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You can never rise to the highest level of success in life without motivation. Many people have abandoned their greatest dreams and vision due to the lack of motivation to achieve those dreams. There are people right now in their graves who had great aspirations that never came into fruition. They were desirous, seeing themselves doing great things with their lives. They were passionate with their dreams. They took time to invest into their dreams. Nevertheless, along the way they lost the motivation to achieve their dreams. It happens to everybody. The most motivated person today can easily lose his or her motivation in the future. The key to success is staying motivated.

There has to be constant motivation. The vast majority of people become motivated when they are in the presence of certain people. There is absolutely nothing wrong about this. The question is, can you stay motivated when there is no one around you to offer the encouragement? One of the things you will need to learn is to encourage yourself when there is nobody around you to offer the encouragement. You will not always have people around you. Sometimes the very same people that are around you can talk you out of your dreams and desires. They will not always agree with you. The reason is that they don't see what you see. They don't hear what you hear. They don't feel what you feel. What if everybody disagrees with your dreams and goals? Do you have enough courage inside you to rise above their critical voices?

You see, if you want to climb the highest heights of success you will need to learn to encourage yourself. I have come to realize in my own life that I can never blame anybody for my failures. I am responsible for everything that pertains to my life. If I fail, it will be because I have chosen to do so. If I succeed, it will be because of my choice. Nobody can stop you from realizing your dreams and desires; only you can stop you from achieving your dreams and goals. You are unstoppable.

Have you thought about that? What is it that limits you from being the person you desire to be? There is absolutely nothing that is a limitation. Great men and women have turned their limitations into stepping stones to the great future they desire. When you were born, God impregnated you with purpose. He decided the gifts that must enter you. You are a walking warehouse of great gifts and abilities. Have you identified them? Are you strengthening them? Are you becoming excellent in the area of your gifting and abilities? I want you to realize that you have all that it takes to become the person you desire to be.

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A better life is virtually impossible without a succinct and clearly defined vision. What is a vision? A vision is a preferable picture of the future. A man without a vision is a man without a future, a man without a future will always go back to his past. Whenever you lack a clearly defined picture of the future, you tend to focus on your yesterday. Where are you going with your life? What is the direction of your life? The vast majority of people have not decided what they want. They have not decided their focus. They live life aimlessly. Their life has no focus. Picture a flight that has taken off with no destination in mind. Imagine jumping into a car and start driving with no destination in mind. This is how a vast majority of people live their lives. Can you imagine a football game with no goals in mind? Would you imagine with me for a moment a ruby game or marathon with no target in mind? For you to live a better life, your life has to have a clear direction and focus.

What is focus? Focus is the concentration of attention or energy on something. Focus is the law of a laser beam. The more focused the more the intensity. Focus creates blindness. Thomas Edison who discovered the filament was asked what distinguished him from other men. He said, “The only thing that distinguishes me from others is focus”. He went on to say that he only focuses on one thing at a time; others focus on many things at a time. The reason many have not attained some degree or level of success is that, they attempt too many things at the same time. You can never succeed in everything. Large numbers of people are the jack of all trades and masters of none. You have to focus your energies for maximum throughput.

Many have their lives scattered all over. They have not learnt to focus their energies on what is of utmost value and importance to them. Attempting to do many things at the same time always results in failure. A better life begins with preparation. Nothing happens without a causal effect. Preparation is paramount. The quality of your preparation will always be a determinant of the quality of your performance. Proper preparation promotes proper performance. Improper preparation promotes improper performance. Remember that you are not born qualified, you must become qualified. You must put great efforts to your preparation. Champions do not become champions in the ring. They are merely recognized in the ring. Preparation time is never wasted time. Please, do bear in mind that great efforts do not always produce immediate results. It is also important that you learn the ability to adapt. Adaptation is the ability to change or be changed to fit changed circumstances. Every species that fails to adapt to its environment dies. Imagine a person who fails to cooperate with a winter season. If you do not put the appropriate clothing, the winter will kill you. How many people have lost incredible opportunities because they were not willing to adapt? How many people decided to pursue divorce because of their unwillingness to adapt to their partners? Listen, adaptation is not synonymous with compromise. It is possible to adapt without compromising your values and what is important to you. Every opportunity lost can be traced back to the failure to adapt.

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