Saturday, August 30, 2008

How Is Your Faith These Days?

I got a call back sms from my mother about an hour ago - 4:04 am - she wanted me to fetch her since the night vigil at her church has ended.

After willing my body to get up to prepare for the "rescue" I began hearing running water as if someone was getting ready to take a bath.

I checked in the 2 bathrooms if my sister was adopting "sleep bathing" habits.

Baby sister was still in bed.

I found myself asking her, rhetorically so, whether she left the tap running outside.

I snickered to myself while walking off to investigate when she mumbled in a sleepy voice to repeat that.

I think she didn't register that I believe she has it in her to get out of bed and stepping out, opening the tap water only to get in the house and climb back in to bed again.

So her I am with only my boxers on, at 10 minutes pass 4 in the morning, coming out the back of the house to evaluate the entire perimeter, only to find a headache waiting to happen.

Someone managed to wrench the tap out of its socket and left to leave our paid water gushing out mercilessly along the side of our home.

Maybe the fact that we do not have a gate or a fence or wall around the main entrance of our home gave the perpetrator the idea that she can be at home and borrow our tap for a while with no intention of bringing it back.

So I managed to close up the supply of water to the home so that the mini flood would come to an end.

I got back in to the house, to take in what has occurred and allow myself to take my time to Respond To This Stimuli.

I put on more clothes and drove up Old Potch road heading to Universal Church to fetch ma.

All the while during my drive, after being grateful and naming most of the things God has given and blessed me with, it really was A Matter Of Choice.

In that I could have chosen to get REALLY ticked off about the dent an underdeveloped few within my community had left on my family.

Or I could use this opportunity to pray and become closer to God by thanking Him for His Strength, His Guidance, His Warmth and Will to rise above backward thinking in the form of retaliation.

I was also thankful that I still have my family, and the other 99% of the community that loves, supports and cares of one another.

If we have to supply the entire township with taps, so be it.

There was a quote from a gentleman who I must do research on who said that "we came into the world to be givers, and not receivers."

A message I kept repeating to myself so to block out emotions of being attacked which would keep me in a state of vibration that would only attract more attacks.

Such things happen in 3s only if you expect and believe and thus attract it.

I would rather be in a powerful state of gratitude, and humility and use temporary setbacks to become closer to my God -
  • the rich omnipresent substance of the Universe.

  • The Source, Supply, Support and Success for all my good.

Temporary adversity comes into my life to make me stronger due to the strength I would need to overcome.

You can't Pull Me Down with a tow rope when I am as abundant as a mountain.

I tower above you like the fear you allow in your heart, causing you to allow sin in your actions.

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I Am Too Legit To Quit!

I would like to tell you about this acid that burns in my heart in one of my future blog entries.

It’s an acidic reaction that I have come to love because I believe it’s my passion manifested.

But what I do want to tell you about today is my conversation with uSisi Phumzile (“Sisi” is Zulu for Sister, usually used to show respect for an elderly woman) who is a colleague at work.

We spoke about what do you have to do to become a person who “swims in money?”

This was spiked by how impressed I was about how this guy I know at work finds a way to deal with:
  • his car payments and expenses;

  • the newborn in his life;

  • the house that he owns and

  • his wife and still manage to not allow all these responsibilities make him curl up in a corner because they overwhelm him.
Sis’ Phumzile pointed out that there is a verse in the bible that says being envious is a sin.

To which I countered by suggesting that there probably is another verse that contradicts that one.

And that being envious with bad intent is bad but using that emotion of envy to be inspired is powerful and proactive.

And that was when she recalled a time she went to go visit a friend in the surburbs only to be enthralled by the high level of success radiating from their home.

Material worth which – after returning from her visit – she did not have in hers.

I silently desired to see this home she went in to and make regular visits to it so that I can be inside an environment that is in harmony with what I desire for my life.

