Working Hard on Yourself
The quality of your outer life will always be a reflection of the quality of your inner thinking. Each step you take and each slight improvement you make will add to your outer circumstance.
Personal development involves working on yourself and improving on the key mental skills you need to contribute to the performance equation. The more you improve yourself, the more you’ll like, respect, and believe in yourself. You’ll begin to see yourself in a different light, and your mind will open up to new challenges and opportunities. Opportunities and challenges always gravitate towards the person who believes in them.
Several studies have found that peak performance begins with the preparation and practice phase, not in the execution phase of a particular activity. Athletes spend many more hours on the practice field than they do in the actual contest. It is this repeated practice and training that makes the difference between an average performer and a peak performer. Peak performers are self-made. They are not born with the superior motor skills that make champions. This is why Solomon, the man God generously endowed with wisdom asked: “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”(Proverbs 22:29).
Men and women who have excelled in a particular field are often no more gifted than many others, but they stand out because they have taken the time to prepare themselves, to develop whatever potential they possess to a level considerably above the average. The unique feature of a free society is that people can develop their individual talents and abilities and strive in any direction they choose, as long as they are willing to put in the time and effort to earn what they are seeking. Proper preparation and passion birth excellence in all human endeavours. Thus year, ensure you heed the wise counsel of King Solomon that you do whatever your hands finds to do with all your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). You won’t miss your reward.
The quality of your outer life will always be a reflection of the quality of your inner thinking. Each step you take and each slight improvement you make will add to your outer circumstance. You will accumulate worldly benefits as you begin to develop your mental skills. You will accumulate material, financial, and emotional rewards in direct proportion to the mental preparation you undertake. You have to work hard on yourself. As Zig Ziglar said, “When you are hard on yourself, life will be easy on you; but when you are easy on yourself, life will be hard on you.”
For most people, life progresses in stages. In your early twenties, you are full of vim, vigour and high hope for the future. In your thirties, you experience some of its setbacks. In your forties, you wonder why you haven’t “made it” yet, and whether you ever will. This is an ideal time to reassess your present circumstance and plan your future.
Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale and Napoleon Hill were all over forty-five years old before their first major works were published. The average millionaire in the U.S. is over fifty-five. Michelangelo (1475 – 1564), the famous Italian painter, sculptor and architect, was seventy-two when he was asked by Pope Paul III to design and build St. Peter dome, considered the greatest architectural accomplishment of the Italian Renaissance. And as Abraham Lincoln predicted, his turn finally came when he was fifty-two years old. “Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth age of old age”, according to Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885), French poet, novelist, and dramatist.
You can trigger desire and enthusiasm for beginning a programme of personal development by setting a goal that is significantly higher than your current state of affairs. Would you like to double your current annual income? Can you even begin the process of learning what you need to know in order to be successful? Life doesn’t just happen, people make it happen. Don’t refuse to pursue great ideas, wisdom and prayer meeting. Endeavour to surround yourself with wise men. I pray that help will arise for you. Your next step is success, in Jesus name. Shout: “I receive it.”