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.
“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