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The Currency of Social capital in the Universe

Currency is something that is in circulation as a medium of exchange. Money is the currency that most economies use worldwide. The United States uses the United States Dollar, European countries use the Euro, Britain uses the Sterling Pound, Singapore uses the Singapore Dollar, and the list goes on and on. In these countries, trade is done in their currency except international trade is done in another agreeable currency (mostly the United States Dollar).

You have to convert your money to the local currency if you want to do business locally. This is the acceptable medium of exchange in that locality.

Have you ever thought about what could be the acceptable medium of exchange when trading with the universe?

PS: Have you ever found yourself in a position where you had to convert your money to the local currency? How was the experience?

Maybe we do not know this but truth is that we also trade with the universe in our daily lives. This trade happens passively, sometimes without us noticing. It is just like you may not notice your breathing pattern. We are used to it as an automatic pattern.

The currency of social capital.

The universe uses social capital as a medium of exchange. It is a free market and the more social capital you have, the more you can trade and get what you want. The universe lacks nothing. This is your opportunity to get this currency and trade.

  1. Begin a start-up – new relationships.

The currency of a start-up in the universe’s market is new relationships. You meet new people daily. Knowing how to relate to strangers is a necessary skill. We cautiously welcome them into our lives without any discrimination. Who knows what the Universe has in store for us? The universe sometimes gives us gifts in the form of strangers. They carry a lot of untapped blessings because we withhold ourselves from interacting with them.

People who are unrelated to us will most likely be more kind towards us. They are the angels that the universe sends our way. Be ready to welcome them and pay attention to what they have for you. Your breakthrough moment could be at hand. We lack the knowledge that strangers have and they could share it with us just five minutes into a conversation. This is the currency we need to trade in the universe’s market.

  1. Grow your capital – existing relationships.

The saying that your network is your net worth is not further from the truth. Your bank account balance is not a measure of wealth. Neither is the number of businesses that you own. What truly determines your net worth is your network – how many people you know can stand with you through thick and thin. The blessing of being surrounded by people that love you is unmatched. Strangers who have now become family. This is a gift from the universe that we should no longer take for granted.

Whatever your need is, you can simply ask from your network and it will be settled. These kinds of friends are God-sent into your life and we should not take them for granted. Networking is growing your social capital and it enables you to continuously trade in the Universe’s free market.

  1. Protect your capital – repair broken relationships.

A good trader protects his capital from being wasted even as he continues to accumulate more wealth. The priority of every entrepreneur is sealing loopholes of wastage. Your social capital goes to waste through broken relationships. The people with whom you are no longer on good terms still belong to the universe that you are connected with.

It is okay to differ on ideas or principles but do not forget the time these same people were angel-sent by the universe. Make it a priority to build broken bridges at the slightest opportunity you get. Some relationships are like a dying fire that can come alive by merely blowing air over it. Do not suffocate the fire of friendships because the universe might use them to bless your life once more. Every broken relationship is worth saving if you want to protect your social capital.

  1. Audit your social capital – check on the health of your relationships.

The health of your relationships is a very important aspect of your social capital. Are all your relationships healthy, on the sick bed, or already dead? The universe is asking you these hard questions. It’s audit time! The law requires that all companies have their books of accounts audited. This helps to enforce accountability on the part of the companies. They need to explain and prove every expenditure they incurred. They also have to account for every income they received.

An audit helps to prevent money laundering and other financial malpractices. Your social capital needs this type of auditing too. Guess who is the auditor? The Universe! You should be accountable to the universe for your social capital. You should not only have many relationships with the angels of the universe but also healthy ones. This is the true value of the currency of your social capital.

The irrigation scheme of the Universe.

Healthy relationships are the pillars of your success. Having poor relationships or none at all is not the original intention of the universe. Nature intends to use these relationships as the conduit to pass blessings to you. Consider the example of an irrigation farm. Water needs to travel from the dam or water tank to the farm and sprinkle on the crops. If this does not happen and at the same time rain fails, the crops will dry up. It does not matter whether or not the dam is nearer the farm. What counts is the accessibility of the water by the crops.

The dam or water tank is the Universe and your relationships are the pipes that make irrigation possible. Your social capital is what will buy these pipes and sprinklers to be used to water your farm. What is the value of your social capital today?

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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The goal is to be happy and healthy this year.

The universe is about to take you to the top of the world. It is yours to rule! It is amazing the things that people will do for happiness and health. They use their money to “buy” happiness and “pay” for good health. However, nature can gift you both of them and do so in abundance. The universe can save you a lot of trouble in getting the most precious gifts. Wealth only makes these gifts accessible but the universe puts them in your hands.

There are many killers of happiness and health. But there are also many more builders of the same that the universe has put in your hands. Nature wants you happy and healthy even when it looks difficult. It is said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away and it is rightly true. The universe is working round the clock to give you apples that will keep you healthy and far away from the doctor. Here are some of them:

  1.     Positive affirmations.

“I can. I will. I shall.” This is the confession of a winner. If other people can do it, so can you. The difference between you and them is just time. Your time to be victorious is fast approaching. Positive affirmations cure the anxiety that builds up over time. Anxiety is a killer of happiness and it condemns you to constant worry. The universe wants you to make positive affirmations whenever you are anxious. It brings positive energy to your spirit. This wards off the negativity slowly eating you up to deny you happiness.

Everything that exists in the universe was created out of positive affirmations. Let us learn from electric power – generated from natural gas, wind, fuel, or water. Live electric current flows through the positive terminal. Without a positive/live connection, there is no power. This apple of positive affirmations will keep anxiety away from you.

