Disqus for Online Metro Press

Popular

Deep Talk

Deep Talk

Nelson Chamisa - Zimbabwe 2018 Elections.

Glory Conferences Includes Tiyambuke International Christian Convention, His Glory Men's Conference, Mega Kidz Conference and Her Glory Women's Conference - Glory Conferences

Search This Blog

Theme images by MichaelJay. Powered by Blogger.

Labels

Pages


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Chitungwiza – Arrangements for the 2016 edition of Tiyambuke International Christian Convention (TICC) are gathering momentum.

Tiyambuke is a vernacular term denoting crossing over to the other side.

“It is God’s word to make us to crossover from a position of lack into a blessed situation,” explained Apostle Pride Sibiya, the founder of Glory Ministries.

Hosted every year in Zimbabwe – the international forum is scheduled for Glory Ministries church stand in Chitungwiza – while South Africa has its TICC version designated for April.
Apostle Pride Sibiya Preaching At The Glory Ministries Mega Sunday #Tiyambuke
The 2016 edition will run under the theme: Stir up your Gift – in recognition of an array of talents dispersed around the church.

The church was established in the humble settings of Chitungwiza. Since then, it has spread its influence with 60 assemblies under its wing.

Slated for 28 August to 3 September – TICC will commence with a Mega Kids service – while sports festivities follow the next day.

The recent combined Sunday service was a forerunner for the upcoming conference. The church service was fronted by an array of gifts exhibited by various congregates.

Speaking during the service, Apostle Pride Sibiya was uncompromising.

“Some of the problems you are facing will take you far. As you endure your problems, hear the voice God. The devil will test you in the area of your calling.

“When you have a greater assignment – your trials are bigger. Are you seeing problems or Jesus – what you see are what you get? You are coming out of that situation. Jesus says lets crossover – no one can say no.”

TICC will be preceded by a 21 day fast in August.
Apostle Pride Sibiya Preaching At The Glory Ministries Mega Sunday #Tiyambuke
Apostle Pride Sibiya Preaching At The Glory Ministries Mega Sunday #Tiyambuke
“During TICC God will be speaking to us for the next season. We will be revived and continue receiving strength. We will have world class stage and set up,” revealed National Overseer Maxwell Chinoruma.

Confirmed speakers include: Apostle Toggy Chivariro of the Ebenezer fame – while Amai Gunguwo, a speaker who has transformed many couples’ lives will also grace the gathering.

Every church member is welcome to showcase various talents during the conference.
Glory Ministries - Mega Sunday Members In Attendance #Tiyambuke
Glory Ministries - Mega Sunday Members In Attendance #Tiyambuke
Glory Ministries - Mega Sunday Members In Attendance #Tiyambuke
Glory Ministries - Mega Sunday Members In Attendance #Tiyambuke

Glory Ministries - Mega Sunday Members In Attendance #Tiyambuke
Glory Ministries - Mega Sunday Members In Attendance #Tiyambuke

Learn more
Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners
Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners
Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners
Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners
Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners
Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners
Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners

Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners
Tiyambuke 2016 Social Media Banners

Learn more
Friday, 15 July 2016

Talent is an interesting topic and one that is SO critical in the workforce. Talent makes the difference between the top performers poor performers. 

It can be cultivated and enhanced. Unfortunately the biggest problem is that talent is not always recognized by those who can see a use for it and individuals do not always see or even know how they can use it. Luckily sometimes talents are obvious and people do utilize them in their life and work, but more often than not, talent is lost because it is difficult to recognize. Here are 5 specific ways to recognize and utilize talent!

1. Talents Are Often Masked by Imbalance
Talents are not always recognized and one of the reasons for that is because they can be easily masked by imbalance. The imbalance of skills or lack of skills in a person’s life can easily mask talent because of so much disproportionate other ‘stuff’. In the workplace this can be someone in the wrong role and doing things they simply don’t have any talents in and it could be in life, where people are so busy or distracted by circumstances they don’t ever explore and develop their talents so they are never known. And then even if they are known, often talents are masked away by decisions in life to pursue a different career, live a certain type of lifestyle or hang around with specific friends that can not only draw a person away from their own talents but literally push those talents out of their life so they can’t ever be recognized.
One great example of this is from the book, “Outliers” by Gladwell where he explores research finding how many sports athletes (specifically with hockey in North America) have an advantage if they are in a school year and born early in the year instead of late since this extra months of maturity gives them many advantages. Since there are specific dates for cutoffs into programs and the older athletes (relative to each other since they are all young athletes) can have a significant advantage. This advantage to some is exactly what masks out much of the talent in the other athletes born late in each year. The talents of many of lost or never discovered fairly because of this. (Karl’s note: We must break through these barriers to bring out the talent, happiness, and success for as many people as possible.)
Ways to Recognize and Utilize Talent
Many people mask their talents in many other ways as well such as lifestyle imbalance or skill imbalance. People with amazing talents might suffer in other fundamental areas such as social skills, or school skills where they are then quickly stereotypes or ‘labeled’ as a slow learner or put into special programs, often focusing on what they don’t have natural skills for and focusing on that imbalance instead of ever really developing the talent hiding behind that mask. Social imbalance is a classic example as people quickly disregard or ignore socially inept people and their talents don’t get the attention or development as other people’s might, even though the talents can easily be as great or greater in comparison.

Recognizing talent can only be done if it is objective without prejudice or comparison to others.

Managerial Takeaway: Explore your people’s interests and hobbies to discover hidden talent that may not reveal itself in the workplace. Let people try new things and explore new work so that you may uncover or develop a talent that is masked by the mundane or repetitive tasks. You can easily be surprised at who or how real talent might be hiding right under your nose!

2. Passion, the Sure Sign?
Passion is another great way to recognize talent as they often go hand in hand. Having passion for something can quickly expose or develop a talent and often the talent is what creates the passion in the first place. Another simple test is to look at passion and how long it lasts or in what circumstances it exposes itself? Is passion present only with certain activities or skills another person is using? Or is passion on its own and existing regardless of what that person is doing? Its much more likely a talent being exposed if they are more passionate about a certain activity or skill than on a topic, for instance. Always look a little deeper into passions to see the root of it and this will hopefully lead you to more easily recognize talents that relate to that passion. (Karl’s note: Passion is one of the core components of a superpower.)

Managerial Takeaway: You need to really enable people to do things they enjoy and get excited about. It’s often a sure way to discover a person’s superpower ability when you encourage them to act on their passions and apply it in their work!

3. Instinctive Skills – A Sign of Talent
Instinctive skills are something that is often a great sign of talent but that isn’t always easily recognized. A talent can lay just out of sight yet related to a skill or action that someone takes or does without ever having been trained or prepared for it. When this occurs, and they can repeat it, it is definitely a sign of a potential talent. Musical skills, dexterity, sports, math, etc. can all be somewhat ‘natural’ or ‘instinctive’ to people and when it is, look for that as a talent. Many of these instinctive skills or traits may actually be related to the talent of the individual, not always that direct skill itself.

