The Difference Between Being Successful Or Not - Outline

Written by Harold Herring on .

Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE.  Join us at 6 PM EST.

Proverbs 12:24 NLT

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”

Brian Tracy, the noted author and success teacher, said:

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'”

Here are the twelve reasons between being successful or not.

1.       Successful people make plans. . .unsuccessful people make excuses.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 MSG

“Don't you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? "If you don't work, you don't eat." And now we're getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don't slack off in doing your duty.”

Proverbs 1:25 NIV

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

2.       Successful people live disciplined lives. . .unsuccessful people do what feels good at the moment.

A disciplined financial life is saying no today so you can have a better tomorrow.

Proverbs 22:7 CEV

“The poor are ruled by the rich, and those who borrow are slaves of moneylenders.”

3.       Successful people associate with people who have dreams and goals . . . unsuccessful people associate with wishers. They wish they had a better life but never do anything about it.

Ask yourself these four questions.

What does this person add to my life?

What's the greatest negative influence this person has on my life?

What's the last positive idea, scripture or thought this person shared with me?

Does this person motivate me to be all I can be in Him?

1 Corinthians 15:33 NLT

“Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”

4.       Successful people are never thrown by obstacles to their success. . . unsuccessful people whine about how unfair things are.

Deuteronomy 28:8 CEV

“The LORD your God is giving you the land, and he will make sure you are successful in everything you do. Your harvests will be so large that your storehouses will be full.”

Numbers 11:10 MSG

“Moses heard the whining, all those families whining in front of their tents. God's anger blazed up. Moses saw that things were in a bad way.”

5.       Successful people manage their time and their lives. . .unsuccessful people wonder what happened to their time.

Nehemiah 6:9 NLT

“They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.”

Psalm 90:12 CEV

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

6.       Successful people are willing to make tough decisions. . .unsuccessful people always look for the easy way out.

Jeremiah 46:20 MSG

"Too bad, Egypt, a beautiful sleek heifer attacked by a horsefly from the north! All her hired soldiers are stationed to defend her— like well-fed calves they are. But when their lives are on the line, they'll run off, cowards everyone. When the going gets tough, they'll take the easy way out.”

7.       Successful people realize success is a journey not a destination. . . unsuccessful people become road kill on the financial highway of life.

Arthur Ashe, one of the renowned tennis greats, said:

“Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.”

Judges 18:5 KJV

“Then they said, `Ask God whether or not our journey will be successful.’”

8.       Successful people are focused on their future. . .unsuccessful people are focused on what they’re doing today and this weekend.

Luke 9:41 MSG

“Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?”       

Philippians 3:15-16 MSG

“So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it.”

9.       Successful people are closers and finishers. . .unsuccessful people rarely complete a goal or a project.

John 4:34 NLT

“Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”

Philippians 1:6 NLT

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

2 Timothy 4:7 AMPC

“I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.”

10.     Successful people understand that success is about more than money. . . unsuccessful people think success is only what they see on television.

Joshua 1:8 KJV

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

11.     Successful people are willing to overlook C.R.A.P. (condemnation, rejection, anxiety and prejudice). . .unsuccessful people let obstacles or people stand in the way of pursuing their dreams.

Proverbs 17:5 NLT

“Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.”

Romans 12:15 AMPC

“Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief].”

John 13:15 NLT

“I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”

12.     Successful people pay attention to details. . .unsuccessful people are bored by the ordinary.

2 Corinthians 6:1-3 MSG

“Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us, I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help.

“Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don't put it off; don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing. Our work as God's servants gets validated—or not—in the details. . .”