How Long Can You Hold On?

In the pursuit of that which is great and noble and of a good report, I have come to realize that the journey is never easy, not at all.
You come to points where you begin to ask yourself questions upon questions. Questions that tends to put holes in that which you had believed in, questions that tends to put doubts in your capacity and abilities to see that dream through.
You will begin to feel tired, stressed out like you may not be able to pull it off. All these comes your way to test how long you can hold on to that beautiful dream of yours.
Even some of the people around you would turn out to be among your obstacles; they will stretch you, annoy you, take you for granted and even undermine your worth.
But
Do all you can to hold on to that dream…for how long you might ask. The truth is I can’t give you a definite answer but what I can tell you is that if you hold on to that dream, go through all the pains and trails, do your best to scale all the hurdles and remain diligent in it…you will smile at the end.
The outcomes will outweigh the pains, just keep keeping on.
God sees you…

NB:
This write up is to myself, if it speaks to you as well, Glory be to God Almighty

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Small Beginnings Bigger Goals in Mind

Of all the things I have learnt in my life journey is the fact that anything that will become great or huge tomorrow must start small. Be it a project, a business, an enterprise or a solution to a ravaging problem.
Most of the time you will not even have an idea where all the resources you need will come from, you may not even know where the personnel or professionals you need will come from, all you are certain of is yourself and your goal. As you stay on it and work hard at it, you soon become to discover the location of these resources.
Though it could be frustrating a good number of times that you know exactly what to do but the resources are not just at your disposal, that those whom you thought would give you a lifting hand turns to be the ones actually dragging you back – sometimes intentionally, other times unknown to them.
What then produces the results is your resilience, your determination not to give up, your resolution to always dress up and show up even though yesterday went horribly bad – to keep the vision alive. That is the winning spirit.
So here and now am reminding myself to keep pushing even as the challenges push back, to keep aiming high even though they seem out of rich, to keep working even when I don’t see the results yet … This is my August resolution.
You should do same for…
Success is a Journey.
#SuccessJourney

Half Empty or Half Full?

01/11/2014~SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014

Half Empty or Half Full?
Half Empty or Half Full?

Have you ever held up a glass whose content is just about the mid-line? Would you say it is half empty or half full? Whichever one you say is correct but that shows your thought process.  This same thought process to a large extent affects our perception of possibilities in real life situations because this is the simple definition of an optimist and a pessimist.

When you see things in the midline as half empty then your thought process is tolling the line of pessimism but when you see them as half full then you are on the optimist side. The big difference here is that while one believes it can get better (half full) the other thinks it can possibly get worse (half empty).

This singular line of thought affects your believe in the possibility of a plan coming to actualization. When you are reaching for things and you succeed in just getting to the midline at a certain point, this perception would determine if you want to strive further or you want to just relax and let it be.

This was the same mindset with the biblical servants whose master when travelling gave them different talents. The one who had received five saw it as half full and with that realization he knew exactly what to do in order to make it full while he who had received one talent saw it as half empty and to him, there was nothing he could do because it was ‘already half empty’, you know the outcome of their decisions.

You may not have realized this before now but it matters a lot when you are striving to make it to the top with that wonderful idea, business, goal or dream of yours.

My advice is: train your mind to walk the “Half Full” line, it will go a long way at giving you comfort and a hope that it can only get better.

I believe in YOU.

Welcome to November 2014… It’s a great new beginning.

Nicholas Akomire

Twitter: @ItsNicholasAE

http://www.nic4bags.wordpress.com

What Do You Crave For?

31/10/2014~SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile growing up, I had lots of fantasies of so many things I wanted to have and those desires determined how I imagined life would be. Those fantasies to a large extent have changed over the years but what has remained constant is the understanding that whatever one gets out of life is determined by his cravings – great desires.

Your level of desire for something determines how much effort you put in to getting that thing. Do you want it badly enough or do you ‘just’ want to get it? Are you in for the real deal or just want to ‘give it a shot’? Is the dream worth keeping you awake late into the night and waking you up before everyone else or it’s another ‘let me just try’ game for you? That thought on its own would mean that you’d likely commit less time and resources to that goal because you don’t believe it strongly enough.

How does it feel to have ice cold water on a sunny day after a long walk? At that moment, the cold water is all that matters to you in the whole wide world. That should be your desire level for the important things that would determine the type of life you want.

This does not mean you get to lose touch with being human for you would be alone at the end, what it means is that you find a way to give that goal a good proportion of your time and resources for it to flourish. At beginning it might seem so far away but keeping up the desire and putting in more time would increase the chances of success.

If you think that goal is worth getting, develop a strong desire for it.

I honour you!

Nicholas Akomire

Twitter: @ItsNicholasAE

http://www.nic4bags.wordpress.com

Getting From Dream Land To Reality – 8!

