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With all the negative distractions that bombard our mind daily from gossip and through social media, it is vitally important that we keep a winning spirit. In today’s turbulent society our attention can be easily drawn away from the most important issues in life such as family, work, and spiritual worship; so much so, that we often need divine intervention to help us maintain a winning spirit.

A writer once wrote that “we are the architect of our own fate, that we are unfortunate indeed if we build ourselves without the inspiration or affirmation of a Supreme Power without realizing that we grow from within and not from without.” The question today is how do we in our personal lives and as employees maintain a winning spirit? Some employees dread going to work each day either because of havoc on the job or in their personal life. They are miserable, spending their entire week just waiting for the weekend to arrive. Their family, friends, and work suffers; they don’t work up to their potential and feel unappreciated. It is a vicious circle, week after week leading a person to become unhappy, unreasonable and miserable.

Here are a few tips on maintaining a winning spirit that have worked for me in my personal life as husband, father and pastor and at work as an employee:

  • Maintain focus – You have power over your thoughts, and you can change your prospective about your personal life and work by changing your attitude.
  • Keep a center of interest – It is important that you have or can produce clear vision about your objective.
  • Discipline yourself – Replace your inner conflicts into calmness and accept a rich environment. In other words, don’t waste your time on things that don’t matter.
  • Believe in yourself – Know that you are unique and only you can provide certain talents.
  • Don’t live with the Status Quo – Become energized by new ambitious and excitement in your personal life as well as work.
  • Challenge the odds and be courageous – Be positive, shake off worries of failure and anxiety and become confident and free from personal limitations.
  • Be open to new ideas – Recognize that you can learn from others. Be open to what others are offering by being flexible and adaptable.
  • Most of all enjoy the moment with family and co-workers– Do not worry about tomorrow. You can plan for the future, but enjoy today and live the day that is right in front of you to the fullest.
  • Try this approach for a winning spirit – Practice being positive and see your positive thoughts mirroring right back to you.

Remember you don’t have to forget painful events in the past but do not dwell on them; rather concentrate your mind on the present moment which will allow you to maintain a winning spirit and contribute to a heathy body and mind. So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten