"To remain at the peak of our faith performance it is important to follow a mindset of counting our blessings more than we pay attention to the count of our daily hassles."
What are the excuses we make for our failures and success? What is our attitude for expecting failure rather than success? Does it see that every time we plan on a breakthrough and triumph there is always a major reason for not reaching that particular high point in life?
Darren Hardy, Publisher and Founding Editor of Success Magazine, said, "I love the failure word." He was met by a man in his life, and asked him for a tip for success. The man answered, "Go fail - a lot - and fast!" The man quoted to him a remark by Tom Watson at IBM. His success quote was, "The key to success is massive failure. Your goal is to all-out fail your competition. Whoever can fail the most, the fastest and busiest, wins."
He said, "The speed and size of my failures also increased the size and speed of my success." Einstein left for us a charted course from failure to success. He didn't learn to read until he was 3 or 4 years old. He left school at about 15, and flunked the entrance exam into an academy.
Oprah Winfry was pulled as an anchor from WJZ-TV and demoted to a lower-level position, until later she was promoted into high-level Television. Michael Jordan, the NBA legend, failed his initial high school basketball team, admitting 9000 shots missed in his career, and more than 300 games lost, before becoming a success.
KFC founder Harland Sanders failed at marketing his chicken, failing 1,000 times before hitting success. Norman Vincent Peale threw his first manuscript in the trash before reaching his success as a producer of selling more than 20 million copies.
For years I have personally made the remark of saying, "I could write more books on my failures than my successes." The Lord eventually reprimanded me for making such a statement. He said, "Did you learn a lesson from your so-called mistakes?"
My response was, "Definitely I learned my lesson. Even if I suffered a self-proclaimed loss, I corrected it." He said, "In my heavenly book of records such so-called mistakes were not counted against you, that is, if you learned a lesson."
As we read the Word we find that many successful ancients suffered in their mistakes and errors, but learned to make up for it in their successes. We read where Peter was always in trouble that is, until he learned his lessons, and then made up for them in following days. How about us? Have we slowed down our progress in success avenues because of our self-proclaimed failures?
Solomon, the wise man, said, "Practice mercy and truth, and you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:4
He said, "Trust God completely, not ever yourself. In everything you do, put God first and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success." Proverbs 5,6
Joshua, the great leader that revealed how his followers could gain their long awaited inheritance, gave a success pattern to follow. He said, "Meditate upon God's word day and night, and do what it says, and then you will make your way prosperous, and you will have good success." Joshua 1:8
The Word tells how Joseph made his way successful. It says, "The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man." Genesis 39:2
Solomon hit the jackpot of heaven, and God said, "There shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all your days." 1 Kings 3:13
What are the laws promising success to those who follow such rules? God with us. (Genesis 39:1-3,23) The Lord was with Joseph, and he was successful and prosperous man. Genesis 39:1-3,23