Africa is considered the last frontier. There are 6 billion people on earth. And, of the 6 billion, 1 billion make up the African continent. Africa is on the verge of an economic explosion, and Ghana leads the pack. In Africa, especially Ghana, there is extreme poverty amid countless possibilities and untapped opportunities. In this post, I will provide 3 tips for turning possibilities into opportunities – whether in Africa or any other part of the world.
- Be open to possibilities. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, look for what’s possible. To do that, you have to be able to see what’s not right in front of you; you must be able to see beyond the present moment. Sometimes, to get the results you want, you have to look past or through a lot of unpleasant “stuff”. And, as a good friend of mine often states, “To get past the stuff you must focus your attention on where you are going and stay in your lane”. In other words, keep your eyes on the prize.
- Know what you want. Many people don’t get what they want because they don’t know what they want. And, if you don’t know what you want, it’s hard to focus and “stay in your lane”. Not knowing what you want will cause you to bounce “all over the place”— wasting time, energy, and money.
- Prepare Yourself. Once you know what you want, it’s then time to commit to learning everything you can about your chosen venture. The statement, “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity that never comes than to be unprepared when one does come” says it all.
How do you turn possibilities into opportunities? Let me hear from you.
For the next 3 weeks I am posting from Accra, Ghana (West Africa). So, I may divert a little from my “strategies for becoming a possibility thinker” posts.
I arrived on Friday, July 15th. The entire trip, which included a 4-hour layover in Atlanta, was approximately 23 hours. The trip started with a visa glitch because the agents in Sarasota had limited understanding of how to interpret a Ghana issued visa. And, was intent on convincing me that my visa would be expiring in 2 days, and therefore, could not be allowed to travel. It took about 45 minutes and a call from my contact in Ghana for them to realize that they were confusing my passport expiration date (which had been renewed and in their possession) and my visa expiration date.
On travel day I experienced challenges that taught me these valuable lessons: 1) When you know that you know (and you’re without doubt), remain calm and state your position with confidence in a non-threatening way, 2) have a back-up plan 3) get to the airport early with enough time to calmly address glitches and 4) DO NOT check more than 2 bags. The cost for a 3rd bag: $200.00.
Since the start of my Ghana trip, God has been rapidly expanding my territory and blessing me in ways I never imagined. For example, my seatmate on the flight was a born and bred Ghanaian businessman and U. S. citizen who provided me with some invaluable information including local networking opportunities; appeared on my first ever morning TV show to promote my book and 4 cd album; and met and connected with a dynamic 71 year old African American woman who moved to South Africa (S.A.) over 15 years ago at the personal invitation of Mr. Nelson Mandela. Now, I can say with confidence that I have a “sister” who lives in S.A. This woman showed me what 71 looks like when you take care of yourself –physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and financially.
All that is happening to me and for me again confirms the truth that “possibilities are infinite. And, that each moment of each day is filled with possibilities”. All you have to do is open your eyes wide and be open and receptive.
Anything good happened to you lately? I would love to hear from you.
There is power behind the consistent use of affirmations. However, that power doesn’t come from just sitting and chanting all day or night. It comes from doing something. It comes from taking specific actions. For example, if you desire to “always see possibilities”, you must make a conscious effort to engage in some sort of identifiable activity that will make this a reality. That activity may be something as simple as changing the way you talk or think about a situation; or monitoring your internal dialogue (your self-talk) – in general. For example, instead of referring to an unresolved or troubling situation as a problem, you may start referring to it as a “challenge”. Better still, you may tell yourself that a troubling situation is just “another opportunity to excel”.
Monitoring your internal dialogue can truly be “another opportunity to excel”. For many of us, that dialogue is non-stop. There is always chatter, chatter, chatter. And, much of the chatter is negative, destructive, and counterproductive. By becoming aware of the chatter, you can quickly take control and replace it with talk and words that are positive. When I catch myself engaging in negative or counterproductive chatter, I use these four words to replace it: peace, happiness, success and wealth.
There is also power behind affirmations because you are dealing with the subconscious mind which only responds to what the conscious mind impresses upon it. It doesn’t know the difference between what is true or false. It only responds to what it is told. For example, if the conscious mind says, “This is an impossible situation.” The subconscious accepts those words as true. And, act accordingly. The subconscious mind believes anything you tell it repeatedly. Any idea can be planted firmly in the mind through repetition.
The use of affirmations along with specific actions can not only help you to become a possibility thinker, it can also help you change the entire course of your life. What experiences have you had with affirmations? Let me hear from you.
The first two strategies for becoming a possibility thinker were: 1) read book, articles, and blogs on possibility thinking and 2) develop a possibility mindset. This post is a continuation of strategy #2. In it, I will show you how to use these quotes to help you develop a possibility mindset or consciousness.
From my booklet of quotes, choose some of your favorites (see my previous post for 10 of my favorite quotes).
- Post them in a conspicuous location (e.g., on your bedside table, your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator).
- As soon as you get out of bed, choose one quote to focus on for that day.
- Think about what that quote means to you.
- Develop an affirmative statement to support that quote. (An affirmative statement is a strong positive statement that declares something as true. It’s written and spoken in the present tense as if it were true.) For example, if the quote you have chosen to focus on for the day is “The future belongs to those who believe in possibilities”, then your affirmative statement might be something like this. “I believe in possibilities”.
- Silently or aloud, repeat your statement 5 or more times. Then, throughout the day, repeat, “I believe in possibilities”.
For at least 21 days, repeat this ritual every day until you begin to internalize the truth that possibilities are all around you – even during your darkest hour or when faced with what you see as insurmountable challenges. Again, for a free download of my 100 quotes, go to the articles page on this website.
In my next post, I will talk about the power behind using affirmative statements, not only to become a possibility thinker but to make significant changes in every aspect of your life.
Post some of your favorite life affirming quotes here. I would love to hear from you.