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  • 17 July 2015

    5 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Always Entertained

    Guest post by Peter Minkoff
    kids being entertained, kids having fun

    Children seem to be more prone to be bored than adults. Especially during holidays when they don’t have any school chores, the parents are the ones from who is expected to solve this problem. 

    Kids who are always bored in their free time, can develop a long-term boredom, when nothing interests and excites them, which can be a cause of later vandalism, school drop-out or drug abuse. 

    No reason to fear of these extremes, though, if you teach your child how to overcome the boredom by himself. Your kid doesn’t need an army general to order him what to do, but a life coach to teach him how to accomplish things by himself. 

    Here, we’ll give you five advices on how you and your child can exceed the boredom issue together.

     

    Developing their creativity

    Children are true masters of creative thinking and when they find just a small thing that will keep them occupied for long term, they can create wonders. TV, computer games and iPhones can only keep your kids occupied for short period, what they need in order to develop their creativity is a special project or a task that will last even for couple of months. 

    So for a five or six year old, that project can be growing a plant and maybe even keeping a journal about its development. For a school kid, a photography project, where he should keep record about his vacation or some other topic can be a great way of expressing and developing creativity and maybe even a wind in his sail for some future career.


    Encourage their imagination

    Kids entertained, kids having fun

    The imagination is one of those things we are gradually losing as we’re growing up and the children are blessed by having more than enough of it. You should appreciate and encourage when a box becomes a spaceship in your child’s hands, it’s a priceless thing. 

    One of the best ways of sparking that fantasy life are costumes. They’re helping kids to imagine themselves as some other characters which require an additional effort of coming up a story to go with the costume. By channelling kids’ energy into superheroes they can save the world, defeat a villain and be the queens and kings of their own universe. 

    Research shows that storytelling which involves costumes can enhance child’s ability to retell the story and develop better language use. In fact, parents can have a great interaction with their kids, by searching inspiring costumes online and in that way discovering their interests.

     

    Praise independent playing

    It’s not possible for you to be always there when your child needs some entertainment and it is also not an option for 20 kids from school to come every day to impersonate their companionship at your home. 

    So, what can you do? It’s not so bad to allow and encourage your kid to play alone sometimes. Making that transition from a fellowship in school to independent playing is a big step for your little one, so start with just 15 to 20 minutes. 

    Afterwards, you should gradually increase the time of independent playing. Reward the independence with a picnic in a park or walking by the river.

     

    Thinking with their own heads

    Kids entertained, kids having fun

    Adults are often wrong in thinking that kids never know what they want. They just don’t know how to express their desires and how to accomplish their plans. 

    Encourage your child and let him know that you can understand his wishes and you’ll not diminish them or laugh at them. Then, sit together and make a list of the things your kid considers fun and which can be used as get-out-of-boredom cards. 

    If some of the items on the list are undoable, explain calmly why is that so and search for alternatives together. Try to, with join efforts, think of some games that can be played with whole family and some projects which can be done independently. 

    As with the first steps, your kid should do everything on his own, all you can do is hold his hand and hope he won’t trip and fall. And that should be enough.

    Peter Minkoff guestpostPeter is a lifestyle writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a trend forecaster and as a freelance writer for few local newspapers in Brisbane. Beside writing, he loves shopping, cooking exotic meals and travelling around tropical destinations. He’s future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips.

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    20 June 2015

    5 Tricks For Expanding Your Comfort Zone

    Guest post by Sarah Williams
    comfort zone, try something new
    There are many reasons to expand your comfort zone and it’s not always easy to think of ways to do that. Sometimes we may not realize when it’s hard for us to move outside of our comfort zone. Trying new things can become harder as we get older and more set in our ways. 

    It’s scary because we don’t want to embarrass ourselves if we aren’t good at something and our nature is to avoid failure. If we can embrace a more childlike innocence, it becomes easier to talk to strangers, make new friends and try new things we aren’t used to.

    Expanding your comfort zone can help you with problem solving, improve communication and lower your stress. This can help you become a better leader and can help you master new skills.

    Here are some fun ways to get out of your comfort zone, improve your adaptability and social intelligence.

