A New Beginning

Happy New Week friends,

I look forward to sharing with you Brilliant and Excellent tips for attaining your goals, fulfilling your Purpose and making the world a better place.

Pascal walked out of the hospital with so much pain and also with his fate unknown. He has just gone for a medical checkup following a severe illness he suffered. He got home and could not sleep for the three days of waiting.

He woke up in the morning and he knelt down to pray, this is an act he has neglected 10 years ago since he started working with a multinational. He was immediately promoted and he was earning six-digit figures monthly. He went from pub to club, parties to hotels.

After praying, he got back to his early morning meditation and exercise, an act he neglected years ago as well. Pascal was a devoted Christian who hears from God every day. Now he hardly knows how and when God communicates with his beloved.

He reached for his music box, it was Steffany Gretzinger’s out of hiding place playing.

‘‘Come out of hiding, You’re safe here with Me; There’s no need to cover what I already see

You’ve got your reasons but I hold your peace; You’ve been on lock-down and I hold the key

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave

Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours. I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
. You’re not far from home

And now I’ll be your lighthouse when you’re lost at sea And I will illuminate everything

No need to be frightened by intimacy. No, just throw off your fear and come running to Me’’

The suffering people experience when they are sick can help them grow closer to Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for next month’s World Day of the Sick.

Sickness is an opportunity for God to be glorified and for observers to believe the power of healing. This perspective is easy to forget because sickness is often a struggle. The physical body can be extremely demanding. It can writhe in pain, convulse from seizures, sweat from fever, ache from infection, and fatigue from fighting cancer. Some feel so badly, they are ready to commit suicide. 

It is not too late for new beginnings and fresh starts. A fresh look at the future and all the wonderful possibilities it holds would make you have a reason to live again. These were the words he heard from the counselor he had an appointment with earlier in the day.  He thought it was over until he went back for his test the next day. The doctor told him he was still healthy and can live another fifty years if he lived healthy and disciplined.

The below tips can help you as well as recommended to Pascal;

  • Get In Shape.
  •  Get out of town.
  •   Rewrite your story.
  •   Invite new people into your life.
  • · Be disciplined about self-care.
  •   Quit what isn’t working for you.
  • Strengthen your relationships with the people who love you.
  • Take a course that teaches you something new.
  • Make a budget and stick to it.
  • Become invested in the process of change, not the outcome.
  • Forgive others, Forgive the Universe. Forgive yourself.
  • Look at how far you have come.

The Power of Your Mind

Your mind can be your best asset or your worst enemy. It is important you learn how to train your mind and your body to perform at its peak. Everyone has the ability to build mental strength. With practice, mental exercises could be the key to living a longer, happier life.

Malimbe

Happy new week friends,

I look forward to sharing with you Brilliant and Excellent tips for attaining your goals, fulfilling your Purpose and making the world a better place.

The captain made an announcement that six other aircraft would be taking off before ours, this meant that we had several minutes to taxi. I picked up a magazine “Malimbe” and started flipping through the pages until an article caught my attention. It was all about the Nigeria culture and particularly the city of Benin. The history from the slave trade to her great work of arts that was stolen during the precolonial and now being sold all over the world was particularly fascinating.

I looked around and noticed this couple, they were both solving a cross puzzle and playing Sudoku. They should be in their 70s, I smiled remembering that is one of my family goals .

I decided to engage them and soon, it turned out to be a mentoring session I had enrolled for. Both the man and his wife told me how they have been able to live together for 45 years. They mentioned the challenges, the fun they had both enjoyed and how they settled their differences.

They were from different tribes and also practiced different religion. The story I shared earlier of a Buddhist and his Christian wife flashed to me where they have both the statue of Jesus and Buddha erected side by side in their prayer closet. When I asked why they did that, they told me “If Jesus and Buddha could not live together in peace, how then would they live together as husband and wife.

And the great moment came where their faith was tested. At some point during the flight, there was great turbulence due to the bad weather, though the captain announced everything was under control, everyone was already panicking.

When I looked at them, they were still chatting, holding their hands and were at peace. This experience was just beyond me, how two people of different orientation, culture, religion and perhaps different ideologies can live together so well they experience absolute joy. It boils down to tolerance and love that forgives. Note that this couple never said they didn’t have conflict or misunderstandings, as a matter of fact, they often do. What makes the difference is their singular ability to reason with each other.

As I have come to find out, peace begins with tolerance and respect for everyone.

Lets get down to it and ask yourself honestly how have you demonstrated tolerance and respect for the people around you who always seem to disagree with you.

For more details, you can contact the BPE team @ www.solomonempire.com or download BPE tool app on google play store.

To be a member of the BPE team of Solomon’s Empire, kindly send a mail to bpe@solomonempire.com

YOU ARE YOUR OWN COMPETITION.

Happy new week friends,

I look forward to sharing with you Brilliant and Excellent tips for attaining your goals, fulfilling your Purpose and making the world a better place.

My heart pounded as the list of names were being called out to us. I was seated comfortably in the front row with other football talents like myself waiting to hear whether our skills were enough to take us abroad, the land of opportunities. From where I sat, I glance back to see whether my friend, Emeka finally made it down. Emeka and I have been friends for almost 12 years now but it was time we each entered into a new future.

Six months ago, we came to Lagos from our village in Benue to ‘hustle’ and our plan was to make it big. We worked together, we ate together, we prayed together, we trained in football together, and we literarily did everything together until now.

The day the scouts came to our training facility and told us that they needed only 10 qualified players that they would sponsor to the U.S. I knew it was never going to be the same again, my best friend was about to become my competition. I started to think since then that if I could eliminate all my competition then I had a better chance of winning, as more and more people lost out during the training, I always nurse a secret fear knowing how good Emeka was, just as I was.

This fateful day, I was supposed to pay for our transport together to the training where the final selection would be done.  On this day, each man would know his fate and one of the criteria was punctuality. If you can get there early, you stood a better chance. If you got there late, you were automatically disqualified. I was finally sure that I could eliminate Emeka completely. I stole all the money there was and left the apartment where we live at 6:30 a.m. By the time my friend’s alarm would sound at 7:30, I would be gone.

The names did come out and I never made it. Emeka, of course, stood no chance because he came three hours after the event had started. That day, I felt shattered knowing that the only good thing I had in life- my friendship with Emeka was over because I was disloyal. We went apart and everything was never the same again, we did have our moments of opportunity after that but it took us seven years more, by then we were battered and weary.

The lesson here is simple, just as I have read and remains very true: Life is not about competition but about being your best. Perhaps if I had invested more energy in my training as well as encouraging my friend, we both could have made it.

“Being competitive doesn’t mean you’re not laid back or polite or too aggressive. Being competitive doesn’t insinuate that you are self-obsessed. And having a competitive nature doesn’t mean that you have the extreme desire to out-do everyone — as long as you are in competition with yourself.” (Entrepreneur.com)

The most important thing in life is getting ahead of yourself and concentrating hard on it. That’s a sure way to get ahead of the competition.