To understand why I would want to do this, I want you to must ask yourself:

How do you except to live a life of luxury if you frown upon the luxurious life of others?
  • that mustard Hummer that they drive;

  • the double storey house that they live in;

  • the expensive school they send their children too;

  • the very attractive spouse that they have;

  • they company that they work for;

  • the extra amount of zeros they have in their bank account.
I mean these are some of the things that any person can achieve through planning, determination, focus, persistence and faith but which many tend to throw dirt on or critices.

I told Sis’ Phumzile that it all starts with a change of mindset.

To train the mind to think of abundance and a world without limits from our current mindset of lack and limitations.

Limitations set by no one else but onesself.

I also mentioned that you would need to work at this change because change won’t happen from:
  • you just watching tv or

  • wrapped within the warmth of your blankets or

  • doing the same thing everyday thinking that change will come knocking on your door telling you that she has arrived.
How strong is your willpower to work towards change?

What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this change?

What will keep you going when you don’t see the results you worked so hard for before you at a specific point in time?

And what makes you so happy that, even if you had all the money in the world, you would do everyday?

Questions I internalized and as a result led to this blog update.

Another thing we touched on was how some of the priests would end up being hypocrites by doing the contrary to what they preach on the altar.

To which Sis’ Phumzile replied something along the lines of:

"take what works well and what can help improve your life, and disregarding what offends or doesn’t work for you."

"And that can be done by not listening with the intent to critises, but with the intent to learn, heal, to be cleansed and grow..."


- Musa23

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I Should Rather Go In First If I Dare Lead You Into A Lion's Den

Friday, 22 August 2008.

I should learn to practice what I preach, instead of focusing on how other people should run their lives.

So instead of posting an entry and then forgetting about it – with the idea of having fulfilled my objective – I should rather write and read through it and see how I could apply what I wrote to my own personal life.

I realized this after receiving a call on my cellphone from a particular soul who works in the legal department of an insurance company.

He was claiming back from me the damages I caused on one of their client’s car, with me not having cover at the time they have no choice but attempt to claim it back from me.

Yeah…it was ripping open on old wound.

I denied the incident ever happening and hang up on him, only to have him calling me through my work number.

The nerve??

I told him to that I will need to make some calls to find whether he has grounds to issue such a request on me - not even giving him the time to tell me how much does he want from me.

And it turns out he did have the grounds to make such a claim.

Great...

A colleague suggested we take some time out and go for a smoke break, a breather which made it possible for me to take a step back and assess the situation objectively.

The “release” allowed me to make sense of what has happened and what needed to be done from that point onwards.

So in between drags it was then I realized that I could have handled the telephone conversation better.

A lesson was learnt:

  • the gap between an act and a response needs to be stretched in order for me to respond in a manner worthy of my level of intelligence.

It reminded me of a movie where the bad guy was asked by one of his cronies why I he isn’t getting angry from the way the good guy always finds a way of slipping through their fingers, to which he replied:

“Getting angry drops my IQ level, so in the end I would be both angry and stupid…”

As I wrote this I asked myself: as good as it looks on paper, how realistic is this principle of widening one's gap between stimuli and response?

But then I asked myself again where does the phrase “Think Before You Act” come from if Stephen R. Covey’s principle can’t be applied in everyday life?

And I can only master this principle through practical application, as often as I can.

It would take some work and persistence from my side to reach this Utopia, depending on how badly I want it.

The other lesson came when I took that breather to stop the “screaming” that was going on in my head, a breather which I took to focus on my next move instead of fussing over what has already occurred.

My girlfriend let’s me scream into my pillow so to let loose.

I believe that passion must be expressed externally, so not to build up inside until it would possibly manifests into a sickness.

So I slept this pass Friday with a heavy heart.

Which is a big no no especially when one doesn’t want to wake up the following morning feeling the same way, amongst other reasons.

I should have rather prayed to God for strength and/or asked Him to lift off some of the weight from my heart, being grateful for the fact that He hears me and will take care of me.

Because when I hurt He hurts, all I need do is ask for His upliftment from levels of discomfort so to be closer to levels abundant supply of wealth and prosperity.

