A young man coming out of a burning bridge
Barnabas Chukwuelo Ezeife
A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which ensured his succession on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy's country, offloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing his troops before the first battle, he said, "you see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice. We win or we perish!" They won. Those who would will win in any undertaking must be willing to born their ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintainng that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.
A burning desire is very essential to one's success. Just look at this formula; Human Desire + (in) God's Will = Success. Our human desires fitting into God's will is the master key to success because with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). God is faithful and if we serve him faithfully, he will provide for our needs. We just have to know that on the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
Let's take a look at this:
What if Obama chose to be a carpenter? What if Buhari died during military war? What if David in the Bible never contended with Goliath? What if Rihanna chose to be a runs girl? What if Yemi Alade chose to be an hair stylist? What if Mikel Obi chose to be a Mechanic? What if C. Ronaldo chose to be a drug pusher? What if Mother Theresa chose never to help the poor? What if Abraham Lincoln chose to give up to his political ambition? What if Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka who were from Igbo and Yoruba respectively chose never to write, would they have become international authors? And the list can be multiplied./ What if all these people didn't hustle for their future and decided to do things they ought not to do just because of difficult conditions they faced. Do you think you will ever know any of them as celebrities.
Some person of your human, incarnate have already moved from zero to hero, some from nowhere to somewhere because they refused to give up when confronted with BRIDGES like difficulties, pains, illness, insult, betrayal, abandonment, unemployment, disengagement, poverty, hatred, envy e.t.c.
I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given a chance. Take for example: twenty seven good years in prison could not stop Nelson Mandela from becoming the President of South Africa. Coming from a poor background could not stop Goodluck Jonathan from becoming the President of our great country, Nigeria. Being blind could not stop Semah G. Weifer from being featured by Flavour in his Music. Also missing penalty against Arsenal could not stop MORATA from scoring against Boraley.
Dear readers, nothing can stop you from becoming what you were made to be in this life. You should believe God, He is trustworthy and faithful.
Persistence is a habit and desire by Napoleon Hill "It’s the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen desire which transcends everything." I have a story that I want to share with you.
In the far East, people plant a tree called the Chinese bamboo. During the first four years, they water and fertilize the plant with seemingly little or no results. Then, in the fifth year, they again applied water and fertilizer - and in five weeks' time, the tree grew ninety feet in height. The obvious question is, did the Chinese bamboo tree grew ninety feet in five weeks or five years? The answer is five years. If at any time during these five years the people had stopped watering and fertilizing the tree, till would have died.
By perseverance, the snail reached the ark and that's why I said that perseverance is a habit we need to cultivate because it is also very essential to one's success.
When I say, "Burn all the bridges behind you", it means that you have to cast the spirit of procrastination away from you and also avoid excuses, since Don Wilder and Bill Rechin maintained that excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
Procrastination is the fertilizer that makes difficulties grow. Poet Edwin Marking said that when duty comes knocking at your gate, welcome him in, if you bid him wait, he will depart today to come once more and bring seven other duties to your door.
A BURNING DESIRE translates doing what others say cannot be done. Some say nothing is impossible yet there are a lot of people doing nothing every day. Some do things while others sit around becoming experts on how things might be done. The world is divided into people who do things and people who talk about doing. Belong to the first group, there is far less competition.
French Playwright and actor Moliers said, "All men are alike in their promises, it is only in their deeds that they differ'. Wishing has never made a poor man wealthy. Robert Half nails it: "Laziness is the secret ingredient that goes into failure, but its only kept a secret from the person who fails."
The faith to move mountains always carries a pick. Rising above mediocrity never just happens, it is always a result of faith combined with work. More so, precisely, work is a scriptural concept; words for "work" appear 564 times in the Bible. When faith and work operate together, the result is a master piece. We should chose to keep our faith working all the time. And that's why the formular to success still remains: Human Desire + (in) God's will = Success.
Nelson Mandela maintained that the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Marilyn Vas Savant reveals that being defeated is often a temporal condition, giving up is what makes it permanent. Refusing to give up is accepting to succeed. To move forward in the face of hard times is to achieve the greatest, with which God endowned us. What we call temptation or adversity, God calls opportunity for ourselves.
Nowonder, Manie MC Cutlough wishes us to keep moving because success favours the movers. Stop complaining, Philip Baskin reveals that the man who wastes today lamenting yesterday will surely waste tomorrow lamenting today. To burn all bridges behind you, one must learn how to move forward in the face of hard times. We all know the story of Edmund Hilary who became the first person to reach to the top of mountain Everest in 1953. He made this history only because he refused to give up to the failure he encountered in 1951, the first time he tried. Even when some of his fellow mountaineers lost their lives, Edmund Hillary quitted not.
This is an evidence of the truth that success is contagious to the willing Mind and body. What your mind can achieve you can achieve, says Napoleon Hill. James Allen reveals that you are today where your thoughts have brought you, and you will be tomorrow where your thought takes you. Winners never quit, this is the premise which another great hero, Christopher Columbus maintained and discovered America in 1492. According to history, three days before Columbus achieved the greatness, his men were weak and wanted to give up. Yet, he encouraged them to keep moving, through which they achieved success after three days.
In conclusion, I will never like to drop my pen without these words of mine. "Some say the sky is their limit, but I advise: the sky should be your starting point, our springboard in posterity Island. However, you must know that the route to success, excelling in life is not straight so you must have to burn all bridges behind you. I don't actually want you to start proclaiming that this is really motivating rather internalize in within you, burn the bridges behind you and apply the formula for success (aforementioned) and you will succeed and not to survive.
Thanks and remain blessed!!!