I have to tell you…there is a lot of conversation to be had about the topic of success. First of all, everyone seems to have their own opinions of how they define success. What is success to you? Is it making a certain amount of money, living in a certain house, driving a certain type of vehicle, keeping up with all the latest and most expensive fashions? I can tell you that all of these things can be a result of success but they do not actually define success or make you a success.
Interesting enough even the dictionary defines success much like what I have just described…here’s what is outlines:
1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3. a successful performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.
4. a person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.
5. Obs. OUTCOME.
Now that we’ve got all the “facts” about success out there…let’s talk more in-depth. I want to be successful. I’d say for the most part, we all have a drive in us to be successful and at some point in life, whether large or small, we’ve likely all experienced success. This success I would like to discuss however is not the success that is described in the above definitions. The success I want to discuss is what I consider to be above and beyond all of that.
Success to me is something so much bigger than how it is defined. It is not simply a meeting of a goal or the completion of a task. It is not just winning the game or getting the job. It’s not getting married, having a family and moving into the house you’ve wanted. The success I’m talking about is the type that you live out in your life. The deep-rooted success system that takes you to all those mini successes and short goals in your life, and where you get that type of success and develop it.
True success is a lifestyle. It’s the realization that when something works as a result of a change, you take recognition, and implement it into your life…you do not go back to the old way of doing things or you will likely no longer stay on the path of success. Success is about discipline, follow through and the desire to be more than you believe you could be. So why don’t we all have success and why does it appear that some have success but truly aren’t happy? Not all of us have been able to tap into the power to bring us into that type of existence. Here’s why:
“True wisdom and real power belong to God; from him we learn how to live, and also what to live for. If he tears something down, it’s down for good; if he locks people up, they’re locked up for good. If he holds back the rain, there’s a drought; if he lets it loose, there’s a flood. Strength and success belong to God; both deceived and deceiver must answer to him. He strips experts of their vaunted credentials, exposes judges as witless fools. He divests kings of their royal garments, then ties a rag around their waists. He strips priests or their robes, and fires high officials from their jobs. He forces trusted sages to keep silence, deprives elders of their good sense of wisdom. He dumps contempt on famous people, disarms the strong and mighty. He shines a spotlight into caves of darkness, hauls deepest darkness into the noonday sun. He makes nations rise and then fall, builds up some and abandons others. He robs world leaders of their reason, and sends them off into no man’s land. They grope in the dark without a clue, lurching and staggering like drunks. (Job 12:13-25 MSG)
I think this says it all. We have no power, no strength and no success without God! I don’t know about you but God is the one who has given me the hope for success. The hope to know that even though things sometimes look like failure, people don’t always support me and sometimes even get in the way to my path of success…I know that the Lord will provide for me and I will continue to follow the path He has laid out for my life. Only He can give dreams and visions like what I have. Only He can give me the freedom from myself to live out what He has planned. Only He can give me the passion I have for others and the drive to keep the pedal to the metal to reach each and every goal and desire He has laid in front of me. He is the answer to success. He is the answer to being happy when you find true success. If you seem to keep missing the piece that brings it all together for you in life…perhaps this is your answer.
Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
- Erma Bombeck
“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Case in point…Success truly is about WHO you are, not WHAT you are. – Missy