  1.     Meditation.

Meditation is taking time off to reflect on the good things in your basket. It is a powerful weapon against stress. The leading cause of stress is when plans fall apart. The success of our plans brings a lot of joy. Stress comes in when things do not work out as we had hoped. Even as things fall apart before our eyes, you still bagged some victories. Take time off, consider it like half-time during soccer, to reflect on the success that the universe granted you. Your joy will resurrect and your face will light up. Meditation is an apple of hope for a better tomorrow. It keeps your happiness intact.

  1.     Prayer

Our spirits communicate to the universe through prayer. We lay our worries, fears, and expectations before the universe every time we go to prayer. Prayer neutralizes overthinking which kills many dreams. Overthinking makes you worry about failure. It stops you from being productive and instead you drown in self-pity. On the other hand, prayers move mountains. It is your chance to offset your burdens to a higher authority. Children offset all their worries onto their parents. They believe that their parents can handle everything. Similarly, we offset our burdens to the universe through prayer. Your life will be more peaceful and calm this year if you take this apple of prayer.

  1.     Spiritual renovation.

Are you drowning in self-pity? The universe is here to give you a license to happiness. No renewal is needed! Spiritual renovation is overhauling your spiritual life and making the necessary changes. The universe is in charge of this renovation. A little building here and some adjustments there will prepare you for the joy ahead. Self-pity makes you look down on yourself and disqualify you from places where you belong. You deserve the heavens and the earth. Good health and long life is your portion. By allowing the universe to overhaul your spiritual life, you are giving yourself a second stab at success.

  1.     The spiritual mirror.

Low self-esteem kills good vibes. It condemns you to misery for as long as you accept it. The spiritual mirror is a weapon to fight low self-esteem. What do you see when you look in the mirror? The person you are staring at is victorious, happy, and healthy. You are a work in progress that shall be completed within no time. The spiritual mirror is not like the physical one. It only reflects your strengths and successes. You can look at it whenever you feel low or depressed. It accepts you as you are and reflects positivity. Looking at it takes you to the path to happiness.

  1.     The spiritual gymnasium.

We invest a lot of effort in getting fit. Our physical bodies need maintenance and we do it without hesitation. We should pay the same attention to our spiritual bodies. Go to the spiritual gym to exercise and get fit. A healthy spirit is content, fulfilled, and happy. The universe is your instructor. He is there to guide you in exercises that will shift your focus to good health and happiness. The spiritual gym builds your resilience when you are going through a rough patch. Being happy is difficult when you are facing challenges. The universe wants to build your capacity to be happy even when circumstances do not allow you to.

  1.     Disciplined feeding.

Your health heavily depends on the foods that you eat. Nature did not program you to eat anything at any time. There is a discipline in eating habits that will guarantee you good health. Natural foods are rich in minerals and nutrients that are absent in all the fast foods that we eat. Everything that you need to have good health is in natural foods. Our great-grandparents ate natural foods and lived healthily. Lifestyle diseases will be a thing of the past if we turn to nature for advice on food. An apple fruit will keep the doctor away.

Happiness, good health, and long life are on the bucket list of many people. Following the universe’s guidance towards getting them is an insurance that we all need.  

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The Universe’s rules of origin

The Universe’s Rules of Origin

There is a thin line between original and counterfeit. For various reasons, it is increasingly becoming difficult to get the original. People have lost their original identities and lifestyles and it becomes almost impossible for them to retrace their steps to originality. It is difficult to maintain originality without guidance from the universe. You will be tempted to walk away from your precious original nature that the universe gifted you in the beginning.

The good news is that the universe is sending divine help your way. Are you ready for it?

The savior is here!

The universe loves you. She has always loved you. Whoever loves you unconditionally will find a way to rescue you, even when you are stuck. She is reaching out to you out of her deep love. You will finally retrace your steps back to originality and live your true lifestyle. Everything shall lay bare before you and you can make informed decisions. There are rules to guide you back to finding your originality and becoming the best you could ever be – the best worker in your company, business person, student, group member, or wherever you could be.

  1. Listen to your inner voice.

Do not ignore the still small voice speaking within you. It is your spirit communicating directly with the universe. Your inner voice is always right. It guides and advises you when everyone else abandons you. It is mostly overlooked because it is less persuasive compared to worldly temptations. The universe speaks to our spirits through conscience. It is the conviction of right and wrong. You will feel guilty when you knowingly stray from the right original path to follow your selfish desires. Stay in the lane of originality by listening to your inner voice.

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  1. Do not be afraid to be different.

Well, the original is different. Ten people maintaining their originality are all different from each other. It is not true to assume that you will be like every ordinary Tom, Dick, and Harry when you remain original. Originality is not uniformity. Nature is not uniform and so is originality. There are hills, mountains, valleys, plains, and plateaus. They all have different features and climates yet they are all part of nature.

This is how beautiful it is when you decide to be different. Do not be afraid to do things differently. Different is beautiful.

Look at the different climates worldwide. The winter in Canada, the hot climate in North Africa, the Mediterranean climate of western Europe, and the tropical climate of Australia, sometimes all happening at the same time make the science of nature very unique. It can accommodate diversity gracefully. The beauty of being different makes you original in your right.

  1. Be ready for a small beginning.

Everything major once had a small beginning. Originality starts with baby steps but eventually grows to leave elephant footprints. Nothing genuine grows big overnight. It takes some time to grow it into something reputable.

