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7 Ways to Emancipate Yourself from Mental Slavery

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On August 1, Emancipation Day was celebrated throughout the Caribbean. This commemorates 1 August 1838 when full freedom was granted to all slaves in the British owned colonies. Between 1662 and 1807 Britain shipped 3.1 million Africans across the Atlantic Ocean in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Africans were forcibly brought to the Caribbean and sold as slaves to work on plantations. Despite being held captive many slaves resisted their enslavement and refused to be broken.

Although slavery is no longer tolerated, many of us are held captive by limitations placed on us by ourselves or others. My whole life I’ve been told “You can’t.”

“The biggest enemy you have to deal with is yourself. If there’s no enemy within, then the enemy outside can do us no harm.” ~ Les Brown.

These limitations inevitably lead to many of us suffering from the “Baby Elephant syndrome.” The story is told how elephants are trained. When an elephant living in captivity and is still a baby, it is tied to a tree with a chain or  rope nightly. The baby elephant tries with all its might to break the rope but it isn’t strong enough to do so.  It tries and fails many times until realizing its efforts are futile, it finally gives up and stops attempting for the rest of its life.

Later, when the elephant is fully grown, it can be tied to a small tree with a thin rope and could easily free itself by breaking the rope or uprooting the tree  but because its mind has been conditioned by its past experiences, it doesn’t even make the slightest attempt to break free. This powerful animal has confined its present abilities by the limitations of past experiences hence, the “Baby Elephant Syndrome.”

Human beings are similar to the elephant except for one thing, we can choose not to accept the false boundaries created by others or the past.

 ‘ The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use is wisely.” ~David Cuschieri

Here are my 7 tips to break the chains that are holding you captive.

 1. Believe in yourself. You have to believe in yourself ultimately. Always Think big and Dream big. Focus on your strengths and work on developing your shortfalls. Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t let circumstances dictate what you are capable of achieving.

“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” ~ Cynthia Kersey

2. Work hard. Do what you can do. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself. Take responsibility for where you are. Stop feeling like you’re owed. In life, there are no handouts. If you want something, you owe it to yourself to go out and get it. Nothing worth having comes easy.

“Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.” ~Marva Collins

3. Be Positive. Turn negatives into positives and make it a growing experiencing. Don’t dwell on others opinions of you or take things personally.  Don’t blame and harbour toxic emotions. It will only hold you back. Let it add fuel to the fire. Envision the future and maintain your focus.

 “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom. I knewif I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” ~Nelson Mandela

4. Never give up. Be confident. Ask for what you want. Purpose in your heart that you will keep fighting for your dreams. How many times will you try before you decide to give up? This is your dream and you have to protect it. I try every door until I have exhausted all options and yet I don’t give up. Once there is a will, there is always way and I am determined to find it!

“You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got. ~Unknown.

5. Be Patient For everything there is a time and season. The waiting period can be the most difficult but it’s important to not let doubt and fear creep in.

”No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. “You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant” ~Warren Buffett

6. Have a strong support network. You can’t do it alone. There are days when it becomes too much for you. You may need a little help to get back up.

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you.” ~Edmund Lee

 7. Have faith that things will work out. Some things are out of your control. I trust that God will take me through those difficult moments and this gives me peace even when things don’t go my way.

“Faith is like the radar that sees through the fog” ~Corrie Ten Boom

Additionally, as my grandmother would always say, “Make books your friends!” It opens your mind to new possibilities and helps you learn from the experience of others.

 The saddest state a person can reach is mental slavery. They have already given up. Everyday I counsel individuals and I wish I could make them believe in themselves, but I can’t. They will have to remove the shackles for themselves. This is your life! Don’t let anyone else write your story. Take back the pen and make a great ending!

“None can destroy iron but its own rust can. Likewise, none can destroy a person, but his own mindset can” ~Ratan Tata.

