Successful Living.

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The Wright brothers are credited with the first controlled, manned, powered flight on December 17th, 1903. Although they failed hundreds of times before they succeeded, they never gave up on their dream. Had they done so, invention of the modern aircraft would have been attributed to someone else.This example illustrates the power that exists in the human mind. In the Wright brothers day, no one had ever seen an airplane fly. It would have been easy for them to conclude that their goal was unachievable. Today, we know it wasn’t. For the Wright brothers, believing was the first step.

Our minds have the ability to convince us that something is impossible long before we give it our best effort. If we’re not careful, we can formulate a mental surrender that says, “I can’t do this. I’ll never make it. It’s not possible.” Those who let themselves think this way are sure to fail because they stop trying to succeed. How can you make sure that your own mind doesn’t get in the way of your dreams? One way we accomplish success is by understanding fear.

Fear creates imaginary obstacles. Fear can prevent us from introducing ourselves to people (fear of rejection), starting profitable business ventures (fear of failure), and experiencing wonderful things (fear of the unknown). The key to overcoming such fears is to:

  • Recognize them in yourself.
  • Identify their root.
  • Make a plan to deal with them.

The next time you have an idea you are hesitant to pursue, ask yourself if fear might be the only thing holding you back. Success and failure exist in the power of the mind. Take control of your thoughts and you will take control of your success.

Romans 12:8-11
“If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you
have money, share it generously. If God has given you
leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.
And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others,
do it gladly. Don’t just pretend that you love others.
Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side
of the good. Love each other with genuine affection,
and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy
in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.”

The twelve points to remember for successful living:

The value of time
The success of perseverance
The pleasure of working
The dignity of simplicity
The worth of character
The power of kindness
The influence of example
The obligation of duty
The wisdom of economy
The virtue of patience
The improvement of talent

The joy of originating all of the above are excellent, but the best advice for successful living is still to be kind, be diligent, do all the good you can, model Christian living, love one another, and above all, don’t forget God; and serve him enthusiastically

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Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, July 8, 2011. The STS-135 mission, the final shuttle flight, will brought supplies to the International Space Station. Credit: AP Photo/John Raoux

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