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Confidence is such a powerful thing in the life of an individual. For most of us our level of confidence grows as we emerge from the brokenness of our lives into the wholeness that comes to us through God’s plan of redemption ... the process of sanctification ... healing and deliverance that is so necessary for us all.

Hebrews 10:35 – “do not cast away your confidence which has great reward ...”

Confidence is critical … not confidence in ‘self’ … but confidence in God and in who we are in God … confidence to be all we can be and do all we are called to do.

Confidence itself enables us to access the ‘reward’ … lose confidence and lose your reward!! Do not throw it away … don’t allow it to be eroded.

Confidence according to Strong’s means “Free (deep inner sense of being free from every restriction) and fearless, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance … the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity.”

Or as Isaiah 60:1 says, “Arise, Shine for …”  the word ‘arise’ means to “Stand up. Become powerful. Come on the scene.”

Let me encourage you to meditate upon these Scriptures and the meanings of those words and remind yourself, this is not talking about ‘arrogance’ or ‘pride’, but Biblical confidence ... standing up in all you are in God as you move into your future ... “become powerful ... come on the scene” ... carry yourself in such a way that you “become conspicuous”!

As we continue our discussion on the identifiable differences of thinking between those who are highly successful and those who are less successful, think about this ...

  • Highly successful people believe in themselves and are willing to “stand up”.
  • Less successful people doubt themselves and avoid stepping up.
  • Highly successful people have confidence in their abilities and are willing to promote themselves.
  • Less successful people lack confidence and generally think negatively about any form of promotion.
  • Highly successful people think “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me”.
  • Less successful people think “If it’s going to be ... someone else better do it”.

Which end of this spectrum are you closest to with your current mindsets?

1 Samuel 17:48 “David hurried and ran toward .. Goliath” ... now, THAT’S confidence!

Until next time ...
Kevin

Winning Ways 7

The old adage says, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” ... which begs the question, “What’s the point of having cake if you can’t eat it?”

God’s promise to Israel as they went into the Promised Land was that they would live in houses they didn’t build, eat and drink from orchards and vineyards they didn’t plant. Their gardens would be watered by the ‘dew of heaven’ where before they had to water their gardens by manual labour ... in other words, everything was provided!

That’s what ‘inheritance’ is ... you get what someone else worked for ...as Christians we enter into all the provision that was made for us through the Cross of Calvary ... provision of all that we need for “life and godliness” ... to me that sounds a lot like ‘having your cake and eating it too’!

William James:  Psychologist .. ‘The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.’

As we continue our discussion on the identifiable differences of thinking between those who are highly successful and those who are less successful, I want to draw your attention to another continuum in the spectrum of mindsets ...

  • Highly successful people think in an all encompassing way ... they think ‘everything’.
  • Less successful people think in limited terms ... they think ‘either/or’.
  • Highly successful people think ‘both this AND that’.
  • Less successful people think, “I have to choose either ‘this or that’”.
  • Highly successful people think I can have my cake and eat it too!
  • Less successful people think there’s not enough cake to go around so even if I do get to eat a bit, it better be a small bite!

The reality is that God intends for your have success in every area of life ... your marriage AND your business/career ... your spiritual life AND your marketplace life ... your finances AND your health ... etc ... etc.

Too many people give up on their health in order to generate more money ... minimise their input into marriage and family for the sake of business or career ... develop their spiritual ministry but neglect their marketplace responsibilities ... God wants you to have it ALL ... have your cake AND  eat it too!

Until next time ...
Kevin

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"Smooth roads never make good drivers. Smooth seas never make good sailors. Clear skies never make good pilots. A problem free life never makes a strong and good person. Have a tough but winning day ahead! Be strong enough to accept the challenges of life. Do not ask life, 'Why me?' instead say, 'Try me'." – Anonymous.

I love this quote because it contains so much truth ... to be an ‘Overcomer’ there are some things you’re going to have to overcome!

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” - Norman Vincent Peale.

Success in life is not achieved by avoiding or getting rid of problems; success in life is achieved by becoming bigger than your problems ... you must learn ... grow ... change!

As we continue to think about the way we think and the spectrum of thought that exists between those who are high achievers and those who are less effective in life I want to draw your attention to another spectrum of thinking that reflects Winning Ways compared to ‘losing’ ways...

  • Highly effective people see themselves as bigger than the problems they may face.
  • Less effective people see themselves as smaller than the problems they may face.
  • Highly effective people know that every opportunity has some problems associated with it and are confident they can become ‘bigger’ then those problems.
  • Less effective people see the problems in their opportunities and can’t imagine how they could be ‘big’ enough to overcome those problems.
  • Highly effective people are confident they either have or can acquire the wisdom to face and overcome any problem life may throw at them.
  • Less effective people are only confident in overcoming what they have already overcome ... they want to live within their comfort zone and have no motivation to gain greater wisdom or the ability to better apply what they already know. 

“Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.” – Stephen Covey.

As you move forward in life, let me encourage you to face your challenges with the confidence that as a child of God you are equipped to succeed in every area of your life. Deuteronomy 28 makes it clear that the promise of God to those who walk with Him is blessing, success and achievement throughout life ... position yourself to access His grace and wisdom and power and have an awesome life!

Until next time ...
Kevin

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