When it comes to success, it is easy to believe that some people are just born with the ability and intelligence to thrive. However, more studies indicate that attitude is a better indicator of success than ability and IQ.

The deciding factor in your success may not be something you acquire, but rather something you adjust—like your attitude. How you handle set backs and challenges have a lot to do with how you think and believe.

We all know people who have excelled under the most difficult of circumstances. They are the ones who inspire us to overcome our limitations and succeed in the face of impossibilities.

Remember, it’s your attitude that determines your altitude.

Scripture Focus:

”I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” – Psalm 27:13 (NKJV)

Things may not always work out the way we originally thought or envisioned, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work out. In many cases, they work out better than expected.

Just because we thought things would happen one way doesn’t mean we should lose hope when we experience a different outcome. No matter what the enemy tries to do to break you down or weaken your faith, he still cannot stop God from working everything out for your good.

So don’t get discouraged if the results don’t immediately appear. Rest assured, God is up to something good in your life, even if you can’t see it right now. You don’t always have to know how it’s going to work out. Just trust and believe that it will.

Scripture  Focus:

”The LORD will work out his plans for my life…” – Psalm 138:8 (NLT)

Would you consider yourself more of a talker or a listener? Most people tend to fall under the category of talking more than listening. Perhaps this might be the reason for much of the conflict in their personal and professional relationships.

Talking less and listening more is a hard adjustment to make because it requires patience, focus, and self-control. Think about it this way: If you wanted to learn how to skydive, would you listen carefully to your instructor? Of course you would. Why? Because your life depends on it.

In order to know where the ripcord is located, and when to pull it, it would be in your best interest to listen intently. Life and relationships work the same way. To overcome its challenges, we must learn to listen to God and follow His instructions. Why? Because your life depends on it.

Scripture Focus:

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19 (NIV)

Are you carrying things that are keeping you weighed down? Whether it’s past hurts or present frustrations, learning how to let go is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding decisions you’ll ever make.

The enemy will seek every new opportunity to cloud your mind with unproductive thoughts and fill your heart with resentment. His goal is to leave no room for God to move in your life and situation. Therefore, holding on to things will only take up space that is reserved for God’s goodness and favor.

Like every discipline in life, we must learn to surrender to God and release the things we can’t control. When you let go, you can fully rest in His strength and embrace the new things He has for you. Let today be the day you let go and let God have it all.

Scripture Focus:

”Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”– 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)