Otherwise, the modern world is offering success readily served on a platter. It looks attractive but it’s not long-lasting. Grow your original idea through all the stages of growth. Work on your business, no matter how small it may be, and the universe promises you expansion.

The best teacher is how rain is formed. A small cloud is blown by the wind across the sky and it grows over time (depending on the prevailing weather). The same cloud then gets pregnant with rain and it pours heavily.

We hardly appreciate how the rain was formed and assume it was brought by the big dark clouds that we saw in the sky. The small fist-like cloud eventually grew bigger and brought the blessing of rain.

Your small beginning on an original idea will eventually grow into something bigger and better.

  1. Be like the wind.

Do you love the wind? I not only love it but also admire this beautiful act of nature. The wind is mysterious in a good way. You can neither see nor touch it. You can only feel it and tap into its goodness. There is a valuable lesson that nature is teaching us – that what is original can be felt. It cannot be ignored. Your choice to stay on the original path shall be felt by everyone in your orbit.

There is nothing wrong with being mysterious like the wind. Whatever your original design or plan in life is, adopt the wind approach. Put in all the hard work and you shall have direction – just like the wind – blowing to the right or the left. On your original path, your success can be measured and it is undisputed. The strength of the wind is measured by a windsock – wind filling the sock-like bag indicates how strong the wind is blowing. This important measurement influences decisions in aviation.

Your progress on the path of originality equally influences a lot of things in your life. This is the path that the universe has chosen for you.

  1. The original is consistent.

The sun and the solar system are part of the universe in space. The silent rule governing originality is consistency. Follow up on your idea and be consistent in making it work. This gives you a lifeline even when challenges arise to cut you off. You can avoid accidents when you are consistent.

“Accidents” like the solar and lunar eclipses in space are caused by a lack of consistency of the sun and moon to remain in their orbits. But most of the time all year round when planets in the solar system remain in their orbits, everything runs smoothly with zero inconveniences. Choose to stay consistent in your orbit and your life will not be chaotic. You shall be an example to be emulated all through. This is the Universe’s plan for you.

The Universe’s rules of originality will guarantee your success this new year. It does not matter if you failed before, here is a second chance to retrace your steps to your origin.  

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The Recipe for Happiness

We want the food we eat to be tasty, delicious, and mouth-watering. Food that will make you ‘worship’ the chef. Good food unites people from all over and they will always look forward to when they will meet again. The recipe for tasty food is a closely guarded secret that barely leaves the kitchen. After all, if you know how to cook it yourself then you will no longer need the chef.

PS: What is your favorite food and do you know its recipe?

There are several ways in which the universe operates that remain a mystery. You may have unsuccessfully tried to figure it out. This is the recipe that barely leaves the kitchen. Anyway, there is nothing to worry about because you are still a beneficiary of the universe’s kitchen. Nature serves you with happiness, purpose, health, growth, leadership, and long life. All this depends on what you order from the menu. If you earn the universe’s trust, then you can be trusted to enter the kitchen. You can interact with the staff there and make new friends.

Modern-day unhappiness.

Do you feel lonely, sad, or stressed?

Most people, especially at this age, are very unhappy. They tolerate their marriages, jobs, businesses, and everything they do instead of enjoying them. You could be at work in the morning and you immediately look forward to lunch break. At noon, you are already wishing it was evening. Life becomes an endless cycle of complaints. How unfortunate! The good news is that there is a solution. The universe can give you the freedom of everlasting happiness that is missing in your life.

The secret recipe.

The universe has shone its light on the secret recipe for happiness. It will cure our lives and restore our original joy. It is His will that we do not drown in self-pity and complain about everything. It’s kitchen time! Here are the ingredients.

  1.     Self-love.

Self-love is an important ingredient in happiness. It is the starting point. Do not break your back taking care of other people and in the process forget about yourself. You serve others better when you are in a better state yourself. Gift yourself nice clothes, eat good food, explore your hobbies, and prioritize every good thing for yourself. Appreciating yourself for your effort and work well done will make you feel important. It will boost your self-esteem and give you one more reason to smile.

self-love

Do you recall anything you did for yourself and were proud of it? Constantly treating yourself better makes you happy. Happy people make others happy too because they are not bitter. Their positive energy creates an aura of positivity and possibility. It is a win-win.

  1.     Appreciating nature.

Go mountain hiking. Visit that game drive. Take a walk in the forest. Go bird watching. There is nothing as beautiful as nature. Its beauty is unexplainable and our spirits connect with our environment automatically. The sight of beautiful rivers, landscapes, beautiful skies, the ocean, and every other creation, works magic in our spirit. Why so? Because nature is our natural habitat. We just don’t know it enough. When you are unplugged from nature, you suffocate with sadness. Even doctors prescribe the morning sun and sunset rays as a source of vitamin D.

Life without appreciating the beauty of nature is like fish taken out of water. It will struggle and eventually die because it has been taken out of its habitat. Your happiness lies in nature. The evening wind will do you more good than watching a movie and watching the stars at night will give you peace. Appreciate nature more and your smile will be permanent.

  1.     Family time.

The family is an underrated blessing. Quality family time with your children, spouse, or parents is something that is slowly fading in this generation. This is why you must seek it aggressively for you to be happy. Your family will love you unconditionally; not because you have money, a good job, or a successful business, but because you are one of them. You are their father, mother, brother, sister, son, or daughter.

My friend once told me about the value of the family blessing. They are the reason we go to work. We want them to spend the money we make. Why would you go to work for money that you will not get to enjoy with your family? Our happiness is to see our family content and happy.

