Yesterday, we started looking at seven keys to success noted by someone qualified to comment, rising quickly to the top of her profession. Layne Beachley won the women’s world surfing championship seven times. Her principles of success were expressed on Melbourne radio last week and offered some insights which align to sound biblical principles for personal growth and excellence.
4. Ask Questions – As we grow, our natural curiosity can give way to conditioning by fear, consequence and worrying about letting others down. While answering questions is encouraged in 1 Peter 3:15, we see that love is the antidote to fear in 1 John 4:18. This means that God’s perfect unconditional love allows us to be secure in Him so that we no longer concern ourselves with measuring up to others’ expectations.
5. Accept failure as a necessary part of success – We first need to be realistic about how we define failure so as to identify if we fear it. But losing is learning, since we can change our thought processes, reflect on new learning (and we must make time for this), and prepare for change. Paul uses the mistakes, as well as the successes, of ancient Israel in teaching people for successful living (e.g. 1 Corinthians 10:11).
6. Don’t allow your past to be your future – Past failures don’t have to equal future failures. Proverbs 24:16 says that we can fall seven times and rise again and Philippians 3:13 encourages us to forget what is behind and to reach forward to what is ahead. This is very important when we feel shackled to the past and especially to particular people or to the negative things they have said to us.
7. Take the time to recognise and celebrate wins – This is not always for the big things either. This involves sharing your success with others who can reflect along with you on the difference you are making. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 acknowledges that there is a time and season for everything, and this includes laughter, dancing, love and gain. The Bible is filled with examples of celebration after success. Celebrating helps you to stay motivated and to feel the pleasure of God when obediently honouring His direction and seeing the results of your faith.