5 HABITS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE

  1. THEY EDUCATE THEMSELVES

When I say educate yourself, I am not referring to a college or university degree. I am referring to research. Do your research before you write or debate on a topic. And no, Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Use a source that provides thorough, well-reasoned theory, argument and/or discussion. Knowledge is power. In order to be successful in life you need to be well educated; well informed.

2. THEY SET GOALS AND STICK TO THEM

No matter how blurry your vision may get along the way, stay focused on what you have set your mind on. Do what you said you were going to do. Live according to the standards you advocate.

3. THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE

Whether it’s at the company you are currently working for or perhaps within your own business, a competitive market requires you to do everything you can to be one step ahead of your competition. Therefore, always go the extra mile, it will get you a long way.

4. THEY COMMUNICATE CLEARLY

Communication is an important skill in any relationship, whether it is with a partner, at your job or with friends, it will take you far. Articulate your ideas, questions and know how to communicate effectively. Know when to speak and when not to.

5. THEY ARE NOT AFRAID OF FAILURE

Many of us are afraid of the unknown. Afraid of not knowing what to expect. You see, failing is part of life. In order to succeed, we will fail first. Before Henry Ford made it in life, he went bankrupt 3 times. Not once but three times. My point? Often times, in order to succeed, we will first fail a few times. And that’s ok. Failing molds us into the person we are created to be and leads us unto the path we are destined to walk on.

5 SHORT WRITING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

  1. Outline

If you often find yourself rambling on a topic without having any structure, try outlining first. Outlining will help you organize your ideas, it will give you a sense of direction.

2. Research

Do your research before writing on any topic. Knowledge is power. The more you know of the topic you are writing about the more intrigued your readers will be.

3. TEMPTING HEADLINES

It is essential to spent at least 20% of your time on the headline of your content. Why? Because if your headline sucks, no one is going to even bother reading the content. Therefore, headlines are extremely important.

4. straight forward

Don’t ramble. This is a challenge for many writers. Don’t keep writing the same thing over and over again. Stick to the topic. When you keep repeating yourself, your readers lose interest.

5. EDIT AND Proofread thoroughly

Typos and errors make your work seem unprofessional. Always go back to what you’ve written, check then double check. If you need to shorten, delete and/or re-write, do so. You will look your best when your content is without any mistakes.

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FEAR WEAKENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

We are living in some very scary times. The fear is visible. The fear of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus; the fear of your loved ones getting infected; the fear of what the future holds financially; the fear of the unknown. It is controlling our every move and decision making. It is making us sick!

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Our state of mind affects one’s state of health. When we allow fear to take over our thoughts, it can have serious health consequences – our heart rate increases and we develop high levels of adrenaline and stress hormones. When this remains constant, our fight or flight response activates. The fight or flight response is the instinctive response your body gives when faced with a dangerous situation. When it’s on, the body releases stress hormones. These stress hormones weaken the immune system, which makes us vulnerable to infections and diseases.

FEAR NOT

I know it’s easier said then done but I will say it anyway, fear not! You see, “heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool” (Isaiah 66:1). Meaning, God is above all. He is in control; He will always be in control. We can either continue to fill our minds with the latest news headlines allowing fear to take over our body, or we can choose to rest in that blessed assurance and stillness of His promises. So let’s rest in the promise of His word, especially during these uncertain times. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

If there was ever a time to put the Word of God into practice, it sure is now!!

D. Arelis

YOU CAN’T CHANGE SOMETHING UNTIL YOU ACKNOWLEDGE IT

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs‬ ‭31:8‬‬‬

Imagine trying to make an important statement to someone only to realize that the person hasn’t been listening to a word you’re saying. Very frustrating, right? This is exactly what is happening to our world today. The minority of voices are crying out and instead of being an alley, we are getting offended and shutting these voices out. If the word of God teaches us to stand for truth and justice why aren’t we doing this?

SPEAKING UP

The story of Esther is a perfect example hereof. When Mordecai asked Esther to speak to the king on behalf of her people (the Jews), she hesitated. She was scared considering that in those days, anyone who goes before the king without an invitation, was put to death. She feared for her life. Seeing that she was hesitant, Mordecai replied, “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this” (Esther‬ ‭4:13-14‬).

After hearing this she stood up and proceeded to the king’s court with that “if I perish, I perish” attitude. She spoke up and the king canceled the edict ordering her people’s death. 

BREAK THE SILENCE

This is the attitude we are called to have. Just like Esther, we have been raised up for such a time as this. To rise up courageously and speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, defending the voiceless and the oppressed. However in order to do so we must first listen. Don’t take it personally what is being said. Be an alley, listen and try to understand. Afterwards, make their voices heard by amplifying it. Because you can’t change something until you acknowledge it!