The family connection remains a mystery. The universe designed it so that we are happy when our family is happy. Create your happiness today.

  1.     Discovering your purpose.

Your purpose is very important in the recipe for happiness. It motivates you to wake up in the morning and face the day at hand. The blessing of the universe for that day is hidden in what is your purpose for the same day. At the end of the day, week, month, or year, what do you want to have fulfilled? Whatever your answer is – that is your purpose.

There is satisfaction in living up to your purpose. You are happy for absolutely no reason that you can explain at the moment. This is the power of your purpose. It is like a well that does not dry up even during the dry season. Every other thing that makes you happy at face value can be taken away or even die a natural death except your purpose. It is inborn and resilient to challenges.

Discover your purpose and hold on to it like an infant grabs her mother’s hand. Only then shall you be happy forever.

Eternal happiness.

The universe wants to grant you eternal happiness. Not as the world or friends give you, but with a touch of divinity. It is fulfilling, loving, and selfless. You do not have to hurt someone else for you to be happy. There is enough space for everyone.

Now that you have the secret recipe for happiness, the universe entrusts you with the responsibility of being an agent of happiness. 

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Attaining Boss Levels in 2023

The boss is revered. His word is the law. Many look up to him. The boss is loved and feared in equal measure. Honestly put, we all want to be at this level. The path to attaining boss levels is less traveled but the good news is that nature is patting your back to make this maiden journey. The boss is the vision bearer of the company. His eagle vision is what keeps the company afloat during all the stages of growth. This makes him/her a very important organ in the running of the company.

The boss’s influence.

The mandate that the organization gives the boss does not limit his influence. This is what makes him special. Truth is that we sometimes take a step back and wish we were in their position. It may look very simple from the outside. It appears there is a routine that the boss follows and everything remains on track. On whether or not it shall still be manageable when you take that position, yes it shall. There is a tutor, a special instructor, and one with enough experience, to guide you to assuming the boss’ office. This is your year of attaining boss levels.

What does the boss do?

  1.  Embraces uniqueness.

Do not be afraid of being different from others. Own your thoughts, no matter how unique or odd they may look. The universe has made every species unique differently and this is a survival technique. The tortoise and snails are very slow animals but they hide in their shell when in danger. The chameleon camouflages. The millipede coils itself. Some plants have thorns and their leaves prickle you when you touch them. All these unique adaptations are nature’s gift to her creations. There is no shame in standing out. You can use your unique gift to curve your space.

  1.  Feels secure.

Sometimes we have reason to feel insecure and we develop cold feet. May this new year be different. Insecurity damages your self-esteem and it takes longer before it is restored. Feeling secure gives off positive energy to those you interact with. This positive energy spreads to the rest of your team and you cement your leadership effortlessly. We know the jungle to be where almost everything is in its natural state. The King of the jungle is the lion. He is King of all animals – even the elephant and buffalo who are bigger than him. The lion owns the jungle. He roars fearlessly, moves across all territories, and hunts however he feels like. This sense of security is what makes the lion the boss of the jungle.

Developing this bossy confidence and security is the boost you need in this new year.

  1.  Has thick skin.

The higher you are on the pyramid, the more exposed you are to threats and danger. How many bad things have people said concerning nature? The negativity of climate change and extremely harsh weather appears as if nature is fighting itself. Despite all these, the sun rises every morning, the stars show up every night and the moon will equally be present (even when it is completely covered by clouds). Nature will continue to be nature and nothing shall change it. It undergoes different phases to conquer the challenges of industrialization. The universe does not promise to shield you against attacks. The only promise is that having a thick skin will eventually make you the boss. Hang on there, champion!

  1.  Is flexible.

One valuable lesson from the universe is that nothing is cast in stone. The morning, afternoon, evening, and night are all at different times of the same day. There are different activities to do at every time. This is how flexibility will make you the boss. REAL bosses adapt to change as fast as it happens. Flexibility will take you to the top of the table and maintain you there. Moving with the speed of time while doing the correct thing will keep you in the game. Consider change like the wind and you are the tree. If you carry on with a fixed mind, you shall eventually break. Your flexibility in adapting to change will make you sway to the right or the left, without breaking. Just like how trees adapt to survive strong winds, you live to see another day!

The boss’s secret.

This is the part where bosses open up their secrets. Attaining boss levels this new year is possible with the right start. The secret has been with the universe all along – exactly your relationship with the universe.

PS: What is your relationship with nature?

He who pays the piper calls the tune. Nature calls the shots, it always does. You must play by her rules if you want to become the boss. Your spirituality is what connects you to the universe. It is the electric current that makes the bulb light. This spiritual connection with the universe will give you a taste of power in being the boss.

Your reign as the boss.

You can realize your ambition to be a boss this new year. Some of your predecessors have fallen from the grace and some have maintained it and their glory has multiplied. How is your reign as the boss of your empire going to be?

Nature has set out a path for you to follow. Some sort of trail guides to mark your path as you settle in ‘the office of the boss’. Consider how the universe is totally in charge. You too can own your work, relationships, and everything you are involved in. As you take charge, implement what is beneficial for the long term. Do things differently this new year. Align your plans with the universe’s and everything else will work out for you.

Dreams come true, competitions are won, and true love exists. All your goals are achievable. You could have heard many stories of failures but the universe wants you to know that there are many more successful ones.  Yours is one of them. 

