Don’t be unwise in your actions.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll do whatever it takes”? Have you ever said this of something you want more than anything in life? Do you think it is a healthy attitude? What has been your experience, either personal or in someone you know who has taken this attitude?
First, I want to say that no matter how badly I need or want something, I am not willing to “do anything” to get it. “Anything” is a pretty big category. “Anything” could mean…anything!
What I am not willing to do:
I am not willing to compromise my principles or my faith.
I am not willing to sacrifice what is precious.
I am not willing to do anything illegal.
I am not willing to sacrifice what is most precious in my life.
I am not willing to ride over others, to knock them down, to use them simply for my own benefit.
I am not willing to look at others merely as instruments to be discarded after I have gained what I want from them.
I do not want to succeed if I can’t take others with me and show them how to succeed. No, I am not willing to “do whatever it takes”.
I am willing to be kind and helpful where needed.
What I am willing to do:
I am willing to work.
I am willing to ask for help.
I am willing to teach others what I have learned.
I am willing to live out my dream, to keep seeking it if I haven’t found it yet.
I am willing to ask for guidance and direction when I am unsure of myself.
I am willing to learn new things.
I am willing to make changes where change is necessary to my success.
Remember, success cannot be measured merely on a financial basis. Zig Ziglar once said, “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”
I’m willing to work with integrity.
Integrity is a must. If we do not operate on ethical principles and methods, eventually we will find others treating us in the same manner we treat them—unethically and without integrity. We may just find ourselves alone out there with no friends, no support. But when we reach out a hand to someone in need, there will be someone there to reach out a hand when we are in need. We will have lasting friendships and wonderful, caring business associates.
That is the true measure of success.
Thought for the day: No success is worth jeopardizing friendships, principles, faith, integrity. That is not success.
Prayer: Lord, show us Your ideal for success, the standard You would have us to live up to in order to attain success as You see it. May we never abandon that which has eternal worth for what has merely temporal worth. Help us to get our priorities straight and to consider the consequences of our actions in our working for success. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
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