The Game..

Too often, we have come across the following quote, “Life is like a game.” Many philosophers and motivational speakers have also contributed to the thought that life is indeed like a game. For instance, take Alan Rufus who says that,

“Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called life.”

On the same note, another wise man pointed out that,

“Life is like a game of chess, changing with each move.”

Chess is indeed a fantastic game. Surprisingly, its origin still remains a subject of mystery. This has left many individuals wondering how a person or a group of people could just sit down and come up with the game. It often comes as a coincidence that from generation to generations, parallels have been drawn between the game of chess and life. At times, we have to give up the thing or things we love the most. As one great man once said,

“Life is like a game of chess. Sometimes you just have to sacrifice the things you love most for the better.”

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Indeed, love is life. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Where there is love, there is life.” The same applies to chess. Each piece has a role to play. Funny enough, chess has been compared to true love. In true love,  a boy is always afraid of losing his queen, and the girl risks everything just to protect her king. Wow! How charming!

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In life, there will always be ups and downs. There are moments when we may seem to be taking two or three steps back and a step forward. In such a season, we often feel like we are not making progress. It feels like being stuck in the wilderness. However, we ought to remember that in all these, everything is working together for our good if and only if we are focused on progress rather than on the problems at hand. Back to the chess game, we ought to remember that no one has ever won by taking only forward moves. Sometimes it is necessary to move backward to take better steps forward and eventually win the game. That’s life.

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We ought to live organized lives. An organized life entails coming having a vision and backing it up with SMART goals. The scripture reminds us that, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). Without the vision, life is not worth living. Without vision, we lack a sense of direction. Without vision, a project is already a failure even before the foundation stone is laid. However, we ought to remember that in between accomplishing the vision and the goals lies hard work, discipline, and consistency. Additionally, living an ordered life involves taking calculated risks. The same goes for a game of chess where the players ought to take calculated movements to win. As Bing Gordon asserted, “Life is like a chess game – you don’t want to waste a move.” Indeed, we ought to be deliberate with every move we make.

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Our lives are made up of the past, the present, and the future. We ought to dwell much on the present with eyes set towards the future, and this is why we need vision. The past is behind us with its achievements (which we celebrate and esteem highly) and failures (which at times frustrates us but we ought to learn from them). Forethought is considered as an essential element in our lives. So, what is forethought? It is simply planning ahead. It is becoming a visionary individual. It entails having a careful consideration for what lies ahead of us. Much of the problems we experience can be avoided when we become prudent enough to engage in forethought. Even in chess, the players engage in forethought before making a move because one mistake can cost them the whole game. For this reason, “in life as in chess, forethought wins.”

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One of my favorite authors, Stephen R. Covey notes that one of the seven habits of highly successful individuals is beginning with the end in mind. This habit or principle is also applicable in a game of chess. Before making a particular move, the player ought to have seen the consequence of the move (whether it will favor them or their opponent or whether it will move them one step closer to victory). The same way, we need to look into the consequences of the actions we intend to take. It is only when we do so that we shall avert the adverse outcomes.

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Bobby Fischer.

Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest chess players, said, “Chess is life.” Indeed, life is like a game.

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You gotta keep on trying….

When the odds are against you and you feel like quitting, that’s when you can make the biggest difference by pressing on. It is interesting to note that when you feel like giving up, you are closer to a breakthrough than ever before.

How do you find the strength to keep going? You don’t worry about finding strength, just take one step after another.

Feel weariness as you choose to transform it into new energy. Feel discouragement as you choose to make it into fresh enthusiasm.

You can persist, because the reward for doing is so great. You’ve pushed yourself this far and you can use that same kind of push to keep yourself going.

Achievement is hard work, and you’ve already done a great deal of it. Now, as the payoff nears, keep going and do the rest.

Feel new determination as it floods into your awareness. You’ve already earned great value, so keep at it and claim your reward.

WHY NOT YOU?

Someone will do something fresh, new and brave today, Why Not You?
Someone will befriend a stranger, deliver hope to hopeless and model decency; Why Not You?
Someone will turn pain into power, fear into fortune and confusion into clarity; Why Not You?

Someone will negotiate a sale, get the sale and close the deal; Why Not You?
Someone will show uncommon kindness, be a giver not a taker and leave people better than they found them; Why Not You?

Someone will release their excuses, shatter their doubts and break free of their chains; Why Not You?

Someone will forge a new start, install a new habit and build a better routine; Why Not You?

Someone will let go of their past, rewire the present and rewrite their future; Why Not You?
Someone will avoid rumors, walk with the right group and create network that is worth and beneficial; Why Not You?

Yes – Why Not You?
Let’s be honest, you were born into genius. You’ve been built to amaze, overcome and win. And you’re designed to make history and not to self-pity. You are build to be the best.

The question is Will You?

DO it ANYWAY….

I am currently reading the last chapter of Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!, an interesting motivational book written by the late Robert H. Schuller. While at the second last chapter titled Prayer: The Power That Pulls Everything Together Successfully, I was deeply inspired by the way he demystified the word RENEW. At this point, it will b important to ask yourself these two questions:

  1. How do you renew your strength and spirit when experiencing the low moments of life?
  2. How do you pick yourself up in time to prevent a burnout? (as in how tough  are you?)

