be taken into captivity by the Romans. The fall of Masada to the Roman forces almost 2000 years ago marked the end of the Jewish revolt, and the end of any Jewish independence in the Land of Israel until 1948. Since the re-establishment of the state, “Masada Shall Not Fall Again As Long As I Live” has become the rallying cry, especially among newly inducted soldiers. We visited so many other religious and archeological sites that I cannot mention here for want of time and space.
Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land was spiritually uplifting, fulfilling and reassuring. It proved beyond doubt everything we were thought in Roman Catholic Church about our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true Son of the Living God who existed in time and space. Our journey has enabled me re-affirm my belief in Christianity. The Roman Catholic Church is the undisputable Universal Church.
The pilgrimage was an eye-opener as far as financial and personal development is concerned. I was able to find time to couch Jewish and African youth in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on the “Dynamic Laws of Prosperity.” The Seminar was interactive in nature and the Auditorium was jam-packed. It was two- way traffic so to say. I gave the youth in the Holy Land the latest cutting edge ideas and techniques of acquiring money and personal development. In return, the Israeli youth gave me an insight into the Jewish age-long intelligence and money making know-how. There were so many Ethiopian Fallashes (Israeli Jews of Ethiopian descent) in attendance. One of them told me about Jewish ingenuity in what he referred to as the “Golden Age” of mankind.
Some of the dynamic laws of prosperity we discussed are (1) The Law of Cause and Effect. This law says that everything happens for a reason; there is a cause for every effect. Thus, if you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with the undesirable life you don’t want. The Law of Cause and Effect applies to money as much as to any other subject. It says that financial success is an effect. As such, it proceeds from certain, specific causes. When you identify these causes and apply them to your own life and activities, you will get the same effects that millions of other successful people have gotten. The most important cliché of this universal law is that: “Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects.” Today is the perfect day to start living your dream.
(2) The Law of Exchange. This law says that money is the medium through which people exchange their labour in the production of goods and services for the goods and services of other people. The amount of money you earn is in direct proportion to your value in society, and the value others place on your contribution. If you want more money you have to increase the services you render or acquire more expertise and training in a particular field of human endeavour. Money is an effect, not a cause. Your most valuable asset, in terms of cash flow, is your physical and mental capital, your earning ability. Time and money can either be spent or invested. Money is a measure of the value that people place on goods and services.
(3) The Law of Saving. This law says that financial freedom comes to the person who saves ten percent or more of his or her income throughout his/her lifetime. Pay yourself first, according to The Richest Man in Babylon by George Classon. Begin today to save ten percent of your income, off the top, and never touch it. This is your fund for long-term financial accumulation and you never use it for any other reason except to invest in your financial future.
(4) Parkinson’s Law. This law says that: “Expenses rise to meet income.” Thus, you either augment your means or diminish your needs, according to Earl Nightingale. Parkinson,s Law is one the best and most important laws of money and wealth accumulation. It was developed by English writer C, Northcote Parkinson many years ago and it explains why most people retire poor. This law says that, no matter how much money people earn, they tend to spend the entire amount and a little bit more besides. Their expenses rise pari passu with their income. No matter how much they make, there never seems to be enough. Financial independence comes from violating Parkinson’s Law. If you allow your expenses to increase at a slower rate than your income, and you save or invest the difference, you will become financially independent in your working lifetime.
(5) Law of Accumulation. It says that every great financial achievement is an accumulation of hundreds of small efforts and sacrifices that no one ever sees or appreciates. Many a little make a mickle or many a mickle makes a muckle, the Scottish proverb goes. As your savings accumulate, you develop a momentum that moves you more rapidly toward your financial goals. By the yard it is hard, but inch-by-inch anything is a cinch.

GOAL STUDY

A research study by the Ford Foundation found that of the 10% of the population with specific goals, only 3 out of 10 people actually achieve their goals. Why? The top 3% wrote down their goals and had an action plan.

Pyramid of Life

Researchers working on this project found that of all the possible variables, the only difference between the top performers and the rest was that the top 3% wrote down their goals.

Strategic Goal Planning: Include your values in your goals, and then develop specific actions to reach your goals. Writing down your goals makes you committed to the course of action you have chosen and triggers self- motivation. The qualities of motivating goals are: S.M.A.R.T.


Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
From Paul J. Meyer’s “Attitude Is Everything”

S- Specific
M- Measurable
A- Attainable
R- Realistic
T- Tangible

Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
• Who: Who is involved?
• What: What do I want to accomplish?
• Where: Identify a location.
• When: Establish a time frame.
• Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
• Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Example: A general goal would be, “Get in shape”. Bus a specific goal would say,
“Join a health club and workout three days a week.”

Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continue to try to reach your goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, as questions such as ….. How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. You can attain most any goal you see when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build you self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible, or when you tie a tangible goal to an intangible goal, you have a better chance of making
it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
Intangible goals are your goals for the internal changes required to reach more tangible goals. They are the personality characteristics and the behavior patterns you must develop to pave the way to success in your career or for reaching some other long-term goal. Since intangible goals are vital for improving your effectiveness, give close attention to tangible ways for measuring them.

Culled from Earl Nightingale’s Goal Study

BRIAN TRACY EXPLAINS HIS 7 STEP PROCESS TO SUCCESSFUL GOAL SETTING

Step 1: Decide Exactly what you want
• You must be clear on what you want in all aspects of your life
• Financial, personal, professional, health, etc.
• Ask yourself what it is you want?
• What new skills do you want to learn this year?
• What changes do you want to make in your personal life?
• Professional life?

Step 2: Write your goals down
• Psycho-neuro motor activity – where you write you goal down physically on paper and it activates your mental powers and your subconscious mind works on it 24 hours a day until it’s achieved.

