How do you define success?
Do you think of people like Donald Trump, living the high life, fancy penthouses, wining and dining, endless golfing at private championship clubs, and toys, toys, toys? Too often, many of us, view success in the eyes of the world. Success is the attainment of some end result—money, big house, luxury car, extravagant vacations, on and on… But these things bring you no closer to finding your true purpose and passion in this life.
I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but I have been there, done that. My goals were once wrapped in materialistic lies. The quest for a bigger home, nicer cars, and attaining the “American Dream” left me feeling shallow, empty, and lost! Though I had amassed riches and was quite successful from a worldly perspective, I found little joy in the reward because I had little fun accumulating. There was no greater purpose in my life.
Buying lies – hook, line, and sinker!
We buy into the lies of the media-created fantasy world of celebrities and stars. A life of luxury and rest is only fun for so long. Without a greater sense of purpose, there is no real fulfillment. The fabricated image constructed by the media is: “life is easier with more money“. In fact, I submit, it is much tougher! Read one of Donald Trump’s books and you will be enlightened on how hard he actually works.
Those who often succeed work so hard at one thing that life can actually be…BORING! Michael Jordan practiced and played basket ball day and night – lots of work. Trump lives and breathes real estate and business. Chris Daughtry lives and breaths music – touring, recording, traveling. Don’t get me wrong – these people LOVE what they DO, but it takes a TON of HARD work! The reward (money, fame, luxury) is not where the joy comes, it’s doing what you love that really brings the joy!
Here are 5 ways to get what you want without selling your soul:
1). Create a personal mission statement and live with a sense of purpose! Those who are most successful live each day as if it were their last. Their daily mission and purpose drive each behavior. They become proactive instead of reactive. The end result (the vision) is so clear, that the focus each day is on that no task is too trivial to get there. Have you determined your own meaningful and purposeful goals? Do you have a clearly defined, mission statement for your personal and business life? Is it written out?
2. Be confident and keep your faith central in ALL you do! When you have confidence in God and your abilities, success is far more likely. Those who focus on what they can do rather than what they can’t do, accomplish far more. You can play the part of a victim or work harder to overcome obstacles. The choice is yours and yes it is a choice! Invite God to be a part of your business, finances, the small and big parts of each day and see how much more trust you will have in Him. He never lets you down. Though you may not get everything you want, He surely will provide everything you need.
3. Look at challenges as opportunities! More millionaires are built during recessions and depressions. Those who look at tough times as an opportunity, fare much better than those who allow tough times to swallow them up. Opposition builds character, cements your commitment and drive, and grows you closer to the Giver of life! During these challenging times, are you looking to add value and build relationships?
4. Just show up! Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is just showing up.” Do you think those who are most successful are the best out there? No! They are not the smartest. They are not the most skilled. They are not the most unique people. They are, however, the most dedicated. They are the hardest workers. They are all heart! They are those who are willing to show up every day, roll up their sleeves, and get messy as they try to figure out how to get closer toward their end goals.
5. Be persistent and willing to die trying! The game of life is like a marathon, not a sprint. Are you committed to your personal mission and cause come rain or shine? It is easy to keep plugging away when times are good. Do you give up easily or do you stay focused? Keep your head in the game and focus on sticking around as long as you can. It was once said, “luck is where hard work meets opportunity.” The longer you’re at it, the more opportunities that will come your way.
Work and play become one!
Thomas Edison said it best, “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” His attitude shows exactly how we succeed. We find our God-given passion, we live each day with a greater sense of purpose, and then work and play will eventually become one in the same. Here’s to finding what God called you to do!