INTUITION OR DISCERNMENT?

We’ve all experienced that moment in time when we were certain of something that we could not logically be sure of. We just “had a feeling” that something was not right or that something was going to happen. That’s intuition—a gut feeling when “something” inside puts you on alert.

Intuition is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference. Words used in place of intuition include hunch, clairvoyance, gut reaction, discernment and insight. If you are in the medical profession, I am sure you are used to the term “insight

Intuition and discernment often work hand in hand, but they are not the same. While intuition refers to a gut feeling or a hunch, discernment helps you wisely recognize and use your intuition when you need it. When looked at this way, we see that intuition isn’t just a reliance on flighty emotions but is grounded in intelligence. Intuition can cause unnecessary fear or worry, and discernment can help you reel in those emotions and not let them incapacitate you.

Discernment is defined as the acuteness of judgement, the ability to grasp what is obscure, the ability to decide between truth and error. Discernment is one way we connect with God. Discernment is not just a series of steps we take to seek direction from God but also an instrument of healing. When exercised in love, discernment can be the surgical scalpel in surgery that makes emotional healing possible.

How to Develop Your Intuition

 Recognize it. Be on alert to recognize when you are having an intuitive moment. If you find yourself thinking about someone more than usual, and they call you up shortly thereafter, it was likely your intuition at work. 

 Silence your inner critic.Many times, we try to rationalize away our intuitive thoughts, thinking we should be more logical and rely on facts. The next time you have an intuition about something, don’t analyze it or argue with yourself about it. Give in to it and see what happens. Realizing you were correct will enable you to have more faith in the process the next time.

 Embrace your creativity.Creative activities such as painting, drawing, writing, and crafts allow your mind to flow freely. They can put you in a mindset that allows you to be more open to new ideas and insights.

 Take notes. Carry a small journal or notebook (or use your electronic notes on your cell phone) to record your thoughts, gut feelings, and hunches. Sometimes, we have such reactions throughout the day, but then we forget about them. Writing them down will allow you to review them at your leisure and remember fleeting, but important, feelings that occurred throughout the day.

 Get physical. Go for a walk or a run or even take a shower. Often, taking a break from the daily grind frees our minds to mull over problems and come up with solutions. 

 Evaluate your dreams. Often our dreams are windows into our subconscious. Dreams help us process information and deal with stress or unacknowledged desires. They can reveal deep and symbolic messages that escape our attention when we are awake.

 Evaluate the past. There have, no doubt, been many times in the past where you had an intuition and didn’t act on it. You kicked yourself for not listening to yourself. Recall those times and allow them to bolster your confidence in the future.

Pray. Most important of all, when we need to make a decision, we often have a choice we are leaning toward. However, we second-guess ourselves by going back and forth, unable to decide. In responding to Job, God declares, through a rhetorical question, that he is the source of intuition. “Who gives intuition to the heart and instinct to the mind?” Don’t dismiss the concept of intuition as something mystical or magical. It is God-given. Simply ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as to when to rely on it.

Christians should be cautioned that not all our inner thoughts and feelings should be heeded, for they can lead us astray. “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” That “feeling” or “something” must be submitted to the Holy Spirit’s discernment for our next step. He is the fountain of wisdom and understanding that Jesus sent specifically to teach and guide us.

As you step into today. Pray all your actions and thoughts will be led by discernment. Be the best you can be, and chase your goals.

Have a wonderful day

Eliezer.

BUILDING RESILIENCE

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

—Philippians 4:12-13

Resilience and persistence often work hand and hand. While resilience refers to bouncing back after enduring a crisis, persistence refers to the ability to steadfastly pursue an objective despite opposition, delays, or other disadvantages. Both resilience and persistence are important because one must not only recover from a setback but have the endurance to continue and not give up. 

Persistence naturally requires being resilient, as you can’t persist if you never get back up. On the other hand, it is important not to take persistence to the extreme. It may seem reasonable to keep going when the odds are stacked against us, but there are times when we just need to learn to let go. 

Strategies for Handling Adversity

When adversity rears its head, it is wise to follow some predetermined guidelines as to how you will cope. Here are some strategies that have helped me to overcome many problems. 

