Successful people aren’t necessarily smarter, more gifted, nor luckier. They tend to have habits that fan the flame of their success. Those who succeed in business are self-starters, goal oriented, have a strong sense of priorities, and tend to make business deals with others that are mutually beneficial.
In Psalm 1 there are three practices that are important in our course toward success.
Don’t Follow The Crowd
When we follow the crowd, we are going along to get along. We should engage with people who have different values than us. We need to be careful about allowing their habits and conduct to influence us.
In Psalm 1:1, King David writes:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers…
Notice the progression of engagement. We casually greet others as we walk by them in the hallway. We might stop to have a short conversation. It is when we sit down to converse that we are most engaged.
The amount of fellowship we have with people whose values are different than ours can lead us away from the pursuits that will take us in right directions for our lives. Wrong desires can lead to wrong actions that can ultimately lead to death of dreams.
When Walt Disney came up with a brainstorm he would pitch the idea to ten people. If they were all against it, he would immediately go to work on the project. Disney had learned that the crowd is not always right.
Adopt A One Track Mind
We are to delight in right thinking.
In Psalm 1:2 we read this:
…but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
We need to be vigilant in not allowing destructive thoughts into our minds. The Apostle Paul gives us good guidance in gaining a one track mind:
Finally brothers [and sisters], whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8).
Gain Deeply Rooted Core Values
In Psalm 1:3-4 we read:
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
A life not grounded by strong core values is like chaff. It is a life that is easily influenced by by the surrounding culture. A life that is grounded is like a tree planted by rivers of water. A tree that is well watered over time is sturdy and is resilient when trials come.
A life rooted by core values will stand strong in the face of challenges from those who would seek to sway you from your path.
Growth in character takes time. We have to:
- Commit to do what is right (Don’t follow the crowd)
- Maintain an honest and pure heart (Get a one track mind)
- Be patient (Gain deeply rooted core values)
The Apostle Paul said it this way:
And let us not become weary in doing well, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).