(c) 

2016: Our Year of Spreading

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE DURING THE NEW YEAR EVE SERVICE WITH PASTOR CHRIS:

God’s Word is so important to us. We live by his Word. His Word gives us direction. Have value for the Word. The Lord can speak to you for every day. Live by the Word. His word sets us on course what to do for a particular period. What He wants to do is to feed us with courage and purpose.

Genesis 28:14 “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

To burst forth. Spreading in all directions. Spread abroad: Powerful multiplication and spreading in all directions.

Genesis 30:43 “And And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.”

Genesis 26:1-12 “And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed…”

Stay where God tells you, not where everyone else is going.

Genesis Verses 12 and 13: “…Until he became very great.”

2 Chronicles 26:15 “And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.”

Matthew 13:33 “Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”

This scripture is controversial but there’s no need because it’s really simple. Leaven is used for sin. They say its false doctrine getting to the church. The kingdom is like unto leaven flour for bread that rises when the leaven gets into the dough. You can’t stop it. Unstoppable extension. Why did Jesus use it?

Leviticus 2:11-12 “No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire. As for the oblation of the first fruits, ye shall offer them unto the Lord: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.”

Leviticus 23:17 “Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the first fruits unto the Lord.”

The church is not a burnt offering but a first fruit. Jesus Christ is the first fruit and the church is a first fruit. It’s of resurrection. That’s where we belong.

We are spreading and rising, you can’t stop us.

2016 IS THE YEAR OF SPREADING.

THERE ARE 3 THINGS TO NOTE:

1. Spreading of our message and ministry. Unstoppable, like that dough. No matter where you start, your spreading can’t be stopped. It doesn’t matter how small the place you start with is, your spreading, expansion and increase cannot be stopped.

Acts 5:28; The Apostles filled Jerusalem with their doctrine. We will fill every nation with our doctrine.

2. Unstoppable increase in all directions. That grace is being ministered into your spirit. Nothing stops your growth. Mandate to grow. I’m licensed to grow. It can’t but grow. I’m commanded to grow. Spreading in all directions. We have an unstoppable increase in all directions. You are receiving that increased grace. Nothing stops your increase and growth. I have the license to grow. I’m commanded to grow, increase, expand extend, and spread. I’m spreading in all directions.

3. The growth and dominion of the Word in me and my circumstances.

Acts 19:20 “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed”, in my body, mind and body. Nothing can stand the Word. The growth and dominion of the word in you and all your circumstances. The Word of God prevails in my body soul and spirit. The word will push out and prevail over any pain in your body. The word will spread to my soul and body.

Our fame will spread abroad!

We have just come from a Year of Triumph, what do you think will follow? Spreading!
God said, “I’ll put your fear in all the nations of the world.” The demons are in trouble. Our spreading shall be with ease! No one can touch us. Spreading through my being. It will spread to my spirit, soul and body.

Learn to celebrate the Word of God in your life. Spreading everywhere with ease.

I’m spreading everywhere! It’s my Year of Spreading! Not by my effort but by the Holy Ghost! I’ve got the blessings in me! There are angels sent by God to work for and with me! The Gospel is taking dominion in the nations!

PASTOR’S ADMONITION:
Start early, we are going to pray in TONGUES more than ever before. It’s one major key for this year, because the Lord has planned for you Supernatural Prosperity and Success. The Spirit of God will locate you, plant you, make you get to where you ought to be. This will arise through SPEAKING IN TONGUES. As you speak in tongues, you’ll position yourself, as You speak in tongues, you’ll position facilities, you’ll position help, you’ll position the things that are suppose to be coming to you.
Make speaking in tongues a major part of your life this year. We’ve been speaking In tongues before; but this year, very specially because of the SUPERNATURAL PROSPERITY AND SUCCESS, because things that you didn’t plan for your success and prosperity will happen; but you’ll make them happen through speaking in tongues. Halleluiah! Halleluiah!!

