Prov. 24:16 - "For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,..."
I will be equating the "righteous man" as the successful person. A study of Proverbs will reveal the righteous ones are successful ones because they have been blessed by God.
They Get Back Up
It doesn't matter where you work or the sports you liked to participate in you can testify to this truth. As you were on your way to being successful you were knocked down by something.
It may have been an illness, a medical set back such as a torn ACL, a rejection of your resume, failure to accomplish a set goal or the death of a loved one. There are thousands of ways to get knocked down but if we intend on being successful we know we must arise.
We must get back up on our own two feet.
How Do You Get Back Up?
How you get back up doesn't really matter. What matters is you find a way to become motivated again. What does it take to re-invigorate you? For some it would be conversation with someone that you respect, or watching a movie or reading about other successful people.
Are you one that is able to motivate yourself? Or are you the kind who will graciously allow others to help motivate you?
It doesn't matter which method works for you. What matters is the successful person will get back up and move forward with another plan and a new head full of ideas.
How Many Times Do You Rise?
You rise every time you get knocked down is the correct answer. But the writer of Proverbs says you get back up 7 times and that is true if you believe he is speaking literally. I believe he is speaking figuratively. The number "7" in the Bible means perfect or completely.
Every time you get knocked down by life you get back up on you feet.
Why Does Life Knock Us Down?
I have trained myself not to ask the question "Why". I always ask myself "What". What can I learn from this trial? I then write down the things that I can learn and allow these to help motivate me positively to keep moving forward to accomplish my goal.
If you ask "Why" you may never be able to determine if the answers you come up with are true.
If you're knocked down get back up and you'll be glad you did.
If you are on your successful journey plan on meeting some events that will knock you down and also plan on getting back up once you have been knocked down by the life events.
Think On These:
The difficulties of life are to make us better - not bitter.
Say what you will about trouble; it always gives us something to talk about.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.