7 Things Winners Think About

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Have you ever wondered what winners think about?

Here are seven things that winners...people just like you...think about it.

1.         Wisdom

One of the favorite scriptures of my wisdom mentor and dear friend Dr. Mike Murdock is Proverbs 4:7 which in the Amplified Bible says:

“The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).”

If you want to be a winner in life you need an insatiable hunger for wisdom.

You must want wisdom more. . .than your favorite television show.

You must want wisdom more. . .than reading your friend’s posts on Facebook or Tweets on Twitter.

You must want wisdom more. . .than watching the latest game of your favorite sports team.

You must want wisdom more. . .than anything else other than your time with the Holy Spirit.

How do you get wisdom?  The same way you get anything else that you want. . .you ask for it. . .you seek it.

James 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.”

No surprise. . .if you don’t ask for it. . .you won’t get it.

James 4:2 in the New Living Translation says:

“. . . Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”

2.         Plans

Being a winner. . .in your marriage. . .family. . .job. . .investments will not just happen to you because you’re a nice person or even because you love the Lord.  You must have a plan.

Proverbs 16:3 in the New Living Translation says:

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

Each day is a gift to you. . .what are your plans for this precious treasure of time that God has given to you.

Will you maximize your time and effectiveness?

Is your attitude. . .another day another dollar or do you have a plan to turn your finances from lack to abundance and your life from one of average to excellence?

If you don’t like where you are in life right now. . .chances are. . .there’s something you don’t know yet.  So what’s your plan to move from where you are to where you want to be?

Proverbs 19:21 says:

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.”

Here’s what I suggest…..

First, seek the Lord. . .his wisdom, understanding and favor. 

Psalm 20:4in the New Living Translation says:

“May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.” 

Next, seek out those who can best help you plan the move out of your personal wilderness into the Promised Land.

Proverbs 15:22in the New Living Translation says:

“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”

God is a planner. . .and so should you be. . .if you want to be a winner in every area of your life. 

3.         Priorities

Winners continually think about their priorities. . .as a born-again believers we should do no less.

In fact, our priorities as a believer can be summed up in one verse.

Matthew 6:33 says:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

It’s important to note the spiritual progression of this verse.  There are seven key words or groups of words.

# 1       Seek ye first

The first thing you’re to do. . .above everything and anybody.  First means first.

# 2       The Kingdom of God

If you don’t put Him and His Kingdom principles above everything else you will be a failure in the here and now. . .plus the life to come.

# 3       His Righteousness

1 John 4:4 says:

“. . . because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

If the Greater One is in us. . .then we need to act like it.

# 4       And then (after you’ve put God first)

These two words are re-confirming our spiritual priorities. . .we put Him first. . .then we get blessed.

# 5       All

Not some or a few things. . .not the most pressing things. . .but ALL and that means everything.

# 6       These things

What are the things you need?

How about have your bills paid in full, your home being debt free, your car being paid off, your kids or grandkids going to a proper university or having your retirement and/or investment portfolios fully funded.

# 7       Shall be added unto you

The Amplified Bible says these things “will be given you besides.” 

The Contemporary Version of Matthew 6:33 concludes by saying:  “Then the other things will be yours as well..”

4.         Money

When it comes to money. . .you need to think before you earn it, spend it, save it, invest it, waste it or give it.

But first, let’s cover a basic.

Money is neither good nor bad. You see, whoever controls the money makes the decision how to use their money.

If you spend your money properly, providing for your family and supporting your church, you are prospering those in God’s kingdom.

If you use your money to reach unbelievers with the gospel, you are also advancing God’s kingdom.

However, if you use your money for evil purposes, then your money works for the kingdom of darkness.

Money is letting what’s in you, come out.

You see, how you spend the money you have, determines whether your money does good or bad things.

When you have plenty of money, it will give you the freedom to do the good things you want to do, when you want to do them, how you want them done and for whom you want to do it.

That’s why it’s important for you to think before you spend any money.  Make sure you have counted the cost.

Luke 14:28 in the New Life Version says:

“If one of you wanted to build a large building, you would sit down first and think of how much money it would take to build it. You would see if you had enough money to finish it.

5.         Time

As a boy, I was fascinated by “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells.  The thought of traveling not only through time zones but time periods. . .intrigued me.

As I begin to celebrate each birthday after my 60th. . .I’m become more conscious of time. . .wanting to make sure that I create memories that will last a lifetime with my fine wife Bev and our children.

I think about how I use my time.

The Contemporary English Version of Psalm 90:12 says: 

“Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.”

I feel this scripture in Psalms is saying that we should truly number . . . take charge of . . . and plan to use our days wisely.

Make a list each night of what you need to accomplish the next day.

Assign a priority to each task. . .and be about the business. . .avoid time distractions or people who will prevent you from achieving the things that you’ve purposed to achieve before the day ends.

In the next twenty-four hours. . .you will be given a precious gift. . .not money, gold, silver or real estate. . .but something far more valuable. . .you will be the recipient of 86,400 seconds. . .or another day of life.

The only restriction to each day that we’re given is that we must spend, invest or use every minute.  There is no roll-over benefit to time.

Simply said, use each day wisely before midnight or it’s gone forever.

Ephesians 5:16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.”

You need to think before you allow anyone else to control something that is so valuable to you.

6.         Problem Solving

Everyone faces problems. . .the difference between a winner and a loser (non-winner sounds better) in life  comes down to what they think about a particular problem. . .and then what they do about it.

