During my study time, I came across this uplifting section in my Bible, in reference to Jeremiah 20:1-18. It was so encouraging to me that I wanted to share it with you! I can testify that these REALLY DO WORK! I've focused hard to do them all and this is what has kept me going for so long!
Convictions: Turning Defeat into Dividends
We all experience good and bad days. Even the best leaders become discouraged. Jeremiah 20 allows us to see into the heart of a great leader. Jeremiah complains to God in the first ten verses. He praises God for his victories in the next four verses. And in the next five he curses the day he was born.
The key question on your bad day is: Are you going to give up or get up? And how can you get up?
- Rise above self-pity. Failure is an attitude, not just an outcome.
- Think positively. Success comes by going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
- Learn from your experiences. Failure isn't failure unless you learn nothing from it.
- Seek alternatives. All successful leaders vary their approaches (try new things if something isn't working).
- Develop a sense of humor. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people and the fastest way to get perspective.
- Be realistic. The first job of the leader is to define reality.
- Establish new goals. Failure is an opportunity to begin again, but more intelligently.
- Develop a passion. Your own resolution to succeed counts for more than anything else.
- Broaden your base of support. No single venture should support your entire emotional life.
- Separate your self-worth from your performance. A positive self-image prepares you for success.