Is there a SECRET to SUCCESS?
How to Define Success
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”
“There are no new fundamentals. You’ve got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, ‘I’ve got a new fundamental.’ That’s like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.”
“Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”
All of the above quotes are attributed to Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker and writer who also had a strong faith in God.
What Does Success Look Like for You?
We all have a desire to be “successful” at some level, at something in our lives. I believe that success can be simply defined as discovering God’s will and plan for my life and doing it with enthusiasm and excellence. As true as that may be, we still find ourselves on a search for the one secret, the one thing we can do, the one person we can meet, the one skill we can learn, etc. While those experiences may enhance our lives, the truth is that it’s the things we do every day that make the biggest difference positively or negatively in our lives.
I believe Jesus taught this principle. One day his disciples, after observing Jesus life, realized that pray was a big deal for Jesus and asked him, “Teach us to pray.” He responded with, “When you pray, pray like this. Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread…” Wait a minute, did he say “day” and “daily?” Yes, in fact, he did. He didn’t say, “When you go to church on Saturday or Sunday be sure and pray.” He established the principle of daily things that will change our lives.
While PRAYER is the universal daily habit, we should all practice DAILY there are many others that apply to our relationships, our personal growth, and our specific careers. You need to determine those things that will help you succeed in the life God has given you. If you’re a mechanic it may be cleaning your tools every day and putting them in their proper place. If you’re a pilot it is going down your checklist of safety items before every flight. What is that daily habit you must do in accomplishing God’s will for your life? Some of the daily habits are the first thing you do, some are the last thing you do…every day.
I have not always succeeded in everything, but as you mature and learn the benefits of following God’s plan you discover it is much less painful (note: I did not say painless) and much more rewarding to just do it God’s way. He does have a plan for all of us. Nobody gets left out.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
I am just simple enough to believe if I ask God to show me His plan for my life that He will do it. In fact, I have proven that He does through the years of my life. There is no more secure feeling, no more satisfying feeling than knowing you are doing what He carefully designed and shaped you to do.