Here are seven ways every problem solver should think.

# 1       What you think about a problem will determine whether or not. . .you believe you can solve it.

Dr. Robert Schuller said:

“Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.”

# 2       You must recognize you can’t solve your problems … but God can.

Are you ready for a WOW scripture?

Psalm 34:19 in the New Century Version says:

“People who do what is right may have many problems, but the Lord will solve them all.”

# 3       Take your problems to God. . .no one else. . .but God.

Psalm 142:2 in the New Century Version says:

“I pour out my problems to him; I tell him my troubles.”

Exodus 18:19 in the New International Reader’s Version:

"Listen to me. I'll give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must speak to God for the people. Take their problems to him.”

# 4       You must learn to solve small problems if you ever want to be given the opportunity to solve bigger problems.  Problems are opportunities to show yourself capable.

1 Corinthians 6:2 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“Don't you know that God's people will judge the world? And if you are going to judge the world, can't you settle small problems?”

# 5       Problems help you build your endurance and stick-to-itiveness.

Romans 5:3 in the New Living Translation says:

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.”

# 6       When you become a problem-solver you become more requested in the Kingdom of God and in the world.

Daniel 5:12 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“He also changed the man's name from Daniel to Belteshazzar. Not only is he wise and intelligent, but he can explain dreams and riddles and solve difficult problems. Send for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”

# 7       When you solve problems. . .you receive rewards.

Daniel 5:16 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“But I have been told that you understand everything and that you can solve difficult problems. Now then, if you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will become the third most powerful man in my kingdom. You will wear royal purple robes and have a gold chain around your neck.”

Albert Einstein said:

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

Change your way of thinking and you will solve your problems.

7.         Attitude

            Here are seven keys that every winner in life masters.

# 1       Have a Never Give Up Attitude

Here are seven scriptural reasons why you should never think about giving up.

First, 2 Corinthians 4:8 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up.”

Second, Luke 18:1 in the New Living Translation says:

“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” 

Third, Romans 12:11 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord.”

Fourth, Psalm 71:14 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“I will never give up hope or stop praising you.” 

Fifth, 2 Corinthians 4:16  in the New Living Translation says:

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” 

Sixth, 2 Corinthians 4:1 in the New Living Translation says:

“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.”

Seventh, 2 Timothy 3:10 in the New Century Version says:

“[Obey the Teachings ] But you have followed what I teach, the way I live, my goal, faith, patience, and love. You know I never give up.”  

# 2       Never Let Your Victories Or Success Go To Your Head

Always remember. . .why you are where you are. . .and who gave you life (eternal and abundant) along with a vision for your future.

Deuteronomy 15:15 in the New Living Translation says:

“Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you!” 

If you continually remember and honor God for what He’s done for you then you will always keep your victories in a proper and scriptural perspective.

Deuteronomy 26:11 in the New Living Translation says:

“Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.” 

# 3       Never Let Failure Go To Your Heart

Over the years, sadly, I’ve had a number of people refer to themselves as failures without realizing the spiritual impact of such an incorrect confession.

Failure is an event. . .it’s not who you are.

When you try something and it doesn’t work. . .that doesn’t automatically make you a failure.  It just means you can try something else that may well work.

Do you know what the first assembly line automobile produced in this country was a Model T?  Because Models A through S didn’t work.  Would you call Henry Ford a failure?  Absolutely not.

Someone once said:

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”

Never internalize your lack of success or condemn yourself for trying something that didn’t work.

Dr. George Washington Carver said:

“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”                     

# 4       Never Get Hardening of the Attitude

Never give up on people or ideas.

If you try an idea. . .and it didn’t work. . .try again.

If someone betrays your confidence. . .don’t give up on people. . .ask your Heavenly Father to give you a Godly friend.

If something doesn’t work. . .keep trying to find something that will.

Keep attitude positive. . .your persistence steadfast and never allow the enemy to harden your heart to the possibilities of success. . .God is sending your way.

# 5       Never Allow Your Spirit To Become Anemic

The best way to keep your attitude fresh, vibrant, positive and full of life. . .is by spending time in the Word and in His presence.

If you get mentally drained. . .feeling lifeless. . .you have unlimited access to the greatest energy drink of all time. . .the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 3:21 in The Living Bible says:

“Have two goals: wisdom—that is, knowing and doing right—and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy and bring you honor and respect.”

When you’re feeling anemic. . .you need a fresh transfusion of the power in the blood.

            Matthew 22:29 in the New Living Translation says:

“Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”

# 6       Never Think You Did It Alone

This is one key you don’t even have to think about.  If it weren’t for God. . .you would be thinking, breathing or even living.

John 10:10 in the New Living Translation says:

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

Always remember, who gives you what you’ve got.

Romans 12:3 in the Message Bible says:

“I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.”

Always remember who gave you the opportunity to be successful.

2 Corinthians 2:12 in the New Living Translation says:

“When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.”

# 7       Never doubt for a moment. . .that He’s thinking about you and your success.

I want you to get this . . . God is thinking about YOU.

You may have felt that nobody knew you were alive.  Maybe that includes your family.  . .but that’s just not true . . . because God, your Heavenly Father, is thinking about you.

Psalm 40:17 in The Living Bible says:

I am poor and weak, yet the Lord is thinking about me right now!”

God will also let you in on what He’s thinking about you.  Can somebody shout “Hallelujah?”