 Maintain a good attitude.“How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble!” Job proclaims in Job 14:1. Trouble is inevitable, but it is also a tool that produces spiritual, emotional, and psychological strength. When we resist the temptation to feel that our trials are unfair and resist the pressure to respond in a negative way, we develop the “mental muscle” needed to overcome whatever obstacles arise. We learn to analyze the situation, ask for divine assistance, and anticipate a positive outcome.

 Believe in the God who resides within you. Often in the face of adversity, our self-esteem takes a hit. Don’t allow any circumstances to make you feel less worthy. Your challenges do not define you. Adversity is just an experience; it is not your identity. Whatever happens, you are strong enough to regain control over your life. You simply need to remember that with God you can do all things. 

 Rely on your support network. Everyone can get down occasionally. During these times, you can rely on your support network to cheer you on and encourage you to get back up again. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Rely on colleagues, friends, or loved ones to help get you through hard times. Challenges are easier to handle when we have someone to talk to. The people in our support group can remind us of who we are when adversity tempts us to forget. Nurture your support group and do not forget that support goes both ways. Be there for others during their trying times.

 Don’t be overly critical of yourself. Beware of allowing your mistakes or any setback to define who you are. You are not a failure if you lose your job or get passed over for a high-profile role. You still have worth and value, and you just need to get back up and prove it. Every defeat gives you the chance to learn from your mistakes, if any, and be wiser in the future.

 Don’t be afraid to accept responsibility. Sometimes adversity seems to come inexplicably out of the blue; other times, it comes as a result of our own actions. If you find that you have made unwise decisions, don’t let this incapacitate you. Accept responsibility for your part in creating the problem and learn from your mistakes. Prepare a game plan to take those necessary next steps.

 Don’t neglect self-care.Ironically, the key to resilience is first learning how to stop rather than forge ahead. It is essential to take care of your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising are critical. Most importantly, the time spent in the empowering presence of God and his Word will reap big dividends. 

We often underestimate our ability to recover from challenging situations, but most people are far more resilient than they give themselves credit for. Many of us have already made significant accomplishments that required resilience. Often, it’s just a matter of looking back and evaluating past successes. Success in one area breeds confidence in other areas. It is often fear that holds us back from being either resilient or persistent; however, most situations aren’t as bad as we think they are. They are certainly not too hard for our omnipotent God.

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GRATITUDE

Over these last few days, God has been teaching me something about gratitude. In subtle ways about how gratitude is an essential key in our walk with Him.

Over the past few months, I recall correctly, having to go through a very stressful ordeal for which I had to be on a hospital bed for a couple of months. During that period, I wondered why God puts his children through challenging and dire situations. Was it a measure of the test? A gauge of faith? A stepping stone of great things to come? During this period, I pondered countless times in isolation.

But then, after listening to a series of podcasts during this period. I have realised that irrespective of our circumstances, there is nothing as meaningful as showing gratitude irrespective of our current circumstances. For the apostle Paul states in the book of Philippians that. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want.”

This morning I would like to admonish you, irrespective of your current situation; there is nothing more potent than our great God. If he came through for people in times past, remember, He is still the same. He is unchanged. He expects you to leave the past behind and show gratitude for what He has done for you.

Being alive is a miracle you should be grateful for. That incurable medical report? That declining academic report? The financial crisis? My friend, just leave it into His hands. He will come through for you.

I will end with a memory verse from my devotional this morning. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

1 John 5:14 NIV

Have a blessed Friday, Go and be great!

Eliezer

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A CONVERSATION WITH GOD ABOUT PURPOSE

Hello God, It is me again. Remember Me? I have a question for you. Why do you let your sons and daughters go through hardship, pain and distress in the bid to serve you faithfully? Why do you allow the heathen to make mockery of us and say with their chest there is no God?

If your book says “You know the plans you have for me are of good, why the sleepless nights? The spikes on an already untarred road? Eventualities? Setbacks? Pain And Guilt?

Trusting you was supposed to be an easy one they say. Just have a child like faith and you will move mountains. Why is this mole hill difficult to push aside?

