Are you success-full (full of success)?
I am a HUGE fan of John C. Maxwell, his work blends faith, leadership, and business in a powerful way. I was listening to one of his interviews on my school-drop drive this morning and I heard it, and I heard it again. RE-TAKE! Does this happen to you too? We hear a lot of stuff, but when you hear it in your heart, there’s something there. I thought I’d share. This was it: “Success is a habit” ~ John C. Maxwell
We spend all of life obsessing about the destination, of one day being successful, and it’s crippling for most of us. The more we look at this destination over time without anything changing in our circumstances the more we feel inadequate for the task of dominating this life.
Ask anyone out there, do you want to be successful? And I guarantee 99.999% of the time they will say YES! But what’s standing in our way? We all have the talents, the ability to develop world class skills, and even sometimes the education; but success seems to be so elusive. Why?
John C. Maxwell spells it out so clearly, he says our understanding of success is completely wrong. No wonder we can’t seem to get to it!
Success is not the recognition, accolades, money in the bank, expensive lifestyles, and friends in high places. Success is a daily habit. It’s the choice we make everyday to do the hard thing. To get up early and to go to bed late enriching our minds, and refining our skills. To persevere, and remain consistent in working towards our vision even when it doesn’t look like anything is happening. To continue to show up even when other people discourage your efforts.
Success is the person we become when we become trustworthy. A lot of us are good at keeping our word to other people or at least to people that we consider important to us, but what about keeping your word to yourself. Do you show up for yourself? Becoming trustworthy to ourselves is everything, it’s when we can rely on what we say in our hearts. When we become the person who does what they say they will do, not to others but to ourselves we’ve entered the 1% league. We just have to stay in the league for long enough in order for other people to recognise it.
“We spend a lifetime becoming an overnight success.” ~ John C. Maxwell
We all know what we need to do, we just choose not to do it. How many times have you said to yourself, “I need to start exercising and regain my health”, or “I need to start reading on that topic so I can improve my value in the marketplace”, or “I need to start working on that project that will improve my finances.” The things we say to ourselves that nobody knows, are easy to dismiss, but dangerous to the course of our lives because we are teaching ourselves to not be faithful in little things.
Matthew 25: 21, “His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!'
Success begins with self-leadership.
I know, it doesn’t sound very exciting does it lol. I have learnt that the closer you get to the truth the further you get from being popular.
Sit at the bottom of the mountain and look up at the vision that God has given you. What is it going to take to get there? The higher the mountain the more you will have no idea of how to get there, fortunately it’s not our job to know how. It’s our job to obey the calling that says, get up and start moving. My daily prayer is for the wisdom to know what to do and the courage and energy to do it. The first step will be revealed to you, just do it. Be afraid and do it anyway. Be unsure and do it anyway. Just obey.
1 Samuel 15: 22, “Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obedience to the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed [is better] than the fat of rams.”
Conquer today and begin tomorrow as a CONQUEROR. Then, conquer tomorrow and begin the day as MORE THAN A CONQUEROR.
Every day matters. Make success your daily habit.
Be encouraged. Stay blessed. Stay in faith.
P.S What’s your take on success?