Why Facing Your Fears Will Help Create Tremendous Success

fear2From birth, we are all faced by fear. This fear can be crippling and is the main reason why many people are still stuck in their comfort zones-afraid to fail. For many, the mere feeling of stepping outside their comfort zones is too much to bear. The fear of failure is greater in them compared to their desire for success.

Maybe you are one of those constantly engulfed by fear. Sincerely speaking, this is a great offence. Real success comes when you learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Master the skill of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and you have won half of the battle of life. Here are 5 steps of facing your fears in order to realize tremendous success.

  1. Just Do it

It is true that we are all scared at one point in our lives. Life is a fight or flight endeavor. Majority of people choose to run away and stay in their safe comfort zones. The ultra-successful instead choose to keep moving forward despite the presence of the feeling of fear.Indeed, most of historic moments have been recorded by men, women and children whose hearts were pounding, palms sweating and adrenaline pumping but they chose to do it anyway.

It is better to fail at something big than seldom try. The next time you want to do something- and fear creeps, just remind yourself that most of great people faced the same but they made a decision to do it anyway.

“He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”-Ralph Walde Emerson.

2. Classify Your Fear

Identifying the type of fear killing you is the first step towards fighting and conquering it. Often times, we are faced by the fear of the future, the fear of rejection and the fear of the unknown. All these three types of fears can be broadly classified into rational or irrational fears.

If you are afraid of leaving your job and instead investing your savings into living on a desert island-having no future income, surrounded by panthers and pit vipers and…of course, no survival skills; then you can classify that under rational fears. On the other hand, if you are only scared of balloons, you can categorize that fear under irrational fears. It is easy to deal with irrational fears compared to rational fears. Nevertheless, facing all these types of fears is guided by great desire in the beauty of conquering them.

After categorizing your fears as either rational or irrational, get your list of irrational fears and mark them off one by one till the whole list is complete. Secondly, think through your rational fears and the ones that make sense to do go right ahead and do them. Get ticking to gain your momentum and soon, you will have faced all your fears.

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3. Weigh Up Your Priorities

Sometimes facing your fears will not be of any help if you do not weigh up the options available to you. It is wise to only face fears that are most definitely going to yield excellent results to your life.

4. Have Faith

The only way to face your fears is to believe in the supremacy of God and your inadequacy as man. This is the basic fundamental of life. Without believing this, you are merely existing-not living. Having faith in God plucks off fear from our hearts and mind- promising us that our future is already insured for by God. This gives us the confidence to face life fearlessly because even if we fail, the powerful God will restore us.

5. Visualize Yourself Conquering

Nick Minaj and Rihanna put their melodious vocals to good use by singing; “I was born to win, to fly, to conquer , to rise and to survive.” One great way to overcome fear is through visualizing yourself conquering it. Picture yourself succeeding before even getting down to do it. This is a secret held close to the hearts of many successful people. The next time you are overcome with fear, take five minutes with your eyes closed and imagine yourself completing the task at hand. After the five minutes, open your eyes and just start doing it. This is the only way to face your fears-Taking action with the picture of success permanently embedded at the back of your mind.

“The brave man is not he who does feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”- Nelson Mandela

Final Takeaway

Life becomes scary at times, but it is wise to match up and get yourself back on the track. Face fear today even if it is a small one. This will help you gain momentum in this journey of life.

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How to Stay Motivated Through Thin and Thick

startOne of the biggest challenges ever in life is staying motivated and hungry for success at all times. This is because staying motivated is a combination of both external and internal factors that stimulate a desire to be continually interested and committed to attain a certain goal in life.

Those who stay motivated for long are true winners. True winners are individuals who have nurtured motivation into a habit. This habit instructs their common sense to react positively to challenging situations in life. This somehow gives them relentless power to ensure that they don’t miss a day of motivation in their life.

Below are 7 Key steps to staying motivated for long.

  1. Know Your Why

What inspires you to do what you do? What is your purpose? Knowing the reason why God created you is a vital step towards creating an enjoyable life. This can only be accomplished by doing a deep personal examination into your core values, talents, passion and skills. In order to discover your why, ask yourself the following questions.

-What is your passion? Knowing your passion is a huge step towards staying motivated for long. This motivation not only inspires you but also other people’s lives, bringing satisfaction and fulfillment to your life.