Instinctive skills are often discussed around leadership as well, where some individuals are quick to recognize the need for teamwork and cooperation in a challenging situation. That leadership is often instinctive to a person and is quite likely, a talent. Is it easy to recognize and develop them if you look at instinctive and natural skills?

Managerial Takeaway: Make sure that you develop natural instinct when you have people who have good gut instinct for decisions, leadership and communication. If you train and further assess areas of instinctive talent, you will discover talent that you’ll otherwise have to live without!

4. Remove Your Selfish Blinders
Recognizing the talents of other people can often be most difficult since we so quickly make comparisons and judgments based on our own wants and desires. We must learn to remove and disconnect those selfish blinders though and look more objectively for talent in others. A colleague up for the same promotion as you, or a competitor in a sport or contest often drives us to disregard their talents in order to push our own egotistical minds above them. It blocks us from seeing talent and creates fears instead of encouragement. If you want to be successful at recognizing talent, you must learn to be objective and separate talents from your own desires and see everyone equally. Quite likely, this is the hardest things of all these 5 ways to recognize talent! (Karl’s note: Jealousy creates a lose-lose situation.)

Managerial Takeaway: As a manager, you must rate yourself by what talents you discover and develop in your team. If you want to be a great manager, you must look at your teams accomplishments and development as the main metric for considering your own success. This will enable you to bring many talents from your team to the table instead of only the ones you think you may have yourself, but actually don’t!!!

5. Get Out of the Way of Talent

Recognizing talent goes beyond what you see yourself and more to what others are able to recognize and evaluate as well. For this to occur, you sometimes have to get out to of the way of talent and let it surface. This might have its own sacrifices when it comes to competition or even personally in your own lifestyle or relationships, but if you truly want talent recognized, you have to stop holding it back, whether on yourself or others. Jobs with strict responsibilities and descriptions are often limiting, rules and guidelines in school, tight regulations or policies and even family boundaries about who does what and how you should behave can be incredibly limiting instead of exposing talent. Talent being exposed and recognized is typically not the normal behaviors of people and so there are almost always things that get in the way. Talent is unleashed through creativity and people have to be given some creative freedom to expose their talents and it’s the only way to recognize talent in others.

Managerial Takeaway: You have to let go of control and influence as a manager and let your team operate in their own ways if you ever hope to discover the true talent that exists. Micromanagement and reports that depend on your every approval and decision is like a noose around your talent. Let it go, support your team to make their own suggestions and decisions and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you see talents that you were constantly in the way of earlier!
Your Turn

How do you leverage other people’s talents to help people become happier and more successful at work?

Mike is the author of Learn This , a productivity blog for self-learning career, leadership and life improvement tips. He’s written many articles about finding your passion in life, goal setting and many other ideas around learning to have a better and more positive life and workplace. Please subscribe to his RSS feed here or by email to read more of his articles!
Editor’s note: This is a guest post Mike King of Learn This. www.workhappynow.com

Learn more

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the world using your unique skills, but not known where to start? For me, the need to turn a difficult experience into something positive became my driving force.


On Memorial Day weekend 2004, my life changed forever when Brian, my boyfriend of two years and a Marine, told me he was deploying to Iraq. When he left, I feared I would never see him alive again. Time stopped.

For seven months, I held my breath and waited. Alone.

I tried to live my best life under the circumstances, to make myself believe I was fine. But, I wasn’t prepared for the effect of the overwhelming anxiety. My back went out, I couldn’t breath deeply without pain, and my heart hurt. I prayed he would come home safely.
How Your Talents Can Help Others
How Your Talents Can Help Others
Luckily, he did.

I thought I would cry on his shoulder, and we would move on. I didn’t know how deeply I was scarred. I couldn’t even watch war movies without sobbing- every person on that battlefield was Brian. I realized I needed to take action.

I needed to be of service, to help others going through the same thing. As a television producer, my gift is to visually tell compelling stories. Military families serve in silence, and I could give them a voice. I could help families feel less alone by sharing their perspective of wartime courage and sacrifice.
My mission became to create a documentary called While Time Stands Still (WhileTimeStandsStill.com) that would both help families cope with the trauma of war, and educate the greater public. The movie would follow two wives through their experience with combat deployment and include interviews from families of all branches of the military.

My conviction that While Time Stands Still was urgently needed inspired others to get involved. Colleagues, friends, and strangers volunteered their time, resources, and equipment to help make While Time Stands Still a reality. Local military support groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion recognized the importance of the documentary and gave their assistance. Already, the project is spreading support for families.

By combining my professional talents with a cause I was deeply connected to, I found my mission.

So how can you identify a tailor made cause that will speak to your heart and utilize your unique gifts? Focus on two areas: pinpoint your passion and tap into your skills. Then, you will be on the right track.
  • Your Heart: Is there something you feel passionate about? Want to change? Have personal experience with? Do you want to help find a cure for cancer, or change the public education system? When you really care about something, the connection gives you a profound sense of mission and purpose.
  • Your Strengths: What are you good at? What skills do you have? What do you love to do? Whether it’s your expertise as an accountant or your knowledge of social media, it is your specific blend of knowledge and gifts that will make a singular, special contribution.
Once you’ve identified a cause that speaks to you, a site such as CharityNavigator.org can help you find an organization that shares your same goals. Then, you can reach out to the nonprofit, school, or community group, and volunteer your talents. You can also take your own initiative. Your library may need your performance skills to read to kids to help improve literacy. You can plan a fundraising concert and donate the proceeds to groups furthering musical education. If you are crafty, you can knit scarves to send to our troops.

Your unique skills can make a huge difference. I have found that no greater reward exists than knowing you are helping others by doing what you do best.

Filmmaker Elena Miliaresis is currently directing and producing the nonpartisan documentary “While Time Stands Still,” which tells the intimate and dramatic story of America’s military families at war. Using her years of experience directing, writing, and producing documentaries and news for ABC Network News and E! Entertainment, Elena is creating documentaries that inspire healing and positive change. For more information, visit WhileTimeStandsStill.com.

Learn more

A story comes to my mind of a man in the l9th century who was caught for counterfeiting a twenty dollar bill. As he gave the twenty dollar bill to the cashier, she felt there was something sticky on her fingers which lead her to inform the police that the twenty dollar bill may not be genuine.


The police caught the man in the very act of counterfeiting another twenty dollar bill in his attic, right in front of an easel. He counterfeited his twenty dollar bills, not through printing by machine but by painting it with a brush. The man was so talented in the art of painting that he could paint a bill so real that it was indistinguishable from the real currency.

He had been counterfeiting in this way for some time. The reason he got caught that day was that he became impatient and didn't wait long enough to let the paint dry.

