The greatest predictor of success is having a good attitude, says Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of the 40,000-strong Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, alongside her husband, Joel Osteen.
Citing a Stanford University study, Victoria says that even above intelligence, "attitude is a better predictor of success."
"You can have aptitude," she adds, "but if you don't have attitude, you won't get as far in life."
In the couple's daily blog on the Joel Osteen Ministries website, Victoria explains "It starts with our thoughts, and our thoughts develop our attitudes. When you take in information, you are the one who chooses to think positively or negatively about it, and then your attitude will affect your words and actions.
"You can't hide a bad attitude; it will eventually come out! The Bible even says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks!"
This concept is explained in the book of Numbers, she continues, when 10 leaders report negatively to the Israelites regarding the giants living in the Promised Land.
This is compared to two other leaders who visited the Promised Land and saw the presence of giants as an opportunity to spread God's Word. "They saw the land, they saw the giants, they saw the walls, and said, 'This looks like an opportunity for God to work!'" she says.
Ultimately, the two positive-thinking leaders were able to enter the Promised Land.
"This should always be a reminder to us that if we find ourselves in the wilderness, so to speak, we need to check our attitudes. We need to check what we are thinking about," she emphasizes. "Don't have a 'go back' attitude like some of the children of Israel. Think forward and look forward. Have a positive attitude of faith so that you can find success and embrace your Promised Land!"
Pastor Dan Delzell of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillon, Nebraska, said in an op-ed published in The Christian Post that the best way to maintain a good attitude is through gratitude.
"It's hard to have a bad attitude if we stay focused on thanking God for His goodness to us. Gratitude drives away a bad attitude," Delzell advised, adding that maintaining a thankful heart will drive away a bad attitude.
"Do you find yourself in a bit of a funk today? Try thanking God for sending His only Son to rescue you from sin, death, and hell. And try thanking God that His love for you endures forever. There are so many reasons to thank God. We just need to focus on them and then tell God how much we appreciate all He has done for us," the pastor wrote. "A thankful heart is the key to living a peaceful Christian life, but it's not automatic. Decisions must be made in order for thankfulness to saturate your spirit."