Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! One of my greatest discoveries in this life is that when God wants to promote a man, He sends Goliath to deliver his promotion letter. Goliath runs a special kind of courier service for the benefit of mankind. Goliath is not your enemy, he is your special ladder to the top. Anyone who binds Goliath will never go far in life. If you doubt me, kindly ask David. The easiest way to end up as a local champion is to bind Goliath. Open your arms and welcome him immediately!
Am sure some people won’t like this kind of discussion. In fact, I won’t be surprised if you stop reading this articles at this point. Why? Because we are used to butter and bread teachings. We like to hear stuff like, “this year you will buy your own car,” “this month, all your enemies must die,” “this week, you will become Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga put together!” And you will shout or write ameeeeeeeeeeeen!
If you keep hearing stuff like this you won’t go far in life. If you can interview ten billionaires, am sure you will understand what it takes to become a billionaire. It is the duty of God to bless you, but you must trade with the blessing to generate outstanding results. Jack Carnfeild shared a powerful story that throws more light in today’s discussion.
He said that, “The big blessing for me came in the 1970s when they closed the Job Corps Center in Clinton, Iowa, where I worked as a curriculum development specialist pioneering radical new learning systems for teaching underachieved students. I had unlimited support from the administration, I was working with an exciting team of bright young people who shared the same vision of making a difference, and I really enjoyed my work.
Then out of the blue, the government decided to relocate the center. It meant I would lose my job for at least 6 months. At first I was upset at the decision, but while attending a workshop at the W. Clement & Jesse V. Stone Foundation in Chicago, I shared my predicament with the leader, who happened to be the vice president of the foundation. As a result, he offered me a job. “We’d love to have someone like you who has experience with inner-city black and Hispanic kids. Come and work for us.”
They gave me more money, an unlimited budget, the ability to attend any workshop, training, or convention that I wanted- and I was now working directly with W. Clement Stone, who had introduced me to these success principles to begin with. And yet, when they first announced the relocation of the Job Corps and my laid off, I was angry, scared, and despondent. I thought it was the end of the world. I thought it was a bad thing. Instead, it turned out to be the major turning point if my life.
In less than 3 months, my life had gone from good to great. For two years, I worked with some of the most amazing people I have ever met before I left to enter a doctoral program in psychological education at the University of Massachusetts. Now when anything “bad” happens, I remember that everything that happens to me has within it the seed of something better. I look for the upside rather than the downside. I ask myself, “Where’s the greater benefit in this event?”
I’m sure that you, too, can think back to several times in your life when you thought what had happened was the end of the world- you lost your job, experienced the death of a friend or business failure, had catastrophic injury or illness, your house or warehouse burned down- and later you realised it was a blessing in disguise.
The trick is to realize that whatever you are going through now is not the handiwork of your enemies, it’s going to turn out better in the future as well. So look for the lemonade in the lemons. The more you begin to look for the good, the sooner and more often you will find it.
Napoleon Hill said that, “Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Instead of seeing every difficult or challenging event as a negative thing, you must see it for what it could be- something that was meant to enrich you, empower you, and advance your destiny.
I want you to understand that every negative challenge is not the attack of the enemy. Reprogram your mind! Stop thinking and talking like a failure! Goliath is not your enemy, he is your friend. How? He is is the ladder heaven sent your way to take you straight to the top! I made a vow years ago that I will never see any negative circumstance as an attack of the devil. If you can develop that kind of mindset, you will see opportunities inside every Goliath that knocks on your door! Wisdom is profitable to direct! (If you’re living in Abuja, get ready for Inspire Africa Project Conference in the month of May). Keep soaring!
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