PASTOR’S PRAYER FOR YOU:
The Lord’s Hands is resting upon you, His Glory is upon your life, no evil shall befall you, no plague shall come nigh your dwelling, a thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand but it shall not come nigh you. You are protected and preserve by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of the Lord Jesus.

Angels are attending to you, the presence of God attends you, the power of God covers you. You are shielded from evil by the power of the Holy Ghost in the Name of the Lord Jesus. The enemies shall come against you in one way, they shall flee before thee seven ways, for they shall not be able to stand in your presence; because the Hands of the Lord is upon you.

Your light is shinning brightly, your light is shinning brightly, I said your light is shinning brightly; because the Holy Ghost is upon your life. He leads you in the path of righteousness for His Name sake.

Have no worries, entertain no worries, entertain no cares, have no fears, permit no fears. The Lord is asking me to tell you: permit no fears, permit no fears.

It’s the Hands of God that lifts and when He lifts you, nothing can take you down. Wisdom is granted you, wisdom for direction is granted you, wisdom is granted you by the Holy Ghost that dwelleth in You, wisdom is granted you. Increase wisdom of the anointing is upon you, are you receiving? It’s your year of SPREADING, it’s your year of SPREADING. When you put Him first this year, when you put the Lord first; put Him first, put Him first in everything. Delight yourself In the Lord this year. Halleluiah! Delight yourself in the Lord this year. No weapon fashion against you shall prosper, you are bless.

All over the world, wherever you are right now, I minister this blessings unto you, in the Name of Jesus. You’ll SPREAD to the north, you will spread to the south, you’ll spread to the east and to the west; you will spread every where. The Glory of God is in your life, the Lord magnify you from this day, from this hour, from this moment. Halleluiah! Halleluiah!! Halleluiah!!! The Lord has lifted you. Delight yourself in the Lord this year. Put the Lord first in everything you do.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

WELCOME TO 2016 — THE YEAR OF SPREADING!!!

Get Better, Not Bitter.

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A teacher asked her students to bring some tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be given a name of the person whom that student hated. This way, the number of tomatoes would be equal to the number of persons each student hated. On the decided day, the children brought their tomatoes well addressed. Some had two, some had three and some had five, some even had 20 tomatoes in accordance with the number of people each student hated.

The teacher told them they were to carry the tomatoes with them everywhere they went for the next 2 weeks. As the days passed, the students started to complain about the spoiled and smelly tomatoes. Students who had many tomatoes complained it was very heavy to carry and the smell was too much.

After 1 week, the teacher asked the students “How did you feel this week?”

The children complained of the smell and heavy weight of the tomatoes especially those who carried more tomatoes.

The teacher said, “This is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you don’t like some people. Hatred makes the heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred everywhere. If you can’t bear the smell of spoiled tomatoes for a week, imagine the impact on your heart that you carry throughout your life !”

The Heart is a beautiful garden that needs regular cleaning of unwanted weeds. Forgive those who have angered you. This makes room for storing good things. Get better, not bitter.

May the good Lord strengthen us so that we can forgive those who wrong us and take away every hatred we have in our hearts. As the year is coming to an end, forgive anyone who has offended you. Say sorry to those you’ve offended too and DO NOT carry your hurts and pain of others into the New Year.

Merry Christmas and a blessed and fresh New Year 2016.

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African Women At The Forefront of Intra-African Trade

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Almost 20 years ago whilst travelling in South America, I witnessed a strange and unusual sight for me:

I was waiting to catch a flight from São Paulo in Brazil to Cape Town, when suddenly there were scores of African women in the airport. From the way they were dressed I knew they were from West Africa. And they had lots and lots of goods.

Those who know me will always tell you I’m a very curious person; I always want answers:

Who were these women?
Where were they going?