How are you being part of the change today?

 

D. Arelis

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

A strong immune system does not mean you will not get sick. It means your body will be in a better shape to fight off viruses. Here are some ways to help keep it strong.

THE RIGHT DIET

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut? This is why keeping it healthy is extremely important. Ways we can do so is by focusing on a more Mediterranean way of eating. For example, consuming more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Include fermented foods into your diet – these help build the good bacteria in your gut. Avoid inflammatory foods such as processed meat and fried foods. Also, avoid refined sugar as it increases inflammation which can lead to diseases.

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Furthermore, try to stay away from other processed foods/snacks such as potato chips, pretzels and rice cakes. Yes, rice cakes are not as healthy as we thought they were. They are made out of processed white rice which are high in carbohydrates. Furthermore, as you might already know, alcohol also weakens the immune system; it undermines your body to cope with infectious diseases, therefore, try to avoid it or reduce its consumption.

STAYING ACTIVE

Just the right amount of exercise can help boost your immune system too. Physical exercise has many health benefits. Not only does it help decrease your chances of heart disease, but it will help flush out bacteria out of your lungs and airways. It causes change in antibodies and white blood cells, which are the body’s immune system cells that fight diseases. 

STOP STRESSING

Studies have shown that the state of the mind affects one’s state of health. Thus, allowing stress to take over your mind and body can have serious health consequences. For example your heart rate may increase and you may develop high levels of adrenaline. When this happens, the fight or flight response activates. This is the instinctive response your body gives when faced with a dangerous situation. When it is activated, the body releases stress hormones. These stress hormones weaken the immune system, which make you vulnerable to diseases.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Last but not least, sleep reboots your system. It enhances T Cell responses, which is an essential part of the immune system. So try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep to keep your immune system strong.

With all this said, pay extra attention to what you’re putting inside your body. Take care of yourself. Stay healthy!

 

D. Arelis

COMPARISON PARALYZES US

Comparison distorts our inner peace. It merges our attention towards our shortcomings while distracting us from what we are capable of. It completely blocks our vision to see God’s perfect plan for our lives. 

But why? Why do we find the need to compare ourselves with someone else?

SHORTCOMINGS

We compare because of our insecurities and fears. During Moses’ first supernatural encounter (burning bush) in the desert, the Lord instructed him to go to Egypt to convince Pharaoh to free the people of Israel from slavery. Moses was horrified of course. This was a task that was beyond his comfort zone. According to Exodus 3:11 his reply was, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” In other words he was like, “Listen God, I don’t know if you know but I am not fit for this job.” He didn’t think he was good enough.

Then God responded and said, Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:11-12).

God was telling Moses, and you and I today, that it’s only because of Him that we can do all things. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord” – Zechariah 4:6. 

In conclusion, comparison prevents you to become the best version of you. Keep in mind that everyone’s walk in life is different. We all run in our own pace towards our purpose. Don’t allow comparison to paralyze you from moving towards greater things!

 

D. Arelis

BUT GOD…

Have you ever looked back on your life and thought to yourself, “Wow! How did I survive all that?” Most of us have a story to tell reflecting God’s love and mercy and so did Joseph.

Joseph’s hardship started the moment he was sold into slavery by his envious brothers. After being sold to the slave traders, he was sold again to one of Pharaoh’s officials – Potiphar. From being sold twice to being thrown into jail for false accusations for 12 years, things weren’t looking too bright for the kid. However, even so, “…the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison (Genesis 39:21). Long story short, a few years later the tables have turned. Joseph ended up being the second most powerful man in Egypt, next to Pharaoh. When the brothers became aware of the situation, they feared he was going to seek revenge. But he didn’t. Instead he let them know: “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:20).
When you read through each scenario of Joseph’s life, you see how God was forming him and preparing him for his purpose, to save thousands of people in Egypt and in the surrounding regions.

BUT GOD

Having said this, every single scenario in our lives has also been played for a reason. This past year has been a year of so many questions. “Why God? When God? How God?” I couldn’t understand the way God was moving in my life. Nothing was making any sense. It felt as if someone pressed the pause button on my entire career and personal life. I wasn’t getting the job I wanted and and other areas of my life were nonexistent. But God! Won’t He do it? Oh yes He will!
After job hunting for over a year, God opened that door with that job opportunity for me. And right at that moment, each past humiliation; hurt; rejection, made perfect sense. God was preparing me to walk through that door. Have I not been prepared, my old way of thinking and my old way of perceiving things wouldn’t have allowed me to operate accurately.

THROUGH EVERY SET BACK

Remember that in every setback God moves us closer towards our purpose if we allow Him to. No matter how irrational and unfair your situation may be, trust that God is always in the midst of it and means it for good. He is moving mountains we don’t see.