-What are your strengths? What is that innate ability that helps you to adapt to any challenging situation without giving up your hope?

-How do you measure your life? How do you bring value to life? Do you use your success for your own selfish desires or do you make use of your resources to reach out and help others? How do you want to be remembered to the future generation?

2. Keep a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs determine our perception of reality, how we think of ourselves and the world around us. To stay motivated through thin and thick, you need to constantly work on developing yourself. Self improvement will help you to attain self confidence in your abilities and help to build on what you did not know.

When something negative happens, the simplest way to acknowledge the situation is by convincing your mind that everything happens for a reason. Believe in your abilities and be brave to see life lessons during adversity. This will give you a third eye to see solutions within problems hence stimulating a positive and motivating effect from within. Motivate yourself with positive statements for instance ,” I can do this today,” “i will reach the destination no matter what,” “I am getting better and better daily.” This will definitely culminate into a habit and keep you motivated always.

3. Vision

A vision enables you to see what does not exist. It gives you the ability to see beyond your present reality. Having a vision will definitely motivate you to get up every day and try just one more time. Your vision will engage your subconscious mind to be prepared to take up available opportunities that will help to propel you towards achieving your goals. This is the secret to success and long lasting motivation.

4. Plan

It is a nude fact that as humans we cannot foresee everything. We cannot plan for every possible turn of events, but we can be well prepared to handle the majority of them. It is therefore vital to remain flexible and work to adapt to unexpected situations. If your plan does not work, do not change the goal but just adjust your plan depending on the lessons gathered from your failure. Break your plan into small attainable chunks to keep you motivated on handling the next chunk on your list.

5. Take Action

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A plan without action is useless. While everybody is wishing, waiting and hoping to be lucky one day, be busy working and fighting for what you really want. Familiarize yourself with your why, come up with a plan, jump into action, remain consistent through thin and thick, celebrate small wins, learn from failure and take life one day at a time. Everything is possible within a vision. The sooner you take action, the quicker you begin living your vision.

6. Check your company

Bad company ruins good morals. Show me five people you spend the most of your time with and I will tell you your future. If you frequently hang out with four misguided friends, you will become the fifth. Right people will give you guidance in achieving your goals. Spend more time with your role models, mentors and like-minded individuals. Spending a lot of time with motivating individuals will keep your motivation engines well fueled for long.

7. Take Responsibility

It is important to understand that no one else can do it but you. Make it your responsibility to live excellence and inspire others by working daily on your goals. You must keep believing that God has a good plan and that something good is gonna happen. Learn from your mistakes daily and make an effort to learn from every encounter in life- whether good or bad. This is the secret to stay motivated for long.

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How to Stop Chasing the Wrong Dreams

FOLLOWTHEMFrom a tender age,other people dream for us. Leading this bandwagon are our well-meaning parents calling out our future potential. Then teachers, pastors, coaches and others in authority. All these people cast their hopes for us. It becomes difficult to clearly tell the difference between others dreams for us and our own dreams. Their dreams become ours.

To see our dreams come true, they must come from within. They must be authentically from you and no one else. If by any chance we are able to achieve others’ dreams, there is still an emptiness within because it is not our true dream but a counterfeit. Others have decided and even predicted a future for us. This is genuinely a waste of years of our life.

When you are chasing somebody else’s dream disguised as your own, you do not have time to do self-searching to discover your own dream. It becomes a detour from the life you truly desire. Often times, we have a small feeling from within that it’s not our true dream but we keep pushing on in the same direction. We have been mislead and don’t fully understand for how long.

If you believe that you may have been chasing the wrong dream, follow the four steps below to discover your true dream.

  1. Be Alone

You must create time to be alone with yourself. Turn all external voices except the one that is internal. In this busy, noisy and counterproductive society, we must be focused and objective to make this happen.Technology is an inevitable and constant destruction. The noise makes it hard for you to clearly visualize your talents, abilities and passion. A lone time will eliminate all destruction and help you to re-evaluate and refocus your mind on your core values.