In that attic, police also found three gorgeous paintings that he had painted. The man was a class artist. The proof of how talented an artist he was in lies in the fact that each of the three paintings fetched five hundred dollars.

Five hundred dollars was a lot of money in those days. One might shrug one's shoulders and say, "Oh, well! The man was lazy. He wanted easy money. This is what he did for a fast buck." Hear this one. It took him the same amount of time in painting a twenty dollar bill as it took him to paint a five hundred dollar painting! The man had a talent, he worked hard, but he did not know how best to utilize his talent.
You Must Use Your Talents Wisely
TALENT! Isn't it interesting that talent means an ability, a gift, and it also means money. Remember the parable of the talents. One can make as much money, as one cares to, by using one's talent appropriately, without waste or delay. It is imperative on us that we do use our talent and not just ignore it.

Generally, people see their talent as something they can enjoy in their leisure time, as a hobby, or something with which they can entertain themselves and others. On the other hand, to make a living, they assume that one has to sweat and toil with dull and dreary tasks.
A lady took up painting at the age of eighty-five. Did she think of painting for the first time? No! In her younger days, she did want to dabble with oil painting. Friends and family discouraged her, "Oil paints are very expensive. You can't afford to have such an expensive hobby and you can never make a living off it. "

She never thought of it again. She worked as a cashier or a secretary all her life supplementing family's income. At the age of 85 she finally bought the oil paints and picked up the brush to paint.. In one year, she made more money from selling her paintings than what she had earned in her entire working life.

This is what can happen if one goes ahead with one's talent. This lady was told earlier that no one can make a living from painting. She worked hard to make a living all her life. She barely made a living by doing things that neither she was talented for, nor did she have her heart in them. Her heart was in painting. It took her so long to recognize her talent and then to have the courage to follow it.

The big breakthrough in the search of success comes when one recognizes one's talent. We look at other people and marvel at their success. We are impressed with their talent and their ability. We think they are different from us; that, somehow they belong to another species which we are not a member of. We look everywhere else outside, rather than looking inside ourselves and identifying the assets hiding within us.

There may be acres of diamonds in our own backyard and we may be hunting for diamonds all over the desert. The irony of this misguided search is told in the story of "Acres of Diamond. "

A well to do farmer in South Africa sold his farm and bought a piece of land in an area with legends galore of people striking diamond mines in the barren land and becoming rich overnight.. Alas! he did not find diamonds in this piece of land for which he had sold his entire property and moved to a strange and unknown territory.

The tale of his misfortune is contrasted with the fortunes of the man who bought this unfortunate farmer's land. The new owner hired a geological engineer to survey the land. They found diamonds strewn all over the place, in the "backyard," just behind the lake. Our unfortunate farmer never went deeper in to his own land, beyond the side of the lake. However, he went everywhere else looking for diamonds.

Make sure you know the diamonds you possess. This is a good time to take the inventory. www.mindpub.com

Learn more
Sunday, 10 July 2016

We already have a hard time remembering how our lives were before going indie. What we do remember is spending plenty of time in tall buildings, sitting at desks, and making slides like the world depended on it. 

Every other year a title would change, a salary would rise, and our motivation would…plunge. Then one day it hit us: We were living the lives of somebody else.

It was then that my wife and I decided to start our own business, with a few basic ideals in mind: to go back to the essentials, to enjoy what we do, and to have an impact on society. A few months later, we quit our consulting jobs, sold all of our belongings, and moved to San Francisco to bake organic sweet and savory pies. These are a few things we learned along the way:
  • Combine your talents and passion
Large organizations need structure to function, so they often put people in boxes and give them a focus. Is it efficient? Probably. Does it provide room to use your talents? Rarely. Your talents are what make you stand out. And when combined with your passions, you get the opportunity to achieve amazing things, reach your true potential, and make an impact. What’s also great about talents is that you’re born with them.
Don't Let Then Wither - Put Your Talents To Use
So don’t let yourself be fooled by the need for an extensive education program before venturing out on your own. Your talents are stronger than whatever you’ve studied. The both of us had no professional baking training. However, we had a talent in associating contemporary flavors with traditional family recipes.
Ask yourself the question: what are your talents and when was the last time you’ve put them to use?
  • Seek support from within
Here is a statistic: eighty percent of the people surrounding you tend to lean toward the status quo. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it means that the probability of people supporting you in quitting your secure job and venturing out on your own is very slim. Just imagine the reactions we got when telling people about our organic pie idea: astonishment, laughter, and a lot of skepticism.

More often than not, it’s about convincing yourself rather than others. You’ve got to start believing in your instincts (which is the opposite of what you probably learned at school). And always remember this: no one can predict the future, so if you feel that something might work, and no glaring roadblocks are in the way, just go for it.
  • Ideas are everywhere
I’ve had friends tell me they were “waiting to find the killer idea of the century” to start their own venture. But many businesses have become very successful by improving the existing. This means that there are plenty of opportunities out there to shine, without having to invent the next space shuttle (which, admittedly, would be pretty awesome).

  • Move and get rid of stuff
A move can often be an important factor in success. Changing your environment helps to break down your habits, bring new inspiration, and enables you to meet all kinds of new people. “Stuff” is notorious for getting in the way of progress, and getting rid of your belongings in the process can provide you with more focus.

In our case, we left Brussels, Belgium for San Francisco to delve into the city’s foodie culture and the abundance of organic produce. We emptied our apartment and sold everything we had. Now, we live in a single room in the Haight-Ashbury that serves as our bedroom—as well as our company’s office. And we’re not missing a thing.

With these few thoughts, we hope we’ve inspired you and your natural talents to get out there and do what you love.

The world is waiting for you.

Arnaud and Julie Goethals left their home in Brussels, Belgium to found an organic baking start-up based in San Francisco. They now spend their days handcrafting contemporary home-style pies by reinterpreting traditional family recipes with seasonal and organic Californian ingredients. Their bakery, vive la tarte (French for ‘long live the pie’), takes orders through Twitter, and caters to hotels, restaurants, and other start-ups in San Francisco.

Learn more
Friday, 8 July 2016

There is something special about doing something that you love. Your whole mind, body and spirit seem to know that what you’re doing is your true passion and it radiates with positive energy. I am sure you have experienced those good vibes in that past, where you are just in love with life.

That to me is wellness. When you are in balance in all areas of your life and feeling content, feeling peace and experience joy.

When you are aligned with your passion that feeling of well-being comes a lot easier and you feel like you are in the flow. The problem is that many people either don’t know their true passion, and we typically have many areas that are our passion, or they do know their passion but do not follow it.

I can relate to that actually as early in my life I ignored my true passion of Yoga, Wellness and Pilates and chose a life as an attorney. For those of you who know me that didn’t end too well for me. I ended up getting really sick and living on anti-anxiety meds and I was totally depressed.