God: Before I formed the foundations of this earth, I knew I had to bring you to earth at an appointed time for a purpose. Your parents might not have planned you but then I did! Because I had great plans and intentions for you. Well! I still do! The journey isn’t easy. Trust me! The road is narrow for a reason but I did not leave you to travel this journey alone. I gave you a comforter, a guide, and teacher and a leader. The Holy Spirit. He is your go-to-guy literally.

When he comes he brings to remembrance everything I have said concerning your life. He is the restorer of all broken dreams and shattered homes. He is a mind fixer, a heart regulator and a game changer.

As far as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours and my intentions greater than yours. You might not understand now, but it’s for a purpose. I’m bringing you to the point where people will acknowledge my presence and say I am the mighty One. The “I Am that I am” The silent, invisible but listening Father. I brought this world into being and I created the stars, moon and earth, together with the people in it.

My compassion and mercies never cease. They are new every morning. In your times of distress, Call on Me and I will answer you.

For those that wait on the Father shall renew their strength, they shall mount up wings like that of eagles. They shall run and never go weary. They shall walk and not faint. For I am their strength.

For whoever is going through a tough season right now, for which it seems there’s no help available at the moment. I would encourage you to be steady and patient and allow Jesus to steer the wheel in your life. Do not let setbacks push you to the point of giving up in your life. Push hard, fight on and press on. Cos help is on the way!

Eliezer

ABOUT COURAGE

Reading the Bible this dawn, something struck me. David just got up and went to King Saul and told him. “I know I am a servant from the field, a shepherd. But give me the opportunity to fight this mighty Philistine.” This was a classic suicide mission. A death move. It is just like attempting residency examinations when you are a first year medical student, but David knew what he was doing. Lo and behold, he slew the mighty giant with just a slingshot to his forehead. What does this tell us?

Sometimes the battles we face are stronger than us and tougher than us. Do we have everything it takes to fight this battle on our own? No! But God has assured us that even in the midst of the storms, he is there with us and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

He has assured us that even through the trials and tribulations, He has overcome the world so we can stay rest assured in him that we shall have peace. Imagine the Israelites passing through an Open Red Sea? What was the determinant that it wouldn’t collapse on them? They needed courage.

But above all we are supposed to stay courageous. Courage is the strength in the face of pain and grief. It is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. We as Christians are encouraged to be courageous and fearless for the devil roars like a raging lion.

One simply doesn’t get to follow Jesus into the promised land without courage. People talk a great deal about courage today without understanding what it means. Christians belong to a kingdom that is not of this world, and our king has not called us to be at peace with the world but to overcome it. Good courage relies upon the supernatural power of God to strengthen and motivate believers to be courageous.

Be strong my friend, take the stance of faith and be courageous because He has promised He will no leave you nor forsake you..

Have a blessed week.

ABOUT CONVICTIONS

I was reading the book of Numbers this dawn about Joshua and Caleb, and I’m not surprised why my uncle Rev Edward Otu named his sons after them. Very courageous people. They were spies that were sent to bring back word to Moses, after surveying the land that had been promised them. Their report was “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.” Good news right? But their identities were at risk.

Being a spy is a dangerous mission. I’m sure you have seen in movies how spies have to disguise their identities, take up fake names, multiple passports just for intel (Classic Lupin style) To be a spy, you have to be trained to have wit, direction discernment and above all conviction. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines conviction as a strong persuasion or belief about a decision, move, direction or ability.

The conviction I would like to emphasize is that from the Holy Spirit. The people were distraught before the news came, because they had uncertainties about the land they were going to possess, but Caleb quieted them and said “We are well able to overcome it because of the conviction He had received from the Holy Spirit – A positive affirmation”

Sometimes the walk of God encourages you to take a very bold step which people might not understand. You might have to be put in places to protect a specific location or person, keep the good in and the bad out, and guard prized possessions. This is what makes you a bold Christian. Because God has not given you the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

Our convictions are like security guards. Put in place to protect our souls, our minds and our spirit. They help us to have wisdom in decision making, courage in complex situations, and give us discernment in relationships. Convictions not only protect our personal lives, but they also protect our reputation, our dreams, our relationships, and our future. When you realize your convictions are guarding your most prized possessions, you become constrained by conviction to protect them. 

When you feel deep within your spirit about something not being right, do heed to the voice of the Holy Spirit, for this conviction comes from Him.

