The secret of getting ahead is getting started. You cannot win the race if you stand on the sideline and do not enter it. You don’t have to be fast you just have to be resilient and consistent. Everyday do something that can take you a little closer to achieving your goal.
I believe in each of us lies the power to change our lives. Often the outcome depends on the decisions we make. I give you an example.
Two individuals can grow up in the same household, subjected to the same environment, One pursue a path that leads to success while the other leads a mediocre life. Why is this so? It was the decisions that they both made for their lives. One was determined to rise above his circumstances while the other was contented to accept his fate. The power to move from where you are to where you want to be lies within you, you just have to want it bad enough. You see the change you wish to see in life begins with you.
Success is Possible
Many people fail to achieve success, not because they didn’t have a dream, but because they didn’t have a plan on how to make that dream come true. Know what you want then form a plan and execute it. Action is necessary to achieve success!
Which Should You Choose
Many new writers are often unclear on how to go about publishing their books. Getting Traditional publishers to take them seriously is an arduous process, which often end up in rejection letters. Some chose to go the self-publishing route; some get published by vanity publishers.
So, what you might ask is the difference between Self-Publishing and Vanity-Publishing?
In self-publish you have full control of your work. You are responsible for doing everything yourself. It is up to you to ensure your book is properly edited and you have a good cover that will catch the eyes of readers. You know all the cost involved and you know how your money is spent.
Vanity publishers can be tricky. They will give you a glowing review about your book, shower you with praise and give you false hope about making you a best seller. All this however comes at a price. The problem is once you pay up front, there is no guarantee you will make your money back. Vanity publishers are not interested in promoting or selling your book. They have already gotten paid so the rest is up to you.
Another thing I must make clear. If you decide to go the self-publish route you do not need to pay someone to do so for you. Uploading your manuscript to Amazon or other publishing website is quite easy. Instead invest your money in a good editor who will help to shape your work.
Be careful of the things you tell yourself. Sometimes people become what they tell themselves they are. Always think positive thoughts about yourself. I Am, are two powerful words, speak them into being. Tell yourself each morning before you leave home: I am worthy, I am successful, I am important, I am loved, I am a wonderful creation of God, I am a masterpiece. I am in control of my destiny. I am going to have a great day.
Trump’s rise to presidency was not an accident. White Evangelicals were opposed to Barack Obama and they resisted his presidency. Not surprising as this was the same group of people who for centuries used the bible to convince black folks that slavery was justified by God and they should obey their masters. It did not please them to see one elevate to the height of presidency.
Not once did they say God bless President Obama. But God sits high and he looks low and he blessed Obama’s presidency. Eight years, no scandal, no chaos. He ruled with dignity and integrity.
Then came Donald Trump, a man known for unfair business deals, a womanizer and adulterer. A man who spoke derogatory about women even going as far as saying he grab them by the pu..y.
Evangelicals presented him as a man of God. They claimed he was sent by God and he was going to do great things for America. Their overpowering influence caused many to believe the lie.
But unlike Obama who they despised; Trump’s presidency was rocked by one scandal after another. It was full of hate, bigotry, and division. Many of the people around him were either accused of crimes or convicted for crimes. He failed to put the people first when the Corona Virus crisis hit, focusing more on the stock market.
White Evangelicals tried to fool the people again not knowing Trump’s purpose had already been accomplished and God had exposed them for who they are.
The funny thing is, Trump could have made a difference in uniting the people. He could perhaps have convinced his base who were mainly white, racist individuals that he was president for all, and he wanted a nation where people of all color or race live in unity. His base adored him. They might have listened. Instead he fueled the flames of hate and division.
That is not of God. That is not who God is. That was not what well thinking Americans wanted for the country. The people have spoken and he need to respect the wishes of the American people.
- Accept yourself for who you are and love yourself. You must learn to look in the mirror and love what you see, the image of who you are. Loving yourself is the first step towards happiness.
- Make peace with your past. Forgive those who need to be forgiven. Cut ties with those who cares nothing about your happiness. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who motivate and inspire you.
- Do not harbor bitterness or resentment in your heart towards anyone because in the end it will stifle your inner growth and peace of mind.
- Be kind to yourself. Pamper yourself every once in a while. Do something that makes you happy and make it all about you, you deserve it.
- Learn to say no. Remember that you are not here to save the world, so do not take on more than you can handle because you might not want to displease someone. You are never going to be able to please everyone or be everything for everyone. You must be able to say no and feel no guilt about doing so
In your quest for success, you may encounter failure. Do not allow it to deter you. Keep trying. You will get there!