In the book Failing Forward, John says, “you cannot win the eternal battle against failure without the positive attitude that contentment provides.”
Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. AMP
Leadership expert Fred Smith says, the key to positive action is to know the difference between a problem and a fact of life. A problem is something that can be solved. A fact of life is something that must be accepted.
Do you have a fact of life that you’re having a hard time accepting? You know as well as I do that if you can’t accept it it would be very hard to surrender it. And if you can’t surrender it. Well you fill in the blank.
Failure is an inside job and it all starts with your thinking.
When I went to Narcotics Anonymous 35 years ago they had a saying and It was called stinking thinking.
You have to stop the stinking thinking which was their way of saying, take that thought captive. If you believe that you’re never going to succeed. Then you won’t. if you believe that you’re going to be sick all the time then guess what? You will.
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] AMP