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You can change for the better - if you want to

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Try following four steps toward self improvement

By Shirley Jones

“We should make plans, counting on God to direct us.” Proverbs 16:9

If you want to change your life for the better, take these steps:

1) Discern what success really is. When others feel good about you, you’re popular. When you feel good about yourself, you’re successful. Your life’s highest calling always will create the highest level of joy within you. That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy or pain free. Every winner in history paid a price, you will too.

2) Set your goals – in prayer. Success is achieving the purpose God has for you. It’s not wrong to set goals, it’s just wrong to set prayerless ones.

Solomon said, “We should make plans counting on God to direct us.” What are your goals? How do you plan to reach them?

3) Stop looking for somebody to bring you happiness. Don’t wait for flowers to arrive, God gave you seed – start growing your own.

The Bible says, “Let every man prove his own work … then he shall have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” Galatians 6:4.

And besides, when you’re less “needy” you’ll be more attractive.

4) Get over yourself: Everyone else has. A well-known minister said he was praying one day, “Father why does the enemy keep reminding me of my past failings?”

God replied, “Because he’s running low on material.”

What a great answer. God says he will “not remember your sins” Isaiah 43:25.

So unless you’re better than him — do the same thing.

Begin today to make these four steps part of your life.