SINCE your goal is to become a moneybag, charity makes your dreams become your realities. Which is why you must brood your goals all of the time. The more you visualize them, the faster they will materialize in your life. Begin the process by clarifying your goals, and becoming a more focused and definitive person. You move from being a wandering generalist to becoming a specificist. Thereby you reach a point where your resolve lifts you into great and extraordinary accomplishment.
Indeed, the one most important quality you must possess to win is definiteness of purpose, becoming an expert in your field and a burning desire to possess your goal. These qualities activate our subconscious which in turn brings your aim into reality. But it is good for you to analyze your beliefs. An important mental law is the law of Belief. That law says whatever you belief with utmost conviction becomes your reality.
Proverbs 23:7 says that ‘‘As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” This means your actions are determined by your beliefs. Accordingly, Mathew 9:29 says: ‘‘According to your faith, it will be done unto you.” This is another way of saying that your beliefs become your realities. These your beliefs determine what happen to you. Indeed, Professor William James of Harvard once said that your beliefs create the facts. James went on to affirm that the greatest revolution of his generation was the discovery that individuals can change their circumstances simply by changing the attitude of their minds. Things always happen that you really believe in, and the belief in a thing always makes it happen.
The best way to become indispensable to anyone, particularly your customers is to become a lifelong do-it-yourself project. Be prepared to invest years to become an expert in a critical area. Be willing to pay any price, make any sacrifice to be the best at what you do. There is the three plus one formula for mastering any skill you want. And this formula works every time. First read in the skill area each day for at least one hour. Knowledge is cumulative. The more you read and learn about a vocation, the more confident you become that you can do this job in an excellent way.
Secondly, listen to experts, audio programmes on the subject at home or in your car. You can become an expert in your field by simply listening to audio programmes in your car rather than music. Thirdly, attend seminars and workshops on the subject. Finally, practice what you learn at the earliest possible opportunity. Every time you hear a good idea, take action on it. The more you practice what you are learning, the faster you will become skilled in that area. There are no limits to your ability to excel.
Also, giving of yourself without any expectation of reward is another principle of being indispensable. But the more you give like that, the more that will come back to you from the most unexpected sources. Which is why you should make every effort to expand your contacts. But beware, the people with whom you habitually associate majorly determine your success or failure in life. Therefore, if you want to fly with the eagles, you cannot continue to scratch with the turkeys.
Always associate with the kind of people that are compatible with your ambition. Make it a potent to associate with people that you respect, admire and want to be like in the future. Mingle with such people that you can look up to and will be proud to introduce to your friends. The choice of positive goal-oriented reference group can do more to supercharge your career than any other factor. A change in your status in life will be associated with a change in the people you live or work with.
Baron de Rothschild, the richest man in Europe in his time once wrote: ‘‘Make no useless acquaintances.” If you are really serious about being the best, and becoming a top notcher of your profession, you cannot afford to mingle with mediocre. Ortega Gasset, the greatest Spanish philosopher and humanist once said that you must be selfish with regard to your ambitions since self-centeredness is the very basis of ambition and that you must set high standards with regard to your associates and refuse to compromise. It is unforgivable to continue in a relationship that is holding you back from your realizing your full human potential.
Once you have decided upon the people, groups, and organizations whose help and cooperation you will need in your march toward greatness, resolve to become a relationship expert. In modern politics, power is moving toward influence not authority. This means an influential person is more important than the person in authority because authority is transient.
Our champion today is Sir Thomas Gresham, the English merchant and financier who founded The British Royal Exchange. Born in London in 1579, Gresham was educated at the University of Cambridge, he later trained as a lawyer. He became a spy for the British government in Eastern Europe where he engaged in espionage, smuggled military weapons and the bullion. He also negotiated on behalf of the British creditors.
Gresham operated in the foreign exchange market to alleviate exchange fluctuations. He urged government to fix the rate of exchange, advising Queen Elizabeth 1, to recoin the currency following her father’s debasement of it with inferior metal. Which was why his name was associated with the monetary principle known as Gresham’s law which is summarized by the aphorism that ‘‘bad money drives out good money.” In economics it means if two coins with the same nominal value but are made from metals of unequal value, the cheaper will drive the other out of circulation.
It is believed that Gresham’s law is operating in Nigeria affairs. When partisan politics started in 1999, there were many good people who notified Nigerians of their intentions to participate in governance. How many of these good people are left in the political firmament today? The current corrupt power brokers have now driven the good people out of circulation.