Saturday, 23 August 2008


So not to become a walking contradiction I took my own advise and I got my beautiful buttocks out of bed and took a 45 minute walk to shift my mood.

I came back from my walk feeling lighter.

Healed.

The point I highlighted to myself here is that my mood wouldn’t have changed if I remained in bed and not doing my part to work at change.

For change to happen in need to work.

From this I proved to myself that what I write about is not fictional or idealistic but practical and realistic.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

So, as much as I don't want to admit it, I have to be grateful to this “soul” for teaching me 3 lessons:

Lesson #1 - That I have to choose how I react to certain situations.

Lesson # 2 - That I need to release my discomfort/ passion.

Lesson # 3 - That I must never sleep with a heavy heart.

He needs to call again to teach me more of life's lessons...

- Musa23

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It’s A Matter of Choice.

It’s A Matter of Choice Always…

Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in a good mood. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he changed jobs, so they could follow him around from restaurant to restaurant.

Why?

Because Jerry was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was always there, telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him.

"I don't get it! No one can be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, I have two choices today."

"I can choose to be in a good mood or I can choose to be in a bad mood."

"I always choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be victim or I can choose to learn from it."

"I always choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life."

"I always choose the positive side of life."

"But it's not always that easy,” I protested. "Yes it is," Jerry said.

"Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk every situation is a choice.

• You choose how you react to situations.

• You choose how people will affect your mood.

• You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood.

• It's your choice how you live your life."

Several years later. I heard that Jerry accidentally did something you are never supposed to do in the restaurant business.

… He left the back door of his restaurant open.

And then???

In the morning, he was robbed by three armed men. They Wanted $ *# $$$...
While Jerry was trying to open the safe box, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination.

The robbers panicked and shot him.

Luckily, Jerry was found quickly and rushed to the hospital.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.…

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Want to see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied.

"Then, after they shot me, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared?” I asked?

Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine.”

But when they wheeled me into the Emergency Room and I saw the expression on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared.

In their eyes, I read “He's a dead man.” I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything.”

“Yes,” I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.

I took a deep breath and yelled, “Bullets!”

Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Please operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.”

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude.

I learned from him that every day you have the choice to either enjoy your life or to hate it.

The only thing that is truly yours -- that no one can control or take from you.

Is your Attitude, so if you can take care of that, everything else in life becomes much easier.

I take my hat off for the individual who wrote the story above which I took from an email that was forwarded to me.

I believed it was a good follow up to We Should Stop Burying Each Other Alive, and also thought it wise to share it with you.

PS: Oh yes, if you have any other possible motivational or inspirational material like the one above, I would appreciate it if you could leave a link to them in the comment box if possible.

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

We Should Stop Burying One Another Alive


As idealistic as it may sound, I want all of us to work at being happy, all the time, and if you aren’t you are burying yourself alive.

If I am not happy then it means I am thinking thoughts that have derailed me from the track of abundance and wealth and prosperity I was on.

And once you derail from the rails of “Feel-Goodness” the only thing you will experience is everything EXCLUDING the good.

So since I love you, I can’t sit by and allow such uncool experiences manifest day in and day out in both our lives.

I’ve been there, it’s not a lekker (the “lekker” is taken from the Afrikaans language meaning good or cool or nice) feeling.

So I dig myself out from this by working towards being HAPPY.

It’s work because it might even involve you getting out of bed and taking a long walk, playing around with clear images in your head of how you would want your life to be.

Affirming to yourself that God or the Universe is shifting circumstances and people around to make it possible for you to think and grow rich.

It is work because it might involve you reading an inspirational book or novel.

Try out Matthew 7:7-10 and/or Mark 11:24 and/or Proverb 28:19 for size.

You have to work because you might even have to switch on your favorite song and sing along – out long preferably - to it, in order to rise from the unworthy levels you temporarily slipped in.

"Would you be my baby…ohh… If I had more money…ooh…Would that make you love me…hhoo…Would that make you love me…more"Evolution of Robin Thicke

You have to work because it might also mean dancing and RELEASING ALL THOSE BAD VIBES not worthy of your inner mental garden of beauty.

