DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS WHEN YOU CAN HAVE MORE

f we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan. – Numbers 32:5

INSIGHT

The Gadites and Reubenites wanted to settle before crossing the Jordan. Moses rebuked them. Although this land was good…it wasn’t what God had promised. Imagined they begged to settle for less. A few thoughts crossed my mind:

1. Don’t settle for less when you can have more
2. Not everything that is good…is godly
3. If you are hunting for elephants don’t be distracted by rabbits

‘GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN’| A LESSON IN GETTING WHAT YOU DESERVE

“…I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent us on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then! So I’m asking that you give me this mountain ” Joshua 14: 10-12
At 85 Caleb didn’t ask for a valley, he asked for a mountain. At the time when many would rather be pressured, he was pressing in! A few insights:
1. Act your WAGE…not your AGE
2. Don’t count your days, make your days count
3. Define your life by the STRENGTH of your dreams not the LENGTH of your days
4. Never sell yourself cheap because you feel short. Think of what you can give, than what you can get. Your value add!
Go out today and get your mountain!

EVERY PROBLEM CARRIES A PROMISE

The world’s cheapest car is a Tata Nano. It is the brainchild of Ratan Tata, chairman of India’s Tata Group. One day in 2003, Tata was in Mumbai, India, when he noticed a man riding a scooter in the rain. The man’s older son was standing in the front part of the scooter behind the handlebars. The man’s wife sat sideways on the back of the scooter, with a small child in her lap. All four were drenched by the rain. Although Tata had witnessed this scene countless times before, this time it led him to produce a $2,200 car that lower middle-class people—or those who could buy a scooter but not a car—could afford. If you want to be an innovative disruptor, you will need to start looking at the world around you differently. You should LOOK at what EVERYBODY else is looking at and SEE what NOBODY else sees. This is the essence of disruptive innovation.

A few lessons:

1. Observation is the bedrock of innovation

2. Many eyes look, few eyes see

3. Opportunity sometimes comes dressed as a problem

FOCUS ON BE-ING NOT DO-ING

I marvel when I see people jostle to get this or that position. Positions don’t make you…you make positions. People can take away all you do what remains is who you are. You are a human being not a human doing. Who you become is more important than what you achieve. It’s not what you are CALLED that matters, it’s what you ANSWER to.

The story of Joseph who was sold as a slave by his brothers is insightful. Joseph had a special coat of many colours. Metaphorically it meant that he was multi talented. The brothers took away the coat. Little did they know that the coat was only the evidence of the gift and not the gift itself. Joseph went on to prosper regardless and became Prime Minister of Egypt.

There are some lessons right there:

1. If you are gifted you can never be shifted…you will be lifted
2. Never let your work define your worth, define your work by your worth
3. A coat (TITLE) goes out of fashion, but who you are (MANTLE) lasts forever. If you have the mantle you don’t need the title.

People can take away all you do (your coat) but you can never be FINISHED because you are COMPLETE! Make a difference where you are. You have it in you to make a difference whether you are in a pit or prison.

SUCCESS IS AN INSIDE JOB

A lot has been said about how success is about who you know. This almost sounds true but up to some point. Success is about knowing yourself. When you have a revelation of you, there will be an elevation of you. Many people go through life trying to look for success outside themselves when it’s all inside. You cannot be winning in your life if you are losing in your mind. In my book Seeds of Greatness I wrote:

You were created in the image of God for purposes of manifesting His glory. Each creation must manifest a specific glory. The glory of a tree is to produce fruit… The glory of a dog is to produce puppies and barking. The glory of a human being is to manifest the perfections, graces, excellencies and perfections of God. Your greatness is hidden in your purpose.

This is the reason why success must always start with you. You were uniquely wired to deliver a specific assignment in this world. Only when you connect with the great within do you start too become successful. You will be successful in this world to the extent that you fully utilize your gifts, personality, experience, abilities and skill in making a difference in the lives of others

Success starts with you and ends with others.

WHEN THERE IS NO WAY, FAITH MAKES A WAY

Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred–year–old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God,” Romans 4:19-20

To receive from God, you need to gave faith like a child. Many times we make educated calculations, informed analysis and intellectual deductions and completely miss the simplicity of receiving from God. Make no mistake – faith is not stupid or foolish. Nay, it is wise – it only operates in a different paradigm…

INSIGHT:

1. Faith does not ignore the facts – it prioritises the truth in the face of facts
2. Faith does not worry about the PROCESS …it focuses on the PRODUCT. Abraham had no ‘fire’ and Mama Sarah’s baby factory had been decommissioned!
3. Faith does not look at WHAT IS, it looks at WHAT COULD BE
4. Faith does not ask silly questions, it provides wise answers

GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN: NEVER SETTLE FOR LESS

Now therefore give me this mountain…for thou heardest…that the cities were great and fenced:if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out…” Joshua 14:12

Significance is seldom small. Influence is infrequently narrow. Greatness is hardly inconspicuous. David did not play wrestling with Goliath – it was blood sport. Jesus did not tap dance with the devil – he disarmed him and publicly annihilated him. This noon as I read about Caleb, I can’t help but feel like saying “Give me this mountain” Caleb did not ask for a valley. He wanted a whole mountain. Let’s be clear this was not a game of marbles but a mountain mover league challenge.