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Improving the Man/Woman in the Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? The year is 2023 and you want to ask this question to the mirror. As fate would have it, all is fair in love and war. The mirror on the wall will tell you who is the fairest of them all. We are proud when we get positive feedback.

In the famous story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs, the Queen consulted the magic mirror every morning and it will tell her the same answer – “…You, O Queen, is the fairest in the land.” One morning, when the Queen consulted the magic mirror, she did not get the answer she was expecting. The magic mirror answered, “Snow White, O Queen, is the fairest in the land.” We all know how the story later unfolded.

The Universe is your magic mirror. Being the fairest in the land is a status that you have to maintain. Like the Queen in the story of Snow White, you could have been the fairest one in the previous years. The question is whether the magic mirror (the universe) shall give you the same answer as it did last year. Snow White was a humble maidservant yet the magic mirror acknowledged her above the Queen. You too can be the fairest in the land – the mirror can recognize you.

The consistency factor.

Consistency is the missing piece of the puzzle. How consistent are you in doing good? The universe keeps a record of all your good deeds. Be consistent in what you are dedicated to doing because it is your nature. Do not give in no matter how much you may be lured to break your cycle of consistency.

A story is once told of an old man who was helping a kitten that was stuck in a ditch. But the kitten was scratching the old man’s hand, even wanting to bite him. The old man did not give up but continued trying to free the beautiful kitten.

man and a cat

A young man was passing by and saw how the old man was struggling to free the kitten but it instead scratched him with its nails. He pitied the old man and asked him to leave the kitten alone because it did not want to be helped. “Why would you tolerate getting scratched and bitten by the kitten when you are only helping him? Leave him alone to die…”

The old man looked at the young man and told him that it is the nature of cats to scratch and bite when it’s aggressive. It does not know that it is being helped. Similarly, it is his nature to help. The old man maintained that he shall not give up his nature for the kitten’s nature.

When you are consistent like the old man in your nature, the magic mirror on the wall shall still tell you that you are still the fairest in the land. Consistency rewards handsomely.

You versus You.

Although we have seen many years come and go, we are pregnant with expectations about the new year at hand. It is perfectly okay to have goals that you want to achieve during the year but we go wrong when we start comparing ourselves with our peers. You meet your former classmate driving his car when you are on your way to take the train and you get disappointed. Or you meet your college mate with his beautiful family while you are still single and your heart breaks into a million pieces. This new year, the universe wants to assure you that your only competition is yourself.

Consider the example of the solar system – the sun and the eight planets. Each of the eight planets is set in its orbit as they revolve around the sun. They do not collide; neither do they compete against each other. Our planet Earth just completed one revolution and we are excited about it. It’s beautiful when we audit ourselves and start a new revolution with our planet while aligning ourselves with the original intention of the universe.

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Repeat this affirmation: I am enough. My uniqueness is my ability. I am competing against no one.

The new success.

This new year is an opportunity the universe is giving you to define success differently. Take the golden pen from the universe and write your unique success. If you were good last year, you can be better this year. Here is a chance to improve on what you have already built.

You do not have to go to the moon for you to be a better person. The magic mirror on the wall can see beyond what the naked eye does not. You can define success differently by slowly building on what you have already accomplished. The little things that most people overlook are what make you a better person.

The Olympics is a good teacher in improving the man/woman in the mirror. Winning is not a do-or-die affair but breaking previous records is a big deal. You are not a winner when you set a new record. You are a champion!

Work in progress.

You are a work in progress and the universe recognizes this. Today is brighter than yesterday and tomorrow is more promising than today. The universe recognizes the person in the mirror as a construction site (ha ha ha) and you will get the benefit of the doubt for that.

Take every stride with glory and do not feel sorry for not being complete – you shall eventually be complete, anyway. The promise of work in progress is greater and the magic mirror sees deep into the intentions of your spirit.

Reflect on the goals you want to achieve this new year. Be proud of your baby steps. You will leave an elephant’s footprints.

Freedom at last!

There is joy in freedom. This is exactly what this new year is offering you. Freedom to be true to yourself. You can do the things you enjoy instead of tolerating routines. The man/woman in the mirror is a beacon of hope and the universe has given you the power to create him/her. 

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The Journey of the Search for the Best

Most people, if not everyone, have a dream of having the best version of what they need. It could be the best life partner, job, business, health, or any other material possession. I guess and rightly so, you are also part of this group. If this is part of your new year’s resolutions, the good news is that the universe is about to show you a safe passage to meeting them.

You have come from far and the promises that come with a new year are here. Your journey in search for the best could have started a long time ago yet you have not fulfilled everything on your bucket list. The desire to be financially independent, healthy, and fulfill all your wishes is getting stronger with the passing of each day. Behold a new year is here with us and there is a clear shot at bagging the best.

Eyes on the prize.

Now that we are assured of divine help in bagging the best, our focus shifts to what we can do. Focus your eyes on the prize – your dream plans.

How many times have you postponed applying for your dream job? Write that application today and submit it with your resume as soon as possible.

Do you wish to be disease-free this year? Explore the universe’s free medication plan rolled out for you.

Do you worry about the relationships in your life? Seek spiritual restoration to reconnect any broken ties and establish new ones.

There is nothing under the sun that the universe does not have an answer to. Your focus should be the best; nothing but the best.

The maiden step.

Making the first step matters the most as you start your journey to search for the best. Like a baby who is learning how to walk, it takes a lot of effort to make that maiden step. A baby should be able to stand independently first then master the courage to put one foot in front of the other and voila! Our child can walk. He may fall after two or three steps but stand again and continue walking. This is progress.