    1. Join A Fun Class

    Maybe it’s an active class such as dance. Maybe you’ve never tried archery or aerial silks. Trying something that is completely new to you exercises your ability to adapt to new environments. 

    Taking a class is also a safe place to work on your response to change because you will be led by an instructor and able to ask questions.

    You may want to try an art class, a woodworking class or something that is exciting to you. Try to choose a topic you are interested in so you’re more likely to be engaged. 
    Theatre classes are an excellent way to expand your comfort zone because they help you interact with people in silly ways and they can help you learn ways to overcome fears of speaking in public.

    The other important aspect of joining a class is that it will help you socialize. You are bound to interact with people. The beauty of being good at different things is it exercises different parts of your brain

    It’s undeniable that a good leader must exercise both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. We employ the logic brain when balancing a budget and executing time management skills but when it comes to engaging with customers and employees, we must use our creative emotional intelligence. 

    The unique trait of a good leader is that they know how to relate to people and they are skilled at their job.

    2. Go Out To Eat By Yourself

    Sometimes expanding your comfort zone is working on being independent. In today’s day and age people can get very used to being surrounded with the company of others. 

    When it comes to independent thinking, which is a critical tool for leaders, it’s something that can be practised. Leaders can’t have a ‘follow the crowd’ mentality because they must think of ways to differentiate their business ideas.

    By simply doing things you would usually do with someone else on your own, you are exercising your ability to make decisions on your own. 

    For example, you will choose where you eat, where you sit in the restaurant and what you order from the menu. You will probably even pick out what you wear all by yourself. While this exercise may seem silly it will help you feel comfortable being alone which is something many people get anxious about. 

    You will notice your environment more and get to feel more at ease after a little while.

    3. Vacation By Yourself

    The ultimate way to expand your comfort zone is to take a solo vacation. This allows you to be in a totally new environment and break your normal routine. 

    When you are in a new environment your senses are on hyper-drive. You will smell things, you will see more of your surroundings and hear more conversations. 

    It’s a challenge that can be very rewarding in expanding your comfort zone. It helps you overcome unnecessary fears of being alone and stretches your communication skills.

    If you travel to a place where English is not the native language you can use body language and voice tone to pick up on many cues. This is a great way to build communication tools. Camping by yourself is another way to overcome your fears of doing something new. 

    When you reach outside your comfort zone, you realize you are capable of so much more. Of course don’t camp too far out there if you are not used to the wilderness.

    4. Join A Book Club

    This is a sneaky little tip that is geared to expanding your communication and vocabulary. If you join a monthly book club it will not only improve your intelligence level but the subjects will get you thinking about things in a new way. 

    Fiction books can help you develop a language and a skill set around emotional behaviours and help you better understand human behaviours. On the other hand, non-fiction books can improve your knowledge of certain subjects and expand your ability to speak educatedly about interesting subjects.

    This is also a great way to allow your mind to relax, not think about work and do something new. When you meet new people, it allows your brain to learn how to be sociable because you see other people being sociable. 

    If you want to pick up on civilized social skills, you won’t find them in a sports bar. Attending seminars, conferences and theatrical performances can improve your ability to speak to people about complex subject matter in a social environment.

    Leaders need to be able to debate important issues and talk about things other than the weather.

    5. Host A Get Together

    Finally, hosting a get together can help you work on things you may not be good at such as decorating, cooking or relaxing with friends. 

    They say taking time to have fun benefits the overall function of the brain because it lowers stress. Strong leaders incorporate fun things into their lives to maintain a balance between work and life. 

    If you work all the time, consider fun activities you can incorporate into your routine that are not just by yourself.

    While leaders are usually confident, they must make efforts to stay social and not isolate themselves. Leaders are constantly asked to expand their comfort zone when business changes come up. 

    For example, when people leave a company you will need to hire new people. To protect the company, you will want to be able to read people and establish rapport. Networking is valuable for leaders. Having a strong social network can help you get referrals for good employees you can trust.