You must be conscious of what you plant in the garden of mind because it would either grow into an Eden of assorted delights you can indulge yourself in, under their irresistible shade.

Or you will harvest weed which darkness your heart, and all the things around you.

Your mission is to be the Light.

Light up the darkness and sing and dance and laughand be happy, all the time.

I am in this journey with you so I will show you how I glow, in the hopes of you doing the same for me.

Did I tell you that I love you though?

I have to because love is everything.

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Why I Believe Critics ROCK!!

After reading a comment made by Thubelihle and not being able to fully express my thoughts in the comment box, I thought it best to write this entry.

I think they {critics, haters, media, family members, etc;-)} criticises what they see contradicts their own personal material worth or material status or mindset.

This contradiction leads to a reactive response in the form of jealousy, to name one.

With comments like “…I can’t stand butt-kissers” or "Musa stole his way into becoming a millionaire" or whatever negative energies directed towards that particular seeker of wealth.

So instead of being inspired by her growth and success, they instead criticise with the idea of casting a shadow of suspension and doubt on her name.

Attempting by all means to diminish its magnificence and level of your height above the mundane.

Trying with every chance they get to bring her achievements and EXTRAordinary way of life down to their level...

The way I see it, they HAVE to exists at a lower level than you in order for them to “bring you down,” if you get what I mean.

So that means you function at a higher plane than most.

Especially those who cast stones at you in the form of blasphemy (at times even literally) hoping with all their might that you would buckle and break and fall down to your knees.

Down to your knees so that you can be at the same eye level as them.

Making you temporarily lie on a plane which you have totally grown out of.

It’s like being angry at someone who is doing her honours at university level, while you are still trying to get use to the idea of going through primary school…

I think, and I might be wrong, that they feel a sense of worthiness from the attention they get from like minded individuals.

And it is because of this sense of purpose that they continue to work backwards by being antagonists.

You can never advance in life while making a habit of frustrating over the growth and success of your fellow men.

In rugby it's like swinging the ball sideways, attracting the traffic - in the form of those who promote your ignorance by lending an equally ignorant ear - but not moving forward.

What I love best about their existence is that them focusing and fussing about your advancement, is only pushing you even closer towards a lifestyle of more success, more wealth, more prosperity.

My motivation is from an example you can experience first hand.

Take a moment and be conscious of a particular thing you or someone else is complaining about.

By fully aware of the emotions associated while with the passion or repetitiveness of this thing you might be complaining about.

Now notice how not only is the "problem" getting worse, but more things to complain about come channeling into your life.

Or anything else that would justify the way you might be feeling at the time, for that matter.

That is where the express "When it rains, it pours" comes from.

Now take this proposed "principle" and apply against anyone who might be against your achievements & advancement in your life...

It can only benefit you, and not the antagonist.

That is why I welcome constructive or attempted destructive criticism because I win either way.

And that is why I, Musawenkosi Tshoaele, believe haters are the best!!

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The 6 Common Fears from Think and Grow Rich: In Closing


"Worry is a state of mind."

"It works slowly but persistently."

"Step by step in "digs itself in" until it paralyses one's reasoning faculty and destroys self-confidence and initiative."

"Worry is a form of sustained fear caused by indecision."

"Therefore it is a state of mind which can be controlled"
.

"An unsettled mind is helpless."

"Indecision makes an unsettled mind."

"Most individuals lack the willpower to reach decisions promptly and stand by them after they have been made."

"The six basic fears becomes translated into a state of worry through indecision."

"Relieve yourself forever of the fear of death by reaching a decision to accept death as an inescapable event."

"Whip the fear of poverty by reaching a decision to get along with whatever wealth you can accumulate without worry."

"Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do or say."

"Eliminate the fear of old age by reaching a decision to accept it, not as a handicap, but as a great blessing which carries with it wisdom, self control and understanding not known to youth."