 

PS: Do you remember how your child or younger sibling started walking? How was the experience?

 An open secret.

Can light be hidden on top of a hill? Of course not.

Should you choose wisely, it is not a secret that the universe will hold your hand as you pursue the best. He is the adult and we are his children still learning how to walk into this new year. The universe can make your light shine to be seen by everyone like the proverbial light on a hill.

The story of the magnet.

A healthy relationship with the universe is like the story of the magnet. It is one of the most powerful inventions of man. It attracts metals whether rusty or not, old or new. A magnet is the true determinant of the metallic property. Magnets have varying strengths – bigger ones have a bigger magnetic pull than smaller ones.

The relevance of the story of the magnet is concerning our spiritual lives. Our spiritual lives are the magnets that will pull what is on our bucket list closer to us. The stronger the magnet the closer we are to bagging the best prize.

The journey in search of the best has its fair share of challenges. What is encouraging is that the universe is assuring us that we shall eventually bag the prize home – the best health, the best circle of friends, the best business deals, and everything that we pray for.

The treasure.

Treasures are hidden from people who do not deserve to get them. It is specially designed to be seen by the chosen few. In this new year, the universe has chosen you to partake in its treasure. Your spirituality earned you a place in the treasure room and you are about to go home as a victor.

In a room full of every good thing, how can you be careful to choose only what is best for you at the moment before coming for some more the next time? We are to the universe as children are to their parents. They are spoilt for choice when they go shopping. They end up wanting every shining thing and may, unfortunately, forget to pick up what they badly wanted. It is the grown-up who guides the child in choosing what is best for them presently and promises to come back for more later.

As expected, your heart is full of desires of what you want for the new year. Like a child, you may see this as an opportunity to collect everything you have ever wanted. Nature is the adult holding your hand to guide you in this treasure collection errand in the universe’s supermarket.

There are many passing clouds of temptation following you into the new year and you may yield into bad influence to forget what you truly wanted this time. This chance that the universe has given you to bag the prize of the best is a rare one.

All that glitters…

When you are finally in the treasure room and you want to pick the best before you walk out, a lot can happen before then. This is how you can separate shiny objects from real gold:

  1.   Test every “friend” who attaches themselves to you especially when you are on the brink of success.
  2.   Question every feeling you have that is foreign especially when it involves the best that you are about to settle for this new year.
  3.   Trust your spirit to guide you into making the right choice regarding a life partner, business initiative, or new friends. The universe is truthful to your spirit.

You are going to make big decisions this year but do not worry because your spirit shall hold your hand to the doorstep of what is best for you. This is your year!

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Preparing your Wealth Checklist

Do you have a wealth checklist?

It is a list of all the blessings of wealth you want the universe to put in your basket. Consider it like a shopping list. The only difference is that while a shopping list is limited by a budget, a wealth checklist is not limited by any budget. The universe can afford everything on your list because everything belongs to it. Again, you prepare a wealth checklist for the same reasons you do a shopping list – you do not want to leave anything behind.

Purposes of a wealth checklist.

  1. It directs your focus to it.

I remember the games I played as a child and enjoy the flashback memories I have when I see other kids playing them. We used a convex glass, also called a converging mirror, to burn paper using the sun’s rays. (Of course, we did not know it was a convex glass at the time. We just called it a mirror). Now the glass focused the sun rays on a single place where we put papers and after some time the paper would burn. We enjoyed doing it over and over again and it was the fun of childhood.

PS: What are some of the games you played as a child?

A wealth checklist works like the glass we used in our childhood games. It converges your focus on it as you try to figure out things. All your efforts are directed towards getting what is on it. Without it, there is no single focal point and it would take you twice as long to achieve anything on your list.

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For the sake of tapping into your focus, create your wealth checklist already.

  1. It enables you to look at the bigger picture.

Do you remember solving Algebra in mathematics? The basics of this unit – beginning from primary school – is collecting like terms together. All the similar variables are grouped and operated jointly – added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided. This is the principle of mathematics.

Was algebra your favorite unit in mathematics?

Having a wealth checklist helps you achieve exactly that. This is looking at the bigger picture; something that you should not miss. It is when you can look at all your plans at one glance. You know the like terms in your list and you put collective effort towards achieving them. Grouped goals are easier to achieve.

  1. It makes planning easier.

You know what they say about planning – a good plan is a job half done. Sharpening your planning skills takes you closer to ticking off every item on your wealth checklist. It gives you an overview of the resources you have against the goals you have set.

The universe is a master planner. It becomes efficient when you submit a well-planned wealth checklist to Him.

The best wealth checklist.

What does your checklist contain? Wealth, riches, good health, spiritual nourishment, peace, long life… the list is endless. There are many other things to consider if you want your list to be given priority.

  1. Using your wealth for personal development.

It is the dream of everyone to live in a good house, have a decent education, eat a balanced meal, and access health care when they fall sick. Use the money the universe blesses you with to pay for these expenses and even a step further to improve your living standard. The universe is like a mother proud of her progressive child. It is pointless to have money that you cannot buy food with or go to the hospital when you fall sick. Do not be mean to yourself. How can the universe trust you to take care of others when you cannot take care of yourself?

  1. Using your wealth to serve.

Your wealth list should be a selfless one. What will you do with the money the universe blesses you with? It is okay to use your wealth for personal and family use. While at it, do not be selfish not to stretch out a helping hand to those in need. Some of the blessings you receive are for the sake of those you help. The universe knows that other people will benefit through your generosity. For this reason, he keeps blessing you.

