Thrive dan skognes motivation blogger speaker teacher trainer coachWe all have to choose at some point if we are going to just survive or if we are going to thrive. You may be thinking that we don’t really have a choice, but we do.

Thriving is centered in your mind. I have met many people who had very little when it came to the luxuries of life, yet they were content. They had learned the secret of thriving. Contrary to what you see on the TV ads, thriving is not about things.

Life is not about what you have or don’t have.  Thriving is not about how many cars you own, where you went to college, what job you have attained, or how big your house it. It is not about any of these things.

So if thriving is not about things, what is it about? What is the secret? It is about relationship.  It is about relationship to God first and foremost, then it is about your relationship to other people. It is realizing that the world does not revolve around you.

The greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. The second was like the first…to love your neighbor as yourself. THAT is the secret to thriving. Love God. Put Him first in ALL you do, then love other people. Put their needs ahead of your own. When you do those two things without expecting anything in return, you will thrive. God will bless you and you will find favor with people.

We were not created to just go through life surviving. We were created to thrive! The Scriptures says we are more than conquerors.  The problem is, too many of us don’t believe it. We have allowed the circumstances of life to define who we are.  If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are a child of the King…not just any King…but the King of Kings. Your Daddy owns it ALL and you are part of the family. That should give you not just hope…but courage.

If you have a survivor’s mentality, let me encourage you to do this:

  • If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior that is the first thing you have to do. Accept the fact that you are a sinner and you need a Savior.
  • If you have accepted Christ but are living a defeated life, change the way you think. Quit the “woe is me” mentality. Quit griping about your circumstances. The apostle Paul said he learned to be content in whatever state he found himself in. Whether he had a little or whether he had a lot…he was grateful! Give thanks for whatever you have on a daily basis. Start writing down all the times that God has come through for you. It will be a good reminder when you wonder if things are ever going to change for the better.

Thriving or surviving is truly just a state of mind. It is not about the material things, even though we tend to think that because that is what the world teaches. If you want to thrive, change your mind. Put God and others first and see God do a miracle in you and through you.


Dan Skognes

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