SET YOUR GOAL FOR 2015 (Success Strategy No.16)

imagesIn less than 15 days from today (16/12/2014), the year 2014 will be over and 2015 will be ushered in. When you reflect back, what have you achieved? Have you been able to achieve up to 50 or 70 or 100 percent of your set goal? Or, is it that you did not set any goal at all for 2014? Too bad, if you did not set any goal last December. Well, you still have a second chance this time around to redeem yourself. I am here to help you set your goal for the incoming year. I am organising an international seminar for African youth on 27th December, 2014 at Owerri, the vibrant capital of Imo State of Nigeria. This is a prelude to a major seminar on science of success philosophy which I have scheduled to hold in Luanda, the capital city of Angola in February, 2015 and another in Gaborone, Botswana in April. I want to summarize hereunder, for those who may not be able to attend the Owerri meeting, the nitty-gritty of goal setting.
Let me start by posing this question: Why do some people achieve all their goals while many others simply dream of having a better life without realising it? The answer is that some people do not really know what they want in life. So, decide today what you really want. Let’s help you by asking the following questions:
1 What is your most important goal in your business or career right now?
2 What is your most important financial goal right now?
3 What is your most important family or relationship goal right now?
4 What is your most important health or fitness goal right now?
5 What is your most important educational goal right now?
6 What is your most important spiritual goal right now?
7 What is your most important social and community goal right now?
8 What price are you ready to pay to realise each of the above goals right now?

If you can answer these questions exhaustively and correctly, the next step is to commit to paper your goals. The very fact that you have committed a goal to paper automatically increases the likelihood that you will achieve that goal. To live a fulfilled life, your life must be in balance and moderation. Thus, you need to have goals in each sector of life so that you will be moving progressively towards objectives that are significant to you at all time. Organise your goals. Once you have all your goals in writing, the next thing is to organise them in order of priority. Select the goals that are more important than others and put them at the top of each list. Your major definite purpose is the one goal, the accomplishment of which will lead to the attainment of many of your other goals. Hence, Napoleon Hill said: “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” Since you become what you think about most of the time, a major definite purpose gives you a focus for every waking moment.
The more you think about your major definite purpose and how to achieve it, the more you activate the Law of Attraction in your life. You immediately begin to attract people, opportunities, ideas, and resources that help you to move faster towards your stated goal. It is on this basis that Dr. John Demartini, the American self-made multimillionaire and consultant on financial and life mastery said that: “If you don’t put a value on money and seek wealth, you most probably won’t receive it. You must seek wealth for it to seek you. If no burning desire for wealth arises within you, no wealth will arise around you. Having definiteness of purpose for acquiring wealth is essential for its acquisition.” It has been said that in life, you get what you focus on. This rule applies to getting a desired new job, building a lucrative business, winning an award, but most importantly to acquiring money, wealth, and a rich lifestyle. You must decide today to be wealthy!

LAW OF ATTRACTION AS A POWERFUL TOOL OF WEALTH CREATION (Success Strategy No.15)

The-Laws-of-AttractionA couple of weeks ago, I organised a very successful seminar on wealth creation in Port Harcourt, the oil city and capital of Rivers State of Nigeria where I explained the nitty- gritty of the Law of Attraction to a group of highly charged intelligentsia. Due to the enormous interest it generated, I want to summarize here for your benefit, this important law of the Mother Nature that serves as an important tool of wealth creation. What is Law of Attraction all about?
The Law of Attraction is regarded by many scholars, human resource experts, and even avatars and mystics to be the most important law of all in explaining both success and failure in life. This law postulates that you are a “living magnet” and that you invariably attract the people and circumstances into your life that harmonise with your dominant thoughts, especially those thoughts that you emotionalize strongly. Bob Proctor, the living legend of the ground- breaking film, The Secret, said: “The Secret is the law of attraction! Everything that’s coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it’s attracted to you by virtue of the images you’re holding in your mind. It’s what you’re thinking. Whatever is going on in your mind you are attracting to you.”
The Law of Cause and Effect is a corollary of the Law of Attraction. This law says that like attracts like. It says that you inescapably attract into your life the people, ideas, circumstances, and opportunities that are in harmony with your dominant thoughts. Have you seen the way a magnet attracts a piece of iron or iron filings? That is how you attract whatever that is consistent with whatever you are thinking about most of the time. Thus, you are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are. The key point (lesson) here is that you should beware of what you think about most of the time for you will certainly get it. Hence, you should endeavour to think positively most of the time, as negative thinking would equally produce negative and often disastrous consequences.
Your thoughts create your life, and by extension, your world. The more optimistic or convinced you become, the more you will attract the goal into your life. Your thoughts will create a force field of energy that will attract the people, circumstance, ideas, opportunities, and resources that you need to achieve your goals. That is, when you change your thinking about yourself and your possibilities, you will attract into your life the forces necessary to turn those thoughts and ideas into real-life experiences. In 1905, Dr. William James of Harvard University said, “The greatest revolution of my generation is the discovery that individuals, by changing their inner attitudes of mind, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
Generally, who have drawn wealth into their lives used the law of attraction, whether consciously or unconsciously. They think thoughts of abundance and wealth, and they do not allow any contradictory thoughts to take root in their mind. I want to recommend ten simple, workable rules for attracting the best in your life, as postulated by the late Dr. Norman Vincent Pearle:
1. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture “success” no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.
2. Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.
3. Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Depreciate every so-called obstacle. Minimize them. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen for only what they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.
4. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as You can. Remember also that most people, despite their confident appearance and demeanor, are often as scared as you are and as doubtful of themselves.
5. Ten times a day repeat these dynamic words, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”(Romans 8:31). (Stop reading and repeat them NOW slowly and confidently).
6. Get a competent counselor to help you understand why you do what you do. Learn the origin of your inferiority and self-doubt feelings which often begin in childhood. Self-knowledge leads to a cure.
7. Ten times each day practice the following affirmation, repeating it out loud if possible. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me”(Philippians 4:13). Repeat those words NOW. That magic statement is the most powerful antidote on earth to inferiority thoughts.
8. Make a true estimate of your own ability, then raise it 10 percent. Do not become egotistical, but develop a wholesome self-respect. Believe in your own God-released powers.
9. Put yourself in God’s hands. To do that simply state, “I am God’s hands.” Then believe you are NOW receiving all the power you need. Feel it flowing into you. Affirm that “the kingdom of God is within you”(Luke 17:21) in the form of adequate power to meet life’s demands.
10. Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Believe that you now RECEIVE power from Him.

