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Don’t Just Survive–Succeed!

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We are in the final quarter of another year. Are you satisfied with whom you are, or would you like to be better than you are? If you could change anything you want in your life right now, what would it be? Most of us would admit there is growing room in most of the areas of our lives. I want to challenge you with some success principles that you may want to incorporate into your plans as you prepare for 2015. Here are three elements of success that will make you a better person and better in all of the aspects of your life. They are summed up in three c’s. I want to take three Jim Rohn quotes to assist me to show you…

Three principles you need to have to be all you can be:

1. Coaching – Rohn said, “We could all use a little coaching.” Remember, when you’re playing a ball game, “it’s hard to think of everything.” You need someone on the sideline of your life to see and to remind and to encourage and to guide your play. That is true in sports and in life. You need a coach, a spiritual leader, a mentor, a person who can tell you what you need to hear and you listen. You learn when you listen. In Proverbs Solomon said, “Why didn’t I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously?” (Prov. 5:13 The Message). So, when you choose a coach, choose one you have enough confidence in to listen to. Want the greatest Mentor? “All your children will have God for their teacher—what a mentor for your children!” (Isa. 54:13 The Message).

2. Concentration – The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Rohn, “Wherever you are, be there.” When you are with your wife or husband concentrate on your relationship with her or him. How many times do you sit down to dinner with your mate and think of something else? Nothing says, “I love you,” like undivided attention. When your child walks in and asks a question do you turn off the computer and answer it? When you are at work, concentrate on work. It is easy to get distracted in today’s world where we are bombarded with all kinds of media. Cell phones, game devices, social media occupy too much of our time. When you are in a classroom concentrate on academics. Day dreaming during a critical lecture will lead to failure on exam day. When you are on a date concentrate on your date. Or, someone else will have your date. Jesus taught, “I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials…” (Luke 16:9 The Message). “Wherever you are, be there!”

3. Contribution – Rohn said, “Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.” Try this: make a few assists to fellow salespersons and see how your sales figures pick up. Offer to help your mate with something and see how your intimacy picks up. Try assisting a neighbor and see how your friendships expand. If you give, it comes back to you, in every area of life. The Bible says, “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity” (Luke 6:38 The Message). I believe that!

Try these things. COACHING, CONCENTRATION, COMPANIONSHIP. Not a bad game plan for 2015!

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