After a long period of healing, I lived my passion and purpose in life and became very successful at what I do, but that didn’t mean I felt fulfilled in all areas of my life.
Discovering Your Gifts, Uncovering Your Passion and Finding Joy
To me there are other areas of life that we may also have a passion for. Now that may not mean you want to do that as a career, but it is a powerful interest that becomes essential for you to include into your life in order to feel fulfilled.

For example, to some that may be spinning or knitting or running or riding horses or reading history books or whatever.

Even though these are interests and not a career path for us, it is still super important that we acknowledge them and commit to including them in our life otherwise, we will feel out of balance.

So to give you an example from my life, as I live my dream every day of my life with my career. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even though I am pretty busy and travel a lot I do manage to still fit in my other passions of Yoga and Exercise on a daily basis and have plenty of quality family time too.

However, my business requires a pretty hands on experience in terms of running my social media. That means I commit to about three posts per day every single day. I love it but I must admit it does become a burdensome at times. Sometimes I just want some time off, but I know how it affects my audience and business if I do that.

Now I could have gone on a good old negative complaining session and cursed this part of my business, but I didn’t. Instead I became curious as to why I had this love / hate relationship with it. Why did I enjoy doing it, but then felt like it was burdensome at times?

When I did this exercise I realized why I actually love it. Firstly, I love interacting with people, but mostly because I actually enjoy the photography aspect of it. As technology has evolved and it is easier to pull out your phone and take a photo, I take so many photos every single day.

So the point of this all is that by first being aware of the way I felt, I actually uncovered one of my passions that had been missing in my life for so long…photography. If I had just been in a state of complaining then I would never have found that passion.

Now I have invested in a nice fancy camera and take it everywhere. Currently I am in Europe for three weeks and my passion is burning so bright. I am in my element capturing the images of the architecture and street scenes. I have a new found love and passion for photography and this is all because I was aware in the first place.

So here are some tips to help you uncover your passion and experience more joy:
  • Become aware - sometimes it can reveal itself to you as a loud roar and at other times as a whisper. The only way you will ever hear the whisper of your passion calling for you is if you pay attention. Even in those “mundane” or “tedious” situations you may uncover your passion. 
  • Ignore the opinion of others - too often we are taped out of pursuing something of meaning to us by our partners, friends or family. They will tell us “no…that is not you,” or “there is no money in that” or “oh that is really, really difficult, you’re wasting your time” Turn off that commentary and go with your gut.
  • Trust your inner wisdom - Allow your inner voice and wisdom to be heard and trust it. That constant nagging within that says you should be doing more of “this” means your inner voice is telling you to follow your inner desire.
  • Your Passion is intwined with many areas of your life - Like I said in my example, your passion is sometimes hidden in the not so obvious places. For me it was intwined and buried in my daily tasks.
  • Allow you passion to flourish - If you think you have discovered your passion, and it involves major change in your life to incorporate more of it. Don’t ignore it, but at the same time, there is no need to rush it. Too many people try to force it along and then they run into problems. As soon as a problem arises, they then automatically think they made a mistake and abandon their passion. Allow your passion to evolve and reveal itself over time.
  • Take action - when you hear that inner voice say go and you feel the powerful energy within, you know you have that passion and run with it. Focus on the now and enjoy every second of it.
You can do this every day and every second of the day, by simply being present and aware and allowing you true self to shine through.

Start today and have fun.

Hayley Hobson is an author, speaker, Kick-A$$ Business Guru, 7 Figure MOM-treprenuer. and passionate about empowering others to live the life of their dreams and is based in Boulder, CO. Hayley creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to become the best WHOLE version of themselves possible. To learn more about her nutritional courses, events, and custom programs, visit hayleyhobson.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Learn more

America’s Got Talent has it all wrong.

Talent isn’t all about juggling balls or eating fire. Or even doing a lumbar twisting rumba. For me, talent is simply doing the best with what we have. Kindness could be a talent. So could be survival. It’s difficult to pin it down when media pins it down to exhibitionism and audience ratings. Or maybe I am all wrong – because I never made it to a talent show.

But wait. I am writing this on a popular blog. And you are (hopefully) reading it. Maybe, I have some talent after all.

Talent is overrated. Geoffrey Colvin debunks the myth of inborn talent in his bestselling book. He talks about “deliberate practice” that separates the achievers from the pack.
“deliberate practice requires that one identify certain sharply defined elements of performance that need to be improved, and then work intently on them.”

The bad news is that you have to work hard with pinpoint intention to polish your talents. The good news is that there are more opportunities than ever before to spit-shine your hidden talents and not let them die. Let’s talk about them.

Have You Discovered Your Talent?

Thanks to the glut of hyped overachievers, it’s easy to feel overawed into silence. It’s easy to think that talent leading to riches is THE end goal. But using your talents need not be a competitive catapult – it can be the little joy for a dull weekend. Or a stress buster on a busy day. It is the mere act of pursuing something to the best of your ability every day that makes you unique. Your passion could be a joy factor for yourself alone, or it could bring a smile to those around you.

So, if you have discovered something you are good at (or want to be good at), ask yourself – have you bottled it, or is it time to set it free!

Tap Into Your Childhood
Childhood likes and talents often do not blossom into hobbies or careers. Rediscovering them could be a key for personal development.

Maybe, you folded aerodynamic paper planes or fingerpainted. I drew accurate sketches of World War II aircrafts till the drawing skills went into flowcharts and circulatory systems. Psychology Today tells us to recall our childhood games and use them as clues to figure out current passions. Try to figure our clues from the books you read or the music you listened to. But how?

Keeping a personal journal could help you talk to yourself. You could discover forgotten desires and find creative ways to bring them into your current work. I am not drawing Spitfires anymore, but I do use a lot of visual sketching to think around my writing.
Don’t Let Your Hidden Talents Wither and Die - Ways To Go & Find Them Again
Feed Your Mind
Thanks to the Web, you can just “hang around”…and absorb like a weed.
You don’t have to go to an art gallery. You can just tap a word in a search engine and be transported to Google Art Project or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or any other virtual tour. If you cannot find your peers around you, simply feed your mind with resources like Flickr Groups, DeviantArt forums, and Google+ communities. Take any kind of skill or talent – you will find some form of its expression online.

Take A Second Look At Your Job
Let’s face it. Not everyone among us can escape the cubicles.
We have bills to pay and mortgages to cut. You are a lawyer living by the billable minutes. You want to be an artist in your next life but there’s no time to bring up the “other talent I had” question. Heck, why not look into being an art attorney. The point is not to leave everything behind and chase the rainbow, but to take a second look into your job and discover areas where you can apply your hidden talents.

Staying in our comfort zones is boring. The latent talents could be just the thing to add a bit of freshness to the daily job. Your talent could also be the special skill which sets you apart from the rest.

