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Success by Luck?

Most of us believe the wrong stories about how to become successful. We are buying into these lies like; “you don’t need to work so hard”, “you need fortune or good luck to smile on you” “just stay positive, pray and believe” and so on and you will become successful. I guess that’s one of the reasons why so many youths have given into playing the lottery to get rich.

Agreed there is a certain amount of randomness to life, but more often success and failure are all about making choices and repeating them most of the time. Our society always like to use certain labels to describe successful people, we are told they got lucky, they had a miracle, they didn’t work that had, they just prayed and believed but while all that may be true, successful people didn’t just do only that, they made good choices and decisions.

Unfortunately today many of us are not willing make the right choices and decisions yet we want to be successful. We consider the right choices as being too difficult a sacrifice to pay now. Many of us are not willing to delay gratification; if come across little money, all we think about is how to spend it. Successful people understand that they have to spend their time on things that matter, always focusing on their dreams and goals. They face their responsibilities and hold themselves accountable. They are always willing to step out of their comfort zones and face their fears even when it will be much easier to stay where they feel safe. Continue reading Success by Luck?

Find The Right Path

“Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.” – Proverbs 4:26

In most cities, you discover that different routes could lead you to your destination. But not all of them are favourable. Some of them are longer; some have more traffic congestion than others.

So it is with our journey towards our goals and success. So many paths can lead you to success, but not all of them are good. That is why it is important to ponder the path of your feet. Look where you are stepping. If you fail to watch where you are stepping, you may end up some where you never intended to go.

Always seek for the right path, no matter how long that path may be; filled with challenges, setbacks, obstacles, delays, failures and pains. Often when we are faced with these difficulties in our journey towards greatness, some of us are tempted to seek the easy route, “the shortcut”. We forget that “pain and adversity are powerful vehicles to promote personal growth.” And nothing helps us learn, grow and evolve more quickly like facing difficulties in life.

If we desire true greatness, we must avoid shortcuts. They may appear credible and present us with many opportunities, but often in the end, they are dangerous, and many times serve only to get us off track, lost and frustrated. “Taking the easy and lazy way out is discounting God’s investment in you.”

If you are in a point where you are confused as to which path to take, and you are unsure of your heading, you can look inside you, pray to God for direction. He promised us in His word saying: “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”

It Is Up To You

Do you find yourself doing things and making decisions because you think you had no choice? At every point in our lives, we had a choice. “God created us to be a people capable of making choices. And God has always given us the power of choice.”

In the Bible, Joshua told the Israelites:

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the river….But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

We’ve always had the power to choose, but the problem is that too often we forget we have a choice. Yet we make choices consciously and unconsciously all of our lives. We choose; when to sleep, when to get out of bed, what to wear, what to eat, where to go etc…unconsciously.

So what is it going to be for you: A positive attitude or a Negative attitude? Greatness or Mediocrity? Success or Failure? Wealth or Poverty? Health or Sickness? Better or Bitter? – It is up to you. “The paths of our lives take are largely determined by the choices we make every day.”

“Choice is the starting point to everything we do in life.” Bad things may happen to you, in fact bad things happen to everyone. You may make mistakes, you may get knocked down by hard times, but it is really up to you, whether you will remain down, or seek for ways to improve and change your condition, as Proverbs 18:15 advises; “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.”

In the midst of life’s difficulties, you can CHOOSE to overcome, CHOOSE to “live your greatest life.” – It is up to you!

Just For Today

The words you will read below were culled from a text by Dale Carnegie. They were originally written by Sibyl F. Partridge. If we follow them, practice them diligently, they would reduce our worries and increase our joys, leading us to “live our greatest lives”.

Just For Today

Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.

Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticise not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will have a programme. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax. In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.