    Sarah williams guest postsSarah Williams is a lifestyle writer who specializes in self-development and dating advice. She believes that happiness is a combination of self-discipline and appreciating every day - just the way it is. You can read her articles at Wingman Magazine.
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    3 June 2015

    Sensational Interview with Jeet Banerjee : 22 years old Serial entreprenuer

    Serial entreprenuer, digital marketing expert, jeet banerjee

    We are kicking off our first interview series. The aim is to share the success stories of various individuals. We would see the inspirations and struggle behind their dreams and learn from them.

    Today, We have got someone phenomenal. His name is jeet Banerjee, a serial entrepreneur, tech expert, consultant, author, and blogger. There is indeed a lot about him. He has successfully help start many business.

    He is currently working on various new start-up companies. Jeet Banerjee is also into business  consulting and speaks at different conferences. Let get started with this already.


    Q: Who is Jeet Banerjee? Tell us about your family background, education and hobbies. You could also tell us something you have not mentioned in any interview.
    Ans: Jeet Banerjee is a 22 year old serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, digital marketing consultant, and best-selling author. Growing up, Jeet was raised by his family constantly reminded of the value of a dollar. I attended college for a few years, but I ended up dropping out when I was learning more from my start-ups than I was in the classroom. In terms of hobbies, I’m a huge fan of sports and spend a lot of time with friends/family.
    Q: Tell us about your entrepreneurial journey. How did you take off?
    Ans: I started my entrepreneurial journey as a senior in high school when I was 17 years old. I was sick of minimum wage jobs that restricted my freedom and creative ability so I launched my own multimedia agency. I grew this company to 20+ employees within 2 years and we were building websites, mobile applications and videos for companies all over the world. I ended up selling this company after 2 years and that was the first signs of success I saw as an entrepreneur.
    Q: Tell us about those rough/tough moments when you started your first business.
    Ans: Starting off, the toughest thing I had to deal with was my age. I was 17 years old and I looked like I was 14. I had rough times when I went to make pitches with clients and they mistook me for someone’s kid. These moments brought me to the edge where I almost quit and decided to put my entrepreneurial dreams on hold until I was older and more mature.
    Q: As a student entrepreneur, how do you manage to balance your business, social life and family?
    Ans: While I was in college and pursuing entrepreneurship, it was very difficult to balance everything. What ended up happening was that I spent most of my time on my business and the rest of my time had been divided between my family and my social life. Nowadays, I have a pretty good schedule that ensures I am not overworking myself. I still work a lot and business is what I’m doing most of all, but I usually leave my weekends and evenings open for my social life and family.
    Q: I watched your TEDx video and it was inspiring. You mentioned how you started your first business even without having the financial resources (Capital). Could you shed more light to this?
    Ans: Yeah absolutely. When I started my entrepreneurial journey, I didn’t even have a bank account and I couldn’t even properly set up a Paypal account because I wasn’t 18 years old. I was selling websites without having my own website, business entity or bank account. I think it’s all about hustling harder than everyone else in order to be successful. If you don’t have the luxury of experience or capital, you don’t wait. Instead, find another way to get it done.
    (Here is that TEDx talk by the way)