Cal Newport in his book So Good They Can’t Ignore You talks about the benefits of creating career capital with such rare skills. Career capital are the unique skills you have that can add the extra edge to the work you do. He gives us the idea to adopt the mindset of a “craftsman” who continuously works to refine his skills and lives outside his comfort zone.

Use Your FriendsHonest friends will tell you that you suck.
That’s useful feedback if you use them as sounding boards for your talent. They will also tell you specifically or even silently, that you have the talent. A friend of mine is very artistic with nail design. She seeks any opportunity to work on her friends. Come a wedding, and her mobile starts ringing. That’s useful practice if she ever decides to chuck her PR job for nail designing.

Maybe, you are a student with a Zen for programming. Ever given a thought to creating little programs for your friends and family. Like a small tax calculator that’s personalized for their needs? Or macros that can make working in Excel a little easier? Who knows, with your talent on display, they could be the very people to support your dreams one day. So, think of areas where you can help the readily available clientele of family and friends with your hidden skills. For free of course.

Use Social Media For A Feedback
Take charge of your talents. What easier way than social media!

Shawn Mendes became a music sensation in six seconds. Of course, those six seconds of Vine hid many years of hard work. This is the time where you have to visually showcase your talents. If you have even a smattering of some talent (or even an interest), don’t be invisible – bring it online. You could be a hashtag away from crowd likes. You can get a side job with social media .

Gary Vaynerchuk launched a talent agency called Grape Story for wannabe Vine stars. Cycle is doing it with Instagram. YouTube has created a galaxy of homegrown stars like Lindsey Stirling and CDZA. I won’t talk about the other Canadian who was discovered through YouTube. Justin Bieber.

Spread out on creative melting pots like Behance, Pinterest, DeviantART, and new ones like StudioVOX and take inspiration from like-minds. Niche social networks are springing up around interests. You just have to look around.

Be A Part Of Crowdsourcing
A hobby baker went to Kickstarter. Successfully funded. There are very small projects around your talents which you can set up successfully with crowd support. Trawl through the Small Projects page on the popular crowdfunding site. There are other types of crowdsourced activities around the Web which are not about raising funds. Participating in these gives you instant feedback and is a free no-effort outlet for the talents you might want to show.
Love writing…try citizen journalism (I actually started with this myself). You can make money on the side with design skills and design contests. Into fashion? Look into Makerwear and its curated design contests.

Companies know that they can bet on the crowd for innovative answers. Many of them are using it for not only collaboration but also hiring. Check Create.it.

Be Willing To Be Stupid
We have the permission to create junk. The one thing that stops us from rekindling our talents is a feeling of inadequacy. But you do not need anyone’s permission, or need to be an expert. You need not worry about things that didn’t happen in the past. Just start. Create junk…but create it in little bits every day. The greatest power on Earth is the cumulative potential of little steps. The first draft of a book is never the best. Writing only hundred words a day could turn out a book in six months’ time. Or bigger – two books in an year. The author who finishes the book is a far improved one than the one who started it.

You could be singing quietly right now. Are you singing your song? Tell us how are you utilizing your talents. It could be a spark of inspiration for the rest of our community. www.makeuseof.com

Learn more

If you’re talented, skilled and capable of adding value – which by the way, you are – you need to come off the bookshelf and shine brightly. And you need to do it now!

Your life has purpose. And all that’s deposited in you is there for a reason; to make a difference, to leave a positive mark on the world, and to influence those around you so they too can flourish.

In this post I’m going to share 3 reasons why it’s essential as part of your own personal development, and for the good of others, that you use your talents. They are:
  • You have a responsibility to others
  • You have a responsibility to yourself
  • You don’t want to have wasted your life
It’s not inconsequential that you have influence, so you need to be asking yourself the following questions, daily.
  • Where am I making a contribution?
  • How am I benefiting others?
  • What am I doing with my talents?

So what’s the big deal? Why should you be so concerned with discovering and using your talent?

Regardless of whether you’re a person of faith or not, religious texts provide an abundance of useful insights that can help here. One example of this can be found in the Bible.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a story about a property owner who gave three employees a share of his assets before travelling on business. To one he gave five talents*, to another two, and to the third he gave one. Then off he went.

*large unit of money

Upon his return he asked them to account for what they’d accomplished with the talents they received. The first and second servants, those who’d been given five and two talents respectively, had doubled what they’d been apportioned.

Wow!

Understandably, their boss was very pleased with them, and praised them accordingly.

The third employee, however, he was not so pleased with. For when approached to give a report of what he’d done with his one talent, he admitted to having “hidden it in the ground” through fear of what his boss might think.

The end result was not pleasant for this last employee.

In fact, he was swiftly reprimanded and, I’m guessing, in a similar tone to that of Sir Alan Sugar of the popular show The Apprentice, heard the words, “You’re fired.”

Well, something of that nature.

So, what’s the learning in this story?
If you’re the introverted, hesitant, conscious of being misunderstood when putting yourself forward type, then these three points will help you in considering why you need to use your talents.

Equally, if you’re the kind of person more confident in putting yourself forward when you identify a need, it’s also worth reading.
Reasons Why You Must Use Your Talents, Now!
1. You have a responsibility to others
In recognising your endowments as being gifts, or resources given to you for the purpose of benefiting others, you’ll be freed to acknowledge the onus upon you to use them.

You’ll also feel more comfortable and confident with the idea of moving progressively towards bringing them out of the ground and into the open; no longer shying away through fear of being misunderstood, wrongly perceived, or worse still, getting it wrong – as did the third employee in the bible account.

Consider for a moment what some of your talents are. Furthermore, schedule just10 minutes across the next few days to make a list of what you’re good at, what comes naturally to you, and what you get excited about.

You may say to yourself:
  • “I’m good at helping people.”
  • “I’m good at organizing things.”
  • “People pay attention to me when I talk.”
  • “I enjoy entertaining and hosting.”
  • “I listen well to others.”
  • “I give good advice.”
  • “I give encouragement.”
  • “I have a good sense of humour.”
  • “I’m creative.”

Whatever your list includes, be sure to recognize the items for what they are. Yourtalents.

2. You have a responsibility to yourself
Your life is a treasure to be lived and enjoyed to the full. Sadly, failure to do so results in a lack of genuine joy.

When you’re not doing the ‘thing’ you’re designed to be doing – as evidenced by your list of what you’re good at, what comes naturally to you, and what you get excited about – your existence becomes one marked with frustration and discontent.

In learning to love yourself, again, as a means to being able to effectively love and benefit others, you’re to avoid the wrongful assumption that adding value to your life through the use of your talents, is inherently bad.

Though you need to question your motivations, the mere fact that you do so, is evidence that you’re being rightfully provoked into ensuring that it’s not all aboutyou*, but that you’re striving towards a greater purpose, as seen by the first two employees who made their bosses’ best interest their primary focus.

