SHM Weekly Charge_2013 Week 06. 12 KEYS TO BE BETTER AT YOUR TASK IN 2013, PART 2.

Keys, 04Main Reading Texts: Proverbs 22 verse 29 & 26 verse 12.

My dear friends, last week we shared with you the first four (4) keys on how to be better at what you do in 2013. We hope it was a blessing to you. Today we go on to four more keys. For those who have sent us messages on our email, I hope you all got our replies and directions. Keep at it, and we shall rejoice together with your testimonies. My heart-felt desire is that your level of success in whatever you do will multiply this year more than ever before IJMN.

Here are the next keys we are sharing for this week –

(4) DEVOTE QUALITY TIME TO STUDY YOUR AREA OF OPERATIONS. My dear friends, change is said to be the only constant variable. What this principle means is that ideas will always evolve. Therefore, do not be rigid in what you have held to be truth for years. Remember that a time was when leading scientists of the world thought the world was flat! You have to allow for improvement even to working and/or stable processes by devoting quality time to extensive study of your operations. You cannot assume you have attained. You must press forward towards a more excellent the mark. Remember always the charge of the Lord Jesus Christ in John 15 verse 2b – what works need more working!

(5) NEVER ATTEND A MEETING WITH ONLY PROBLEMS. One of the easiest things a human mind can comprehend is what does not work. If in doubt, observe a new born baby. He knows that he is hungry, so what does it do? It cries because it cannot source for food independent of a parent. Determining a problem is therefore basic to human nature. So, as I tell my staff, that there would be problems which need solutions is no news! No matter how well organized, run or successful your operations may be, trust me there would always be room for improvement. So, my charge to you dear friends is that you must attend all meetings (and group studies) with solutions to issues at hand. It is not enough to attend meetings with ideas, but also with how to turn those ideas into reality WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF YOUR GROUP’S VISION. For example, it is not enough at a production strategy meeting to say that we need to increase the quality of or product. You must tell us how this can be achieved within the parameters of our set goals and objectives! As you do this regularly, you will stand out; you will become needed at every important meeting; you will have an edge! Read Numbers 13 and 14 again and write out the process that stood Caleb and Joshua out of the 14 spies of Israel. Share with us if you want to, but please take this exercise.

(6) FIND A MENTOR. Let me lead with this – I have been a legal services professional for close to 25 years now. I have run a successful legal practice since 1992. I was ordained a pastor in 1988 and contribute my little quota in running a focused Christian movement. AND I STILL HAVE MENTORS. I have submitted myself to mentoring AND SO MUST YOU. Why? As one of our main texts say, ONLY FOOLS BELIEVE THEY KNOW IT ALL AND NEED NO REAL GUIDANCE (Proverbs 26 verse 12). Everyone needs another to teach them the ropes. My dear friends, you need a mentor! I understand that there are several stories about mentor/mentee relationships gone sour, so I usually advise people that you do not even need to ask anybody directly to be your mentor. All you need do is keep communication lines open (Good enough there are a plethora of media today through which this can be done, one of which is this medium) and learn what makes he/she successful. To start with, there is a school of thought that you can even restrict your communication to issues outside your work. However, any time you need work-related advice, a good mentor should be there for you. We have a classic example in the relationship between Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples (including you and me!). Can you mention other Bible based mentorship relationships? Share with us if you want to, but please take this exercise.

Next week we will go on to more Keys IJMN. Please do not just benefit from these keys, share them with your family and friends. If you have any questions and/or enquiries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at salvationhouse@gmail.com.

God bless you. Have a wonderful week ahead. You are created to excel and excel you shall IJMN.

SHM Weekly Charge_2013 Week 05. 12 KEYS TO BE BETTER AT YOUR TASK IN 2013, PART 1.

Keys, 01Main Reading Texts: Proverbs 22 verse 29 & 26 verse 12.

My dear friends, the New Year is now in full work swing. All bets are off now, real grind in full motion. So, for the next four (4) weeks, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we would be sharing with ourselves how to be better this year in that job, business and academic pursuit. It is our fervent hope that you will not only be blessed, but will also share this life changing tips with your friends and family too. My heart-felt desire is that your level of success in whatever you do will multiply this year more than ever before IJMN.

(1) ANTICIPATE YOUR BUSINESS/ACADEMIC NEEDS. Read 2 Samuel 23 verses 13-16. Here, you will see three (3) mighty men among the army of David braving certain danger after they anticipated the need of their commander. Please note that these three belonged to the elite group of David’s army. They were not the rank and file. By anticipating the needs of your business and positioning yourself to meet them you will stand yourself out and get noticed my dear friends.

If you know that this year you will be taking an important professional examination that will add to your value, then would it not be better if you anticipated the amount of time you will need to study ahead of the syllabus or the time you will need to take leave of absence from work and begin to work towards it? Or if you know that your company will venture into new areas of business, would it not be wise to study up on this ahead of the pack? If you successfully master this key of anticipation, you will discover that not only are you relevant in the scheme of things, but you will have seen any obstacles that may lie ahead of you.

(2) GET TO KNOW YOUR COLLEAGUES (BOSS/SUBORDINATES) BETTER. Whichever way you choose to look at it, your colleagues can make or mar your productivity level. Research has shown that you do not have to be friends or best pals with your colleagues to get them to add value to what you need to do. However, you need to know what keeps them going. In 1 Samuel 22 verses 1-2, by getting close to his men who started out as society rejects, David was able to influence them to become mighty men of valour! Many years ago (1987-88 to be precise) when I was at the Law School my set had about 2000 law graduates from all over the country (then the Nigerian Law School had only one campus in Lagos), I formed friendships with a number of colleagues, but went out of my way to get to know a select group of them. Till date, that circle of friends still bless my work in ways that money cannot buy. Get to know your colleagues, my dear friend.

(3) DEVELOP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE OF SUCCESS DESPITE OBVIOUS CHALLENGES. Challenges will always come, in whatever field of endeavour you operate in. I am sure you will have heard the story of a miner in the old wild west of the United States who invested all he had in a lot he mined for gold for many months, without success. He eventually got frustrated and sold the lot to another person for the total value of his investment. The new owner then struck gold with the first few strikes of the digger! What a colossal failure the previous owner became!

My dear friends, let your facial expression, tone and words project your belief that this year will be a good one for you – a year of new beginnings. Scripture tells us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Mt. 12 verse 34), so what you confess is really what your spirit man embraces. I charge you to see obstacles as potential stepping stones. What you see with your mind’s eye is what you will project with your external projectors – your eyes, mouth, arms and legs.

Next week we will go on to more Keys IJMN. Please do not just benefit from these keys, share them with your family and friends. If you have any questions and/or enquiries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at salvationhouse@gmail.com.

God bless you. Have a wonderful week ahead. You are created to excel and excel you shall IJMN.

%d bloggers like this: