MOTIVATIONAL READING

CAPACITY

True greatness lies in exploring the very limits of human ability; and then pushing them even further – Albert & Comfort Ocran.
A delegation of Ghanaian handicraft exporters went on a trade mission to the United States in the early nineties to prospect for potential buyers. The cane products in particular caught the attention of a giant retail firm that initiated a discussion about a potential order in batches of 40,000 pieces for all their 20,000 shops. The exporters suddenly started fidgeting and stuttering at the most basic questions. Apparently, none of them had handled an order exceeding a few hundred pieces.
The importer was both concerned and surprised; so he begun to find out if there was any reason why they could not deliver the order. He asked about the availability of financing, labour, management and technology. All these areas had minor issues but the biggest surprise was in the area of raw materials. 
When asked about how many hectares of the raw material, rattan, were annually cultivated in Ghana, the amused exporters’ honest response was that the product only grew in the wild in the Western region of Ghana.  That was the end of the discussion because the size of order they were discussing required a dependable and uninterrupted source of deliberately cultivated raw materials.
How many times have we gotten big opportunities in life but lacked the capacity to fully take advantage of them? Capacity refers to the maximum ability to produce, perform or contain. The issue of capacity is at the very heart of how prepared we are to seize our opportunities. It is not enough for a business person to praying for bigger orders and constantly prospecting for new clients. Equally important is the level of readiness to handle opportunities when they come. 
What size of opportunity are you prepared for today? 

What would you do if someone brought the equivalent of year’s work to you to deliver in a month? Would you complain or take advantage?

Are there supporting arrangements or back-ups you could fall on?

Answering these and other related questions could help in your preparation as you expand your capacity to take advantage of your opportunities. 
Capacity at any time could be financial, material, social or even mental. In today’s knowledge-driven economy, your mental capacity is one of the most important factors you must develop for career success.

Your first steps towards expanding your mental capacity could be committing to a planned programme of reading and self-improvement. 
A manufacturer can expand capacity by modernising production units, deploying shifts, improving technology or increasing efficiency through process re-engineering. For a supervisor seeking a managerial promotion, building capacity could mean taking a management course or learning from a mentor. Whatever you do, look for ways to improve and expand your capacity in readiness for new opportunities. 
Key Thought: I shall expand my mental capacity by daily learning and reading.

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Culled from “101 Keys to Achievement and Fulfillment“ by Albert & Comfort Ocran © 2008

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Message of the day

The Bible reassure us that if we cry unto God he hears us. It doesn’t matter what we are going through, it may seem that there is no hope or end to our suffering but he hears us. He equipped us with intelligence and strength. Whatever you are going through there is a way. Be still and know that you serve a Covenant Keeping God. 

Obviously you need to put your trust in Him and step in faith. The saying God help those who help themselves is true. Sometimes we need to stop whining,  set a goal for ourselves and work hard towards our goal. It may not be easy or it may not go according to our plan but if we keep in mind that God is a miracle working God we will be able to achieve the impossible. Do not compete with others because God has equipped each and everyone one of us with different talents and task on earth. 

May the peace of God be with us all brethren.  In the Almighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen

Do you know the Son of My Heavenly Father? Watch and be inspired!

Has we honour, respect and live like the Son (Jesus Christ) of the Almighty God may we be inspired daily and be assured that no weapon formed against us will prosper and that our God will turn what our enemies meant for evil into good, for His Word says that He (God) plans to bless us above all that we can ask for. Let us remove all fear from our heart because once we have recognized Jesus as our saviour and God as our protector and Father they will always be with us, in good and in bad time, till the ends of time. Amen