To Succeed More, Fail More…

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Ty and I record Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist, Dallas, and try to watch it when we can. It is usually a packed 30 minutes! ****This is rather long, but really, really wonderful!

Earlier, we watched a recording, and it was all about God’s wisdom being different from man’s wisdom. God wants us to experience success in all areas of our lives.

**These were my notes, so forgive me if I seem to ramble, but this is definitely worth a glance, and maybe a note or two.**

The title of his message was: “To succeed more, fail more.”

Thomas Edison said, “Most of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success before they gave up.”
The difference between a successful and unsuccessful person is…..PERSISTENCE.

Persistence – the courage to continue pursuing your dream in spite of unexpected setbacks, undeserved criticism and unrelenting hard work.

The word persistence in the Bible is usually worded as “diligence”. Proverbs 10:4 & 5; Proverbs 21:25-26

The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor. Proverbs 12:24

How do we develop persistence in our life?

Six Keys to Developing Persistence:

1.) Understand the value of Persistence…
God has endowed each of us with what we need to be successful.
2.) Let go of the past…
**When at the age of 83, Frank Lloyd Wright, was asked, “What is your greatest achievement?” He replied, “The next one.”
Look forward – not backwards.
Refuse to look back on past failures. Let go of them!
“Yesterday ended last night.” -Anonymous

Celebrate your accomplishments. Celebration brings closure to past successes, so you can move forward.
3.) Learn the importance of beginning.
Proverbs 26:13, 14
Begin doing something!
Harvard Psychologist, Jerome Bruner, said this:
“You’re more likely to act yourself into a feeling than feel yourself into an action.”

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – anonymous
4.) Anticipate Setbacks
Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM said: “The way to succeed is to DOUBLE your failure rate.”
The more times you try something, the more times you’ll fail, BUT, the more you’ll succeed as well.

Watson was echoing what Solomon said thousands of years before…Ecclesiastes 11:1
5.) Expect to work hard!
Proverbs 19:24
Successful people understand that they will have to work hard.
6.)Persist in the right goals.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 – Remember your Creator in the days of your youth…

This scripture verse is on our daughter, Jessica ‘s birth certificate, and was a theme one year at our Vacation Bible School when she was a little girl.

Let me know what you think about this post. I would love your feedback. I just couldn’t write fast enough.