    Q: What is your definition of success?
    Ans: My definition of success is being able to do what I want when I want.
    Q: Run us through quick steps you use to execute your ideas.
    Ans: When you come up with a new idea, it’s very easy to fall in love with your idea. Many people fail with their ideas because they are too infatuated with their own ideas and aren’t willing to make necessary changes to it. When I get an idea, the first thing I am doing is figuring out who the possible target markets can be and getting feedback from them on my ideas. Is that idea a viable option? How do your potential customers feel about it? These are all important questions to answer.
    Q: What are your major challenges as a young entrepreneur?
    Ans: I think the biggest challenge as a young entrepreneur is getting credibility to really push your ideas forward. Whether you need investors, clients or something else, it’s always going to be a challenge when you’re a young entrepreneur.
    Q: How did you overcome those challenges?
    Ans: If you’re going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. Back up everything that you say and go the extra mile to make things happen.
    Q: What sacrifices did you make in order to achieve your dreams?
    Ans: I started entrepreneurship when I was extremely young. While my friends were out playing video games, going to the movies or hanging out with each other, I was at home grinding away at my businesses. I had to sacrifice a social life early on and a lot of sleep in order to achieve my dreams.
    Q: Who are your competitors and how do you manage the competition?
    Ans: I have many competitors from many different businesses that I run. In terms of managing competition, I love competition. I embrace it because it does a couple things:
    - Competition validates what you’re doing.
    - Keeps you on your toes and constantly motivates you to stay on top of your game.
    Q: What impact has your business made so far?
    Ans: I’ve had one business that has helped over 250,000 students get into college. I’ve had another business where my apps have received millions of download in the past few years. Most importantly, all of my businesses are created to create value instead of just making money.
    Q: What is the core-secret of your growing business?
    Ans: Scale. First you nail it, then you scale it. I think too many people are focused on growing too early when they don’t know if they have a business that is successful or not. I first focus on creating a business and a model that is viable. Once I have that, it’s all about scaling it out and multiplying it so you can grow rapidly.
    Q: Do you currently have investors?
    Ans: No I do not.
    Q: What are the sources of income available to you?
    Ans: I have multiple companies that generate me income, a couple of eBooks and paperback books, courses that I have published, stocks, and some startup investments that I make from time to time.
    Q: Can you give us a figure of your online revenue monthly? 4, 5 or 6 figures?
    Ans: I don’t really like to share the exact figures of my monthly revenue, but I am living more than happily.
    Q: Have you ever had any regrets?
    Ans: No. When you start your own business, you can’t have regrets. As long as you make every decision because it was the best thing to do at that time, you shouldn’t have any regrets.
    Q: Do you think in anyway your environment helped contribute to the success of your enterprise(s)?
    Ans: I think so. I think the ideas that you come up with are always a result of your environment. If you experience something daily and you know something, then those are the ideas that become a viable option. I think that contributed heavily to my success.
    Q: How do you think young people out there can make a difference like you?
    Ans: Put your wildest dreams on the table and go after it. Just do it. If you want to do something, go out there and do it. Don’t wait and don’t make excuses, there is no better time than now.
    Q: Do you think there are limits to which youths can excel?
    Ans: Absolutely not. Age is just a number, nothing else.
    Q: As an entrepreneur, what would you refer to as your biggest achievement so far?
    Ans: I would say my biggest achievement to date was selling my first company and watching it grow as big as 20+ employees.
    Q: One of your recent projects is Statfuse.com. Tell us the inspiration behind it.
    Ans: It was an idea that came out by a friend and I. We both struggled immensely when trying to apply to college to figure out what colleges were viable options for us. We saw that the marketplace was really missing a good solution so we decided to create a solution for future students.
    Q: Do you have any plans for Statfuse.com you would like to share?
    Ans: In terms of StatFuse, we are just extremely focused on scaling and growing out the company even further. We want to be able to get this product in the hands of as many students as we possibly can and we are excited to see what the future brings for us.
    Q: What are some achievements so far for statfuse.com?
    Ans: We have been featured in numerous media outlets and even have over 250,000+ students that have signed up and used our portal.
    Q: What is your advice for young people who might intend launching their own start-ups?
    Ans: Don’t be scared of making mistakes or failure. It’s all part of the journey and mistakes/failure are a good thing. Be happy about it and embrace it. The sooner you make mistakes, the closer you are to succeeding.
    Q: What is that one thing you wished you could change about your past?
    Ans: I wish that I was more open to listening to people when I first started. When I started, I was cocky and arrogant thinking I knew it all. I wasn’t open to advice from others, but I quickly realized that you need to hear everyone out. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt and enjoy it.
    Q: Tell us the best decision you think you have made in your life.
    Ans: Deciding to become an entrepreneurship instead of taking the traditional college route.
    Q: What do you think would be the next phase of innovation in the entrepreneurial world?
    Ans: I’ve been involved in tech for the greater 5 years of my entrepreneurial career. I really want to move into non-technical sectors such as real estate, charities and other areas where I feel that I can make a big impact.
    Q: Send out a word of inspiration to my readers.
    Ans: There is no better time to pursue your dreams than right NOW!
    Thank you Jeet for this inspiring time. You have been amazing!