THE PRAYER LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN

As a Christian, you aren’t really defined by just your good works, but by your connection with Jesus. I have come to the realization that we place so much security in our willpower to stay on course and away from sin. “Oh I know myself” “Oh I’m stronger than you think” But relying on your own strength is a recipe for disaster.

Your prayer life is very essential in your journey with God. Just as constant communication keeps a relationship going, your prayer life drives and fuels your passion for God.

Just before a city is invaded, its’ walls have to be broken down either by an external force, or an internal one. Before any army is subdued, the strongest person is either held hostage or killed. It is the same with our prayer life! When an attack is mounted against any Christian, it starts as a strike on your prayer life. Your zeal for the things of God disappear so quickly and you begin to feel too busy to pray because “the prayers you have prayed your entire lifetime are enough to cover you for the whole week.”

But the Bible encourages us to pray unceasingly. The amazing thing with prayer is, sometimes you don’t know what you have to say, but that is where the Holy Spirit comes in, He intercedes for you through wordless groans and intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
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Don’t feel you are too ‘sinful’ that you project a subconscious feeling of rejection in the eyes of God. God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; and the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

As humans, we are not beyond redemption. For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Only the name of Jesus. It behoves on us to come to God in all the sincerity of our heart, and gain a personal connection with Him by reading and meditating on His word on a daily basis. The amazing thing is, He gives you fresh insight, enriches your understanding and makes you itch when you don’t open your Bible.

You might feel a void in your life that can not be filled by anything else, no matter how hard you try. It might be time for you to give your life to Christ for the Bible says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. This means you automatically take pride in being called the son/daughter of a King.

No matter the stressful experience you might have gone through that has made you doubt his existence, please bear in mind that, the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. A broken spirit and contrite heart means that you go humbly before God acknowledging your sins and proclaiming His goodness. This form of humble spirit expresses our need for God and His salvation alone.

So in just a few minutes, just reach out to God and talk to him in complete intimacy, from the bottom of your heart, and watch him address your worries with ease.

When he enters, he fill your heart with joy and your mouth with praise. Your life shall be a living testimony and you will cast your mind back to your past and say “It’s always been You, God”

Have a wonderful day!

WHAT MEASURES TRUE SUCCESS?

We live in a time where success is defined in innumerable ways. Deeply rooted in our psyche is the struggle of the ego. This struggle makes us look inwards and always find ourselves wanting. No matter how much we gain, nothing seems to be enough. The outward response to this is self-depreciation, self-deprivation and arrogance. We spend a great deal of time comparing ourselves to others either consciously or subconsciously, and we borne within our hearts fear and insecurity; failing to see our own value in the process. We wonder why people accept us, and others reject us. The desire for love and respect when denied leaves us wounded and longing. Thus the need for a successful life. This life will then incorporate us into the society and make us feel accepted, irrespective of our race and background.

For too long, our world has measured success incorrectly. We have championed, promoted and followed some wrong people along the way and judged others on the heaviness of their salary packages, eloquence of speech, model of cars they use and their neighborhood of residence. We have focused on the wrong things and have made terribly awful judgments along the way. Are these people truly successful, or they have just found ways to taint the windscreen that exposes us to the clarity of life?

How do you define success? Growing up, I equated money and power with success and for a long time, this has framed my mind. Go through school and get educated. Chase money, power and fame and eventually call yourself a successful man. You could write a couple of best-sellers in the process narrating how you accrued such wealth, self-actualized and got to the top. However with time, things have changed. I have realized not everyone gets to the top. As different as our fingers are, so are our lives. Success is therefore a very personal thing. What drives one person may be different for another, and understanding how others measure success can help you better understand your own definition.

Success is achieving what you have set out to do. This definition of success starts to shape more of an internal feeling, a sense of purpose rather than the pursuit of accolades. This includes getting the job you have always wanted, getting accepted into college and the achievement of inner peace. Success comes only by persevering despite failure. The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure. Winston Churchill defines success as “Walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” This means you have to go ahead and make the mistakes. Don’t be discouraged when you fail because it gets low before it gets high.  When you make mistakes, mount your head high and learn from them.