"Acquit yourself of the fear of loss love by reaching a decision to get along without love, if necessary."

"Kill the habit of worry, in all its forms, by reaching a general, blanket decision that nothing life has to offer is worth the price of worry."

"With this decision will come poise, peace of mind and calmness of thought that will bring happiness."

"A person whose mind is filled with fear not only destroys their own chances of intelligent action, transmits these destructive vibrations to the minds of other people and destroys their chances as well."

"The vibrations of fear pass from one mind to another just as quickly and as surely as the sound of the human voice passes from the broadcasting station to the receiving station and by the self-same medium."

"For reasons unknown, a bee will sting the person whose mind is realising vibrations of fear much more readily than it will molest the person whose mind registers no fear."

"...the person who realises thoughts of a destructive nature must suffer through the breaking down of the faculty of creative imagination."

"...the presence in the mind of any destructive emotion develops a negative personality that repels people, and often converts them into antagonists."

"...source of damage to the person who entertains or realises negative thoughts lies in this significant fact - these thought impulses are not only damaging others but they embed themselves in the subconscious mind of the person realising them, and they become a part of their character."

"One is never through with a thought merely by releasing it."

"When a thought is released, it spreads in every direction through the medium of the ether, but it also plants itself permanently in the subconscious mind of the person realising it."

"To be successful you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life and, above all, attain happiness."

"All of these evidence of success begin in the form of thought impulses..."

"You may control your own mind; you have the power to feed it whatever thought impulses you choose."

"With this privilege goes also the responsibility of using it constructively."



"You are the master of your own earthly destiny just as surely as you have the power to control your own environment, making your life what you want it to be..."


and that concludes the summarised notes I took from Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill, on the subject of the six common fears.

I am deeply grateful for sparing the time you took reading my series of posts, summarised extracts actually, from one of the greatest success writers known to man, that in Napoleon Hill.


- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The fear of Death from Think and Grow Rich


Find herein my summarised notes from Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich

A free ebook can also be downloaded here.


"#6 The fear of Death from Think & Grow Rich"

"To some this is the cruelest of all the basic fears."

"The fear of death is not as common now as it was during the age when there were no great colleges & universities."

"Through the aid of biology, astronomy, geology & other related sciences, the fears of the dark ages that gripped the minds of people & destroyed their reason have been dispelled."

"This fear is useless."

"Death will come, no matter what anyone may think about it."

"Accept it as a necessity & pass the thought out of your mind."

"It must be necessity or it would not come at all."

"The enter world is made up of only two things, energy & matter."

"In elementary physics we learn that neither matter or energy can be created or destroyed."

"Both matter & energy can be transformed."

"Life is energy..."

"If neither energy nor matter can be destroyed, of course life cannot be destroyed."

"Life, like other forms of energy, may be passed through various processes of transition or change, but it cannot be destroyed".

"Death is a mere transition."

"If death is not mere change or transition, then nothing comes after death except a long, eternal peaceful sleep, & sleep is nothing to be feared."

"Thus you may wipe out, forever, the fear of death..."


notes above where extracted from Think and Grow Rich.

...and in closing
.

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

The fear of Old Age from Think and Grow Rich


#5 The fear of Old Age from Think and Grow Rich

"The possibility of "ill health"...more common as people grow older, is a major cause of this common fear."

"Eroticism also enters into the cause of the fear of old age as no one cherishes the thought of diminishing sexual attraction."

"Another contributing cause...is the possibility of loss of freedom & independence, as old age may bring with it the loss of both physical & economic freedom."

"Some people show a tendency to slow down & develop an inferiority complex when they get older, falsely believing themselves to be "slipping" because of age."

"(the truth is that some of our most useful years, mentally & spiritually, are those in later life)."

"Unfortunately, there are older men & women who lose their initiative, imagination & self-reliance by falsely believing themselves too old to exercise these qualities."

above are personally summarised notes from Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich who I also briefly wrote about here.

And this leads us to the sixth and final fear according to Napoleon Hill...