    USE THe LINKS BELOW TO CONNECT WITH JEET:
    Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google + | Website

    Over to you
    Jeet has shared his phenomenal story with you, now it is time for me to hear from you. What did you learn from this entrepreneur?

    Would you like to ask any question from Jeet Banerjee that I skipped ? You can ask him further questions below in the comment section.

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    28 May 2015

    5 Sure fire creative thinking hacks children can teach you

    Creative thinking, children thoughts, creative thinking hacks

    Children's day was just two days ago and I got some ideas from it. Today on the blog, Children would be teaching you some creative thinking hacks that can make your world awesome.

    Even though you use 100% of your brain's grey matter and not 10%, it is still very much true that the way your brain functions is far away from it's natural potential. The good part is that there are various ways you can make use of your brain to produce creative results in whatever you do.

    Everyone might have the capacity to reason, reflect and reach conclusions based on experience and knowledge but the results individual produces differs.
    "It's astonishing that until very recently,creative thinking was regarded in industrialised countries as a second class skill for several centuries, people were employed first for the manual labour, secondly, for their machines operating skill and lastly, and only of called upon, for their thinking ability." - Eric Garner [Thinking skills (Bookboon.com)]

    From the words above, we can deduce that today, it's different. Companies and economies now realise the need for brains.

    During job interviews, problem solving skills, critical and analytical thinking skills are now being tested. These shows that there has been a great shift from physical to mental abilities.

    I read somewhere that Henry Ford had an employee whose job was just to think for his company.

    Some people's creative thinking has brought about remarkable inventions, innovations and solutions to the world. They are creative thinkers.

    They are everywhere. You can find them in the technology industry, banking industry, oil and gas sector, entertainment industry and even art industry. I am sure you had a name that came to mind from each of these industries.

    Today, I want you to learn how to engage your creative thinking or improve on your creative thinking by Learning from children.

    #1: Let your mind wander

    I don't know what category of people whose mind's wander better than children (except for ADHD patients).

    They somewhat lack the capacity to train their thoughts. I guess, that's why teaching kids new concepts is not so easy.

    I read an article on Telegraph.co.u about a research that suggests that children whose mind wander might have sharper brains.

    Thought patterns is associated with experience, knowledge, and insight you already possess. Allowing your mind wander makes it randomly pick up signals.

    Based on personal experience within college, I have found myself solving some physics problems by ignoring logical thinking and allowing my mind wander about.

    The difference between when you allow your mind wander about and that of a child is the superior control you possess.

    I don't know much neuroscience but I have had some good experiences about mind wandering. I have gotten so many blog post ideas during few minutes of not consciously thinking about anything.

    Honestly, I spend few minutes daily to defy normal thinking process and just let my mind wander on so many things.

    You know those times you are just taking a shower or even brushing your teeth and you are not really thinking about anything. Those are your mind wandering moments.

    Albert Einstein once asked why he always get amazing ideas while shaving.

    Mind wandering is like leaving your brain on autopilot. It might not really be bad after all if done once in a while.




    #2: Let your mind wonder (Be curious)

    Kids ask a lot of questions. They can be awesome and sometimes annoying especially when they ask the questions at the wrong time.

    I believe God wired them to be inquisitive at that age so that they can catch up with the information in their environment.

    When I was a kid, I asked questions like "Why do we yawn? Why do we have to sleep? How do pop corn pop?"
    "If necessity is the mother of invention, then curiosity is the father"- Rupal Bhadu
    I quite agree with the writer above. Curiosity fuels necessity. Many inventions were a product of curiosity.

    Speak of Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilee, Archimedes, Isaac Newton and so on. They began their journey to discovery by being curios. They didn't leave any event to chance. They questioned every event they experienced.

    When you ask more questions, it can boost your creative thinking. There are so many things around you that you have no idea bow they work. Why not question them. You might just be on the road to another discovery.

    Most times, adults tend to condition their thoughts in one direction based on educational background or skills.

    You just need to allow yourself wonder about things in other to recapture your childhood curiosity.


    #3: Think Silly

    Children could be very silly with thoughts. I once imagined myself riding on a dragon to school in primary school.