23/10/2014~SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014

Continued from Previous Post

8. YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK.

savvy-quote-you-are-stronger-than-you-thinkMany a time, when we are faced with certain challenges, it is quite easy to forget how special and unique we are. We tend to lose confidence in ourselves, forgetting how far we have come and the huge successes we have recorded in the past. We forget that even for us to be conceived, we had to win a life deciding race while we were still incomplete. That on its own is enough reason to put your hands on your chest and say to yourself “I can do this”.

Renowned singer Bob Maley once said “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice”.

I have had the priviledge of listening to a couple of friends and young individuals talking about their challenges and doubting their abilities. I spend some time getting to know them and hear their stories and in my eyes these individuals are performing little miracles everyday and yet they don’t see it. I listen to stories of them going through school with little or no support, parents raising children, some with learning difficulties or physical issues, or just children in a fairly crazy world. This requires more guts than a rejection from some nobody who has not walked in your shoes yet wants to define your worth or a book publisher who hasn’t even bothered to read your book. Again, it’s all about perspective.

The truth is this: You are stronger than you think you are and you will achieve virtually everything you set your heart to do as long as you believe in YOU!

I believe.

Enjoy your day.

Nicholas Akomire
Twitter: @ItsNicholasAE
http://www.nic4bags.wordpress.com

Getting From Dream Land To Reality – 7!

22/10/2014~SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014

7. NO ONE GETS TO BUILD MUSCLE WITHOUT BREAKING SWEAT

hardworkHave you ever come across a well built guy with six packs and asked him how he developed his muscles? I am quite certain the response you will get will be ‘Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!. How about a professional runner who has won several medals? He will tell you the secret is Practice! Practice! Practice!

Similar response is what you will get from any successful business man and woman – Hard work. This is one of the most important thing that will get you from dream land to reality. You cannot have a great idea that you want to see through to reality and still sleep like every other person, that idea should keep you awake when others are sleeping and should wake you up before every other person.

People often like to throw around the old accusation disguised as a back-handed compliment, ‘oh that person is just naturally gifted or lucky.’ I’ve had it! And it’s bloody annoying and incredibly dismissive, because those folks are not around when you are busting a gut to get what you want. Sometimes it just takes sheer hard work and your hard work behind the scenes is what makes it look easy out front. Want folk to read your books? Don’t wait for a publisher, work your socks off and build your audience reader by reader. Want your online business to take off? Prepare not to sleep a lot.

The truth is this, if you are not yet ready to do the sweat breaking work, you are sure as hell not yet ready to see your dream come to fulfilment. And by the way, hard work has not killed anyone, unfulfilled dreams does.

It is time to roll up your sleeves and get yourself working on that beautiful dream of you, you will get there.

I honour you.

Nicholas Akomire
Twitter: @ItsNicholasAE
http://www.nic4bags.wordpress.com

Getting From Dream Land To Reality – 6!

21/10/2014~SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014

Continued from Previous Post

6. REJECTION IS GOOD FOR YOU.

Rejected? Do Not Worry
Rejected? Do Not Worry

One of the key things you must bear in mind is that just as much as you have a great idea or product, not everyone you meet will buy into it initially. There are a great number of people that will be excited and ready to help you drive the dream and there will also be prospective clients and customers that would want you to start as soon as possible so that they can benefit from what you’ve got to deliver, but you must also prepare your mind to meet those that would be hesitant to key into your dream and even those who would bluntly reject it.

I firmly believe that if you are not getting rejected then you are not working hard enough yet. Every single successful person I know had to face rejection, the big question is how do you turn it to your favour?

The folks at InsightSquared suggests the following:

  • Don’t take it personally
  • Expect it
  • Be professional
  • Ask Why
  • Send a last minute proposal
  • Talk to someone who’s into similar business
  • Treat it as a necessary step
  • Be persistent
  • Stick to your routine
  • Focus on the positives
  • Never give up

But the most important thing I want you to bear in mind is that it is when you have such rejections that you actually sit down and look closely at your plan to ascertain if there are any flaws that requires urgent fixing. If everyone you meet gives a bold ‘yes’ that is great but the question is how many of those ‘yes’ or ‘great job’ are truly genuine? So you need a mixture of both yes and no to help you perfect your plan or product.

On a lighter note, someone once said “If anyone tells you they cannot see anything great in you or your idea, don’t worry, just give them a big hug and walk away cos’ life can be so difficult for the blind”.

So, expect a ‘NO’ once in a while and get better with it.

Expect A No
Expect A No

I value you!

Enjoy your day.

Nicholas Akomire
Twitter: @ItsNicholasAE
http://www.nic4bags.wordpress.com