Each letter of the word RENEW was defined as below:

R: Review your past.

Ask yourself questions such as Where have I come from? What was keeping me going? Only then will you be able to have complete check of where you have come from and where you are going.

E: Examine all the possibilities.

Ask yourself this question: What would you set as your goals if . . .? The aim here is to examine all the far more possibilities than we think that are in existence.

N: Name the price you’re willing to pay.

What price are you willing to pay to achieve that goal/dream? Only then will you be able to make it.

E: Elect the best possibility, no matter what the price.

Always make it a point to choose the best; shun mediocrity. Mediocrity has a way of shriveling up enthusiasm. But
commitment to excellence taps and incredible source of energy. Elect the best, no matter
what the price tag.

W: Wait and work.

Probably nothing is more difficult than to keep waiting, working, plodding, and maintaining patience through dark times. But we must. And in God’s good time, hope and help will come our way. “Wait on the Lord” in prayer and He will renew a dream. Wait on the Lord, and He will strengthen you heart!

In renewing your energy and through the practice of possibility thinking will you be able to go through tough times.

In addition, there is a certain excerpt at the end of the chapter from the Reader’s Digest of December 1982 that encourages us to adopt the practice of prayer and also waiting on the will of God. It is titled Do It Anyway and I’d like to share it below:

DO IT ANYWAY

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by
the smallest people with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for some underdogs anyway.
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

The main point of the excerpt is to help one find joy and light in doing God’s will regardless of how people will interpret it or accept it. Remember to DO IT ANYWAY regardless of the fear and countless doubts that cloud your mind.

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace the goodness of this day…

Embrace the goodness of this day. Embrace the possibilities that exist right now.

Your life has unique value, and there’s much you can do today to express that value. Your life has great potential, and there’s much you can do right now to fulfill that potential.

Take the challenges, distractions, interruptions and disappointments in stride. You can handle life, you’ve been doing so for a while, and you can always find the goodness in it all.

Remind yourself of what you love, of what really matters. You can act to make a positive difference, so enjoy the satisfaction of doing just that, again and again.

You are more than the problems, more than the situations, more than the drama that surrounds you. You are the person who can find the positive possibilities in it all, who can bring those possibilities to life.

Stay strong, stay upbeat, stay thoughtful and purposeful. Embrace the goodness in this day, and make it even better.

Remember:

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How to get what you want..

Power-consciousness is what you feel when you know that you can do a thing; and you know HOW to do the thing. If I can cause you to KNOW that you can succeed, and to know that you know HOW to succeed, I have placed success within your grasp; for if you know that you can do a thing and know that you know how to do it, it is impossible that you should fail to do it, if you really try. When you are in full Power-Consciousness, you will approach the task in an absolutely successful frame of mind. Every thought will be a successful thought, every action a successful action; and if every thought and action is successful, the sum-total of all your actions can not be failure.

Moving on from the old you…

I have just finished reading The Compound Effect written by Darren Hardy. The book is meant to motivate and inspire one to success in his/her life through realization of the ‘compound effect’.

One excerpt that caught my eye and which I would wish to share with you is about persistence in times of adversity and its importance in helping you grow. It goes:

”When conditions are great, things are easy, there aren’t any

distractions, no one is interrupting, temptations aren’t luring,

and nothing is disturbing your stride; that too is when most

everyone else does great. It’s not until situations are difficult,

when problems come up and temptation is great, that you get

to prove your worthiness for progress. As Jim Rohn would say,

Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”

When you hit the wall in your disciplines, routines, rhythms,

and consistency, realize that’s when you are separating yourself

from your old self, scaling that wall, and finding your new

powerful, triumphant, and victorious self.”

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Takeaway:

It is important that we realize that tough times never last and that it is in facing and overcoming hurdles that we shall be able to move from our old selves to our new and victorious self.

Self-imposed limitations…

Many of the limitations we have are actually just self-imposed limitations that we choose out of fear.

Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of being ridiculed, whatever the excuse is, people will find one that fits them…

People’s fear of being judged by those that told them they couldn’t do it is just too much. You don’t want to get out and prove them wrong. Some of us fear that they can’t handle the success that will come their way if they actually succeed. The truth is these are nothing but excuses that we give ourselves so that we cannot get out of our comfort zone.
The only way to know for sure about anything is to get up off your bed, get in the game and give it your best shot, then and only then you will know for sure and have the answers to all the fears you have in your head.

Stop procrastinating and just do it! You are your own limitation!!

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Choose to be Positive and Realistic…

Being positive about your prospects will improve your prospects. You’ll be more energetic, more persistent, more effective.

A positive perspective might be justified, or it might not be. In either case, it’s the best choice.

Being positive does not mean you must deny that negative factors exist. Rather, it means you commit yourself to successfully working through those negative influences.

You’ll encounter plenty of challenges pushing back against your efforts. Don’t let your own outlook be one of those challenges.

Though negativity might be the most obvious reaction, it is not in your best interest. You can always choose to be both positive and realistic.

Give yourself the advantage of a positive perspective. No matter how difficult the situation, being positive will put you in the best position to deal with it.

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