Dream Enabler or Dream Taker?

Have ever wondered how a person becomes successful? I even wonder how someone becomes a failure. Typically, behind success and failure, there are certain attitudes and also particular input from others.

Attitudes for Success
The key attitudes for success are: perseverance, picking yourself up one more time, focused on the goal and always intentionally putting positive thoughts in your mind.

But what about the input from others? If you see behind a person's success or failures, there is typically another person who was encouraging or discouraging the person. They were either sowing "good seeds" or 'bad seeds" in building the right or wrong attitudes.

Are you a dream enabler (encourager) or a dream taker? Do you intentionally build someone up? Or, do you carelessly sow seeds of discouragement? It is always easier to see why NOT to do something than figure out a way TO do something. It is easier to take a dream away from another than help them build it or make it a reality.

Possibility Thinker or Negativity Thinker?

How would you be defined: possibility thinker or a negativity thinker? To help a person succeed, you need to be an encourager helping your friend, family member, co-worker see the possibilities even in the difficult situations. For most people, it is easier to see the negative and focus on the negative telling the other "It can't be done or it's not worth it." This negativity takes your value system (one of cynicism or skepticism) and attempts to transfer it to another. That is destructive.

Changing Others

For you possibility thinkers, avoid negative thinkers. Don't allow their bad seeds to take root. Spread positive thoughts to others. You may convert someone from a negative thinker to a positive thinker. Give good thoughts; make someone's day.

Negative thinkers come in many colors: people who worry all the time (they will go to great lengths telling you why it is "Ok" or good for them to worry.) Sedentary people see no reason to move forward. "Life is comfortable here." Much misery is caused by inaction. A person knows what to do but doesn't do it. Most stay in their miserable situation because of negative thinking.

Positive thinkers and positive encouragers enable others to seek and achieve their dreams. Be a dream giver to someone. Tell your kids "Yes" vs. always telling them "No." Instead of saying "No it can't be done," ask the person "How would you approach this issue or solve the problem?" Help bring the best out in others by positively challenging them instead of negatively judging their ideas or actions.

The Power of Questions

Positive people ask questions instead of just making judgments. They look for the possibilities or undiscovered opportunities. Asking a question enables new discoveries. Negative comments just buries the idea or issue.


Matthew 19:26
"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Mark 9:23
'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."

Luke 1:37
"For nothing is impossible with God."

Many times we feel defeated because we rely on ourselves and see no possible good. We may not see anything positive in a situation. With God, all things are possible and all things can work for His good. What is lacking is our faith in the God where nothing is impossible for him.

If you are facing a tough situation, don't go to God last. Go to God first seeking his deliverance or ask Him to change your attitude toward the situation. Ask Him to help you see the good, the possibilities, not the negatives.

All too often, we rely on ourselves and only go to God when we feel we can't do it on our own. In reality this is a prideful, self-sufficient attitude. We are really viewing God as a magic genie only to be called on when in time of need. We are not putting our faith in the Creator of the Universe!

James 4:5-6
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."


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