    Whenever you think silly, don't be quick to discard. Few months back, I would always propound silly theories of what might happen if all humans and animals fart at the same time neglecting time zones.

    All these silly questions and thoughts has personally helped me solve problems faster. I recently took a test which I didn't know was GMAT and my average score was 75%.

    I recently read about people using tea bags for artwork. It is amazing. See this amazing art work by Red Hong Yi.

    red hong yi artwork

    20,000 tea bag artwork

    What about this hug me pillow?

    hug me, pillow, woman with hug me pillow

    You need to think out of the norm sometimes. When you think silly, it can make your mind more relaxed because in the process you can laugh. When you use your mind to play around unusual concepts, it can spark up innovations.

    The selfie stick is a silly but amazing invention
    selfie stick, photo shoot


    What About this portable radio in a straw hat?
    radio hat, straw hat

      Don't just get serious with everything. Feel free to go silly.
    egg smiling


    #4: Distort your reality

    It's limiting to monopolise your thoughts. Things are not always what they seem to be. Don't maintain a single story. There are diverse ways to approach an issue.

    One way to gather creative thinking aura is to see things in ways that nobody has seen before.

    For example, the reality is that a kid can't be a President of a country but thinking beyond reality beget "kid President".  He has a lot of subscribers on youtube. Check him out.

    Albert Einstein imagined how his theory of relativity could work by lying on a grassy hillside and picturing himself riding on a sunbeam into the universe.

    Steven Spielberg, director of "Close encounters of a third kind", a science fiction film, imagined the spaceship he used in the film by standing upside down on his bonnet and looking at the night lights of Los Angeles.

    #5: Believe Anything

    This is not about accepting all ideas that come your way hook line and sinker. It's about living in the world of possibilities.

    Children from about age 2 easily believe what they have been told. Kids rarely doubt their parents.

    They believe tooth fairies are Santa Claus are real. Kids believe super heroes are real. They don't see any reason why it shouldn't.

    One way to stay creative is to never think impossibilities.

    Google glass, Air planes, Facebook, smartphone technology and the likes were once impossibilities.

    The world impossibility is relative. The only thing that is impossible is what you have defined for yourself.

    Conclusion
    The mind is the most powerful and dynamic tool you possess. You can harness great amount of strength from it to make the world around you a better place if you can just focus to develop it. You should try out one the hacks I shared.

    Your turn 
    What is your perspective towards these creative thinking hacks I shared. How do you engage in creative thinking? Please, use the comment form below.
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    20 May 2015

    Book Review: Let the Good Times Roll by Mark Hankins

    mark hankins books

    I read at least two books every month. I take out time to reflect on the words I’ve read so that I can absorb them and inculcate the lessons into my life style. I will be doing my first review on this blog today. So enjoy and expect more great reviews.

    Author: Mark Hankins
    Title: Let the good times roll (5 Key factors to Heaven on Earth)
    Publisher: MHM Publications; Alexandria, LA.
    Edition: 1-88981-13-3
    Pages: 159
    Genre: Christian Books
    © 2006 by Mark Hankins
    “And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
    I finished reading this book few months back. The first time I heard about Mark Hankins was during WAFBEC 2015.

    Mark Hankins is the pastor of Christian worship Centre in Alexandria, Louisiana. He pastors the church alongside his wife. Their message centres on the spirit of faith, who the believer is in Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit with Joy.

    Content

    - The Holy Spirit Factor.
    - The Glory Factor.
    - The Faith Factor
    - The Joy Father.
    - The Redemption Factor.
    - Let The Good Times Roll.

    Note: There are sub themes on each chapter I didn’t include.
    I am sharing some things I have practically learnt while reading this book.

     

    The Holy Spirit Factor

    One of the core experiences of a Christian is to be baptised by the Holy Spirit. Mark Hankins taught that Life has never been about having or knowing a tool but about rightly harnessing the power of the tool. 

    Hence, it’s not about talking or reading about the Holy Spirit but putting the power of the Holy Spirit into work.

    The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. He is our advocate; helps us win our cases. The Holy spirit gives uncommon strength.

