The winning mentality is a mentality that majors on what’s right, instead of what’s wrong; what’s good instead of what’s bad; on the positive instead of the negative; on strength instead of weaknesses; on stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks or setbacks; on possibilities instead of impossibilities – #ProsperAnangQuotes
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
To cultivate such a mentality requires enormous training and self-discipline. That’s what Paul tells us by the Holy Spirit [Verse 25]: “Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself to all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither” [Amplified].
To excel in anything you do, your primary responsibility is to cultivate a winning mentality. It’s a mindset that none of us was born with, but can be cultivated. This kind of mentality has to do with seeing things differently yet in the light of God’s Word.
This was the kind of mindset that Jesus had, and that was the reason for His ministerial success.
SOME INSTANCES OF JESUS’ DEMONSTRATION OF A WINNING MENTALITY:
- When He was entering the city of Nain and met this widow whose only son had died
11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15 And he that was dead sat up and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
- The case of Lazarus’ demise as recorded in John 11:39-44
Here, Jesus kept telling Martha, “I’m the resurrection and the life”. He wasn’t bothered by the fact that Lazarus had been in the grave for 4 days; He saw no impossibility.
- The case of the woman who was bound by Satan for 18 years Luke 13:10-17
Paul also cultivated the same winning mindset. In spite of what he experienced with the Christians in Corinth, he chose not to pay attention to any other thing or person but Christ: “2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified” [1Corinthians 2:2 NLT].
It’s this same Paul who teaches us where to fix our thoughts: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. FIX YOUR THOUGHTS on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” [Philippians 4:8, NLT].
2 WAYS TO CULTIVATE A WINNING MENTALITY
- CONSISTENT MEDITATION in the WORD – “Study this book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do” [Joshua 1:8, NLT].
- BY CONSCIOUSLY ACTING and PRACTISING THE WORD meditated on – “Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress” [1Timothy 4:15, NLT].
This is something that’s done secretly, but Paul tells Timothy that if consistently done, the progress arrived at will be evident to all. In other words, such feats of success will beat every human imagination.
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