“We all have choices, we can make a living or we can design a life.”-Jim Rohn

2. Write Down

Putting down your dreams on paper is a necessity. A written dream constantly reminds of what is non-negotiable. Writing helps us to differentiate between the things we can adjust or change and those that we cannot change no matter what. Writing also serves as a hub for hope during times of discouragement. We will definitely get discouraged along the journey of life. To keep us going, we need to refill our hope by constantly reminding ourselves why we started the journey. We are only reminded by looking back to our written dreams. Writing is a compass to bring us back to where we ran out of motivation.

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3. Plan and Act

After writing down your dreams, plan how to carry out your mission. Writing your dreams without putting down a plan is useless. Keep your plan simple and effortlessly executable. Break your dream into manageable chunks and be consistent to accomplish each day’s target.

4. Get Feedback

Feedback is a vital step to any progress in life. However,be careful to get feedback from a trusted source. Furthermore, avoid looking out for feedback early in the process of chasing your dreams. Often times,we are over-excited about our dreams and openly share them with any random Tom, Dick and Harry. The result is being discouraged before we strongly anchor the roots of our dreams. Get feedback from people who have been where you want to go. Find out what it took them to accomplish their dreams. This will adequately prepare your for the inevitable challenges along the journey.

“This one step-choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything.”-Scott Reed

Final Verdict

As you plan, realign and re-calibrate your future, you will find a new passion. The road is long with many bends but this fight is worth every penny. Stay true to your inner cry. Remember, you lie loudest when you lie to yourself. Skill can be learned, but the inner passion is what you want to ignite. Have a blessed journey.

5 Business Lessons From Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign

downloadThe leading man in popularity on the internet in 2015 is undoubtedly the United States presidential hopeful- Donald Trump. This is in no way a promotion of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign but a mere fact. Sincerely speaking, I do not know how much about his manifesto. All I understand is that he has somehow managed to grasp the attention of many-mine included.

We cannot ignore him whether we like or dislike him. The man is all over. We can’t browse our TV channels without catching him on air or open a newspaper without reading something about him. From outlandish comments and remarks to his sole promise of making America great once again, Trump is definitely here to stay.

Even though he can be a loose cannon when it comes to unleashing his thoughts through words, I greatly admire and cherish his outstanding quality of being different. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind and isn’t afraid to give his genuine opinions. He isn’t in to maintain the status quo or keeping politics as usual. This is why he has boldly won the hearts and minds of both his supporters and opposers.

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”- Donald Trump

Although Donald Trump is not 100% perfect as its is a norm with all humankind-me and you included, he also posses very admirable qualities we can all emulate to achieve outstanding success in the world of entrepreneurship.

Here are 5 admirable qualities I have learnt from Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns.

  1. Independent Thinking

Donald Trump isn’t a brown-noser or a follower. He isn’t afraid of going against the wind even if it means ruffling a few feathers or losing a portion of his popularity. He isn’t afraid to voice his opinions and he doesn’t allow the status quo influence his his decisions, thoughts and actions.

The reason why many people resonate at the same frequency with his thoughts is that they admire his boldness and the fact that he courageously says what they wish they had the confidence to say themselves.

It is always amazing to encounter people who embrace their individuality, dance to the tune of their own guitar and do not silence their voices even where most people do not agree to what they say.

2. Courage

Most of his non-supporters would argue that Donald is arrogant, cocky and probably proud. Nevertheless, if there is one thing we can all agree on though is that Trump is is extremely courageous and confident of his personality. This confidence gives him the faith to believe that he has what it takes to make America great again. Furthermore, his self-confidence has been instrumental in helping him to succeed in business, turn his undertakings into profit, take risks as well as take a leap of faith to bid for presidency. He isn’t afraid to get out of his comfort zone in order to get what he wants.

3.Dare Dream

“If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.”-Donald Trump

Most people might think that it is a pity for Donald to to seek presidency again. After all he is a business mogul and has nothing to do with politics and foreign affairs. Well, let me shed some light to you- he is probably running for presidency because he believes in the possibility of his dream coming true. He knows that everything is possible for those who dare to dream. Greatness isn’t out of anyone’s reach. It only takes passion, talent, diligence and perseverance. Donald has witnessed ordinary people like him soar up the leadership ladder. Because of this belief, he sees great possibility in his dreams coming true as well.

4. Hard work Pays

Donald is all over buzzing with energy. Meet him on twitter after every five minutes. See him on TV. Listen to him live on Radio. Plainly speaking, success doesn’t come on a silver platter. Trump understands this principle and as a result he is all out-working for his success.