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

The fear of Loss Of Love from Think and Grow Rich


#4 The fear of Loss of Love

summarized from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

I need to make it clear that these are notes I made, taken from the "Think and Grow Rich", which I felt the need to share with you, the reader.

"The fear of Loss of Love"

"The fear of the loss of someone is the most painful of all the 6 basic fears."

"...probably plays more havoc with the body & mind that any of the others."

"One of the extinguishing symptoms of this fear is jealousy:

  • being suspicious of friends & loved ones without any reasonable evidence.

  • another is the habit of accusing one's partner of infidelity without grounds.

  • further symptoms are a general suspicion of everyone,

  • faith in no one, and finding fault with friends, relatives, business associates & loved ones upon the slightest provocation, or without any cause whatsoever."


My next update will be the fear of old age.

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

The fear of Ill Health from Think and Grow Rich


#3 The fear of Ill Health

summarized from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

"This fear may be traced to both physical & social heredity."

"Closely associated in origin with the cause of fear of old age and death."

"This is because it leads one closely to the border of “terrible worlds” of which nothing is really known…"

"…ill health is feared because of the suffering it causes and the fear and uncertainty of what may happen when death comes."

"It has been shown most convincingly that the fear of disease, even where there is not the slightest cause of fear, often produces the physical symptoms of the disease feared."

"Hypochondria (imaginary illness)."

"Powerful is the human mind."

"It builds and destroys."

"Disease sometimes begins in the form of a negative thought impulse."

"Such an impulse can be passed from one mind to another through suggestion, or created by an individual in their own mind."

"Doctors sometimes send patients into new climates for their health because a change of “mental attitude” is necessary."

"The seed of fear of ill health lives in every human mind."

"Worry, fear, discouragement in love and businsess affairs cause this seed to germinate and grow."

Please take note the above summary was taken as is from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

Ok so that's the fear of poverty, then it was the fear of criticism that means the fear of loss of love should be next.

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The fear of Criticism from Think and Grow Rich


#2 The fear of Criticism

summarized from Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

"Most people are at least very uncomfortable when criticized."

"This fear robs people of their:

  • initiative;


  • destroys their power of imagination;


  • limits their individuality;


  • takes away their self-reliance
  • and does them damage in hundred other ways."

"One’s nearest relatives are often the worst offenders."

"It should be recognized as a crime…for any parent to build inferiority complexes in the mind of a child through unnecessary criticism."

"Employers who understand human nature get the best there is out of people not by criticism but by constructive suggestion."

"Parents may accomplish the same results with their children."

"Criticism will plant fear or resentment in the human heart but it will not build love or affection."



...the fear of ill health should be covered next if my maths serves me right.

- Musawenkosi Tshoaele

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The fear of Poverty from Think and Grow Rich Part 2

#1 Fear of Poverty continued from my previous post.

Symptoms of the fear of Poverty

"Indifference"

  • "Expressed through lack of ambition ;

  • Willingness to tolerate poverty;

  • Acceptance of whatever compensation life may offer without protest;

  • Mental & physical laziness;

  • Lack of initiative, imagination, enthusiasm & self control."

"Indecision"
  • "The habit of permitting others to do one’s thinking ;

  • Staying “on the fence.”
"Doubt"
  • "Expressed through alibis & excuses ;

  • Designed to cover up, explain away or apologise for one’s failures;

  • Sometimes expressed in the form of envy of those who are successful, or by criticizing them."
"Worry"
  • "Usually expressed by finding fault with others;

  • A tendency to spend beyond one’s income;

  • Neglect of personal appearance;

  • Scowling & frowning;

  • Intemperance in the use of alcoholic drinks;

  • Sometimes through the use of narcotics;

  • Nervousness;

  • Lack of poise;

  • Self-consciousness and

  • Lack of self-reliance."
"Over caution"
  • "The habit of looking for the negative side of every circumstance;