Success is not only found in great achievements, but also in small daily tasks. You don’t need groundbreaking and spectacular performances before you announce your presence in the world of success, but even the small affairs of daily life can make you successful. I personally keep a diary in which I write my goals for the day. Immediately I’m done accomplishing a goal, I cross the task out as done. This delivers a huge endorphin boost no matter how minute and inconsequential the task is. It is my desire to become successful to live my true purpose and have a positive impact on the lives of people by uplifting them and inspiring them, by working and treating each day as a gift with a destination in mind.

There is nothing quite as useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all” – Peter Drucker.

A metric is defined as a system or standard of measurement. Being able to achieve a success metric is hard, but knowing which metric to achieve is important. Choose your own metric for success and personally discover what you value. The thing is you will end up flowing with the current of the culture around you if you don’t choose a suitable metric for success. Don’t feel like a failure just because you don’t meet someone else’s metric, but strive to build yours and give yourself the kudos when you achieve this benchmark.

Luckily for us, personal success is not a matter of background, intelligence or native ability, but the capacity to get the very best out of ourselves under almost all conditions and circumstances. This defines our ability to adapt to the present circumstances and tailor them to change our lives for good. Don’t just measure immediate tangible results to define success but consider what you have learnt in the long term and how it will help you achieve success in the future.

People have contemplated the role of luck in being successful. Even though luck can contribute to success regardless of what anyone tells you, no successful person is just lucky. Luck provides you with a good start and puts you on the right pedestal to start your journey to success, but the fuel needed to continue this journey is hard work. A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.

Good health is one factor that should not be underestimated when mentioning the determinants of success. The enjoyment of life is at best incomplete in poor health. In our part of the continent, some people are unable to eat the choicest of foods when they get successful, because of an underlying health condition. When starting out your journey, remember to take good care of your health because good health renders your performance adequate, and the more you perform, the greater your chances of success. A healthy lifestyle improves productivity. This reduces absenteeism and results in an individual having improved job evaluations and opportunities for advancement and future employment. That being said, your mental health should not be exempted because being optimistic has a self-fulfilling effect in propelling you towards success.

There are several common measures of success by society definitions today. Money and material possessions are a rather universal equivalent of success. This assumption carries many flaws because it sees them as a goal in itself and not a consequence of your achievements. With wealth comes popularity and these are external measures of success. This can be seen in the lives of famous entrepreneurs, writers and actors. However, there is a whole universe of success definitions which are invisible, can’t be easily measured and are highly personalized. External measures of success are flawed because they were created by someone else, so faring our achievements against these artificial standards means we evaluate ourselves against a bar someone else created.

It makes more sense to measure success according to our own ruler – whether we find what we do meaningful to us, whether it helps other’s lives improve and whether we have more happy memories than regrets at the end of our lives.

So a meaningful life and success have nothing to do with wealth, fame and the number of expensive cars one has. It has everything to do with working on what makes us happy, surrounding ourselves with the people who bring love and warmth to our lives and leading lives that make sense to us. The search formula for success is found in one word. Contentment. The truth is the more you live in contentment, the more productive and fulfilled you will be, and you will live in greater success as the masterpiece you were created to be.

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Thanks for reading

Eliezer

TAKING A BOLD STEP

Who wants to make bad decisions? No one! But over time, I’ve learned that indecision can often be worse.  Indecision and uncertainty can be dangerous, and let you to settle in your comfort zone thinking you have reached the pinnacle of your life when you are just about starting. You could have shot past the target and achieved all your goals but because of indecision you are at where you are now – tired but hungry for success

Maybe it has gotten to that part of your career where you have to take that step; the step into the future. It might probably be time for you to tie that knot with your fiancée, take that loan to start your business or further your education. How do you do it? Usually we tend to consult our friends and mentors and find out their views concerning our steps before we take them, but bear in mind the step of the righteous man is ordered by the Lord. Just like starting an engine, all you have got to do is a say a word of prayer as you push to start and hope the car moves. Without starting the engine, the car stays stagnant.

