There is a common force that drives most of us: we want to be successful. Regardless of who we are or what our specific goals may be, we want the security and comfort that material success provides, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that our lives are turning out well and count for something.
If we all want the same basic thing, why then are some people so much more successful than others? Circumstances alone aren’t the deciding factor, because some people succeed despite incredibly difficult circumstances. Neither is success determined by natural ability alone, because many gifted people fail, while others who seem less likely to succeed do.
1. Make a list of your goals and select the top three to five that are the most important to you. Pray for God’s guidance in the process. He knows best.
2. Be realistic. Reaching for a goal should stretch you, but it should also be doable. Decide on a reasonable time frame for reaching each goal.
3. Don’t try to do everything at once. Focus on your top goal for a set period of time. Then move to goal number two, while maintaining the progress made toward reaching the first one, and so on.
Do you have parents, grandparents, or other loved ones who are suffering from any of the long-term troubles that occur naturally in old age? Here are five ways that you can return their love and support:
Perfect decisions are few and far between because life is messy. A great decision is always possible, however. Great decisions don’t all have fairytale endings, but they do achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances.
The most successful decision-makers don’t act on impulse, intuition, or even experience alone; they have a system that they work through step by step. Here is one such system:
Prayer is simply communicating with Jesus, just like you would talk to a good friend. You don’t have to follow any routine for Him to hear you. To be effective, prayer doesn’t depend on the position of your body, but the position of your heart.
Just tell Jesus what’s on your mind. He loves to listen to you. He’ll either solve the problems that you face, or give you the strength to make it through them.
Lots can be said about prayer, but here are a few tips that help get results:
Question: I’m under pressure at work and pressure at home, pressure to succeed, pressure to provide for my family, and pressure to be a good parent and spouse—pressure from every side. So often I just don’t know how to cope! What can I do?
Answer: Stress is becoming an almost inescapable part of modern life—almost, because there are things one can do to avoid getting under undue stress or living in a state of constant stress. While some of the following tips are of a strictly physical nature—getting sufficient exercise or eating the right kinds of foods, for example—others add a spiritual dimension by bringing Jesus into the equation in a very real and personal way.
Question: I want to get in better shape, but don’t know where to start. How much exercise is enough? What type of exercise is best, and how much time do I need to spend on it?
Answer: The answers to those questions depend on a number of factors, including your age, general health, present fitness level, and metabolism. There are, however, a few general guidelines for a successful exercise program.
How can you maintain peace of mind in today’s fast-paced world without falling behind or getting run over by the pack? Here are some ideas.
Set priorities and goals.
Without meaningful goals you will never be truly successful in life, no matter how much money you earn or how great a name you make for yourself.
Every morning I wake up to what seems like a list of two million things I think I need to get done before the sun sets. I used to push myself to the limit physically and mentally, but still rarely accomplished everything I had planned, and that left me frustrated and stressed. My solution? I came up with a list of five things to help me get more done without feeling so pressured. Believe it or not, none of them are “work harder” or “go faster.”
1. Pray for solutions. When we ask God in prayer for the help He has promised us in His Word, this sets heavenly forces to work on our behalf. So when I begin to feel pressured, I stop and ask Him to work out whatever situation is putting me under stress. This is getting at the root of the problem, not just dealing with the symptom, the stress.
Question: Despite a good beginning, my marriage didn’t work out and some months back it ended in divorce. I can hardly bear the loneliness of coming home to an empty apartment day after day. My thoughts wander to events of the past, and I feel such pain. How can I get over this?
Answer: Divorce can be a heartbreaking and devastating experience. What you dreamed of and worked toward and sacrificed for has ended badly, and you’re left with only hurt and disappointment.