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You may be very successful now.
You could have a great job and family. At work, you may be good at what you do and have advanced well at your company. Perhaps, you make a lot of money, and people look up to you.
But, maybe you don’t know what you don’t know. Because you could be heading for a crash, and you may not even see it coming.
A Crash Waiting to Happen
Externally, Dave seems very successful. But, without really thinking about it, he …
- Believes he has everything totally under control and is proud of that fact.
- Has little self-awareness and repeats the same mistakes over and over.
- Harbors grudges and doesn’t seek forgiveness when he hurts people.
- Is too busy or disinterested to spend time with God on a regular basis.
- Thinks mostly of himself rather than how he can be of service to others.
- Does not have a group of friends he is open with and that hold him accountable.
- Does not have a mentor, one that listens and knows how things are going with him.
In the eyes of most people, especially himself, Dave is a highly effective business person. But, Dave is heading for a crash, and he doesn’t even see it coming.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
John is successful also, but what is more important to him is that he …
- Surrenders his will to God and makes choices based on faith and courage.
- Humbly admits his mistakes and makes positive changes in his life.
- Seeks forgiveness and invests in good relationships.
- Spends time every day in prayer and meditation.
- Serves as an example and adds value to the lives of others.
- Regularly meets with a group of people for mutual accountability.
- Has a close relationship with a mentor he trusts for counsel and guidance.
John had issues in his life—he crashed—but is now in recovery with a healthy lifestyle. And his experiences led to new habits—daily steps—that taught him how to avoid a crash in the future.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. (Carl Bard)
Learning How to Avoid a Crash
How does John feel about the tough times he went through?
He clearly remembers how bad the bad times were, and hopes he never has to endure anything like that again. But, now, he is actually thankful for having gone through that experience.
Because it changed his life. And taught him something he can teach others: how to avoid a crash.
What about Dave? The good news is, it is quite possible he could avoid his impending crash if he would make some adjustments in his life. Why doesn’t he do that?
Question: Which of the 2 lifestyles above most resembles yours: Dave’s or John’s?
Action: Begin to practice the STEPS that John is taking to help you learn how to avoid a crash.