A few insights:

1. Don’t act your AGE, act your WAGE. Caleb did not behave like a 75 year old man…he knew his true value – there was more life ahead of him, than behind him.
2. Easy roads lead nowhere. Caleb asked for a mountain. Don’t settle for less when you can have more
3. The best opportunities are protected. Caleb went for the “great and fenced” cities.

Don’t play small. Dream big. Aim for the stars. Like cream, dream and rise to the top. Go ahead …say “give me this mountain”

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EVERY OPPORTUNITY NEEDS A STRATEGY (PART TWO)

“…the people living there are powerful, their cities are fortified and very large…we saw Anakim giants there!….But Caleb reassured the people….” Let us go up at once and possess it…for we are well able to conquer it! ” Numbers 13:28-30

The Israeli spies went into Canaan. They tasted the milk and honey. They munched the olives. They squeezed the juicy grapes. But they were still afraid. The land was beautiful! Yet this was marred by the ugliness of their fear.

Let’s rewind – this fear was completely misplaced because God had just done some mighty things in their midst:

God is the master of disruptive innovation. He had created a whole new nation out of another nation. He had engineered new water control technologies such as parting of the Red Sea, changed migratory patterns of birds, created a ‘just in time’ delicacy called manna, pioneered green house technologies through cloud of fire by day and pillar of fire by night.

Yet the people didn’t think about all these things ….except…one Caleb who said, “let’s go up at once and possess it” Therein lies some key lessons in strategy:

1. Execution is the cure for fear
2. Fear amplifies threats and diminishes opportunities
3. An opportunity of a lifetime exists in the lifetime of that opportunity
4. There is a special grace for every special challenge or opportunity
5. Challenges and opportunities gravitate towards solutions
6. If God brings you TO it, he will take you THROUGH it

In the new economy risky is the new safe and weird is the new normal. Fear not. Be disruptive. Be a game changer. In this coming month of April …execute, don’t delay!

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A FLOWER IS A WEED WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE

Another masterpiece from my 7 year old daughter. I will add my poetry to her art:

Flowers O flowers, beautiful flowers
I could smell you for hours
A flower is a weed with a good attitude
A weed is a flower without gratitude
A flower chooses to bloom
A weed chooses to gloom
Flowers rise in blossom
Weeds fall to the bottom

Today choose to be a flower!

THE POWER OF DREAMING BIG: US10M TO US2.5B

Richard Branson tells of an inspiring story when he wanted USD10 million to fit inflight video entertainment for the Virgin Airways fleet. He searched far and wide and no banker was willing to give him the money. Then he had a eureka moment. He phoned Boeing and placed an order for 10 Boeing 747 planes. Branson asked that they include the inflight video sets as part of the deal. Boeing agreed. The deal was worth USD2.5 billion. Isn’t it amazing that from struggling to raise USD10 million, suddenly he managed to raise USD2.5 billion. But hey that is the power of dreaming big!

A few lessons to think about:

1.    Rejection could be a sign that some people dont have capacity to handle you.
2.    Never judge the size of your goal by the amount of money it costs. Money is not the end, its just a means
3.    Money is liquid – if you have the right funnel and container, money will flow towards you
4.    Provision follows your vision

So, you know what today – go ahead dream big. Make that call. Set that appointment. Send that email. Go on that trip.

Dream BIG!

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IF I WERE A BOY …NOT JUST FOR A DAY

Disclaimer: This blog article bears no resemblance to Beyonce’s song not in the spirit or the letter….now read on.

I bet you almost trashed this blog before reading on. If you have just read this sentence you are doing so well…read on.

Let me take you back to the past – the year is 1980…am still a young boy. I think my father’s Peugeout 404 station wagon is the best car in the world. We live a simple house and I think we are in a mansion. Having chicken and rice once in a month is a big deal. Wearing my Sunday best crowns my wonderful week. Life is great. Life is simple. When my older siblings give me the crust slice of the bread – it’s an act of great favour – and I must be so thankful. I believe that my mother is my guardian angel – if I trip myself, she faults the stone, if I cut myself, she blames the knife. Life is beautiful…life is simple. All things are possible.

Oh the simplicity of being a boy.

Fast forward, 2014. Things must make sense first before I can do them. How we complicate our lives. If God wanted us complicated, He would have created us confused. He created us simple – made us in His likeness so we would never be confused about our identity. He gave us the measure of faith so all things would be possible.  He gift-wrapped us in hope so all things would work.  He gave us the gift of love so all things would be beautiful.

This is the simplicity of life as God created it. Let the girl and boy in you come out. Keep it simple. Believe the incredible, hope beyond what you see and love without reservation. Life is simple.

Lessons to reflect on:

  1. Life is simple, don’t complicate it
  2. All things are possible
  3. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
  4. Have the faith of a child

Have an awesome day and remember simple does it!

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