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Photographer turned mountaineer Sean Wisedale is on record as the first African and only the 79th person in global mountaineering history to have conquered the highest mountains on all seven continents also known as the ‘seven summits.’ In his book ‘Freeze Frame’ he recounts, among others, the seemingly insurmountable odds he had to confront in making his very first climb up Mount Everest. To begin with, the stark reality that one out of every seven people who attempt that climb dies should be enough to make anyone return. On his journey to the highest summit, Sean had to contend with…
The world seems to have a stereotype of who qualifies to succeed and who doesn’t. You may not find this explicitly defined in books, but the features that are used in beauty contests and in the selection of models for advertisements and other personality-based roles reveals the thinking. For females, a certain colour hue, height, weight, curvature, facial structure and gait are critical for consideration as a ‘perfect woman.’ Similarly, you would often hear a man being described as ‘strong and tall’ and that is meant to be a complement. On the other hand, people with features that do not…
Dave must have felt that the whole world was against him. He grew up spending much of his time away from home. The big issue was that he did not know his mother and it was rumoured that he was born out of wedlock. This was a sore point for him and one that often brought tears to his eyes. His father did not help matters with his silence and refusal to talk about the issue. As for his half-brothers, they did not seem to get enough of rubbing it in his face. They enjoyed making him feel that he…
On the last day of the 2008/09 season in the English Premiership, four teams were facing the threat of relegation to the next division. Their positions and number of points amassed were so close that everything came down to their performance in the last match of the season. One team had been relegated earlier, but at the end of that day two more teams would go down and the remaining two would survive. A whole year's effort now virtually hinged on what would happen in those last ninety minutes of action. In the build-up to the day, there was a…
Wisdom Key: This is the fifth part of a series that highlights the sheer force of the "gravitational pull" and how to overcome the obstacles that conspire to keep you at the base of the mountain. It is culled from our book "Defying All Odds." Enjoy it!!! Frank Peretti is known and celebrated worldwide as one of the founding fathers of Christian fiction and the master of supernatural suspense. His bestselling books, including Monster, The Visitation and This Present Darkness, have sold millions of copies and garnered numerous awards. This could easily be described as a grass to grace story for a…
WISDOM KEY: This is the sixth part of a series that highlights the sheer force of the “gravitational pull” and how to overcome the obstacles that conspire to keep you at the base of the mountain. It is culled from our book “Defying All Odds.” Enjoy it!!! Failure in any form or size is difficult to deal with. When we fall short of our expectations in any aspect of our lives, we often live with a sense of pain, guilt and regret. These negative emotions are further reinforced by the accusations, exaggeration and stories people sometimes tell about our failures. Indeed failure…
No matter how disappointed or ashamed you are about your past, no matter how angry or bitter you feel today and how justified you think you are, you've got to move on and finish the race. Winners do not quit halfway up their mountain. Whether it is a mountain you're climbing or a race you are running, you need to finish it. Here are a few keys to enable you deal with setbacks and disappointments and move on: Draw Strength from your Vision. In part one of this series, we shared the story of Sean Wisedale and his personal triumph…
A young man had for many years asked his rich father to buy him a car as his eighteenth birthday present. He wanted the car so badly and went all out to convince the old man about the type of car he preferred and how much it would cost. On the morning of his birthday, he was shocked when his father gave him a small package which apparently contained a Bible. This wasn’t what he had had hoped for and even in his wildest imagination, he hadn’t bargained for this. He could not hide his disappointment and promptly dumped the…
A group of waiters had been complaining about their low incomes and the prospects of a weekend with empty pockets when a modestly dressed old man entered their restaurant. As he made his way towards the corner table, almost every one of them shied away reckoning that he would waste their time and deny them the opportunity to engage more 'financially-viable' clients.Only one kind waiter out of the lot bothered to walk over to him. The old man gave her a wry smile and proceeded to make his order, interrupting himself several times to ask her about herself and how…
Your dream or goal for a great future will require diverse resources to become a reality. Some of these may be readily available while others will require significant effort to marshal or mobilise. For every project you undertake, you first need to decide on the resources needed for each level of the plan, and then proceed to find what is needed. As you try to find the intellectual, physical, financial and mental resources to help you reach the highest level, the following tips may be a helpful guide: Start with the little you have. Nothing is too small to make…

Reprogramming Your Mental Software

Written by on Friday, 16 November 2012 12:00
During the era of the California gold rush, two brothers sold all they had and went prospecting for gold. They discovered a vein of the shining ore, staked a claim, and proceeded to get down to the serious business of getting the gold ore out of the mine. All went well at first, but then a strange thing happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there. The brothers continued to pick away and spent lots of resources trying to relocate the ore, but…
Why do some people live with lots of negative thoughts? Why do some develop mindsets that militate against their efforts at sustained progress and success? How do people get to become so pessimistic, suspicious, angry, bitter or defeatist in their outlook on life? We shall now examine the origin of some of these unproductive thoughts, how they operate and their impact on our lives. One-Dimensional Thinking. Many of us have our minds dominated by rigid and repetitive thought patterns. We sometimes get so caught up in the issues that dominate our locality and culture that we end up trapped in…

How to Win the Battle in the Mind

Written by on Friday, 30 November 2012 12:00
To successfully implement the process of changing your life and positioning you for continuous progress, you need to take charge of the mental processes that govern your life. The following could serve as pointers as to how to win the mental battle: Be the Consular-General of your Mind. All successes in life start with the twelve-pound mass sitting between your shoulders. The most important battles of life are either won or lost in the mind. Persistently negative thoughts trigger a chain of negative outcomes or actions while a trend of positive thoughts attracts positive results. A Consular Officer is typically…
Russian legend, Leo Tolstoy in his book, 'How much land does a man need?' told a gripping story about the danger of making wrong choices and the potentially harmful effects on one's life. This adaptation of the original version will help bring out some important lessons. A young man called Pahom worked as a farm labourer for years and managed to lease a small parcel of land to start his own farm. After a while, he heard about another place where farm land was sold on freehold basis and far cheaper than where he was. He sold off his lease…

Dangerous Choices, Dire Consequences!!!

Written by on Friday, 14 December 2012 12:00
A newspaper once reported the pathetic story of a young man who chose to sleep in his air-conditioned car because he could not stand the heat indoors as a result of power failure. The problem was that because the car was packed in a locked garage, the oxygen in circulation was slowly replaced by carbon monoxide from the exhaust fumes while he slept. Because the gas is scentless and lethal, he ended up being slowly poisoned without even realising it. The next morning, his neighbours found him dead in the same position in which he had been enjoying his sleep.…
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