Winning in Life: The 5 Essential D’s for Winning in Life

winning-in-lifeWinning in Life: 5 Essential D’s

Winning in life might mean different things to different people, but whether it’s your personal life, spiritual life, business or relationships, these 5 D’s will help you on your way.

1. Dissatisfaction

Be dissatisfied with yourself. I’m not talking about being dissatisfied with what you have, but be dissatisfied with where you are in life and, in some ways, with who you are. Learn to be content and grateful for all that you have (material possessions), but always strive to be better than you were yesterday. Have a healthy dissatisfaction with yourself and know that you can always achieve more and be better.

Warning! Don’t become dissatisfied by comparing yourself with others. That’s always unhealthy and unwise. Be dissatisfied with who you are right now and develop a drive to become the person that you can be in the future. It’s that vision of who you want to be that will pull you.

2. Devotion

Get devoted and committed to the cause, the mission. True devotion to something that is bigger than you, means that you leave behind other things. You can’t expect to make a change in your life, or commit to some great goal without eliminating some of the lesser distractions. Get rid of the weights that are holding you back!

Athletes that train for the olympic games eliminate everything from their lives that do not help them toward their goal. Some may call you crazy and say that your life is out of balance, they may try to tell you that you need to take a break, to go easy on yourself. Don’t listen to those voices. Listen to the voices that encourage you to stay committed, devoted to your cause.

3. Direction

Set your direction and keep focused on it. It’s the future that is the important destination. Your past doesn’t equal your future. Let the past go, learn from it and any past failures that you may have and focus in the direction of the future.

Remember the law of sowing and reaping. You reap more than you sow and you reap later than you sow. Sow the seeds of a successful life today so that you can reap the rewards in the future.

4. Determination

Be determined to complete your race. This means that you must enter the race and that you must not quit. Whenever you decide to attempt a great thing in life, realize that you will encounter resistance to that decision. You must know that this will happen and be ready for it. Decide now that you will be determined not to quit, that you will push through no matter what may come.

Again, developing a vision of what you want to be in the future will help to pull you through the tough times. Determine that you won’t quit. Determine that you will win.

5. Discipline

Discipline yourself to do the work that needs to be done to get you to your goals. You can read all the positive mindset books, watch all the videos, stay surrounded with the right people, but if you never do the work, you will not succeed.

You must also discipline yourself through the failures. There is no success without failure. In fact, success is built on failure. Expect it and prepare for it. When the failures come, it’s going to be easy to just quit, to tell yourself that, “at least I gave it a good try”. Stay disciplined. Don’t give up. Don’t quit.

So, there are the 5 Essential D’s to Winning in Life. Review this list often and pause to take inventory of yourself and see where you are progressing in each of these areas.


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Doug is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran who enjoys computers and technical gadgets. He serves God in his local church in the audio/video ministry. He holds an Advanced Diploma of Biblical Studies from Faith Bible Institute. Doug and his wife, Emily, have been married since 1989 and have successfully raised three children. It is his desire to impact young Christian men.

“I believe that most men are not living up to the potential that God has for them and I want to help them to find their purpose, grow spiritually and impact other men for Christ.”

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