    “You can do more in one year if you are filled with the Holy Spirit than you can do in fifty years apart from Him.”

    To buttress the Holy Spirit as our advocate, Mark Hankins gives an illustration.

    The Holy Spirit is our advocate. He is the counsellor for the defence. He is called in to speak in support of His character in order to enlist favour of judge. The advocate will present someone else’s case in the most favourable light.

    These words have helped me prayed with a stronger confidence. I am assured that if I allow the Holy Spirit pray through me, all I take before the judge (God) will be presented to enlist me for favour.

    The Holy Spirit is our seismic retrofit; helps us withstand the earth quake of life. After the quakes pass, we will still be standing.

    Mark Hankins also emphasised on the importance of recognising, respecting, and responding to the Holy Spirit.
    We must not resist him if we truly want to live “heaven on earth.”

     

    The Glory Factor

    This was where I learnt a New Greek word-‘Doxa’. It is the New Testament word for “glory.”

    Mark Hankins taught that the glory of God is the most outstanding characteristics about God. It’s God manifested presence.

    He said “Even though God is everywhere, His presence is not manifested everywhere.” Believers should always speak of God’s glory. 

    The more of God’s glory that his made manifest in our lives- the more we gradually attain the fullness of the measure of Christ stature. There are riches in God’s glory. 

    One commentary puts it as “wealth, number, commerce, power, wisdom, promotion, superiority, authority, nobility, splendour, valour, magnificent, extraordinary, privileges and advantages.

     

    The Faith Factor

     I learnt quite a lot about faith here. Faith will get you to your destination. Mark Hankins said God spoke to him saying, “I am a champion at ‘putting’ people in the right direction.”

    Our faith is very important in living 'heaven on earth'. When it seems like you are not going the right way, you must belief God perfect will as to that which concerns you.

    Faith is motion activated. Until you make a move on God’s word, you will keep suffering on that spot.

    “Even so faith, it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” – James 2:17
    “Satan cannot make a chain that faith in God cannot break.”

     

    The Joy Factor

    This is another key factor. True believe and trust in God, is accompanied by Joy. 

    “...yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” – Pet 1:8
    We should be full of rejoicing always. With joy we draw from the well of salvation. He said “Joy is the bucket to draw out your blessing.”

    The greater your joy, the greater your bucket. Mark Hankins taught that joy is the bridge between believing and reading. Faith laughs at impossibilities.

     

    The Redemption Factor

    The focus here is to “focus on Jesus Christ” in order to live heaven on earth.
    “For all the promises of God in Him and yes and in Him amen, unto the glory of God by us.” – 2 Cor 1:20
    The only way to get a yes from God is through Christ Jesus. We must live in the reality of the fact the Christ lives in us.
    Mark Hankins said, “we look a lot better in Christ then we do outside of him.” 

    Conclusion
    I believe this book is a very practical. There are illustrations I could not write because this is a review about many illustrations. It teaches in detail how a believe can begin to live the “God-kind” of life here on earth.

    You can order for your copy of Let the good times roll on Amazon
    Mark hankins, Mark hankins books
    Price: $12.50

    I would like to read your comments about this book. Have you read this book? What do you think about the review?
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    15 May 2015

    How you endanger your life: 6 ways to protect yourself


    endager your life, gamble with your life

    On planet earth, you only have one life to live. It’s risky to gamble with your life. I am sure you are familiar with GIGO (garbage-in, garbage-out). Whatever you get out of life will be with respect to what you give in.
    There are diverse ways you can endanger your life. I know that daily, we are exposed to some risks, but I want to share 5 risks you are bringing to yourself that you might not know of.

     

    #1: No Vision/Goal

    You shouldn’t live your life randomly. If you live your life on random acts, you will get random results. There were times I felt all this talk about vision and goals were getting too much until I met a couple of people that didn’t have one. 

    This is very dangerous. If you have nothing that serves as a  cynosure to your daily routine or what I call targeted routine, you are limiting your potential.

    Whenever there is no vision/goal, there would definitely be no target.
    "Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air." -  1 Corinthians 9:26 (NIV)
    What makes a missile a deadly weapon, is the ability to be locked on a target. A magnifying glass can only burn a paper only when it focuses light on the paper. 