Soon I engaged a cheerful middle-aged woman from Ghana. She told me they were from different countries in West Africa, including Angola. They were traders, she explained. They brought goods from Africa on a circuit that took them from West Africa, to Angola and onto Brazil. Then they travelled from Brazil to South Korea and other places in Asia, from where they emerged with cheap electronics goods, and then headed back to Africa!

It was a truly amazing journey of thousands of kilometres, by women who did not have much academic education, and yet they were highly sophisticated entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of international trade.

Many had regular customers on both ends of the supply chain, who placed orders with them, including highly bespoke requirements.

They understood currencies and knew everything you need to know about inflation and exchange rates!

As more women joined in our conversation some even told me they had sons and daughters studying in places like Harvard!

“So you make money?!” I asked.
“Yes!” They chorused back, laughing cheerfully.

They told me that they also did regional trade between African countries.
“We supply all the goods in our countries!” one boasted.

By now I was enjoying some wonderful food, which they had gladly offered… Apart from being curious, I also enjoy good African food!

“Wow!” I kept repeating to myself, even as I imagined the true possibilities of the future.

If you speak to any serious economist today, they will tell you that one of the most urgent development issues in Africa is “intra-African trade”. Africa as a continent has the lowest intra-regional trade flows in the world. Just look at these figures from the WTO on official merchandise trade (2013):

  1. Trade between Asian nations: $3,1Tn and accounts for 53% of their total trade;
  2. Trade between European nations: $4,6Tn which is 69% of their total trade;
  3. Trade between the U.S. and its closest neighbours (Canada, Mexico): $1,2Tn and 49% of their total trade;
  4. Trade between African nations? $97B and 16% of their total trade. We trade more with European nations (over 35%) and with Asian nations (over 27%) than among ourselves.

Unless we increase trade between African countries, the development we all want to see will never happen.

When we talk about trade between African nations, you may have an image of men in smart suits selling manufactured goods and services. This is not really the case.

In fact, regional integration on the continent is being led by resourceful African women crossing the borders in droves to open up trade routes for their products – in East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa. Some of these trade routes are generations old!

Just imagine what would happen if we recognized intra-African trade as a major priority, and acknowledged the vital role that is played by tens of thousands of lionesses of Africa who trade in agricultural products, textiles and consumables as micro-entrepreneurs! Yet they are generally invisible to our policy-makers, and are often even derided and harassed. As with the informal sector in general, there is more substance there than we often want to accept.

What if, instead of harassment, these intrepid women were given market training, and even financial support and guidance to formalise and grow their businesses? This is starting to happen but much more is needed, especially at the policy level to harmonize taxes and make it easier for African businesses at all levels to work with each other.

One regional expert has called cross-border traders “the ignition key to transform our communities”! If these traders are the ignition key, can you name a few other parts required to spark prosperity through intra-regional trade on the African continent?

#AfricanLionessRoar!
#Respect for all women traders across Africa!

(c) 2015 Strive Masiyiwa

How To Be Calm Under Pressure

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How To Be Calm Under Pressure

Most of us have experienced that sickening moment when you realize you’ve made a serious mistake. Perhaps it was a typo that threw off a financial forecast, or maybe you forgot to reserve a venue for an important meeting that’s scheduled for the following day. The details are different for everybody, but at some point, we’ve all felt that rising tide of dread and panic.

Mistakes and pressure are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm.

New research from the Harvard Business School shows that most of us go about staying calm the wrong way. People who welcome the challenge of a crisis—so much so that overcoming the challenge excites them—perform far better than those who try to force themselves to be calm.

“People have a very strong intuition that trying to calm down is the best way to cope with their anxiety, but that can be very difficult and ineffective,” said study author Allison Wood Brooks. “When people feel anxious and try to calm down, they are thinking about all the things that could go badly. When they are excited, they are thinking about how things could go well.”

Staying composed, focused, and effective under pressure are all about your mentality. People who successfully manage crises are able to channel their emotions into producing the behavior that they want.

In other words, they turn their anxiety into energy and excitement.

