Why Do We Plan To Fail?
Are You Planning To Succeed Or Planning To Fail?
It's well known that success can only be achieved by having a plan and working the plan. Or you could win the lottery! But that's not why you are reading this article, so scratch the lottery idea.
Everybody can understand and relate to planning to succeed but why are people planning to fail? No one in their right mind plans to fail right! Well then, we're all out of our minds because all people who plan to succeed are actually planning to fail!
No, I have not recently been released from an institution for the mentally unstable, but my eyes have been opened to how much time, energy and money is being wasted on plans to fail.
Don't click and leave just yet, explanations are forthcoming. During training to be a sales consultant at a health and wellness establishment (a glorified la-di-dah gym) I was taught that 10% out of 100 people canvassed will actually come in for a meeting and see what you have to offer. Of that 10% only 3 people will actually be interested and sign up for a membership. So in actuality I was only expected to have a 3% success rate. To add further insult to a very dismal success rate, only 1 of those 3 members will actually use their gym memberships on a regular basis. So, as you can see, we are even trained to accept failure.
You are probably thinking that my sales consultant training is a very weird and isolated case, but to be morbidly realistic, millions upon millions of dollars are being made each day by people who are taking advantage of the fact that all people plan to fail.
"Who would do such a thing?", I hear you ask. Well, all the people teaching us how to succeed of course! Please don't misunderstand me now, we all need good teaching and instruction on how to succeed in all areas of life. What we don't need is all the teaching and instruction on so called contingency plans; plan B, C and D and what to do if you don't succeed. Motivational speakers spend most of their time and your money motivating and encouraging you that you will fail at some point, sometimes even often, but here are some tools, strategies, ideas and contingency plans to help you get through or over the failures.
See, what is actually going on is contradictory mental conditioning. While they are teaching you to succeed, they are also teaching you to fail. They say: "Reach for the stars, but make sure you have a safety net or a parachute, just in case you fall." That's contradictory mental conditioning or "Stinkin' Thinkin'!", as I like to call it.
Romans 12:2 says: "And do not be conformed to this world (and its' way of thinking), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Our idea of success and failure needs to come from the Word of God and not from the world's educational systems. As Christians, our minds are to be renewed to a different way of thinking and doing. The Word of God does not deny that we, at times, may stumble and fall, but we are not to give it place in our lives.
Micah 7:8 says: "Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me."
Through His Word, God often tells us that at every turn the devil will offer us the opportunity to fail, but almost in the same breath He tells us not to give that too much attention and to rather focus our attention and energies on the success which lays just ahead of us. God believes in us to succeed in everything we do. He is our biggest encourager and motivator because He understands how hard it can be to keep our heads up and focused on reaching our goals.
In the 1st nine verses of the book of Joshua, God encourages Joshua to be strong and courageous 3 times because Joshua was feeling very overwhelmed by the task that lay ahead of him. He couldn't see how he could be successful. The awesome thing about God is that where we cannot see a way through to being successful, God says: "Don't worry, I will be right here helping you through and when you are weak, I will give you strength to be successful because I am interested in your success."
Why is God so interested in our success? Our success makes God look good. To be successful, we have to put our faith in God to get us there. Why do we need to put our faith in God and not just in our own ability? Well, if we trust only in our abilities and talent, then we are trusting in a very limited resource and our success usually required a bit more than what is currently in us. This is usually the area of failure. This is the area where dealing with failure usually comes in if you don't have God on your side to keep you on the road of success. Jesse Duplantis has a catch phrase he uses often, "I have had many opportunities to fail, I just don't take any!" The reason people without God fail 9 out 10 times is because of the fear of failing. What you fear inevatibly comes upon you. But the Bible teaches us that "all things are possible with God." When we believe that and the rest of God's Word, faith starts to rise up on the inside of us and pushes the fear out. God promises success in His Word, When you choose to believe His promises of success and start to align your acting and thinking with His Word, your fears of failing will start to dissipate.
The devil will always provide an opportunity for you to fail but you can choose to take it or overcome it with the faith that comes through knowing God by knowing His Word. I think people have confused failure with making mistakes. They are not the same. If a baby, when trying to walk falls down, bumps it's head, and then refuses for the rest of it's life to attempt to walk again, then it is failure. Refusal to try again, to give up, that is failure. Everything else is making mistakes and learning until success is achieved. That is why when we know God, we know true freedom, because with God there is no condemnation.
Your success is directly connected to your faith. Your failure is directly connected to your fears. So what are you going to do about it?
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