    There is power in focus. When you have a vision/goal, it gives you focus. A life of focus is a life of results and influence.

    When you conceive a vision or set a goal, it gives you something to focus your energy on. The truth is that whatever you focus your energy on will grow whether good or bad. I’m sure you know my focus on this post is for you to focus on something positive that will bring good to this world.

    The bible confirms this when it says that “Without vision, the people perish.” It is dangerous to engage in the journey of life without a vision or goal. If you do not have a targeted picture of the end you desire, you have not started living.

    So the summary of the whole gist here is this: GET A VISION FOR YOUR LIFE!

    Way out
    • Seek your purpose 

    #2: Myopic Decisions

    Whatever status you are right now as you are reading this line is an accumulated result of all the decisions you have made before now. 
    All the outcomes/events that have played out in your life were a product of your conscious and subconscious decisions. The ones that are yet too unfold are fully dependent on your decisions. Even God can’t make decisions for you. He gives us the free will to choose.

    If you make your decisions based on instant gratifications, it is very dangerous. Never seek pleasures at the detriment of your future. You shouldn’t be short sighted in taking actions. It often times leave scars of regret in our lives.

    Way Out
    • Fulfil point #1.
    • Be objective in your decisions.
    • Think of the long term effects than short term.

     

    #3: Not teachable

    The bane of many people’s lives is the dogma they’ve carved out for themselves. They never agree with anyone’s thought. 
    On Monday morning at the newspaper vendor stand, you will see them shouting at the top of their voices. They are the professor of sport, politics, art and religion at the same time.

    You can never win them in an argument. Everyone knows they are wrong but they always find a way to twist the argument.
    This type of attitude will only make you end up living in the 21st century but with a 17th century mind. You will be ancient because you lack the capacity to absorb new things.

    Way out
    • Develop a teachable spirit.
    • Learn to judge issues not just from your own perspective.
    • Don't be afraid to be wrong. 
    • Respect other people’s opinions. Being open-minded doesn’t mean you should accept everything that comes to you but it simply means that you should test all that comes your way.
    • Read My Single Story.

     

     #4: Comparing yourself to others

    Some persons are busy living someone else's life. You will be doing yourself great harm. Bad comparison can damage your self esteem. 
    Most times, the persons we make comparison with may even wish they were someone else. Don't live your life with reference to your friends or whoever you think is living a better life.  

    Way out
    • You are uniquely created.
    • Be grateful for what you have.
    • There can't be another you.
    • Everyone has a different path.
    • Discover your self-worth. It is not all about money or fame.

     

    #5: Waste Time on Social Media

    I discovered that if you browse the Internet for an average of 10hours a day, you would have spent approximately 2 year of your life on the Internet in a year. 

    Imagine how bad it would be if those two years were not used productively. 

    I know the social media is awesome but I also know so many persons don’t use it productively. It is common among students. 
    They just take selfies and chat all day. Use your time wisely. Take a free or paid course, develop your talent, learn a skill, promote your band, or even solve a problem. Do not chat away your life.

    Way out 
    • Cut down unproductive usage and get busy doing something real and phenomenal.

     

    #6: You live for yourself

    If you think life is about yourself, when you grow old and eventually die, you might as well have to buy the casket yourself and bury yourself by yourself.

    OK! That’s not possible. 

    The onus here is that some people act like they are the alpha and omega. I believe it’s not the best. The persons you might be ignoring now because you think you don’t need them might just not be the case in the future.

    Learn to extend your love and kindness to others. Don’t just go about stepping on people’s toes because you are entitled to your opinion. Do not exploit people or take advantage of their weaknesses.

    Way out
    • Understand that Nobody is a Nobody. Everyone matters. 
    • We all play a role in this world and we are all interconnected.
    The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." - Mark 12:31 (NIV)
     Conclusion
    In the words of Kid President, keep doing things that will make the world awesome. The best way to influence the world is to begin the change right from yourself.

    P.S- Don't forget to drop a comment below. I want to hear from you. If you have any further question, feel free to contact me.
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