YOUR CAREER

You are blessed by God with certain gifts and abilities.Your success and fulfilment in life depends to a great extent on how you maximise these gifts.You must develop and build your life around what you are gifted by God to do.Train and educate yourself in line with these gifts.
2. Work out a clear vision,dream or plan for your life.The Bible says,where there is no purpose,dream,vision or direction,people live confused,unproductive and defeated lives.(Proverbs 29:18)
3. To choose your career you must consider these factors.
A. Choose your career based on your gifts,talents and abilities.For instance,if you play the piano and sing excellently,you may consider a career in music or the performing arts.
B. Focus on your area of interest or hobby. If one of your hobbies is working with computers,you may consider pursuing a course in software development or computer engineering.
C. Choose a career which involves the subjects you are good at.For instance,if you are good in science subjects like mathematics,physics and chemistry,you could pursue a course in engineering.
D. Take out time to discuss your career options with your parents or guardians before making any decisions. Some courses look exciting on the outside but may be totally unsuited for your personality so,discuss with professionals in that particular field of endeavor and let them give you more facts to enable you make an informed career decision
4. Write a plan for your career. What course do you want to read?When do you want to start and complete it?After your first degree,will you pursue a masters or doctorate degree?write out as many details as possible in your personal journal and use it as a guide to fulfil your dream.
5. Be ready to sacrifice for your vision and dream if you want it to become a reality.Sacrifice simply means giving up something you like to fulfil your dream.For instance,you can invest your pocket money to buy books and educational software programs that enhance your learning instead of using it to buy the latest clothes in fashion.
6. Time is your greatest asset;don’t waste it,cheapen it,trade or exchange it for something less than its real value to you.Remember,waste of time in unproductive,energy draining activities,relationships and conversations is really a waste of your life.Things that are important should never be at the mercy of things that are unimportant,but seem so terribly urgent.Set your priorities.Get organised with the aid of diaries,palm pilot,organisers -etc.Plan your work and work your plan.
7. Three skills you must develop in life regardless of your profession are:the ability to sell,negotiate and communicate your ideas clearly.
8. Don’t just read to pass exams; develop your mind by reading books that build up your psyche; listen to tapes,watch quality movies that contribute to your mental and emotional development.Invest in yourself by embarking on a self-improvement training programme. Increase your market value daily.
9. Look for people who have achieved extra ordinary resuits in their lives and career and ask them to mentor you. A mentor is a successful man or woman who guides and contributes significantly to your life and career.
10. Take full responsibility for your success and progress in life.Success is an individual and personal effort.Don’t expect people to do what you ought to do for yourself.Cultivate a spirit of excellence.Put your best into all that you do.Always strive to make a difference wherever you are.

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GOAL SETTING

One of the tools you require to achieve your dreams is the ability to set and achieve your goals.A goal is a dream with a dreadline.
2. Successful men and women are those who set and achieve their stated goals and objectives.People without goals will never achieve much in life. You should set goals for every area of your life;academic,relationships,spiritual,social and financial.
3. If you don’t have any goals,that means that you are not pursuing anything significant with your life. You are just existing not actually living.
4. Your goals define everything about you.Your goals determine what kinds of friends you keep,what movies you watch,what website you visit,which programs you attend,what books you read,how you spend your time and who you spend it with.
5. If you don’t have goals,you are going nowhere with your life.To keep your dream in constant focus,you must break it down into goals.There are short term,medium and long term goals.
6. Your goals must be written down on paper.Any goal that is not written down is a mere wish or fantasy;it has little or no chance of becoming a reality.To be successful in life,you have to cultivate the habit of thinking on paper.Clarify your objectives.
7. Your goals should be your own and not another person’s.You cannot live your life pursuing or trying to fulfil other people’s goals.It will be a waste of your time and energy because you will be unfilfilled and dissatisfied even if you accomplish them.
8. Your goals must be believable.That means your goal has to do with an area that you are talented or gifted to function in.Even if you are not talented in that area,you can develop the talent or skill necessary to accomplish your goal.For instance,to become a software designer,you must first have a very good understanding of computers and how they operate.
9. Your goals must be very specific.Do not generalise or be vague.Know exactly what you want and write it down in very clear terms.
10. Your goals must be measurable.For instance,you want to read the whole bible in a year.You will therefore divide the bible into portions which you will read daily.At the end of every month,you can accurately measure your progress.
11. After writin down your goals,formulate a plan to achieve them as you go along.Success is guaranteed to only those who stick to their goals.

YOUR INNER LIFE

Your spiritual and inner life is the foundation on which you build all other areas of your life.A healthy spiritual life gives you a sense of certainty and confidence no matter what you face in life.In life,we all go through tests and trials of one kind or another.It is your inner spiritual strength that will pull you up when you are down and give you victory in life.
2. Your personal commitment to the Lord is the first step you take towards building a strong and healthy inner life.Develop a personal relationship with the Lord that is genuine.
3. You can receive divine direction and know what to do in every situation by praying and listening to your heart. Learn to take your challenges to God in prayer before you make a decision.Always act in wisdom,peace and a good conscience.Do what is morally,ethically and spiritually right.Be a person of integrity.
4. Be thankful for all the good things of life you enjoy.Develop an attitude of gratitude.Complaining and carrying around a bad attitude is as dest ructive as poison.Maintain your joy and peace in spite of your challenges.With a positive attitude,consistent prayer and God’s help,you will always win in life.Remember that every challenge has a solution.Always think and pray through to the solution.