Are you allowing yourself to grow through what you’re going through? Are you ready to walk through that door?

 

D. Arelis

AND AS YOU SPEAK

The other day I woke up with this phrase on my mind: “and as you speak”. Just that random phrase. No dream, nada! After going about wondering what it meant, the story of Samuel came to mind.

 

“Suddenly the Lord called out, ‘Samuel!’ ‘Yes?’ Samuel replied. “What is it?’ He got up and ran to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?’ ‘I didn’t call you,’ Eli replied. ‘Go back to bed.’ So he did. Then the Lord called out again, ‘Samuel!’ Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?’ ‘I didn’t call you, my son,’Eli said. ‘Go back to bed.’ Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?‘” (1 Samuel 3:4-9) 

When Eli realized that it was God calling the kid, he told him to go back; lie down and if he hears someone calling his name again to just say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’ (1 Samuel 3:10).

 

HEARING VS LISTENING

When we know God, we know His voice. It’s not about hearing God speak; it’s about listening to what He is saying. Hearing is the act of perceiving a sound. You can hear someone speak without actually listen to their words. Now because Samuel did not know God, he was hearing but not listening up until Eli told him to listen. Listening is the ability to receive and interpret a message. It requires concentration in order to process meaning from words and sentences. 

With all that said, many believers today don’t know God. They know about Him but they don’t know Him. Knowing Him means recognizing His voice in a world full of distractions.

Are you familiar with the cocktail party effect? The cocktail party effect refers to the ability to focus one’s attention on a particular stimulus while filtering out a range of other stimuli. For example when a person is able to focus on a single talker or conversation in a noisy environment.

When it comes to God, it’s the same thing. The moment He speaks, your attention should immediately shift to the sound of His voice.

 

Whose voice has your attention today?

 

D. Arelis

PUT YOUR BLINDERS ON

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” – Proverbs 4:25

To focus means to center your attention in one direction. When we lose our focus, our motivation starts to fade which can make the quality of what we are doing, decrease.

NO DISTRACTIONS

Often times in life while listening to the voice of God and following His directions, somewhere down the road, we still allow people/circumstances cloud our vision – blinding and distracting us from moving forward.Horses that pull wagons and carriages wear blinders. Have you ever wondered why? The purpose of these blinders is to prevent the horse from looking anywhere else but forward – it prevents them from becoming distracted or panicked my their surrounding. These horses are on a mission, meaning they cannot afford to be distracted. In life neither do you and I.With all this being said, these past two weeks have been a challenge for me. I got somewhat discouraged by certain things that were happening and started to forget the reason of the season I am in. I quickly realized I needed to let go of the distractions and refocus my perspective. And just like the carriage pulling horses, I needed to put my blinders on.

2020 FOCUS

Keeping focus is difficult. But taking your eyes off of God’s purpose is not an option. It will lead you in the wrong direction and you sure do not want that.Where is your focus fixed on today? Is it anxiety? Discouragement? Hopelessness? Are you more focused on what is happening around instead of in front? Narrow down your focus. The moment you do, you close off but one line of thought – God’s.

Let your eyes look straight ahead – not beside you, nor behind you but before you. Having a 2020 vision means having a perfect vision. Don’t lose your 2020 focus this year!

D. Arelis

WHEN GOD DOESN’T ANSWER

In a world where anything you want is just a click away; where food can be ordered through an app and delivered to your door in less than an hour, it can get frustrating when you’re asking God for something and all you hear is silence.

Unanswered prayers can trigger many emotions within us – from confusion to disappointment to anger. Often times these emotions not only show our lack of understanding of how God moves but it also leads us into thinking that He is not listening.

WHEN THE ANSWER IS NO
A “no” answer from God can be the most difficult thing to accept. Although we know it is for our own good, we still want to know why He is choosing not to give us what we’re asking for. However, ultimately it doesn’t matter how much you pray; or how much effort you put into getting that which you want because at the end of the day if it does not align with His will, it will not be given to you. Trust that when He closes one door it’s to protect you and redirect you – even if it hurts. God is moving in your favor.

WHEN THE ANSWER IS WAIT
Now when He tells us to wait it’s because it’s not the right timing. We live in a time where everything is fast-paced and waiting is the one thing nobody has time for. I mean, nobody likes to wait. It requires patience and trust. Two things many of us lack. Now when it comes to our prayer life, this is the exact attitude we adopt towards God. Understanding what it means to wait is grasping the thought of what it is to not do anything; to let time go by until something happens – until you see His hand move. Trust in His timing. Believe that if he’s done it before, He will sure do it again.

With all that being said, remember that God wants to answer your prayers. He wants to give you the desires of your heart. But all in accordance to His will. His Word tells you to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11).

Trust His will; trust His timing!

 

D. Arelis