THE WOMB OF SUCCESS PART 1

The Womb of Success

Last week on Friday night I was speaking to Cher, who is a media and publishing entrepreneur at a function. As we chatted she asked me where I get inspiration to do my consulting and motivational work. This is how I responded, “I am loaded! I mine it from the spirit”. There is a seed that is inside of me which I conceived. This has been growing inside of me. I nurture it, protect and cherish this seed that I carry. Every one of us has a seed of destiny inside of us. It is dropped into our spirits, but we have to acknowledge it and nurture this seed. Think about a woman when she conceives. The ante and post natal period is a gestation (development & growth) period. We would like to look at some anecdotes of success which we can learn from this.

Sanctify Yourself For Success

The moment of conception is a defining moment for the woman. A lot of things have to immediately change because of what she carries. No more stressful routines. Those who smoke and drink stop doing that for the sake of the baby. Most medicines especially antibiotics become a NO NO during the pregnancy. Even animals are known to be very protective during the gestation period. They become more territorial and jealousy of invasion of their space. This protective instinct is crucial for success. Your destiny is like a baby. You need to protect it and separate yourself for success. This can mean being circumspect about the company you keep, better work ethic, due discretion in the books and information you read. You can easily shipwreck your success if you do not know what you are carrying inside of you. Be more purposeful and have homing instinct that draws you to your destiny. Do not allow your destiny to be aborted by getting entangled with the wrong things.

Feed Your Success

“Eat for one, drink for two”, was what we were told during the ante-natal classes. There is a special diet for expectant mothers. The chances of a healthy baby are increased by adhering to a specific health regime. This in some instances is augmented by iron, vitamin and calcium supplements (organic not genetically modified /GMO). Even animals as primal as they are, go and hunt for good prey to feed the expectant female. Have you increased your chances of a healthy success by adhering to a healthy dietary regime? Are your nurturing your destiny, starving or feeding it on steroids. Feeding your success on steroids is when you are taking short cuts, buying your way to success. This does not work. Ask Marion Jones (She is returning 5 Gold Olympic medals after recently admitting to the use of steroids!). Feeding your success on GMO, is when you “hot wire” – bribery, unethical (end justify the means attitude). The way to success is to work for it. Years of feeding on steroids, GMO manifest in cancers, organ failure and degenerative diseases in later life. So great is your fall, when your success is fed on the wrong things. It catches up with you. Your success just degenerates or becomes malignant/ cancerous and devours you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speak to Your Success

A baby in the womb hears the parent(s) voice. Your destiny hears your voice. When the mother is stressed, the unborn gets stressed. Gynaoecologists encourage parents to speak to the unborn baby “You are great. You are super intelligent, You are man of valour. You are a woman of substance”. This has been proven that it does something to the spirit of the unborn child. Parents who shout at each other before the baby is born produce timid and low self confidence/ esteem offspring. What does that mean for your success? Every morning when you wake up, speak to your day, call forth favour, and declare open doors. In moments of confusion tell yourself you have a sound mind. Declare YOU ARE A SUCCESS! Life and death are in the power of the tongue according to the Ancient Book. There is a creative power in the words that we speak. Words are spiritual because you can’t touch them. Isn’t it? By the same token success is also spiritual because you can’t touch it right? So you can talk your way to success. The psychologists call it self talk or positive talk. Those like me who are from Zion (the city of God), call it FAITH because it is based on logos (written word) and rhema (spoken word). This stuff works!! It is for that reason why you should never allow anyone to talk you down. When they talk you down talk yourself up. When they write you off, write yourself in. Speak to your success.

Don’t miss out next week when we talk about the importance of preparation and the people you need to deliver your baby called destiny.

LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM JOSE MOURINHO

Black Day For the Beautiful Game

I never used too follow soccer until 3 years ago. The person who cultivated my interest in soccer was Jose Mourinho. Until last week he was the Coach/Manager of Chelsea Football Club in the English Premier League. I was gutted when I woke up to the news that Jose Mourinho had left Chelsea by ‘mutual consent’ – whatever that meant. For all his abrasive character, arrogance and cockiness the man had special special qualities. The international media was unanimous in its recognition of the inspired leadership of Jose Mourinho. His news dominated both the front and back pages of all British tabloids. Even British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had to issue a statement to salute Jose. He had this to say about Jose “….Mourinho has a fantastic record of success. He’s made a significant contribution to British football in a short period of time and he’s also one of the great characters of the game.” The eulogies can only be compared to the outpouring of sympathies after the death of Princess Diana. Such was the loss the British soccer fraternity felt when Jose left. Friend and foe alike including – Ferguson even Wenger who had some real negative encounters with Jose expressed their deep sense of loss. What life lessons can we learn from Jose Mourinho?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 1 – The Special One