This can’t happen if you don’t engage your logic. Yes, making a big mistake is embarrassing. You might get yelled at by your boss, and the mistake might even show up on your next performance appraisal, but, in all likelihood, it’s not going to result in your getting fired, losing your house, living out of your car, or in any of the other catastrophic thoughts that fuel anxiety and keep you from getting focused.

If you struggle with putting things into perspective, just ask yourself two simple questions: What’s the worst thing that could happen as a result of this? Will this matter in five years? Your answers should put a stop to cataclysmic thinking. You’ll probably realize that you’re panicking due to the anticipation of public embarrassment more than anything else. Once you get over that, you can build confidence by picking up the pieces and making things better.

To help put things in perspective, think about situations that were worse than yours were. More than likely, the people at your company who have made serious mistakes are still there and doing just fine. Those legendary mistakes usually have few long-term effects on otherwise good employees. Remind yourself:

‘There’s more to me than this situation. One honest mistake won’t define me.’

Next, you need to recognize that people are less focused on you than you think they are. It’s easy to see yourself as the center of the maelstrom. You’re embarrassed, and you’re worried about your job. The more you feel judged by others, the more intense your anxiety. But your boss, and everyone else, will spend far less time worrying about you than they will about trying to improve a difficult situation, which is what you should be focusing on in the first place. You need to realize that they won’t have much time to think about you until after the dust has settled, and by that time, you’ll have become part of the solution.

Now, you need to magnify your logic. Nothing helps you maintain the right frame of mind in a crisis like logical thinking. Once you’ve forestalled the panic, it’s time to ask yourself important factual questions: What exactly happened? What are the possible repercussions? Is there still time to avoid those repercussions? If so, how? Who needs to be involved? If it’s too late to head off the repercussions, what can be done to mitigate the damage? Don’t let your mind run off with ridiculous self-accusations.

Finally, take action. Once you’ve figured out the facts and screwed your head on straight, it’s time to own up to the situation. Putting off the hard work of cleaning up the mess just gives your sense of dread more power; pouring your energy into making things better is both empowering and a wonderful distraction from any anxiety that might surface. Remember, getting excited by the challenge of rising from the ashes will improve your performance dramatically.

To keep things humming, don’t be so hard on yourself. Nobody’s perfect. Even the most successful people make serious mistakes. Henry Ford’s first car company failed after just 18 months, Oprah Winfrey was deemed “unfit for television” in an early reporting job, and Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star for his lack of creativity. Beating yourself up might be a tempting option, but it never accomplishes anything, and it certainly doesn’t make you any calmer. Instead, keep your energy focused on the future and the things you can change.

Bringing it all together

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

Nobody likes making mistakes. But no matter how big the mistake is, succumbing to panic isn’t going to help. Giving in to catastrophic thinking undermines your ability to make good decisions and to move forward effectively. Instead, use these strategies to stay calm so you can assess the situation, develop a plan, be accountable, and get busy making things right so you can move on.

What’s the worst crisis you’ve ever dealt with at work? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

(c) Dr. Travis Bradberry

Indirect Fire in a Counter Insurgency Environment. Part 1

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Very insightful. Enjoy the read

Vox Peccavi

Indirect fire (IDF) is defined as aiming and firing a projectile from a weapon without relying on direct line of sight between the weapon and the target.

Several weapon systems are designed mainly to fire indirectly at targets such as artillery, rocket artillery, mortars, machine guns in the sustained fire role, other weapons such as grenade launchers (automatic or rocket propelled) can be used in an improvised indirect role.

Indirect fire has always been a favoured guerrilla tactic as it is a relatively easy way to have an effect on the enemy.

Firing from a distance it can be used without the risk of direct or immediate retaliation, hidden from view, behind hills, in caves, in forests or vehicles. Accurate attacks can cause significant damage and casualties for a low cost, whilst even unsuccessful attacks can have a psychological effect on personnel but even more so civilians, makes this a…

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