William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States ever produced. His views were not necessarily as we see God's Word today, but there were Biblical truths in what he had to say.
He said, "The greatest discovery of our generation is that we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes."
Consider that for a moment; its your thinking and your thoughts, not your circumstances that determines your happiness.
That is exactly what God's Word says.
Proverbs 23:7a KJV For as he thinks in his heart so is he.
Ephesians 4:23 NLT There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.
So we can change if we want to. If you really want to change for the better, let me give you some suggestions to follow:
1. What do you really want?
When you are popular and others like you, it makes you feel good about yourself. If you're successful you create joy within yourself. That means happiness is an inside job.
2. Plan your days in prayer!
To achieve God's goals for your life you must plan with prayer. Here is something I wrote in my prayer manual; Prayer and preparation precede the pouring out of God's power! [Prayer manual EFFECTIVE PRAYER is available for $30 from this ministry post free].
Proverbs 16:9 Living Bible "We should make plans counting on God to direct us!"
3. Don't expect others to make you happy and successful.
God gave you the Word to study and He calls it seed, so start planting it and watch it grow.
Galatians 6:4-5 Message Bible Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
Why not try these suggestions today and look to God for other things to improve your day. If you ask Him, He will soon show you what you need to do, you can change it if you really want to.