  • Thinking and talking of possible failure instead of concentrating upon the means of succeeding;
  • Knowing all the roads to disaster but never searching for the plans to avoid failure;
  • Waiting for “the right time” to begin putting ideas & plans into action, until the waiting becomes a permanent habit;

  • Remembering those who have failed, & forgetting those who have succeeded;

  • Seeing the hole in the doughnut but overlooking the doughnut."
"Procrastination"
  • "The habit of putting off until tomorrow matters that should have been done last year;

  • Spending enough time creating alibis & excuses to have done the job;

  • Refusal to accept responsibility when it can be avoided;

  • Willingness to compromise rather than put up a stiff fight;

  • Compromising with difficulties instead of harnessing & using them as stepping stones to advancement;

  • Bargaining with life for a penny instead of demanding prosperity, opulence, riches, contentment & happiness;

  • And planning what to do if and when overtaken by failure instead of burning all bridges & making retreat impossible

  • This is manifested further by weakness of, & often total lack of, self-confidence, definiteness of purpose, self control, initiative, enthusiasm, ambition, thrift & sound reasoning ability;

  • expecting poverty instead of demanding riches and

  • Association with those who accept poverty instead of seeking the company of those who demand & receive riches."


    ...the next post will be about fear of criticism

    - Musawenkosi Tshoaele

    Saturday, August 2, 2008

    The fear of Poverty from Think and Grow Rich

    Please be advised that these are just my summarized notes from N. Hill’s Think & Grow Rich.

    If you want a more in-depth version you can hopefully find it in of your local bookstore or amongst the free ebooks I found for you at White Dove Books or you can purchase one at Amazon.com


    #1 The fear of Poverty.

    "If you want riches you must refuse to accept any circumstances that lead towards poverty."

    "The word “Riches” here is used in the broadest sense, meaning financial, spiritual, mental & material assets."

    "If you demand riches determine what form & how much will be required to satisfy you."

    "If you neglect to make a start, or stop before you arrive, no one will be to blame but you."

    "State of mind – a state of mind is something that one assumes."

    "The only thing you can control."

    "It cannot be purchased; it must be created."

    "Fear of poverty is a state of mind, nothing else."

    "But it is sufficient to destroy one’s chances of achievement in any undertaking."

    "This fear paralyses:
    • the faculty of reason,

    • destroys the faculty of imagination,

    • kills off self-reliance,

    • undermines enthusiasm,

    • discourages initiative,

    • leads to uncertainty of purpose,

    • encourages procrastination,

    • wipes out enthusiasm and

    • makes self control impossibility."





    • "It takes the charm from one’s personality;

    • destroys the possibility of accurate thinking;

    • diverts concentration of effort;

    • it masters persistence;

    • turns the willpower into nothingness;

    • destroys ambition;

    • beclouds the memory and invites disaster in a hundred forms;

    • leads to sleepiness;


    misery and unhappiness and all this despite the obvious truth that we live in a society of overabundance of everything the heart could desire, with nothing standing between us & our desires, except lack of a definite purpose."

    "Considerable courage is required to state the origin of this fear & still greater courage to accept the truth after it has been stated."

    "Nothing brings so much suffering & humility as poverty."

    "Only those who have experienced poverty understand the full meaning of this."

    "It’s no wonder that we fear poverty."

    "Self-analysis may disclose weakness that one does not like to acknowledge."

    "This form of examination is essential to all who demand of life more than mediocrity & poverty."

    "You are after the truth. Get it, no matter at what cost, even though it may temporarily embarrass you."

    "The majority of people if asked what the fear most, would reply, “I fear nothing.”

    "The reply would be inaccurate because few people realize that they are bound, handicapped, whipped spiritually & physically through some form of fear."

    "So subtle & deeply seated is the emotion of fear that one may go through life burdened with it, never recognizing its presence."

    "Courageous analysis will disclose the presence of this universal enemy."

    "When you begin such an analysis, search deeply into your character."

    "Here is a list of the symptoms you should look for:

    Symptoms of the fear of poverty


    …to be covered in my next post.

    - Musawenkosi Tshoaele