Attitude for Success (II)
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Psalm 1:3)
God is committed to the success of everything he created. You have to believe this statement if you want to succeed in life. This is because success is attitudinal in nature; it is rooted in your thought pattern. This is very important for you to note. Another crucial issue I discussed in the last edition has to do with having a proper understanding of what success is. To this end, I shared with you one of the most profound definitions of success I have come across as given by John C. Maxwell. He defined success “as knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” By implication, he argues that success cannot be a destination; it is rather a journey which I totally agree.
God has programmed your life for success. This is an absolute truth revealed in the bible. Your “SHAPE” guaranteed your success. It was Rick Warren who first brought the idea of S-H-A-P-E which is an acronyms for your: Spiritual Gifts; Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience as given by God. Two of us don’t have this same SHAPE. However, you must realize that success follows definite and specific principles that are very clear in the word of God. In other words, success is predictable if you can align your life with those timeless principles of God’s word. This is what I want to share with you in the second part of this discussion about attitude for success.
Now, what are those principles very crucial for you to understand? Again, I will like to share with you some insights from John Maxwell’s book, “Be All you Can Be” when he explained in detail the path to success using the same word, “SUCCESS” as acronyms.
S – Select your goal
You must realize that your success journey includes a progressive realization of a predetermined, worthwhile goal. Your life must not be left to chance. You must program your life around a God-given agenda or else you will not be able to master your time. A statistics reveals that an average person’s lifetime includes: 20 years of sleeping; 6 years of watching Television; 5 years of dressing and shaving; 3 years of waiting for others; 1 year on the telephone and 4 months of tying shoes. This may be a reflection of how you also expend your time. As a matter of fact, it may be worse for you if your life is not driven by a worthwhile goal that is of ultimate benefits to humanity.
U – Unlock your Imprisoned Potentials
All of us has untapped ability within us. You cannot be an outstanding success as long as these potentials remain latent. You must strive to grow to your maximum potential. It has been discovered that most people use about 10% of their potential; if they use as much as 25%, they are called geniuses. This shows that most people are operating below their abilities. One of the ways to unearth your potentials is to look up to somebody doing a bit better than you. Find somebody who thinks faster, runs faster and aims higher and align your life with the positive force driving such a life. The ideal person to look up to of course is Jesus; he is the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:1, 2). But there are other human figures that have exercised their gifts and have impacted the world. You can stand on the shoulders of these ones and see farther than they could see.
C – Commit yourself to God’s Plan
God’s plan for you, especially if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, is that you prosper in everything you do (Jer. 29:11). To prosper, as it is used here, does not mean to have plenty money in your bank account. It does mean to flourish and be a delight in the world. When this happens, material possession, including money will easily gravitate towards you. Your first pursuit then is to make this plan work out in your life. For you to realize this, God has endowed you with the power of His Spirit. That is why the Bible says, “Greater is the one in you than he that is in the world (I John 4:4). One of the surest ways of getting God’s plan is to spend time with Him regularly. The more intimate you become with God, the more knowledgeable you become about his plan for your life.
C – Chart your Course
God is an organized being. He planned the universe and set everything on course. In the same manner, God wants you to engage in the act of planning. Many spend their days without to-do-list. When you live your life haphazardly, in an unstructured manner, there is tendency that you will achieve little. God wants you to plan the future; that is why he gave you your brain, for it is better to look ahead and prepare than look backward and regret. The bible has a lot to say about planning. For instance, Solomon says, “We should make plans-counting on God to direct us” (Prov. 16:9). Do you have plan for the next ten years of your life? Or you are operating on the law of chance?
E – Expect Problem
One mark of a successful person is that he has developed the capacity to solve problems. Actually, you are created to solve problems; you are not wired to bend for adversity. Adversity is not your greatest enemy. The human spirit is capable of great resiliency and resourcefulness in the face of hardship. Thomas Edison encountered a lot of problems before he came through with his invention of electric bulb. But with resilience, he got through and today he remains a global celebrity.
S – Stand firm on your Commitment
You need persistence to get to the finish line. Many people give up easily at small pressure. You must develop capacity to handle tough times. Again, when they asked Thomas Edison how he has been successful in his inventions, he said, “I start where other men leave off.” You too need persistence; you must not quit for quitter never wins. Even Jesus had to endure the cross for him to save the world which was his primary mission of coming to earth.
S – Surrender Everything to Jesus Christ
Jesus is the source of enduring success. Actually, without him you can only do nothing (John 15:5). It means that it is futile to strive for stardom without having deep root in the life that flows from Jesus Christ. The secret of the surrendered life is giving God the first part of everyday; the first day of every week; the first portion of your income; the first consideration of every decision; and the first place in all of your life.
Let me conclude by challenging you to stretch your life for success. This means that you must not think small thought. Small thought is the hall mark of mediocre. Your life is designed to have a global reputation and impact. Your life must reflect God’s glory on the daily basis and this must increase in intensity as the days go by (Prov. 4:18).
Godly Brains Ministries, Ibadan