The Power of Visualization (Success Strategy No. 14)

Albert Einstein, the German-born American theoretical physicist who received the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics was quoted as saying that “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Visualization is the act of creating compelling and vivid pictures in your mind. It is probably the most underutilised success tool you possess because it greatly accelerates the achievement of any success in three dynamic ways, viz.:
i. Visualization activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind.
ii. Visualization focuses your brain by programming its reticular activating system (RAS) to notice available resources that were always there but were previously unnoticed.
iii. Visualization magnetizes and attracts to you the people, resources, and opportunities you need to achieve your goal.
Thus, visualize yourself as you want to be, have, or do anything you want in life. Visualization process can accelerate your progress toward becoming the highly productive, effective, and efficient person that you want to be. Visualize yourself as the person you intend to be in the future. It consists of your thinking continually about the rewards and benefits of being an action-oriented, fast-moving, and focused person. When you think about anything and visualize it, you are asking your subconscious mind for it. Whether it be good or bad, you are the architect drawing it up, and once you draw it up and pass to your subconscious mind it goes to work to make it manifest in the real world.
How do you visualize? The process of visualizing for financial success, or academic success, or business is quite simple. All you have to do is close your eyes and see your goals as already complete. If one of your goals is to become a millionaire, then close your eyes and see yourself having millions in your bank account. The great American poet and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “we lie in the lap of an immense intelligence that responds to our every need.” Emerson compared this intelligence to an ocean and said that when we receive this insights or hunches from it, we recognize them as coming from far beyond ourselves and our own limited mind. Napoleon Hill referred to this power as “infinite intelligence”, calling it the universal storehouse of knowledge and the source of all imagination and creativity. He claimed that the ability to access this intelligence was a central part of the great success enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands of wealthy men and women around the world.
Let us digest the issue of visualization with the famous ancient Greek fable as paraphrased by my mentor, Brian Tracy. “There is a story told by the ancient Greeks about when the world was young. The gods on Mount Olympus, having created the earth and man, the birds and animals, the creatures of the sea, the plants and flowers, and all living things, had one thing left to do, and that was to hide the secret of life where it would not be found until man had grown and evolved in consciousness to the point where he was ready for it.
“The gods argued back and forth over where the secret of life should be hidden. One said, “Let us hide it on the highest mountain. Man will never find it there.” But another god replied, “We have created man with insatiable curiosity and ambition, and he will eventually climb even the highest mountain.”
“Then one suggested they should hide secret of life at the bottom of the deepest ocean. To this, another replied, “We have created man with boundless imagination and a burning desire to explore his world. Sooner or later man will reach the greatest ocean depths.”
“Finally, one of the gods came up with a solution. “Let us hide the secret of life in the last place that man will ever look, a place that he will only come to when he has exhausted all other possibilities and is finally ready.”
“And where is that?” asked the other gods. To which the first god replied, “We will hide it deep in the human heart.” And so they did.
“For five thousand years of recorded history, some of the wisest men and women of each civilization have occupied themselves searching for the secret of ages, the key that would enable them unlock the vast treasure trove of potential that lies deep within each person. They have established brotherhoods and sisterhoods, secret societies and private communities dedicated to exploring the last frontier, and the first: the inner powers of human mind.
“Many men and women spent their entire lives in religious communities, monasteries and secret orders proceeding through elaborate rituals and initiations, during which glimpses of this great secret would be revealed to them.
“More progress has been made in finding this secret in the last one hundred years than in all the previous centuries that man has been on the earth. The secret of the ages, the key to health, happiness and prosperity for you and me, has been found in what is called the super conscious mind.”