*A word of warning: To ignore that you seek some benefit from what you do, and to not acknowledge that you have a degree of tainted motivation, is both pious – as it’s a denial of your fallibility – and incongruent.

3. You don’t want to have wasted your life
How do you want to be remembered? At the end of your life, what is it you want to have accomplished? What do you want your friends, loved ones, and colleagues to be saying about you? How true would those statements be if you were to die today?

When you shop it’s with intent. In going to the bathroom in the morning, though maybe not as considered, you’re subconsciously aware of the desired and likely outcome of your visit. You ensure that both occasions are purposeful.

Why should your life then, that has far greater significance than a visit to the bathroom or a trip to your local shopping centre, be of any less consequence?

It shouldn’t!

And neither does it have to be!

Eleanor Roosevelt said,

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.

Adding to the good of others, and experiencing the resulting joy and rewards that come from sharing your treasure with those who benefit from your contribution, are not simply great motives for expressing your talents, they also give you a reason to exist.

There is nothing wrong with creating opportunity to use your talent, for as we’ve seen, you have a responsibility to do so. There is everything wrong with burying your talent in the ground, for in doing so, you rob yourself and those you influence, of the benefits associated with your contribution to the world.

You owe it to yourself, and to others, to use your talents.

Now!
Your thoughts…

What stops you from using your talents? Leave your answer or a comment in the comments box below!
nicholasferguson.org

Learn more

So you’re stuck, huh? Welcome to the crowd. With constant peer pressure from social media to define ourselves in 140 characters or less, it’s no surprise that who we actually are gets lost in the shuffle. 

But once we get away from those glowing screens of identity-makers, how do we decide what our strengths are and how to use them? Identify your talents and start using them now with these ten simple tips:

1. Take a personality test.
Think these tests are a one size fits all approach? Think again. Personality tests are an objective way of understanding what makes you tick. Once you know which category you fall into, you can start seeing your strengths and weaknesses more clearly in everyday life. Use this to your advantage by walking into a job interview, first date or any other high stakes situation and playing to your newly discovered strengths.

2. Find what makes you feel strong.
Ever have those moments when everything feels easy and light? You know that you have the answer or are capable of finding the answer? When we are drawn toward a sense of ease that is usually our inner talent scout speaking up. Notice when you feel your strongest and create more opportunities to feel that way. If you’re naturally good with kids, see if you can volunteer time at an after school program or babysit for a friend who needs a little help. Let your strengths lead your schedule.

3. Find what you spend the most money on.
We often put our money where our mouth is when it comes to what we desire. Using easy and free applications like Mint to go back through your finances is a great way to notice where you pour your dollars. When you follow the green you discover what you value, and chances are you have a knack for what you value. If you go back through your yearly spending and notice that your biggest expense is that group fitness class you love, use that as a sign of your athleticism. Sign up for a road race, try a new kind of class or simply just commit to a healthy lifestyle.
Ways To Identify Your Talents And Utilize Them

4. Ask your friends what your best and worst qualities are.
You know they are going to be brutally honest. But the great thing about asking a handful of trusted friends about your qualities is that they all usually say the same thing. It’s enlightening to hear different people see you in the same light and this is definitely an indicator of talent. Use your friends’ perspectives here to work on what you’d like to do better. Are you compassionate but also a little bit on the chatty side? Use your compassion to slow down, breathe and give others the right of conversational way. Use your natural talents to improve those parts of your M.O. that might need a little work.
5. Ask your family what you loved as a child.
Sometimes the people who have known us the longest are the people who know us the best. Ask your family what you used to do as a kid – maybe you always played alone, with friends, made up stories, wrote, drew, acted out scenes, played baseball, read books. More than likely these are things you still love today, but some things we easily forget as we grow into responsible, mature, serious adults. Take these recollections as a hint to get busy playing again. See how much of your childhood you can recreate in your adulthood by following your sense of play. Using your talents in recreation gives your brain a chance to play, making you more productive in every other area of your life.6. Write in a journal.
Let your thoughts flow onto a few pages every morning and walk away from them for the rest of the day. Stream of consciousness writing can be very effective at identifying your talents. Come back after a week and re-read your pages. You’ll notice a lot of your thoughts circle back to one main idea. This is usually a talent or desire. Use your writing to look for hidden answers. What are you missing? What are you longing for? What opportunities do you wish would come through? Then, use your journal to create a list of your strengths and a list of opportunities to set new goals that are aligned with those strengths.

7. Look for talent in others.
Sometimes being inspired by others’ talents makes us realize what we’re good at, too. If you are a writer and you read something that absolutely connects with your soul, try to define what exactly lit you up. Conversely, if you see talent in others and feel jealous (don’t you worry, we all do this) you can use this to your advantage as well. Ask this person to mentor you, give you advice or simply chat over coffee. Reaching out and seeing talent in others will open up opportunities and connections while helping you define your own.

8. Take stock of your book/music/movie collections.
The media we consume says a lot about what we value, but what we own says something even larger. This is a true identity maker. I am extremely aware of what books I read on the subway because I know that I’m outwardly identifying something hidden about myself on my morning commute. Glance through all of your collections, what is the one resonating idea? This is probably something that lights your fire. Dig further into this, is there a convention, a class, a workshop you could take to use this talent? How can you connect with others who enjoy the same thing as you? All of these avenues lead to connections and potential networking, so go ahead with your talented self.

9. Remember what you have been thanked for.
When people thank us for something, they have been helped in some way. Notice what you are thanked for on the regular. Are you a good listener? A good teacher? A good motivator? All of these things are talents even though they seem small. Remember that your talents shouldn’t just be in service to other people, but to you as well. If you’re in a constant mode of selflessness, use your talent as a caregiver to take care of yourself. Know that as you give to yourself, you’re growing your ability to give to others.

10. Be open to change.
Know that as we age, our tastes change and our strengths grow. Don’t allow yourself to be complacent by telling yourself the same story over and over again. If you say, I’m not athletic because I didn’t play sports in high school, you’re not giving your current self a chance to identify new talents. Being open to change means letting go of preconceived notions and honestly absorbing the world around you. This kind of openness will lead you to discover new talents and help prepare you to tackle any challenge life throws your way. www.lifehack.org

Learn more

God created us with a great variety of talents. You may be able to run a marathon, organize a group meeting, teach, or write. Your skill may be typing, photography, or painting. 

Perhaps you sing or play a musical instrument. Maybe you are a carpenter, landscaper, engineer, mechanic, or bookkeeper. Each of us has a unique function to perform in life and in the Body of Christ.

The Bible refers to the church as the Body of Christ with Christ as its Head (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:23). Just as your body has many specialized parts, each with its own function, so the church is composed of many individuals, each with his own special function to perform - and contribution to make - to the rest of the Body. I encourage you to identify your talents, and ask God to show you how to use them for His glory.