Step 3: Set a deadline
• Set a very specific deadline for what you want to achieve this goal by. This motivates and drives you to achieve that goal by the date you choose. Break your goal down into parts and keep working on it until it’s complete.

Step 4: Make a list
• Make a list of everything you can do to achieve that goal. Keep writing everything you can think of until you have broken your ultimate goal down into several sub goals. How do you eat an elephant? One step at a time

Step 5: Organize the list
• Sequence, what’s the order that you have to do things?
• Priorities: What is more important and what is less important?
• 20/80 rule – usually the first 20% of the things you do in the achievement of a goal usually accounts for 80% of the results you get.

Step 6: Take action
• Do something and move quickly. Now that you have your goal, your deadline, and your goal broken up into sub goals, do something immediately to take action toward achieving that goal.

Step 7: Do something every day to achieve it.
• Take action every day to begin moving toward the achievement of your goal. Don’t make excuses. Only those who are willing to take action every day to move themselves along toward achieving their goal will actually achieve it.
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EXERCISE #1
Make a list of 10 goals that you’d like to achieve in the next year.
1. __________________________________________________________
2. __________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________
4. __________________________________________________________
5. __________________________________________________________
6. __________________________________________________________
7. __________________________________________________________
8. __________________________________________________________
9. __________________________________________________________
10. _________________________________________________________

Now, ask yourself, “If I could only achieve one goal on the list, which one would it be?

Once you’ve chosen the most important goal you’d like to achieve, put a circle around it. This becomes you focal point, your point of concentration. Write on a clean sheet of paper.

Culled from Brian Tracy’s Praxis Now

DEVELOP PROSPERITY CONSCIOUSNESS (Success Strategy No.33)

My wife and I will travel to the Holy Land (Israel) on the 25th November, 2015 for Christian Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage is both life-transforming and life-enriching. The sacred journey will surely avail us the opportunity to authenticate the Holy Bible, to discover our spiritual origin or home, and to prove the existence of the Almighty God. Just like a knife that was blunt and sharpened afterwards, so also is the level of enrichment to our Christian virtues and principles when we embark on pilgrimage to Rome and Jerusalem. Going on pilgrimage increases our faith and level of spiritual alertness. The Holy Bible tells us in Psalm 84:5 “How happy are those whose strength comes from you, who are eager to make the pilgrimage to Mount Zion, as they pass through the dry valley of Baca, it becomes a place of springs the autumn rain fills it with pools. They go stronger as they go; they will go they will see the God of gods on Zion.”
While in Israel, I shall conduct a 2-day Seminar on Success Strategy for the Israeli and African youth in Tel Aviv. It’s going to be a two-day life-changing super seminar. I am in close touch with the Israeli Public Speakers Association, the organisers of this important seminar. The theme of the Seminar is “How to Develop Prosperity Consciousness in Competitive and Globalised World.” Let me give you the synopsis of the theme of the Seminar right away. Every human being was born to be rich or prosperous but as J. J. Rousseau said in his famous book, The Social Contract: “Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.” One of the most common misconceptions concerning prosperity relates to the way and manner people think about money. For instance, how many times have you heard people say during their conversation: “Igbo man and money”, “money isn’t everything”, “money is not important” or “I don’t care about money.” The people who say these things might not care about money, but one thing is certain: Their land-lord cares about it; their children’s school does; and so does their car dealers; electricity bill, DStv bill, telephone bill and other bills must be paid whether you like money or not. Thus, there can be no denial of the fact that money is important to any person in a modern society. Hence, to argue that money is not important is totally absurd. Poverty is more painful than death. Nothing can take the place money in the country in which it is used. But let me remind you that money is a servant and you are the master. Be careful not to reverse this equation because those who embraced money as their master did so to their own detriment. Always use money but do not allow money to use you.
You should bear in mind that money is an effect and must always be earned. The only people who make money are those working in the Mint or those fraudsters and conmen on their way to prison if they have not already been jailed. Every other person must earn money. There is nothing like free breakfast or something for nothing. The question you should now be asking yourself is: How do I go about developing prosperity consciousness for myself? The best way to develop a prosperity consciousness is to think about wealth. Then, as you go to bed tonight start engaging yourself in deep thought. Think and write down the things which you can do efficiently well and begin doing one of them. It may not attract money at first but if you do it well and satisfy your customers, in the long run, it will turn to a stream of income for you. Do not go to bed early tonight. Go to a room where you can sit down all alone, with pen and paper and start jotting down the things you think you are good at. Strategize how to go about it. Do not allow money to pose limitation to your ideas. Some years ago a friend of mine started plantain chips business in Lagos with less than Ten Thousand Naira. Today, this business has grown to become a multi-million naira business. Start something today and watch it grow. Never entertain the stupid idea of “quick money” or what we call in Nigeria “get rich quick and die young.” It kills. Almost all the major 419ners (fraudsters) who duped their fellow Nigerians as well as foreigners met their untimely and mysterious death. Scam does not pay at the long run.
Develop prosperity consciousness by seeing yourself in your mind’s eyes already in possession of the amount of money that you desire, the type of house you want, and the type of car you need. The reason for this is that since the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between the actual possession of money and mere visualization, you will soon become very comfortable with the imagined money. As a result, you will start attracting it to yourself. Do not think or talk about your past troubles of a financial nature, if you have had them. Do not think of them at all. Do not tell of the poverty of your parents or the hardships of your early life. You cannot retain a clear vision of wealth if you are constantly turning your attention to opposing ideas of poverty, whether they are real or imaginary. Put poverty and all things that pertain to poverty completely behind you. The Holy Bible tells us in Matthew 8:22: “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” Prosperity shall be yours. I will see you when I return from Israel in two weeks time.