Say It!—A Christian Hack for Living Better

If you are Christian…

Say it aloud. Say that you have been lifted out of poverty because you have. Say that you have been lifted out of debt; out of defeat; out of bondage and disease. Say it!

If you don’t say it, you won’t see it. Say that the Lord is your wisdom and your sanctification and your redemption and your righteousness.

Refuse to observe lying vanities by keeping mute. Refuse to shudder at the petering bank statements and demand letters, that give a contrary narrative of who you are.

Hold fast to your proclamations for you also have to exercise patience after you have done the will of God.

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How To Get Anything You Want


In Christ, you can have everything you have ever imagined; a beautiful family, happiness, health and wealth; and here is how:

By meditating on God’s Word about whatever it is that you want.

Trust me, the Word of God contains the anointing. And a quick definition of what the anointing is; is that it is a substance of God that destroys burdens and removes yokes (according to Isaiah 10:27) capable of delivering to you God’s intent in any situation, location or context. 

Sickness is a yoke, and so is debt, the inability to find a spouse or pay bills when they fall due. It is a burden to have to endure depression, business failure or failure in your marriage. Everyone knows this because of the pain that comes with such circumstances.

Now, the Lord Jesus Christ (the manifested Word of God) came for one purpose alone: that we who believe in Him should have His life and live it to the fullest (See John 10:10 and 1  John 3:8); and not be subject to pain of defeat.

That said, to meditate on God’s word in the Christian context means to ponder, mutter, devise, confess and shout it until your spirit is bubbling up with it in your prayer and general conduct. It is how you bring the anointing, that yoke destroying, burden removing substance into your affairs. 

So whatever you are faced with, get into the scriptures, make a list of what God’s anointed words say about it from the Bible and begin to meditate upon them.

In ending this piece, allow me to quote two scriptural references as the it is biblical rule that in the mouth of two or more witnesses, a matter is established (See 2 Corinthians 13:1 and Matthew 18:16)

  1. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8)
  2. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

Everything you have ever wanted, if meditated on for long enough, will be manifested to you. Don’t struggle like the rest of the world. You are different. 

Take time to study Matthew 6: 31-33. Meditating is the way to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Shalom!

The Measure of Intelligence, Redeeming Nigeria from Moral Precipice and the place of Public Policy

Intelligence is often measured by way of standardized IQ tests which in a sense, is parochial. I bring up this argument in my recently published book, The Code: A Simple Story about Raising Great Women. And while I broach the subject of how we measure intelligence from a broader perspective; as a means truly understanding the strengths of our girl-children in order to harness it, my underlying premise aligns with the popular quote, often attributed to Albert Einstein which says:

‘Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’

How true! In my book, I devote a chapter to the eight original intelligences as described by Harvard professor, Howard Gardener in his book, Frames of Mind, adapting them to parenting; how moms and dads share the responsibility of understanding which of the eight their children have high quotients in, as means of helping these kids develop until they reach some sort of genius.

The eight intelligences, more popularly referred to as the Theory of Multiple Intelligence include;
· Linguistic intelligence (word smartness)

· Logical-mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning smartness)

· Spatial intelligence (picture smartness)

· Bodily-Kinaesthetic intelligence (body smartness)

· Musical intelligence (music smartness)

· Interpersonal intelligence (people smartness)

· Intrapersonal intelligence (self-smartness)

· Naturalist intelligence (nature smartness)

If you look very closely at the quick definitions I put in parenthesis beside the eight intelligences, you may agree with me as to the veracity of my argument. Simply put, people are smart differently and standardizing the measure of intelligence in for of IQ tests is nothing short of an anomaly. We just aren’t smart the same way. Some people are word smart and others are music smart. Even music maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti alluded in part to this phenomenon when he said;

‘Book sense different from belle sense’

That said, I have been studying a rare form of intelligence, called Moral Intelligence; a smartness of right from wrong. And while this article makes no judgement as to political views or religious leanings, a recent piece of legislation regarding granting amnesty to economic saboteurs in Nigeria perturbed me into writing this piece and raises the question as to whether there are morally intelligent people in the country’s political leadership.

As with all intelligences, I hypothesize that moral intelligence is both inborn and can be honed. And that in creating a society that is morally intelligent, the government, by way of its education and national orientation policies can emphasize moral instruction as a means of improving the overall moral intelligence average of the country.
Without doubt, some people are morally smarter, without the input of any religious or moral instruction while others aren’t. We have all come across the truthful hedonist or the degenerate religious leader who fails to practice what he preaches. The multi-dimenionslism of human beings speak to one thing: People can in character lead double live based on their moral smartness. And so policy makers, in public and private sectors, have the onus of looking for ways of measuring and funneling  the moral intelligent  into leadership…by way of robust human capital development policy.

