Doing what’s right is no guarantee against misfortune. William McFee
Always act as if success was guaranteed. Author Unknown
Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure. Bill Clinton
Few things of importance come with guaranteed results or returns. An old adage says the only things guaranteed are death and taxes. A few more such guarantees might include hard knocks, trials and tribulations, disappointments, and our fair share of setbacks. We could say with almost certainty that if we never undertake anything worthwhile or never taking any chances or risks, we are all but guaranteed that the results we get will speak for themselves,” nothing ventured, nothing gained”.
Those who stand back, complain, whine and are envious and jealous over the good fortune of others are most likely those who never undertake anything challenging in the first place. Wishing we were in someone else’s shoes, or admiring someone’s greener pasture is not the sort of thing that is going to get us anywhere worth being. Wishing our parents had been better off, were better role models or were able to provide more for us than they did does not do anything to better our present lot in life. Some may have had it better than others, but such advantages only take us so far. Eventually, we always have to walk on our own two feet and down our own path.
In the end it is what we do with what we have, how motivated and determined we are, how hard we work, and definitely the risks we are willing to take that makes the difference. Those who had some advantages in getting started are likely to fail if they never do anything with their opportunities. There have been many examples of the children of the rich and famous who squandered their head starts. On the contrary, there are many examples of those who came from the humblest of beginnings; took on the odds, and did wonderful things with their lives. Some great examples are some of those who come from the humblest of backgrounds to become President of the United States; such as Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barak Obama.
In making a statement that takes the form of a guarantee, we might say those that are determined and persistent, are willing to persevere, take risks, refuse to give up or quit, and get back up and try again whenever obstacles get in their way are all but guaranteed to do better than those who do not. There is no free lunch.
Challenge: You are where you are in life largely as a result of the things you have done and the things you have chosen not to do. In order to accomplish greatly, you must be willing to risk greatly, to accomplish significantly, you must be willing to risk significantly. The vast majority chose to do little or nothing, accepting mediocrity or less. You can be whatever you really commit yourself to being. Great things await you if you really want them.
Wisdom: No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance. Mia Hamm
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2
The Bible encourages us to be active and dynamic. It encourages us to be good stewards of our talents and abilities. We are supposed to sow seeds and cast our bread upon the waters. We are not supposed to hide our light under a basket. All of these teachings are indications that we will be rewarded if we follow God’s guidance and listen to his directions. He wants us to succeed more than we can possibly imagine.
Prayer: Help me to have faith and confidence. Help me to be willing to step forward. Help me to have courage.