  1. Using your wealth to leave a meaningful impact.

Foundations and trusts are very important institutions. They are channels through which wealthy people use to give aid to their communities and beyond. It pays for the fees of needy children, finances community projects, and improves the welfare of people. The impact of foundations in societies is long-lasting. Apart from service, the gratitude of the community goes to the universe (even without them knowing it). When the universe opens its tap of blessings, the man or woman behind the foundation shall receive his/her share.

  1. Have plans for your wealth.

It is prudent to have plans for your wealth or even have ongoing projects. Do not store up money waiting for the perfect time to spend. Consider the example of filling a bottle with tap water. Do you fill an already-full bottle? Of course not. You only fill the empty ones. This is true with money. Always have a money cycle that will encourage the universe to replenish what has already been used. The universe is like a donor. Donors want to see their money put to good use and they have no problem giving more funding.

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PS: What do you plan to do with your money? Or do you already have an ongoing project?

Submission of your wealth checklist.

After drawing up your wealth checklist, you take it to someone who can activate it – the universe. While at it, the universe examines if you are worth the investment. Start developing desirable behavior if you want your wealth checklist to be financed.

Do you remember attending your first job interview? You dressed perfectly, were punctual, and you put on your best behavior. This is exactly the character you need to adopt.

Let’s prepare your wealth checklist, shall we? 

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The ABC of Spiritual Growth

The learning curve.

The French have a saying – c’est facile comme bonjour. This is loosely translated to mean – as easy as hello. The English have theirs too – as easy as ABC. Both languages are saying the same thing – emphasis on how easy something can be. This is how simple spirituality can be. You can move from zero to the infinite knowledge of spirituality.

Understanding the invisible operations in the spiritual realm will make you a master of the physical realm. Everything that happens in the physical begins from the spiritual. Those who have mastered their spirituality (and get it right) wield a lot of power and influence over many others who have no clue about it.

A spiritual master is like a driver of a trailer or those big cars we see on the road. They do not use much energy to drive. They only swerve the steering wheel to the right or left and the car, no matter how big, obeys. Drivers can take the car wherever they want to without breaking a sweat. In spirituality matters, it is your growth that will make your physical life move smoothly. Other people will admire how you managed to succeed where others failed.

To attain mastery, there are various stages in spiritual growth. They include:

  1. Infancy stage.

The age of an infant is between one day and at least two years. They are very beautiful babies who know nothing about the world they have just been brought into. An infant does not know how to communicate, walk, feed, or do anything for himself. They entirely depend on the help of the parent or guardian. The only means of communication for an infant is crying. The caregiver will have to figure out what is wrong with the young one.

Similarly, there is an infancy stage in spirituality. This is when you do not know anything and entirely depend on your spiritual authority for almost everything. Spiritual infants need to accept the guidance of mature people for them to be nurtured and become responsible people.

Are you a spiritual infant? If you are, accept spiritual guidance from more mature people and your infancy period will be an easy one.

  1. Early childhood.

This stage is mostly between the ages of 2 and 5 years. This child has started knowing about his environment and identifying his parent(s) or guardian. At this stage, the child is encouraged to stand up alone. The parent can help him stand up and guide him through walking a few steps then leave him to walk alone. This training helps the child finally learn how to stand up and walk alone without any help.

The spiritual early childhood phase is the same as the growth of a child at this stage. Your spiritual authority helps you to stand on your feet alone and walk with minimal supervision. All this while, he will be at a safe distance to come to your rescue if you fall. You are yet to fully explore your spirituality but you at least know your identity.

In this stage of early childhood, be encouraged to stand on your two feet alone. This is significant in expressing the new spiritual identity that you have just discovered.

  1. Junior childhood.

This is the stage where the child can begin formal education. He can now walk alone and say his name when he is asked to. He can say when he is hungry or thirsty and he has outgrown his crying acts during infancy. The brain of this child can accommodate new skills taught at school.

Spiritual junior childhood is significant because you can now learn principles on how to sustain your spiritual life in ways that will directly affect your physical one.

In this stage of junior childhood, do not be afraid to learn all new things you can about spirituality from your spiritual authority.

  1. Pre-teenage.

Pre-teenage is an age of curiosity. The child is thrilled by everything around him and he wants to find out. It is a continuation of the learning stage in junior childhood. A child in pre-teen wants to try out every new thing without supervision. You should be extra vigilant.

Spiritual pre-teenage is filled with curiosity and in some, rebellion. At this spiritual age, you tend to want to do things your way without the supervision of your spiritual authority. While it is good to be independent, it is likewise dangerous to rebel because bad karma will catch up with you and make you pay dearly.

Spiritual pre-teenage is a delicate phase. Be obedient to your spiritual authority as you prepare to usher the teenage stage.

  1. Teenage.

Almost everyone remembers their teenage years. The fact that you are neither a child nor an adult brings more confusion. It is a make-or-break phase. It shapes your adulthood in many ways. Teenagers should be handled very carefully to nurture them into responsible adulthood.

Spiritual teenagers are very spontaneous. They are mostly irrational. It is difficult to predict spiritual teenagers. One minute you may be talking to an adult and the next you are dealing with a child, or far worse, an infant.

Does this stage currently describe your spiritual growth stage? You are in the making of a very responsible adult. Avoid anything that will make you emotional and act out of it. Seek the counsel of a spiritual adult to guide you in making major decisions.

