In You Can, You Will, megachurchpastorJoel Osteen
discusses qualities of a winner. Actually, Osteen might say that you’re already
a winner, you just need to start believing and acting one to see in come to
First, winners have a vision and they stay focused on in. A practical
way that Osteen suggests to keep your vision before your eyes is to put things
in your environment, like sayings or objects, that remind you of your vision.
Winners stay focused on their goals. In particular,
they don’t get derailed by trying to please everyone or to please people who
are never happy. They know the difference between being kind and generous and
taking improper responsibility for the happiness of others.
Osteen encourages people to expect good things to happen. Reinforce
this belief by actively remembering good things that have happened to you in
Be positive intentionally. Do your best to enjoy whatever you can in
your current situation, even while you hope and work for something better.
Winners strive for excellence. Do the best you can and look for ways to
improve. Show your desire for excellence by taking care of yourself and your
Always be growing. If you’re not working to improve your abilities,
you’ll get left behind. Besides, if you have big dreams, there are probably many
things you need to learn
and improve on your way to achieving them.
Make service a lifestyles. Try to make life actually better for actual
people. As a bonus, you’ll have more satisfaction with life.
Finally, be enthusiastic. Stir up your passion. It’s easy to get bogged
down and discouraged, so you have to intentionally maintain a good attitude that
will carry you through rough times.
Mostly, this is standard self-help
material. Osteen touches on a more deeply and fundamentally Christian
topic in the chapter on serving others. The Bible
repeatedly describes God
as a helper of the poor, widowed, orphan and oppressed. He repeatedly expresses
the pleasure he takes in His people when they help needy people.
Though he doesn’t devote a chapter too it, Osteen emphasizes the need
to surround yourself with good people. You need to spend time with people who
will challenge and encourage you. Spend as much time as you can with people you
want to be like.