What do you do when you want to take that step? Decision is the biggest and boldest step in any journey worth taking. Deliberately deciding to do something different; deciding to make a change; deciding to go on a big adventure — and then wanting it so badly that not achieving it then becomes the impossible notion in one’s mind. This requires you to show a fearless daring spirit. It is with this spirit one achieves a goal or a task he/she has set his mind to do.

We have become too comfortable — finding ourselves standing still in our comfort zones. Quite simply, our comfort zone is an easy place to be. We retreat to our comfort zones to feel a sense of ease and certainty. We know what to do within it. We know how to excel. Why question what works for us? Sometimes we shouldn’t; however, when this place of retreat becomes a blockade between what our essential selves want, then we must challenge the status quo. But challenging the status quo isn’t fun. As a result, we may overstay our welcome in the comfort zone.

Without realizing it, from that function of comfort, comes the desolate and uninspiring interim. Most ironically, this period of waiting is a very uncomfortable place to be.  I often don’t notice that I’m waiting – standing rigid in my comfort zone.  I trick myself into believing there is a good reason that I’m waiting for something external to happen.

An anonymous quote reads, “Indecision is the graveyard of good intention”. Do you feel that fear, or a sense of helplessness, stand in your way between where you are now and where you want to be? If you do, ask yourself why? Utilize the question of “WHY?” to get to the root of your inaction. It may take five or more why’s to break down the amorphous uncertainty, but without doing so, you remain exactly where you were, without any clue as to what your next step should be. Asking yourself “why?” clarifies what is standing between you and your bold action. This questioning process won’t take the action for you, but it will provide you with a greater certainty and a sense of control towards your next step.

I believe the first step, that deliberate decision to do something fresh, bold, and different, is the hardest. Of course, it’s also the most important step, because after that first step, several things happen to your advantage to help you along your journey.

By stepping into your future and claiming it with purpose, synchronous events align to help steer your path toward a future filled with promise. This is not a patronizing statement to seduce you into overestimating your abilities. Unless you examine if your present circumstances are serving you, you remain stuck and inhibited as one of the masses; conditioned to be like everyone else that we attempt to stand out by decorating our external shell, hoping to be noticed as being different to others in some way when typically we are all the same.

It is high time you came into terms with your reality and acknowledge the fact that your reality is anything but fixed; dynamic, pliable and mostly dependent on your inner world. Through inner transformation in the form of personal growth and self-awareness, your preconceived ideas of how life should unfold are distilled into your life’s experiences which in turn become your reality. Create a clear and concrete visual representation of your future plans and your dream future and have a cinematic feel of your life as it unfolds.

You must be willing to provide the ideal circumstances for it to flourish and let go of your past conditioning and the beliefs and thoughts that stifle your personal growth. To get from where you are now to where you want to be, you will need a plan. If you are still in school, you have plenty of time to examine study options and career-related options coupled with the freedom to explore a wide range of interests. Try out as many extracurricular activities as possible and talk to career advisors or anybody you think can give you some valuable advice.

If you have a degree but are unsure of what to do next, bear in mind you have limitless opportunities before you, so now’s the time to explore different options and take the time to figure out what you enjoy doing. I have a friend who volunteered for a company for a year before she was employed by the same company. You could try out a job for several months, even if you aren’t sure you will like it, speak to people doing work you think you might enjoy or try out volunteer programs. This will provide the practical work experience that will look great on your resume when applying for jobs and perhaps help you get clear on what you would like to do in the future.

If anything you would want to do is expensive, don’t give up! If you are committed and determined, you can make your dreams happen. You could start working and saving to stash away enough money for the future. You could set up automatic bank transfers to a savings account and cook meals at home instead of eating out. Take note that small changes can make a big difference. You could also think creatively of ways to raise funds and apply for a scholarship with these funds. You can encourage yourself to take action by making use of available resources to your advantage.

Stay organized and make lists of things you need to do, as well as things you have already done. This will help you maintain an uncluttered and stress-free mind, so you don’t get bogged down with feelings of being overwhelmed. Remember to ask for help and ask for advice on the next step you would like to take. Your destiny is in your hands, ready to be shaped the way you want. Take it one step at a time and you will see yourself inching towards your dream each day.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one – Mark Twain

Thanks for reading!

