Character Attributes for Success (Part 2)

Positive, Attentive, & Centered

HERE TO THERE.  It’s a concept we all understand.  “I’m here, but I want to be there.”  It’s universal.  It’s inspiring.  It’s progressive, and it’s seldom a straight line.

Last week, my pastor began a series entitled, “It Starts With One.”  His message centered around goal setting.  He talked about goals:  how to define a goal, the process of working towards a goal, taking the first step, measuring your progress, correcting setbacks, and even finishing strong.  Throughout the message he really hit home one big fact – OUR PATH TO BIG GOALS IS NOT STRAIGHT.

It’s all over the place.  It’s up, then down, one step back, three steps forward, and sometimes we pass our destination without even realizing it.  This happens when our “There” is vague and not clearly defined.  Consider this, if you polled 100 people all of them would agree that they want to be better in 2016.  

Who doesn’t want to be better?  I want to be better.  You want to be better.  We all want to be better, but what do we really mean by “better?”  Better is not a “There.”  It’s vague.

So how do you define THERE?  Keep that in mind while you check out the next three character attributes for success:


4) Positive – See the opportunity in everything

Positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

– Zig Ziglar


5) Attentive – Listen

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

– Stephen R. Covey


6) Centered – God, Family, and other important stuff – in sync

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

– Unknown


Application Questions  

  • Who is the most positive minded person you know?  Think of a time you have seen him/her encounter problems.  What did he/she do?
  • How often do you listen without offering your 2 cents?
  • Which area of life do you personally struggle with the most:

– Family, Career, Social, Financial, Spiritual, Physical Wellness –

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