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.
Culled from “101 Keys to Achievement and Fulfillment“ by Albert & Comfort Ocran © 2008
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
We all have sinned and have regrets but we can rest assured that if we confess our sins to our Almighty God, he is merciful enough to forgive us. We are justified by the Grace of God through the great sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ who died and shed His blood so that we may live.
We all have skeletons in our cupboards, no one among us is without sin. Sometimes we have done so many despicable things that we are ashamed to confess, for fear of being judged by others. The important thing is to repent, confess our sins to God and ask for forgiveness not only from God but also from the person we have wronged.
Many times we fear the reaction of the person we may have wronged but if we kneel in the Almighty presence of God and reminds Him of the promise of redemption through His Son Jesus and ask for strength to confess our sins, rest assured that He will give us the strength and courage to confess our shortcomings.
Even the saints of the Bible sinned but repented, but this should not be an excuse to sin. The same way we would not take advantage of the kindness of our fellow human beings why would we take advantage of the mercy and kindness of our Heavenly Father. God is good but not a fool. He sees everything we do, he can see in the deepest part of our heart and soul and he knows when we are truly repented.
Don’t wait for someone to pray for you. Do it yourself. Open the bible or if you don’t have a bible just pour your heart to God, ask him for forgiveness and to touch the heart of the person you have wronged.
God is merciful enough to give us a second chance.
Brethren, let us be of pure heart and always remember not to judge each other but rather to give constructive advice to our fellow brothers and sisters and also to accept constructive advice.
May the peace of the Almighty God be with us all and I pray that this message touches the heart of those people that are in dire need of a reassurance that God still loves them. In the Almighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.
When you have an unshakable faith is when our Heavenly Father is able to start and complete the good work that He has promised to do in our lives. The enemy want to frustrate us and he may come in many forms but our faith in the Word of God and by living like His son Jesus Christ will help us face any storm.
Whether you are battling a sickness, lack of job, missed opportunities, marital issues, depression, shameful past etc. if you pray and ask God to renew your strength and faith every morning, He will surely help you and clothe you in a new ensemble of mercy, joy, love, happiness and truth.
Never give up because God gives is hardest battle to his strongest soldiers.
I pray in this very moment that anyone who plans evil against us shall be condemned by the Almighty God and their plans failed.
Those who want to bring us down, shall be exposed and they will have no options than to bow down their head in shame and tremble in our presence. Not because of our physical power, intelligence and external beauty but because the Almighty God lives in us.
May the peace of the Almighty God be with you all my brethren. In the Almighty Name of His son Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray.
When you put your trust in the Almighty God and in His Son Jesus Christ everything become easier. For their yoke is EASY and their burden is LIGHT. Look at the trees and animal and plants do they worry? But yet still God created them perfectly, takes care of them and feed them.
I put my total faith in God and learned to live like Christ and I can see the result in my life. I received blessings after blessings, promotions, business opportunities, faithful friends and I did not even need to raise a hand against my enemies, my enemies now wish they did not challenge me and they wish to get close to me but as the saying says once bitten twice shy. I feel loved, saved, safe and always contented. God is good my dear fans. And only if you truly believe and have faith he will lift your burdens from your shoulder. He is such a loving God, father of everyone that follows his commandments and Jesus loves you like a sister or brother. Have a nice day
NANA ATWUMA MANSA