Every Christian possesses both natural talents and spiritual gifts. Our natural abilities come to us at physical birth and are developed through life. Our spiritual gifts are imparted by the Holy Spirit, enabling us to minister to others in behalf of Christ.
Stewardship of Our Talents & Gifts

Natural Gifts
  • What talents and natural abilities do you have? How did you acquire them , or improve upon them?
  • According to I Corinthians 4:6-7 and Exodus 4:11, what should you attitude be about them?
  • How would you apply Colossians 3:17 to the stewardship of your natural gifts?

Spiritual Gifts
  • Major passages on spiritual gifts in the Bible are: Romans 12:3-8, I Corinthians 12:1-31, Ephesians 4:4-8,11-16, I Peter 4:10-11. From these passages make a complete list of spiritual gifts (combine any two that might be identical). Give your brief description of the gift. (You may wish to consult a Bible dictionary if you have one.)
  • What are some reasons God has given gifted people to the church (Ephesians 4:11-16)?
  • Why will two people not exercise the same gift in the same manner? (I Corinthians 12:4-6)
  • Though some spiritual gifts seem to be of greater value than others (I Corinthians 12:28-31), what ideas does Paul stress to keep Christians from personal pride because of those they may possess? (Romans 12:4-5, I Corinthians 12:12-16, I Corinthians 13, Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • List several principles that describe what your attitude and responsibilities should be toward your spiritual gifts. (Romans 12:3-8)

Life Application
Follow these steps to more fully understand your part in the Body of Christ:
  • Realize that you have at least one spiritual gift, probably more (Romans)
  • Pray that God will make your gifts know to you
  • Determine which of your activities the Lord seems to bless and inquire of other mature Christians who know you well what your spiritual gifts might be.

List here what you believe your spiritual gifts are:

Seek to develop your gifts in the power of the Holy Spirit. Realize that you may have other gifts of which you are not presently aware, so excercise various gifts. Be aware that you are accountable to God for stewardship of your spiritual gifts.
Adapted from The 10 Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity, by Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. © Cru. All rights reserved.

Learn more

Pain is real, heart-wrenching and a massive burden to carry. Indeed, if those around us could see the pain and grief that we carry inside they would weep right along with us.


Yet, dwelling on our pain puts it on the highest pedestal of our lives. It doesn’t deserve the prominence. Living with the burden of daily emotional pain buries our hopes.

Relief is available; remember these three reasons why it’s OK to set down your pain once and for all:

1. You owe it to your body.
Researchers found that emotional pain can hurt more than physical pain. Since we can re-live emotional pain, its effects cut us to our core. Your pain is hurting your productivity, thought process and creativity as your synapsis are continually flooded with negative hormones. Since new experiences cause physiological changes in the brain itself, set your pain down and begin the healing.
Reasons It’s OK To Set Down Your Pain
2. Don’t let the grief define you.
The pain you feel often originates from past trauma. From the death of a close loved one, to never getting a chance to speak words you needed to say, to memories of childhood abuse--all of these experiences have battered your soul.

Doctors found that 15% of people going through emotional pain have severely negative reactions as they allow the sadness to take hold. Yet, we cannot let this grief define us. Rebuild who you were before this pain was your constant companion and bring that self back from the depths.

3. There are over 40 meaningful ways to release it.
Setting down the pain from your past will never be easy, but can be worked on step by step, hour by hour. These 40 ways to let go and feel less pain are a solid place to start. Instead of replaying the traumatic event in our mind, for example, we can try number 6, “Make a list of your accomplishments, even the small ones, and add to it daily.” Or we can start to release our pain with number 9, “Focus all of your energy on something you can actually control” like finally getting into that book you wanted to read or being a more peaceful parent or engaged sibling.

Let’s stop watering the things that only bring depletion to our lives and grow those that exhilarate instead. As we deliberately set down the pain that has saddled us for far too long, we free our arms to embrace the blessings hidden all around. www.tdjakes.com

Learn more

You’ve heard it said, “May the bridges I burn today light the way for a better tomorrow.” Indeed, burning some bridges is sometimes the only way forward.


Our years on this earth are priceless; we must spend the time with an unburdened heart and mind. We must distance ourselves from anything or anyone that obstructs our way forward, or that intentionally causes us pain.

What’s holding you back? Is there a dynamic at play in your life that’s causing you anger or sadness. Consider these three reasons why it’s OK to burn those bridges that no longer serve your best interests.

1. Some bridges only lead to your hurt.
Psychologists have found that we often help those who hurt us the most. We believe we are the reason they can and will change. We cling to the notion that if we love them just enough they will finally realize all the ways they hurt us, or themselves.

But these connections only lead to pain and suffering. We keep open the emotional bridge trying to get through to them, but we stand on it alone. They are not ready and may never be.
Reasons It's Ok To Burn Some Bridges
2. Your core values were compromised.
After decades of struggles and triumphs, you have found your way forward. You’ve made a conscious decision to integrate more laughter, honesty and less drama into your days. Yet, that one friend who spews hateful political rhetoric towards everyone, that draining coworker, and your emotionally abusive partner are still a part of your life!

You value open-minded dialogue and peace, so burn the bridge to those who hold myopic views. It has been found that standing up for ourselves leads to greater personal fulfillment. Lead your days in accordance with your core values as you turn your back to the drama.

3. You are immersed in purpose and joy.
Old bridges to toxic connections never fall easily. When the ones who hurt you the most notice the healthy changes in you they will attempt to knock you down a peg. Remember, people who are still tortured and unhappy in themselves will not be happy for you. So, we must focus our attention on the happiness that comes from living in the pursuit of our purpose.

A University of Quebec professor studied the link between pursuing one’s passion and the amount of joy experienced. They found that pursuing one’s passion will add hours of joy to your week and improve the quality of your life.

American poet Dorothy Parker said it best, “My land is bare of chattering folk; the clouds are low along the ridges, and sweet’s the air with curly smoke from all my burning bridges.” Some bridges aren’t meant to be crossed twice. Get off the road to nowhere and give your purpose and passion the power of your attention. www.tdjakes.com

Learn more

There’s something to be said about putting pen to paper and writing your goals, ideas or to-do lists down. Writing things down helps ease mental clutter.

It’s scientifically proven.
“Writing stimulates a bunch of cells at the base of the brain called the reticular activating system (RAS),” reports LifeHacker.com. “The RAS acts as a filter for everything your brain needs to process, giving more importance to the stuff that you're actively focusing on at the moment –– something that the physical act of writing brings to the forefront.”

Henriette Anne Klauser, author of “Write It Down, Make It Happen,” agrees that writing stimulates the RAS, ultimately sending a signal to the cerebral cortex. “Once you write down a goal, your brain will be working overtime to see you get it.”

