One Critical Difference Between Success And Failure…Check Yourself!

All through history, the successful man or woman has innately understood this concept…

This concept is one of the first things the successful person will talk about when asked about his or her “secrets to success”.

Some refer to it as having a vision…

Others think of it as an attitude or state of mind…

And, there are those who refer to it as setting goals…

Whatever you call it, it’s about creating a pre-determined picture in your mind of what your life should be like and then purposely striving to create that picture.

This is one critical difference between people who are successful and those who are not – successful people have a pre-determined picture and are actively working to create it in their lives and unsuccessful people do not.

You see, it’s responding versus reacting.

Because successful people have a pre-determined picture in their mind, they can take whatever comes into their life and whatever happens in their life and shape it and mold it to conform to and support their pre-determined picture – they can RESPOND in a positive and creative way. And, unsuccessful people call them “LUCKY”.

On the other hand, because unsuccessful people do not have a pre-determined picture in their mind, the only thing they can do with things that come into their life and that happen to them is REACT.

Unfortunately, people who have not conformed to God’s Word (Bible) are inherently negative and so their REACTION is a negative interpretation of whatever has happened in their life – which tragically, puts them on a downward spiral to more negativity.

The sad thing is, unsuccessful people are so close…

If you spend any time at all with them, you’ll hear them say things like:

  • “I wish I had a million dollars”
  • “I’d love to have a million dollars”
  • “Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a million dollars”

The missing piece to their success is that they never DECIDE to go for it. They never DECIDE to have it.

They never realize that these “good” and “grand” and “exciting” wishes are really God wanting to express Himself through people.

First, let’s take a look at God’s picture of you…

Deuteronomy 8:16 – “that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end.”

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Now, with this in mind…

  • What is your picture for your spiritual life?
  • What is your picture for your “good works”?
  • What is your picture for your family and home-life?
  • What is your picture for your health?
  • What is your picture for your bank account?
  • What is your picture for enjoying God’s fullness and goodness of life?

These are pictures that you have to create.

You have to think through what you want in every aspect of your life.

You have to DECIDE to have it.

Once you’ve established the picture, go to work creating it in your external world. It won’t happen overnight. It will take some time. Keep working to create it. Eventually, it will materialize and you will find yourself living in a world that mirrors the picture you first created in your mind.

And, if you have a business, picture your business as follows:

  • A beautiful, attractive, neat, clean, exciting, and fun place
  • Streams of smiling, happy customers constantly flowing through your business, giving you money in exchange for even greater use value
  • Warm, pleasant, and helpful vendors supplying your needs in a timely manner
  • Employees who are dedicated, loyal, resourceful, creative, helpful, and friendly, portraying professionalism to all they interact with
  • Increasingly positive cash-flow and net profit

Now, every day, spend time thinking about ways and means by which you can create this picture in your business. When you come up with an idea, implement it. Some will work. Some won’t. All that matters is that you are working to create the picture. Eventually, the picture will become a reality.

Let me end with a couple of quotes:

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created – created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.” — Deborah James

You see, latent within any clearly imagined dream lies the innate potential to literally craft the entire sequence of events necessary to make it manifest. And if you move with that dream, demonstrating both faith and belief, making yourself available to “accidents and coincidences,” not insisting on the hows and rolling with what may come, the sequence is permitted to play itself out. Yet because you can only perceive this sequence with the physical senses through a linear time line, it will likely seem that much of your journey doesn’t make sense, is unpredictable, or may even appear off-course. If your journey at the moment isn’t making much sense, seems unpredictable, or even appears to be off-course, let’s just say that in the bleachers, right now in the unseen, your name is being sung in a deafening chorus with each syllable being punctuated by primal drum beats, while cheerleaders are cheering, fans are hysterical, and happy-tears are flowing.” — Mike Dooley

The key is to make sure that in all the pictures we are creating, God is glorified. When we do this, God is happy and we’ll be happy too!

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