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.


Your life goes in the direction of your words. To see where somebody is going with their life, you don’t need to see their life plan, just listen to their talk. Your language locates you.

I was talking to my brother in law about how our words shape our worlds. He shared how he once saw a car parked at a garage and he just said “I will buy this car and paint it black, and inscribe Knight Rider at the back”. Two years later he bought that car and he still has it – painted black and  inscribed “Knight Rider”  He  once told his friends that he was working at a top advertising agency when he was not working there at all. A month later he got a job in that company! The words we speak have creative power. In fact Hebrews 11:3 tells us that “ …by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God”.  God spoke and it became! Let there be light, and there was light. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind, and it was so.

Reorganise Your World

In the beginning the earth was without form. It was just a chaotic mass. The picture was not beautiful. However God spoke His word to ‘frame’ the chaotic mass. Deep darkness covered the earth, but God spoke light into existence and a frame of light covered the earth. Words reorganised the landscape of the earth to give us the beauty we see today. There could be disorder, a mess, chaos or lack in your life today? You can speak your way out of the situation. If the bank account is in negative balance, you can declare that “my account is overflowing”   If there is sickness in your body you can say “I am bubbling with health”. This sounds like a simple solution to life’s complex problems. But that’s the way it is – profoundly simple!

Words Create The Context of Your Life

I recently read the autobiography of America Civil Rights leader, Rev Dr Martin Luther King. What a powerful man of his generation. He was graced with exceptional leadership gifts. Yet his life was cut out at such an early age. As I read his book, I picked up in more than five instances how he would speak ‘prophetically’ about his own death. I couldn’t help but feel that he should not have predicted his own death. His words framed or created the context of his own premature death.

Words are spiritual. They create a reality. If you want to be the CEO of your company in a few years time, you better start speaking it now. Start framing the kind of life you want by using your mouth. Do not snare yourself with negative words. If you say I am going to get into trouble you will surely get into trouble.

There is magnetic force field created by our words. This force field is based on a principle – therefore it can work for or against you. Positive words will create a positive forcefield. Financial markets use this principle – one positive word from an opinion leader can create a bull run on the stock market, even without any fundamental basis. In psychology there is the labelling theory, which follows this same principle – if you label something good it will be good. Another sociological principle – the self fulfilling prophecy – if you expect things to turn our bad they will turn out bad. Create a positive context for your life.

Prophesy over your politics, economics, business, children, marriage, ministry or job. Start today to speak words that are positive, words that are seasoned with grace. Be an encourager. Only speak good news, and not be a bearer of bad tidings.

What we see now did not come from things that can be seen. This is the essence of faith – the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Call things that are not as though they were. Something might not be so beautiful but by faith just say  “Oh, this looks so beautiful”, then it will be beautiful.

Your words must be backed by faith – speak what the eye of faith has seen, so tomorrow your hand can receive the fruit of your mouth.


As a coach and mentor one of the things I have learnt is that personal and business transformation is a journey and not an event. However along this journey there are defining moments or events. A lot of people and organisations fail to make the transition from one level of success to the next because they fail to read these key stages. The world abounds with stories of people who did not get great opportunities but made great of the opportunities life presented them. An opportunity of a lifetime exists in the life of that opportunity. The secret is in understanding times and seasons. I shared recently in an article how phone maker Blackberry failed to read the times and they have paid a heavy price. To perform you need to transform. If you conform to the norms you will deform and lose your form. I am a firm believer in disruptive innovation – this requires to be misunderstood… to be a little crazy and weird in pursuit of game changing transformation. Disruptive innovation is understood in hindsight.

There is a simple story in the Bible in Mark 8: 22-26 and I want to share some important lessons on transformation:

“Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village….his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village…”

Jesus encountered a blind man. He took this man ‘by hand’ out of his village. The first time after being laid hands upon this man could see ‘man like trees’. The second time around his sight was completely restored. Jesus then told him not to go back to village. I want to share the 4 vital stages of transformation for your success. These stages are Passover, Makeover, Crossover and Takeover in that order.

Passover Stage – ‘Go Out’

Jesus took the matter of this blind man literally into his own hands, by leading him out of the village ‘by hand’. In order to progress in life you need to leave your village. Village represents familiarity, limitations, little exposure and limited vision. Village is not necessarily a place but is also a state of mind. Village is a place of surrender and condemnation. In Africa the old, retired, sick, rascals and hopeless folk are send to the village. The children of Israel once stayed in a village called Egypt for over 400 years until a time to ‘passover’ came.

In order for your career, marriage, ministry, business or project to flourish you need to leave your village.  A village or cradle mentality makes you a slave to the familiar, daily grind and routines. In order to experience growth you need to break out of the familiar and go out of your village. For some your job, industry or country has now become your village while others the village is in the mind – you want to stick to the familiar and you think there are sharks out there. Dare the undared, try the untried, venture into the unknown, blaze the trail, go out, break out – passover!

Dont miss out the next Blog for the Makeover Stage…















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“A vision on its own is not enough. Hard work and dedication is required to make that vision a reality” – Strive Masiyiwa

To be the best in life you have to learn from the best. I was reading quotes from the richest Africans and got some interesting thoughts to share. Read article

Success is a not a microwave or pop corn affair – it’s work! In this generation of instant coffee, microwave, minute noodles and dot com boom there is a temptation to think success comes easy. Easy come easy goes…lasting success is work.

Let’s get to the best book I use on success for some really inspired thoughts:

“When Jesus saw his ministry DRAWING huge crowds, he CLIMBED a hillside. Those who were APPRENTICED to him, the COMMITTED , CLIMBED with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and TAUGHT his CLIMBING companions” – Matthew 5:1-2 (MSG BIBLE)

There is some interesting lessons right here:

1. Don’t follow the crowds. Success is not for the crowds, Jesus screened crowds by climbing a hillside. He knew that not everyone had the willpower to climb the hillside. Not everyone is willing to pay the price for success
2. To succeed you need to be apprenticed – be teachable, get a mentor, a coach and learn from the best. Only the taught managed to climb the hillside with Jesus. Who is your mentor or coach?
3. Success is not caught, it’s taught. Jesus gave the famous “beatitudes lecture” to those who were willing to be a taught. A leader is a reader. Never stop learning.
4. It’s a quiet at the top …aim for the top where there is. less noise and where you can see things clearly. Jesus went to the hillside. Never be satisfied with the mundane and the mediocre.

Aim for the top. Push the bar always and your vision will become a reality.



General Colin Powell wrote this about the power of association, “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity” Its a fact! I have a different revelation to this though. I want to share the same quote wearing my appreciative inquiry glasses “The more you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you celebrate excellence in others, it increases your excellence” One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in life is that between you and your next level of success is a person – just get the right connection and you will go to the next level. Today I was reflecting on the impact that Jesus had on his disciples:

“When the Council saw the boldness of Peter and John and could see that they were obviously uneducated non- professionals, they were amazed and realized what being with Jesus had done for them!”

These simple man became overnight celebrities based on a simple qualification – “they had been with Jesus”. Their association with Jesus was a game changer. It gave their gloomy, inglorious lives an EXTREME MAKEOVER…overnight. This is the power of association. Here are some nuggets to chew over the weekend:

1. Your alignment determines your assignment
2. Your position determines your possession
3. Who you see determines who sees you
4. Perception influences acceleration
5. Your network determines your networth

If I had time I would share about how an orphan called Lot became so rich, just by being with Abraham …the power of association!

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