Good morning from Raleigh, North Carolina and welcome to Rich Thoughts For Breakfast on this Sensational Saturday, May 4, 2013…Day 124 of our year of unfulfilled promises BEING fulfilled.
If you’ll think seriously with me for a moment, you will realize that you are one of two kinds of people.
You are either a “can do” person or you are a “can’t do” person.
If you feel you can’t do things, I’m going to give you six points that will take you out of the loser’s circle and put you into the winner’s circle.
No matter how unsuccessful you may have been up to this point, it can change today.
All of the success strategies known to the world have their basis…their foundation…in the Bible.
These six things will make you a winner in your career, in your marriage, in any project you do, or in any other aspect of your life.
The major accomplishments in life usually pivot around several fairly simple rules.
We need to realize that everything that amazes us today. . .was only a thought…an idea to someone else at another time.
When we read about jets that go six hundred miles an hour and travel only five miles above the earth, we have to remember that it all began with the idea that it “could” work.
The first thing we have to do if we are going to be successful at any given thing is to fix our mind on what we want to do...our objective.
The Bible tells us that a double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways.
James 1:8 in the Amplified Bible says:
“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”
You can do something every day, but you can’t do everything every day.
You are going to have to decide what you specifically want to do.
Many times you hear people say they are going to be whatever God wants them to be. That sounds very spiritual but it doesn’t work.
In Ecclesiastes 9:10, the first part of that scripture says:
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
The Bible is telling you that whatever you plan to do, get in there and do it. Be specific about it, and do it.
The remainder of Ecclesiastes 9:10 brings out a very good point:
“. . .for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, wither thou goest.”
The point of this scripture is you can only accomplish things on the earth while you are living so you’d better get to it.
The second thing it takes to be a success is determining what it will cost to accomplish the desired goal.
You are going to have to pay a price.
Do you see all the gimmicks around offering things for free? You are going to have to realize that nothing is free.
The scriptures prepare us to make a commitment. Look at Luke 14:28-30 in the New Living Translation:
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’”
You have to be willing to pay the price for your success. Just ask any athlete how much time they spend in preparation for each minute on the court or playing field.
Third, establish a timetable in which to accomplish specific goals. This is a hard thing for some people to get established.
The goals set for this ministry took time and effort. It wasn’t accomplished out on the golf course even though I live on the tenth hole of a course. I’ve only played golf on that course four times in nine years . . . because I have other priorities that keep taking precedent.
The fourth step is developing a workable game plan.
You can’t always write a workable game plan the first time you sit down. You may not know all the steps it takes, but you write it out the best you can figure. Then, adjust it and readjust it as necessary.
After a few years you will be a pro at writing out a game plan for being successful at what you have chosen to do whatever that might be. You will see it accomplished but you have to be flexible in your game plan.
This is where it’s important to have friends/mentors that share your motivation. You can brainstorm with them about possibilities.
Proverbs 27:17 says:
“Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose].”
Fifth, put your plan or goal into a tangible form.
You have to write the vision and make it plain. This step is critically important.
For years I used legal pads for preparing my Critical Path which is what I call my tangible form.
Now I’m using “Mind Map” which is an excellent computer program for brainstorming and planning.
Number six is the one that will make all the difference in the world if you are a child of God.
Decide how you plan to use your success for God and see the tangible form each day. This is the thing that is missing in the world’s system of success.
People may achieve their success but too many of them end up divorced or in drug or alcohol addiction. They end up unhappy because Satan has plans to make them captive to their success.
As a child of God you can enjoy great success if you will decide now what your success is going to do for God. If you do that, you can have all the success that you have the nerve to ask God for. But you are going to have to do all six things.
You have to be single of mind.
Luke 9: 62 in the New Living Translation says:
“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
God is not interested in double-minded people. He is interested in people that pick up the plow and finish the job.
Let me show you a promise that you will be glad you looked at. Matthew 17:20 says:
“And Jesus said unto them, …, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Pay particular attention to that last part.
“. . .and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Did you catch this? Nothing will be impossible to you. You have to believe that you are going to succeed.
Remember Ecclesiastes 9:10 says:
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…”
Let’s look at the 6 steps to success one more time.
1. Fix in your mind on exactly what you want to accomplish.
2. Determine what it will cost to accomplish the desired goal.
3. Establish a timetable with definite goals that you want to reach.
4. Set up a workable game plan, but be sure it is flexible.
5. Turn your plan or desired goal into a tangible form.
6. Decide how you plan to use the success that you accomplish for God and look at it each day.
Remember, when Jesus asked a man to follow him and he said, “Let me go home and bury my father first.” And Jesus said, “Let the dead bury the dead.” (Taken from Matthew 8:22; Luke 9:60)
Jesus said the man was not worthy. You have to be willing to give up everything. You have to say, “I’m going on no matter what.” That’s the point you have to come to in your life.
Once you are awakened and enlightened to the fact that your life is nothing without Jesus, success can and will be yours.
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