Average is for Losers

The second half of the year starts today and for many, disillusionment set in a long while ago.

Many of their dreams and aspirations for the year became unattainable with things like rejection, the lack of capital or promises that weren’t forthcoming. 

What I know for certain is that winners never quit and quitters never win…

But let the words of Sir Winston Churchill, a man somewhat in a difficult place during the Second World War form a part of you musing today…and maybe, strengthen your resolve to pick up the things you planned to accomplish this year: 

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

You will win if you don’t give in. This is not the time to dig your heels in and wallow about how you tried. It is the second half and if you don’t pick yourself up, pursue and outrun, your won’t be able to take back all that doubt, disappointment and disillusionment have stolen from you.

This could still be your best year yet and for this very reason, you can’t be average. Average is for losers. Never forget it, nobody remembers average performers because it is not natural to.

It is time to be that phenomenal you or be forgotten. It is time to recover.

Have a great second half of 2017!

Always Know Why

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I read in a book a while back that the man who knows ‘how’ will always be ahead of the man who knows ‘what’ but the man who knows ‘why’ will always be their boss.

The man who knows why is a dangerously effective man. He has convictions. He is the one least likely to quit. And because of this, he is the one least likely to fail.

If you work or lead an organization, the greatest good you can do is learn the reasons why the the organization exists and equip others with this knowledge .

‘Why’ is your reason for being. And there can be no greater knowledge about a thing than the knowledge of it’s ‘Why’.

If you are in any kind of relationship-be it casual or profession- it pays to be clear about why. Living with assumptions can be very self-immolating; the feeling of thinking you are an item, a team or a partner with this person when in actuality, you are not. Have a DTR (define the relationship) talk if you are in a relationship you haven’t clearly defined. The man or woman who knows why is boss.

In these days of religious and political  dogmatisms, it pays to the certain about ‘Why’. Lesser minions get caught between bigger interests, but not you. Learn to ask ‘why’ no matter how plausible, no matter how high-sounding and no matter how ridiculous it may seem.

You will always be a step ahead of others if you always know why.

Be More!

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If you have failed in life, you aren’t the only one. We all have-in some way.

You cannot  like most people-who allow the excuses of trying and failing once, let it be your alibi for living a life less than what you deserve.

People who make excuses end up with nothing.And in a sense, it’s because they have given up on themselves. But don’t give up. Your destiny is your choice. You choose what outcomes you have in life.

To go in a certain direction; to live life on your terms, you’ve got to become more. And to become more, you’ve got to believe in your gifts, your opportunities and your abilities.

Be Decisive

You’ve  got to make a decision to be SOMEBODY because you are. Know that decisions are much easier when made.  And don’t be mistaken, you will suck at some of your decisions at first but it’s not enough to wind up and conclude you aren’t anything. Settle it in your mind that some things you are called to do will be difficult.

Shut Out The Naysayers

Next, take your life back by shutting out the naysayers no matter who they are in your life. Get around be people that stretch and challenge you. Never forget it; a word of encouragement is worth more than a thousand words of criticism.

Practice Positive Self-Talk

Lastly, practice self- talk…positive self-talk. Become your own fan. Permit yourself to be powerful, beautiful, eloquent… desirable. Words are amplifiers—and I will share about this in the coming week.

But this week, talk success and permit yourself to be successful.

Success Mastery: 4 Quick Tips

 

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Here are 4 quick tips you should be considering as we enter the last week of February if the year has still not gotten off to a real start for you:

Have Rituals

Happiness is about progress. And to make progress you need rituals whether it is working out, praying, meditating, reading your Bible or blogging. Success is determined by the things you do daily.

 Tell Yourself The Truth

Next, tell yourself the truth about where you are. You need to be at home with the progress you are making. If you are always broke and need to make progress financially, maybe it time  you took stock; knowing your personal balance sheet like the back of your hand. Track expenses , plan from where you are and institute some process for accountability.

Be Self-Motivated

Find a compelling story that will drive you to where you want to be. Why do you have to sell today? Why do you have to workout? Why do you have to read that book? What will your family benefit from your learning how to sell products on Amazon? Look for motivation from within and use it as fuel for your success.

Be Resourceful

Resources will not always be available but drawing on your resourcefulness is invaluable. You use what you have to get to where you are going.

Now I would typically have dropped this on a Monday but I think someone out there really needed to read this today… and reflect  on paper how to use these 4 tips to make quick changes before we are way into the year.

With love and great respect,

Nehi