My latest book, Made For More – 7 Proven Strategies For Reaching Your Full Potential, is now available. I hope you enjoy these excerpts from my book.
Endurance Leads to Victory
The path to blessing leads through suffering. A fourth way suffering produces growth is that when you endure, you become victorious. The path to blessing leads through suffering. This aspect of Strategy No. 5 is crucial. When you experience difficulty on your journey, you must remember that victory comes to those who persevere. No trial lasts forever, but it will produce a harvest of holiness in your life if you remain faithful.
God, at times, allows us to go through pain in order to experience the blessing that he has for us and for those we can influence with our lives. Often, our pain also serves to bring blessing to others. Until we see the big picture—what God is doing in and through the difficulties in our lives—we miss the fact that God is using it for his ultimate glory. Don’t misinterpret your pain, struggles, or circumstances as either a curse from God or a roadblock that cannot be overcome. God is not punishing you; rather, he is positioning you for his purpose. Remember, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
Practice Strategic Thinking
Strategy Trumps Vision
A second reason to engage in strategic thinking is that how you go about an endeavor has the power to make or break what you hope to do. Good intentions are worthless in the absence of a practical strategy. And strategy ultimately determines outcome. How you choose to accomplish your goal—and not the goal itself—will determine whether you are successful. Just as you cannot drive from New York to London, you cannot achieve your full potential through a regimen of complaining, isolation, procrastination, and ignorance. The things you do determine what you accomplish. Your pathway determines your destination. Strategy trumps vision every time. To succeed in growing to your full potential, you must have a strategic plan for doing so.
Practice Strategic Thinking
Sun Tzu, the military general, strategist, and philosopher of ancient China, observed this in his classic work, The Art of War, “When your strategy is deep and far-reaching, then what you gain by your calculations is much, so you can win before you even fight. When your strategic thinking is shallow and near-sighted, then what you gain by your calculations is little, so you lose before you do battle. Much strategy prevails over little strategy, so those who have no strategy cannot help but be defeated. Therefore it is said that victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”5 I couldn’t agree more with the concept that to be successful, you must learn to think strategically. Show me your plan for growth, and I will tell you how successful you will be. A strong plan, well executed, will lead to a good result. Here are some practical growth activities that will assist you in creating a strategic plan for growth.
You are loved and valued, Rev. Brian Kinsey