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Lesson #3: Expect Good Things
Venus's victory also teaches us importance of a positive outlook. After win, when asked about her mind sight, she replied, "I'm alive. So that means I can do anything." What that means to me is understanding that as long as you have breathe in your body, you have chance to turn things around. And as long as you expect good things to happen, ,and you believe that God will help you make them happen, you will eventually succeed.
Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, largest congregation in country, and author of best- seller "How to Live Your Best Life Now" says that "you will get what you expect." Expectations determine what happens to you, not other way around. If you expect a successful business, that is what you will get. Don't misunderstand me, there will be times when things do not go our way, and maybe to outsiders it will look like we are failing. But if we keep focused and have faith in God, eventually things will turn around. Osteen refers to this as expecting God's favor. Osteen says that as children of God we should expect good things to happen – God wants us to achieve greatness. The reason why many of us haven't reached our full potential is because of our negative thinking and lack of faith. Or it could just be that God is molding us through our trials and tribulations into great person He intended us to become.
Lesson #4: Prepare for Victory
It has been said that years of preparation is what it takes to become an overnight success. Venus would not have won, if she had not prepared to win. She knew it would take more than a positive outlook to be victorious. Who knows how many thousands of hours she practiced, or how many miles she ran, or how many weights she lifted over course of her career?
And as business owners we must also prepare for success. We must keep informed of new developments in our field, read business publications and network with other professionals. We must improve our business operations on a daily basis. We must always be willing to revise our business model, consider new markets, products, and services. Even if you are very successful, you cannot rest on your laurels.
Most start-up businesses fail, but most serial entrepreneurs become successful. Why is that? Because with each failure, they learn a little more. And same can be said for sports. I am sure that Venus has learned from each lost match something that has helped her win today.
Michelle Goodwine is President and Founder of Integrated HR Strategies, a strategic human resources consulting firm. Feel free to contact Michelle at (518) 456-6580 or goodwine@integratedhrstrategies. Check out Michelle's website at www.michellegoodwine.net.. As an entrepreneur, Michelle has learned a lot about winning and losing.