Eliezer

ENJOYING LEISURE

Today is a Sunday and I am pretty sure a lot of us are relaxing in the comfort of our homes just because it is a weekend. The weekdays make people find themselves stuck in a daily routine that offers a little more than the “rise and grind” type of life. While it is important to stick to a daily schedule of work, the same routine could become dull especially when you have to wake up every day to go to work at the same time and engage in the same activity every day. Hence the need for leisure. Leisure’s purpose is to be an escape from work and personal worries. It is a time you take for yourself to disconnect. What is a shot of positivity to take your mind from quotidian issues and the problems of life? That is leisure! A great way to end the monotony by focusing on a hobby that is both enjoyable and helps you pass the time in a meaningful way.

Most major religions call for a day of rest; known as the Sabbath day in the Christian belief system. However it has been getting harder and harder to take that day fully with people constantly online chained to their devices. The maintenance culture of people regarding an ideal rest state is getting enough time to scroll past several posts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Is this the only way good quality could be spent? It is essential we know the different means by which we could spend our leisure hours effectively.

Leisure is defined as the freedom provided by the cessation of activities. This includes free time from work or duties. This is also free time spent away from business, work, job hunting, domestic chores and education as well as necessary activities such as eating and sleeping. Do people actually take their time off to enjoy their leisure? Or try to match up with societal standards by gardening, just to keep up with their neighbor’s garden?

For lots of people, leisure is like a mirage: they can see it very far away but can’t reach it. Nowadays we are extremely busy, that time does not stretch long enough for everything to be done. This leads to the neglect of leisure. But what you need to realize is, at one point in your fast paced life, you will need a break because your body will manifest its tiredness.

When people engage in leisure activity, they have lower stress levels, a better mood, a lower heart rate and more psychological engagement. This can help avoid unhealthy behaviors. Without having a hobby, your life may become boring, seem demanding and end up in an unhealthy cycle. To increase your personal satisfaction which would flow over to your work performance, it is quintessential to have a hobby that can add excitement and spark to your life and your ability to maintain a healthy family and cordial relationships.

Leisure time can offer a great opportunity to catch up on unfinished tasks and advance yourself personally or professionally. Make your free time productive by doing activities for personal development and connecting with your social network. Use your leisure time as a period of reflection to look back on the goals you have set, decide if you are advancing as you would like, and determine if you need to revise or develop new goals.

Next, identify some things you would like to learn and challenge yourself creatively. This could be taking up a task to learn a new language or better your culinary skills. Make a list of a few new skills you would like to obtain. These include things that relate to your personal or professional development and hobbies you want to pick up purposefully out of curiosity.

Your to-do list may be bogged down with extremely overwhelming tasks that you keep pushing to the next day or next week. Such tasks cause frustration and rarely get done until the last minute. Ensure that you actually complete the outstanding tasks on your to-do list by decluttering it.

In Ghana, the weekends showcase a range of networking events which include weddings, funerals and evening cocktail parties. This may serve as a perfect backdrop to pitch a new idea or pass out your business cards. Having a strong social support group makes you more resilient to stress and improves self-esteem. Plan a game night, call up a few friends or family members you never get to see and invite them to join in the fun. Connecting with those you love is a wonderful way to spend your leisure time.

Meal prepping is also a great way to use your down time. When you plan and prepare your meals ahead of time, you are less likely to choose unhealthy options like junk food. If you need the food prepared faster, you could ask a roommate, your partner or children to help you. Plus, you will have more fun as you work together.

Finally, you could make exercise a priority by using your leisure time to engage in physical activity. This delivers an energy boost and keeps your mind alert at all times. Allot at least 30 minutes to running, walking, cycling or some other preferred activity. You could also practice self-care by creating a self-care toolbox which includes your favorite movie, novel or drawing book. These are activities that will rejuvenate your mind.

Benefits of enjoying a leisure activity include

  1. Improving short term memory
  2. Boosting your immune system
  3. Helps sleep disrupting habits like checking your cell phone before bed
  4. Reduces Stress
  5. Reduces the risk of heart disease and inflammation
  6. Restores your mental energy
  7. Boosts creativity.

I would like to end on this note with one of my favorite quotes by Pope Francis

Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way, people who work must take time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport

Thanks for reading and have a fruit filled Sunday!

Eliezer