Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject. I discovered many years ago that if you sell yourself cheap, others will price you even cheaper. If you devalue yourself, others will reduce you to a piece of statistical material that is only good for census. People will relate to you based on the way you carry yourself. That’s why people naturally look up to those who are bold and audacious. I’m not talking about being arrogant, but being confident!
One of the major reasons why you must learn to dress well is because it affects your attitude. If you dress shabbily it will affect the way you carry yourself. In fact, whenever you meet an individual that dressed well, you will feel inadequate. Your appearance and the way you relate to people are important factors that can take you straight to the top.
This is a fact of paramount significance; each human being, whether he lives in India, Australia, Ghana or Nigeria, whether he’s ignorant or brilliant, civilized or uncivilized, young or old, has this desire: he wants to feel important. Ponder over that.
Everyone, yes, everyone, your neighbor, you, your wife, your boss and even your security guard has a natural desire to feel he is “somebody.” The desire to be important is man’s strongest, most compelling nonbiological hunger.
Successful advertisers know that people crave prestige, distinction, and recognition. Headlines that produce sales read like this: “For smart young homemakers”; “Persons with distinctive tastes”; “For women who want only the best”; “Be the envy of everyone”; “For women who want to be envied by women and admired by men.” These headlines in effect tell people, “Buy this product, and you put yourself in the important class.”
Satisfying the craving, the hunger to be important carries you forward to success. It is basic equipment in your success tool chest. Yet even though displaying the attitude “You are important” gets results, and even though it costs nothing, few persons use it.
On the philosophical side, our religion, our laws, our entire culture are based on the belief of the importance of the individual. Suppose, for example, you were flying your own plane and were forced down in an isolated mountain region.
As soon as your accident was known, a large search for you would begin. No one would ask, “Is that fellow important?” Without knowing anything about you except that you are a human being, helicopters, other aircraft, and searching parties on foot would begin looking for you. And they I’ll keep looking for you, spending thousands of dollars in the process, until they found you or until not one trace of hope remained.
When a little child wanders off into the forest or falls into a well, or gets into some other dangerous predicament, no one is concerned with whether or not the child comes from an “important” family. Every effort is made to rescue the child because every child is important.
These pictures I just painted reveals why you should net reduce yourself to a nobody. I’m not saying that you should become arrogant or overbearing, buy you should carry yourself with dignity. You should not degrade yourself in the name of being humble.
I learned many years ago that humility does not mean timidity or shyness. Humility is not humiliation. Humility is not to deliberately allow everyone to trample upon you, and reduce you to nothing. Jesus did not allow the Pharisees and Sadducees to trample upon Him. In fact, He rebuked them on many occasions.
One of the mistakes that some preachers make is teaching only humility, and forget to balance it with being bold when boldness is needed. Jesus is both Lion and Lamb. When He confronted the devil and religious leaders, He roared like the Lion He is. But when He met the poor, the sick and the downtrodden, He related with them as Lamb.
In fact, the wise man, Solomon said, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1. The righteous should be as bold as a lion, not timid! Unfortunately, many Christians were told that they should look unkempt, dirty, dejected, and portray themselves as nonentities in the name of holiness.
Nothing holds people down like self-pity. It is a killer of enviable destinies. Self-pity helps people to mourn their predicaments instead of looking for solutions. Self-pity will encourage you to look for good excuses to remain at a spot in life. Excuses like; “I am from a poor family,” “Nobody wants to help me,” “Things are difficult in this nation,” “Custom seized my goods in 1985,” “I have bad luck,” “Everybody must not be rich” are the forces that renders people useless in life. Some people actually believe that wealthy people will not make heaven!
These flimsy excuses are the major forces that turn potential world changers to village champions! Get rid of self-pity! Stop mourning your challenges. Change your appearance. Dress well. Be hold. Be audacious. Smile when you should. Walk up to an influential person and introduce yourself. Stop hiding in a corner. The devil is not your problem, your number one problem is timidity!
When the Israelites got to Mount Sinai, they relaxed. Probably they were basking in the euphoria of crossing the Red Sea on dry ground, and other miracles God used Moses to perform. Suddenly, God thundered from heaven;
“…You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them.” Deuteronomy 1:6-8
Dear friend, you have dwelt long enough where you are right now! It is time to step out and make your life count before you die. Kill timidity, self-pity and fear! Put on the garment of boldness and roar like the lion you are. Always remember that nobody is interested in listening to your stories. You are an important personality. Get up from your seat right now and walk around your office as if your father owns this world.
Actually your Father (God) owns the whole planet. Stop looking down on yourself because you were supernaturally wired for exploits. Break out of your self-imposed comfort zone and launch a manhunt for the recovery of your enviable destiny. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities! Don’t miss the life changing conference that will be taking place this Sunday, 30th July, 2017. The venue remains Villa Park hotel, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos. Check the handbill below for further information or call Godwin on 07032681154. See you on Sunday.
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