Jose Mourinho never played soccer competitively. The closest he came to soccer was when he worked as Bryan Robson’s interpreter at Barcelona. With a knack for detail and a great work ethic he soon established himself as a key member of the Barcelona coaching staff. He was to later to become the coach of Porto Football Club, Portugal. He guided Porto to win the UEFA Champions League (the crème de la crème of all football Cups in the world). Porto was a team of average players who had no reputation. This is what made Jose “The Special One”. When he came to Chelsea he boldly proclaimed that he was “The Special One”. Call it arrogance, I call it self confidence. In his first season at Chelsea, he led a team of hitherto average players to their first Barclays Premiership League cup. Chelsea had not won it for FIFTY years. He did this back to back. In 3 years he won 6 trophies, no mean fit in the high octane English premiership. It is important not to be apologetic about who we are and what we can achieve. Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great? You are great because you were created by a great God. Jose rocked the Premiership and raised the bar just by declaring himself – “The Special One”. You need to speak and declare things into your life – Rainmaker, Powerhouse, Creator of Economic Opportunity (C.E.O), Mighty Man, Woman of Substance etc. And begin to act like one too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 2 – Love Your People

The day Comrade Jose went to bid farewell to his players on Thursday 20th of September, there was not a single dry eye amongst his 23 strong squad. He knew them all including their wives and children and mentioned each one during the 3 hour farewell. He even spoke to Alex and Bellett (they are Brazilian) in Portuguese to just show the extent of rapport he had with them. He hugged them, spoke to each one individually. They were a regimented force together. There was such a spirit of camaraderie in the Chelsea dressing room. The players would lay their lives for Jose on the pitch (John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba have played for long spells through a pain barrier (injection). The fans adored and worshipped Jose and they demonstrated it openly. Jose had great rapport with his players and the fans alike. He was jealous of his squad, and would shield them from the press by hogging the limelight as a diversionary tactic. This would leave the squad to do their talking with just their soccer on the pitch.

Lesson 3 – Develop Your Team

To make a great difference in life you need to grow leaders. Leaders are brokers of gifts. You can not be a giant surrounded by midgets. When Jose arrived at Chelsea there were no stars – he created them. John Terry and Frank Lampard were good players; he turned them into world class players. Joe Cole was a show pony, playing step up and shoe shine piano soccer, but today is a complete player. Didier Drogba has become pure class after struggling in the first season…he banged in 33 goals last season. He has become a legend at least for Chelsea fans and for Africa. No less than 5 Chelsea players are Captains of their national team and in the main it is all down to Jose – John Terry (England), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Peter Cech (Czech Republic), Michael Ballack (Germany), Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine). Leadership is about creating something out of nothing. It is about creating somebody out of a nobody. This is what makes Jose , the “Special One”

 

 

 

 

Lesson 4 – Stand Like A Rock

Chelsea is owned by Russian Jewish billionaire, Roman Abramovich. Roman has invested 500 million pounds into Chelsea since he bought it in 2003. His business acumen does not however extend to the soccer domain. Against Mourinho’s philosophy of not buying big name players, Roman went ahead and bought Michael Ballack and Shevchenko. The two were at the peak of their careers, and did not fit into Mourinho’s plans. Mourinho expressed his serious misgivings; he was vindicated because the two players have not lived up their reputations. Classical self fulfilling prophecy? Maybe not. He steadfastly resisted any attempts to interfere in the team affairs by the powerful club owner. He even dared Roman to sack him. Not even the fear of losing his job deterred him from standing for what he believed. In matters of conscience stand like a rock, in matters of fashion swim with the current. If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything. It is for that reason, Mourinho walked away from all the success he had built at Chelsea. It was not just the success; he also walked away from 5.2 million pounds per year salary. Roman also wanted to Chelsea to play ‘entertaining’ football like Arsenal, but Jose told him to buy Disneyland if he wanted a circus. He believed in efficient soccer which brought trophies.

Lesson 5 – Strong At Home, Strong At Work

Jose’s commitment to his wife Matilde, son and daughter is a matter of public record. Everytime things did not go well at soccer, he would always talk about going home to enjoy his family and watch wrestling. When he went to his children’s school, he wept as he bid the teachers and friends farewell on Friday 21st of September. This communicates a man with such a strong attachment to his family. I have no doubt he is great father as much as he is a great soccer manager. There is no pint in being successful everywhere else and failing to be a hero to your own family. Therefore the lesson is that lets all be our family’s most important example and hero before we succeed anywhere else. A strong family builds a strong support structure and ensures a stable and focused mind. When all is gone, what remains with you is the trophy cabinet and just your family far from the media and the soccer fans.

I realise I was not a Chelsea fan, but a Jose fan, even if he goes to coach relegated Leeds, I will go watch and the First Division. Mr Roman Abramovich can enjoy his circus. People follow the leader, not the money! Adios Senhor Roman. Viva Jose.

BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS

Beauty of Mathematics!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn’t it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this…

101%

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help answer these
questions:

If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

If:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

And:

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But:

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E O-F-G-O-D

12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, It’s the Love of God that will put you over the top!

It’s up to you if you share this with your friends & loved ones just the way I did.

LOVE YOUR NEIGHOUR AS GOD LOVED YOU.
IT IS NOT BY YOUR POWERS THAT YOU HAVE COME THIS FAR, BUT FOR HIS GRACE UPON YOUR LIFE.

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