Setting yourself up for success in life at a young age pays dividends in your latter years and that is what young people aspire to. However, in spite of having the aspirations to do so many fall short as they fail to adopt certain things in their life.
In this post we will go through some important steps to take so that you can realize your true potential. Most importantly listen to the counsel and adopt it into your life. Here we go:
1. Submit to God
This may sound obvious but it has a profound impact on the outcome of your life. A simple decision can change the course of your entire life. That can be a decision to do what you want versus what God wants for your life. You can look at Jonah for example to see what happens when you decide to do your own thing instead of obeying God’s instruction.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” ~ James 4:7
I have listened to Christian actor TC Stallings’ life testimony of how God brought him to a place of submission. He wanted to pursue a career in football while God wanted him in ministry. A series of disappointing events finally made him surrender to God’s will instead of his own.
Submitting to God is the first and most important step you can take to set the foundation for success in life. You have the choice to do whatever you want with your life but when God is not in what you are doing life is not going to be a pleasant experience for you. Submit yourself to Him and He will give you the blueprint for your life.
One of the weaknesses of underachievers is their inability or reluctance to humble themselves in the sight of God and men. When you focus on yourself and what you want you never get far in life and the danger is that you tend to think of yourself more highly than you ought to. Success in life requires you to have humility.
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” ~ Proverbs 3:34
Being humble does not mean you should become a doormat and let people walk all over you. It means having a healthy appreciation of yourself as a person while also acknowledging that other people are an important part of life. Having that disposition will enable you to learn from others things that you do not know but can help you in your life.
3. A mentor
In 1 Kings 12 just after King Solomon had passed away and his son Rehoboam took over the kingdom a critical turn of events took place. Rehoboam was approached by the assembly of Israel to lighten the burden of their labour. He made a foolish decision by following the advice of the young men he grew up with instead of the elders at the time.
It would cost him the kingdom. Had he allowed the elders to give him counsel throughout his reign it may have been a different and better story. Successful people realize the importance of having a mentor in their life, someone who has been where they want to go and can show them the way.
Closely related to having a mentor is having accountability partners. These are your close companions who are there for you and advise you accordingly. In life if you want to go fast go alone but if you want to go far go with others. You can accomplish more with others than you can by yourself.
In conclusion do not disconnect yourself from those that have gone ahead of you. The Bible says in Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” It is God’s design for you to be connected to those that have gone before you and those that come after you. If you remember nothing else from this post remember this point to have success in life.