  1. Youth.

The youth are now young adults. Their reasoning has now developed further beyond that of teenagers. They have some degree of maturity and can live independent lives free of close supervision. They are said to be the leaders of tomorrow for which they are.

Spiritual youth are more reasonable compared to the previous stages. They now understand the spiritual hierarchy and can make independent decisions. They are more outgoing and their greatest undoing is the wrong company of friends. They are a very important group in every society because of their vigor and energy.

Are you a spiritual youth? You have come a long way and are more knowledgeable than you were previously. You will notice that you are now a strong believer. Do not look back.

  1. Adulthood.

Adults are mature people who have seen it all. They are lucky to have a wealth of experience in matters of spirituality and have a lot to share on the same. An adult is a responsible person and many younger people (even adults) look up to him for guidance.

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Spiritual adulthood is an age of resilience. Your faith is not shaken by anything that others would run away from. You know your identity and are bold about the universe’s rescue plans for you. In terms of decision-making, a spiritual adult is very calculative and very rational.

Do you recognize yourself as a spiritual adult? Voilà! You are now at the peak of spirituality. Use your expertise to be resourceful to many people and the universe shall repay you a hundredfold.

Sidebar: Although we have compared spiritual growth with the different physical growth stages, it is important to note that spiritual maturity is not pegged on the age factor. You can be an adult physically but a spiritual teenager. Likewise, you can be a youth physically but a spiritual adult.

The decision to invest in your spirituality is one of the best decisions you have ever made. Your spiritual growth expands your horizon infinitely. 

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Tightening your Bond with Money

The sticking glue.

Glue sticks where it is applied and to the extent that it is difficult to separate two items put together.  It is very useful and has now become part of the necessary stationery required in offices and schools. The universe has blessed everyone with diverse lifestyles for them to shape their lives as they wish. There are things you wish could stick to your life to the extent you become inseparable from them. We just love them too much to let go. The list of what you would want to stick to your life as glue does is a lengthy one.

Money, riches, fame, long life, and good health are the desires of most people. You and I want to bond with our fulfilled desires and enjoy its glory. We want a tighter bond even after we are finally at the top of the pyramid. May the Universe grant you your wishes today.

A living example.

The universe has set a good example for us as we consider bonding with our desires – money topping the list. Consider a mother-child bond. Their connection started way back before either of them saw the other. This connection develops during pregnancy and grows tenfold as childbirth draws nearer. The bonding between mother and infant is one of the greatest mysteries of nature we are yet to understand. Although we may not fully understand it, this bonding eventually proves worth the investment after childbirth. A beautiful family continues to develop out of a bond that started in a very small way.

Your bond with money and everything else that you desire can be developed and nurtured like the one of a mother and her infant. A tight bond with money is an eye-opener to how your future life looks like, with or without it.

The relevance of bonding.

Bonding with someone or something you love is very important. You choose to establish this bond because you have an interest in it even before you finally have it. In relationships, the bonding phase is the dating stage. It is a time to interact with the other person and get to know them closer.

This is a make-or-break phase. If you skip the bonding stage with money, your relationship with it may be short-lived because you have not had time to know each other well. This can happen in any relationship.

  1. It marks the beginning of a new understanding.

“The first time you meet someone is enough to know them. What remains thereafter is knowing about them.”

This statement is very true especially if you want to start a new bond or tighten an already existing one. Your dating stage with money is the foundation of your future relationship with it. For this reason, nature observes from a distance how you move on from there. You may win yourself a life partner or miss out on her. Allow yourself to understand money differently from how you did previously. There is a whole lifetime ahead of you both.

  1. You act from a point of knowledge.

Bonding gives you the chance to make informed decisions about something because you now know it better than you did before. As you bond with money, there are myths and misinformation which you can now correct and unlearn. All the decisions that follow will now be based on facts about money that you have personally established. This is growth.

  1. Your relationship grows stronger.

Creating bonding time with money will improve your relationship with it. You now know the do’s and don’ts if you want to continue your relationship. It is easier to break a relationship when the parties involved are yet to bond enough. Partners who have bonded sufficiently can stand up for each other and trust each other more to decide on a long-term relationship together.

What are the right buttons to push?

  1. Cultivate.

“Feed your focus and starve your fears. Whatever you feed, grows and whatever you starve, dies.”

This is the first button you have to push if you are seeking to tighten your bond with money. A good relationship with money is not automatic. You have to work for it. You do this by spending your money on the right things. Nature denies you the right to misuse money just because you own it. You have only been given the honor of having it at this time. Things can change in the next minute.

  1. Give only the best.

Money is a reward for solving an existing problem. What do you do to get it? The universe wants you to give only the best to its people. Put your best foot forward as if you are not trading with men but Angels. Offer your services in the market with the best intentions without any hidden motive. This transparency and honesty of heart are rare in most people. The universe picks up on it and widens your scope to reach more people. This is good karma working for you. The fame of your best services will precede you wherever you go and gates of more revenue open for you.

  1. Be the master and lord over money.

There is a risk of money ruling you with an iron fist if you are not careful. The history of dictators who ruled their countries with force may repeat itself in your relationship with money if it is not checked. The right button to push if you want to tighten your bond with money is staying on top of things. Your money should serve you and your primary goals. Failing to do this will loosen your bond with it. Direct your money to finance your plans not anything for short-term gain.

The bumpy ride.

Tightening your bond with money is not a walk in the park. It is a rough ride that is worth every effort you make. It is not impossible to meet the goals that most people have failed to in a very long time. What makes the whole difference is that you have finally unlocked the mystery key of money – the bonding effect. 

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