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.

WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE IN LIFE? ( Success Strategy No. 9)

ratraceThe problem that majority of African youth have in life is that they do not know exactly what they want to be in life. This is the crux of the matter. After each seminar I run across the length and width of Africa, I receive numerous phone calls and text messages from young people telling me of their inability of ascertaining what they really want to be in life. My answer to them is always: “Make it your number one goal to determine what you really want to be in life.” Until you discover what it is you want to be in your entire life, you will continue to be stuck up in your comfort zone, and the so called rat-race. A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel. The increased image of work as a “rat race” in modern times has led many people to question their own attitudes to work and seek a better alternative or a more harmonious work-life balance. Many workers believe that long work hours, stressful jobs, time spent commuting to and fro, less time for family life, has led to generally unhappier workforce/population unable to enjoy the benefits of increased economic prosperity and a higher standard of living. Do you want to continue with your rat race or do want to make a change?
Start work on your future today. Do not waste time any longer. Sit down and think and determine what you want. Thinking is the spade work of life changing process. How do you start? First, believe that nothing is impossible for you to accomplish. Have faith in your ability to achieve any dream or task you lay your hand on. Second, write down everything that you would want to be, do and have, without thinking of any obstacles or limitations that may hinder their realisation. Your ability to set goals in life and make serious plans for their accomplishment is the master key to success. It is important that you write down your goals on paper. This is very important. Do not ignore it and never think that you know your goals at heart or in your head. Third, just do as Theodore Roosevelt once advised: “Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are.” Don’t wait for the perfect situation to present itself before you make a move. Lao-Tse, the ancient Chinese philosopher said that: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Only begin and the future will unfold.
Fourth, determine what you enjoy doing. What gives you the most, the deepest satisfaction in life? What are your core competencies? Successful people do what they love to do. So how good are you at what you do? What is it that you do in an excellent fashion that you are worth the kind of money that you want to earn? Fifth, determine the price you are going to pay to achieve your goal. The Law of Cause and Effect is the iron law of the universe. For everything that you want, there is a price that must be paid. This price must be paid in full and in advance. Resist the temptation of comfort zone. And remember that the secret of getting ahead is getting started.