Take actor and comedian Jim Carrey as an example. After a series of consecutive failures, Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered,” later placing the check in his wallet. He removed it seven years later when he received a payment in the exact amount for the hit film "Dumb and Dumber."
Write It Down: The Power Of Putting Your Ideas On Paper
There’s also scientific proof that the pen is mightier than the keyboard. Yes, while typing information into your computer, laptop or mobile device is effective, it’s not as efficient as writing it down. There’s a connection between handwriting and cognitive abilities.

A study conducted by Dr. Virginia Berninger, a University of Washington professor of educational psychology who studies normal writing development and writing disabilities, observed children’s ability to write the alphabet, essays and sentences using a pen and keyboard. The study found the children’s writing skills were consistently better –– they wrote more, faster and more complete sentences –– when they used a pen.

Fast Company released its annual “Secrets of the Most Productive People” issue in November and the power of writing it down was noted. "It sounds obvious, but ‘write it down,’” says Joy Cho, author, designer and founder of Oh Joy! “I have so much going on –– with kids, with my business. If I don’t write it down, I will forget."

So, how can you achieve your goals and complete your to-dos? Check out these easy-to-follow tactics:

1. Start The Night Before
Don’t wait until the morning. Take a few minutes the night before to write down your daily goals so you can hit the ground running the next morning.

2. Focus On The Day At Hand
Your to-do list should only include items that you absolutely need to do on that day. Be realistic with yourself. If you know there’s something that can be tackled the following day, hold off on placing it on your list. Once you’re done with your list and you have more time, feel free to start on the next day’s action items.

3. Place Deadlines Next To Your Goals
Get specific! Include estimates of how long it will take you to complete your tasks. And then, under each goal, specify a plan of action. It’ll help keep you focused while knocking out your list. www.tdjakes.com

Learn more

Making mistakes is an integral part of our humanity. Our mistakes sculpt our internal terrain, as flowing water smooths over rocks in a river. Our most painful blunders clear out old energy and force us on a different path.


Indeed, most of our mistakes occur when we are in conflict between who we are and what we do, between what we feel and what we say. The good news is you don’t have to hide from your mistakes. It’s time to take your mess and turn it into a message.

The next time you slip up, recall these three reasons why it’s OK to make mistakes.

1. Your values will become crystal clear.
Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Our mistakes refine us if we choose to face their lessons head-on. In the midst of a mistake, if we listen, our inner voice will deliver warning signs that the situation is wrong. You hate contributing to gossip, for example, yet did it anyway. You knew you shouldn’t have had that extra drink, but numbing the pain felt better at the time. You realize that you value honesty, you value self-discipline--your mistakes were there to lead you to the beliefs you hold most sacred. It’s time to listen and live in greater alignment.
Reasons It's OK To Make Mistakes
2. Mistakes will cultivate you and lead to great things.
At every stage of life mistakes are a normal part of our development; they help us grow into ourselves. Successful business executives have been found to embrace their mistakes in order to cultivate their skills. They grow stronger and more complex sets of skills through trial and error.

An electrician turned famous inventor, John Hopps, for example, set out to use radio frequency to warm the body and help patients experiencing hypothermia. He made several mistakes during his experiments but realized that the machine he created could be used as a pacemaker to restart a person’s heart. His initial mistake has saved millions of lives. Mistakes will grow our hearts, our base of knowledge and have the power to change us, and our world, for the better.

3. You realize your humanity and connection to others.
Some mistakes are universal. Here are some of the most common: not going after your dreams, saying things you really don’t mean, ignoring your health, hurting someone who loves you, or not being true to yourself. Do any of these sound familiar?

To err is human, but we must recognize our mistakes, own the consequences and forgive ourselves. People are too often paralyzed by their guilt over their mistakes. We think no one could understand the depth of our shame. We think we are alone in the suffering we caused ourselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Tell yourself today--you are human, you will learn from this and you deserve authentic connection to others.

Let’s consider one of the greatest architectural marvels of Europe--the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, visited by over a million people every year. It took over one hundred and seventy-seven years to build and started leaning only ten years after its construction.

It was considered a mistake; an error that would never work as intended. But, the error has made something unique to the world.

So too will your errors aid in your growth and refinement. Some of them might break you, but you can choose to use the mistake to shape you into a beautiful part of this world. www.tdjakes.com

Learn more

What’s your biggest dream?

If you struggle to answer, it’s about time you start dreaming again!

Dreaming places you on the verge of birthing your best idea, your best self, your greatest triumph. Indeed, allowing ourselves to dream, and dream big, puts us on the path to our greater purpose. As C.S. Lewis famously wrote, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”


It’s a staggering fact that only six percent of us will get to participate in the careers we dreamed of when we were younger. But we can reverse this trend in all areas of our lives by keeping our thoughts positive, passionate and powerful.

Here are three reasons why today is the perfect day to dream big and keep your head in the clouds:

1. Our dreams inform our actions.
Working everyday is a grind--even in a job you enjoy. The antidote to a mind-numbing routine comes by keeping inspiration at our fingertips. When you have downtime keep your thoughts occupied with your dreams, goals and wishes for yourself. Researchers found that seeing positive, powerful images actually improves our “performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness.” place quotes and pictures around your desk and home that spark creativity and give rise to your dream. Use your computer and phone backgrounds to emit powerful, consistent messages about the life you deserve and then take concrete steps towards your goals.

Reasons It’s OK To Keep Your Head In The Clouds
2. Fear cannot reach such altitudes.
Keeping our heads in the clouds, or rather keeping our thoughts elevated towards becoming our best selves, requires consistent practice. The new business owner who questions himself daily, for example, wringing his hands in fear of failure straps fear in the driver’s seat. He’s not birthing his dream but rather his despair. This fear, however brief, causes immediate physical reactions; it activates the flight or fight response in the region of our brain called the amygdala. Operating from fear invites negativity.

Even the smallest step forward gets us closer to the birth of something momentous. Fear cannot reach such heights!

3. Our children will learn that the sky’s the limit.
Researchers found that our upbringing directly impacts the choices we make, well into our own retirement years. The patterns learned early hold the most weight so let’s teach our children how to birth their own greatness.

Let’s show our kids that the sky’s the limit--not with empty words, but with our actions.

When they see us taking classes at night to change our career, they notice. When they see us acting positive and proud to pay our bills, not hanging our heads and complaining about the cost of everything, they notice. Our actions and feelings directly influence our children’s behavior. Your current transformation makes real the potential of their dreams.

Keep your head in the clouds as you live each day led by your passion and guided by your inner vision. Be a dreamer! Birth your best self as all good things await! www.tdjakes.com

Learn more

Gallery Of Pictures: Conference Speakers At Tiyambuke 2018

gallery
gallery
gallery

gallery
gallery
gallery






Contact Us

For Further Details Please Contact Us:

Glory Conferences
Stand Number 19261
Zengeza 5 Extention
Chitungwiza
+263 77 288 2879
info@glorymin.net
@gloryministriesonline
@gloryministriesonline