5. Perseverance

No matter how much he is criticized, Trump manages to get back on his feet and keep moving. This man somehow has the tenacity of a ball and he has proved this over and over again. He doesn’t buck down whether pinned on the wall by an opponent. He will not allow other people’s opinions to dictate his actions and isn’t scared to dare his opponents no matter how many thy might be.

Final Purport

Definitely, the polls will determine whether victory or defeat shall be his portion. What I know is that for now, Donald’s gospel of making America great again has converted many naysayers into his believers. His admirable qualities can be beneficial to your entrepreneurial mission as well.

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9 Reasons to Start Your Own Business

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Are you contemplating of abandoning that job and starting your own business but you are still doubtful of taking action? Are you afraid of going broke?failing?disappointing your beloved ones?living uncomfortably? Are you scared of not living up to your own dreams?

Not everyone would like to be an entrepreneur. But if you have a nudging feeling within your soul, a feeling of starting your own thing, then it is only fair you do it. The reward of doing this is not only in monetary value. In this article, I have compiled 9 reasons why I feel you should take the leap of faith into the entrepreneurial world.

  1. It teaches You to be Independent

Starting a business will require you to think a lot. Whether you are starting it on your own or with a partner, you will have to make the final decision on your own. Over and over, you will learn to make all your decisions independently and become even better in decision-making as you grow. You will learn to trust your own instincts because nobody knows your business better than you do. It is a delightful feeling to realize that every decision you make is chiefly dependent on you. You do not have to compromise with the opinions of others including your boss and your fearful colleagues. You make your own decision and assume responsibility for it.

2. Helps You to Learn Faster

Being an employee, you must learn about your industry and your role. Nevertheless, being your own boss requires you to learn casually everything. From finance to operations, marketing to accounting. You will require to know all that stuff. Furthermore, you will have to update yourself with technology, consumer trends, tools and industry news. This will make you a voracious reader, opening an opportunity for you to learn like never before. You will take life like a progressive journey as you do with business.

3. You will Wake Up Motivated

Nothing feels as inspiring as following your own dreams and passion.The feeling alone will keep you motivated to work. You will find yourself thinking about different ideas, strategies, the possibility of your dream coming true and how to outplay your competitors. Even during moments of sadness and desperation, you will still be excited to go for work and fix the problems. The understanding that the business is yours will keep you inspired to work hard because you nobody else is bound to receive the reward.

4. It will Eliminate Excuses in Your Life

Starting your own business is scary but it is a sure way to get rid of excuses. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

5. You Will Feel Accomplished

Have you ever asked yourself why some people choose to become struggling artists instead of doing something else like getting a job in order to earn a living? Start your own business and you will have a good understanding of how fulfilling it is to follow your dreams. The reward is not only monetary but a feeling of contentment and accomplishment.

6. You Will Find it Easy to Walk Your Talk

Majority of people talk the talk but have never considered walking the talk. As an entrepreneur, you will learn that talking without any action is close to stupidity if not actual foolishness. Entrepreneurship teaches you that things just don’t happen as you wish, but as you do.

7. You Will Become Fearless

Starting a business is undoubtedly a scaring endeavor for first time entrepreneurs. You have to believe in your abilities and make decisions over and over. This will get you out of your self-limiting beliefs. You will learn that nothing is worth of being scared of and this will eventually become your habit.

8. It Boost Your Self Esteem

Starting your won business takes courage. To be able to get out of your comfort zone will definitely eliminate your self-doubt. You will never hesitate to invest in yourself because you are the only profitable and lasting asset to your business.

9.It Opens Doors to Networking

Starting your own business gives you an opportunity to make friends with other entrepreneurs in your community or around the world. You will finally realize that there are so many ambitious people and talented people people out there. Suddenly, the world will become big and you will discover endless opportunities to learn and grow your business. The more you get involved in entrepreneurship and interact with other businessmen, the more opportunities you will realize and the more self’driven you will become.

Final Purport

If you want to start your own thing but are not sure where to begin, take a leap of faith and begin anywhere. Begin by identifying your passion and plan how you can monetize your skills. Remember, Rome was not built in one day. Take a step of faith daily and eventually you will reach the success destination.