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Getting people to listen to you 2

'The Lord gave him success in everything he did.' Genesis 39:3 NIV

The second credential you need when it comes to getting people to listen to you is: success. Credibility doesn't come from knowledge alone; it comes from results. When people want to succeed, they seek advice from those who have actually accomplished something. When you're successful, there will always be those who want to listen to you. And if you have a proven track record in an area where they want to succeed, your credibility goes through the roof.

So what does it take to be a success? Many different things. Here are a few: (1) Habits. Everybody wants to succeed, but few are willing to pay the price. You don't determine your future; you determine your habits and your habits determine your future. The secret lies in your daily routine. To succeed you must make a habit of doing what those who are unsuccessful don't do. (2) Opportunity. A successful person makes hay from the grass that grows under the other person's feet! They don't restrict their efforts to the hours when the sun shines. They recognise that success takes aspiration, inspiration and perspiration. (3) Persistence. Success means getting back up each time you fall. Scientist and inventor Louis Pasteur said, 'Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.' (4) God. Abraham Lincoln said, 'I believe the will of God prevails; without him all human reliance is vain; without the assistance of that divine being I cannot succeed; with that assistance I cannot fail.'

God gave Joseph 'success in everything he did' (Genesis 39:3 NIV), and he wants to do the same for you!

Soulfood: 2 Sam 1:1-3:21 Lk 6:37-49 Ps 109:1-15 Pro 17:27-28,


Getting people to listen to you 1

'The common people heard him gladly.' Mark 12:37 NKJV

The Bible says concerning Jesus: 'The common people heard him gladly' (Mark 12:37 NKJV). Why? Because his words were backed by these all-important things: his character, his conduct and his concern for others. In short, Jesus earned the right to speak. Have you?

Getting people to listen calls for: insight. When what you say truly helps somebody, you form a connection. Benjamin Franklin, one of the most admired figures in American history and known for his homespun wisdom, had a remarkable career. Interestingly, he had little formal education. He attended school for only two years, yet he was highly respected because of his knowledge and keen insight. A voracious reader and an intellectually curious man, he became expert in a remarkable number of areas: printing and publishing, politics, civic activism, the sciences and diplomacy. He was an innovative inventor who secured the support of France during the Revolutionary War, founded the first public library in America, served as the first president of the American Philosophical Society, and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Biographer Walter Isaacson called Franklin 'the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become'. People felt a sense of connection when Franklin shared his wisdom.

When you love people, work hard, study, develop and share your expertise in a given area, they will learn to respect and listen to you. And when it comes to listening, you don't get what you demand, you get what you earn.

Soulfood: Eph 4:17-6:24 Lk 6:27-36 Ps 79 Pro 17:24-26,


Learn to work with others

'Be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.' 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT

There's a legend about a covey of quail that lived in a forest. The birds were happy there, apart from their enemy, the quail catcher. He would imitate their call, and then when they gathered together he'd throw a net over them, stuff them into his hunting basket, and carry them off to market. Finally a wise old quail said, 'Brothers and sisters, I have a plan. When the quail catcher throws his net over us, we should all put our heads into a section of the net together and start flapping our wings. That way we can lift it as one and fly off with it.' The birds all agreed, and the next day they did exactly that, making a successful escape. When the quail-catcher's wife asked him, 'Where are the quail to take to market?' he replied, 'When they all got together there was no stopping them!'

Writing to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul said, 'Some members of Chloe's household have told me about your quarrels' (1 Corinthians 1:11 NLT). He told them, 'Live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions...Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose' (1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT).

Success in any venture calls for the death of individual ego and self-interest. So when a mistake is made, refuse to place blame. Be forgiving, and don't allow an offence to develop into bitterness. Offer praise for other team members' strengths, and offer help in their areas of weakness. Be conscientious and dependable and stay focused on the bigger goal. When we learn to work together there's no stopping us!

Soulfood: Eph 1:1-4:16 Lk 6:17-26 Ps 137 Pro 17:22-23,

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