Success is the process of failing forward. For you to want to be successful you must be willing to fail. While there are varying degrees of success, the common denominator in the lives of successful people are the lessons’ learned and the application of that experience.
Do you have limiting beliefs that are inhibiting your ability to be the person you want to be? Have you ever wished that you had the same level of courage as someone else who is doing what you would like to be doing?
You can attain the level of success you desire. The word ‘des-ire’ means ‘of the Father’ meaning, that your desires would not have been put in you if they were not meant to be fulfilled through you.
You must overcome your mental barriers. Anything worth having is worth pursuing. The only way to fail is to quit. Suspend your unbelief and start asking yourself “why not me and why not now?”. Can you envision your compelling future? This is about living in the fullness of yourself and allowing your passions to inform your identity.
The Power of a Breakthrough
It is so important for us to position ourselves in a place where success is drawn to us. In challenging times it can be tough for us to see the light at the end of the tunnel, however, it’s important that we know that there is one there.
Here is an excerpt from a personal journal that I wrote at the beginning of Covid-19:
…I am starting to put those necessary fail safes in place however, it was a challenge for some time. The main contributing factor to that is because I wanted to do too much.
Between work, applying to school, a recent whirlwind of family issues, aspirations of maintaining the little bit of a social life I currently have, and other miscellaneous personal things that take of my time, I found myself being spread too thin.
I allowed myself to lose my joy. I forgot my why.
I know pretty drab right? Well there is a lot of truth in this excerpt. Who has not felt weighed down by the weight of the world before? Sometimes the challenge we have in our pursuit of success is that we cannot see the forest for the trees. We get so caught up in our day to day that we can lose our drive for the bigger prize.
This is because we allow ourselves lose focus. In that journal entry I talked about losing my why. Your why is your motivation it is your hope; The reason you get out of bed every day. Me saying I lost my why was me saying I lost my way on this journey called life. In that moment I could not identify the value in why I was doing what i was doing.
This pandemic has uprooted all of our lives at varying degrees. Even so, it is your responsibility to yourself to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Your setbacks are just setups for your comebacks.
In those instances, you are in position to have a breakthrough!
A breakthrough is a sudden circumstance change in your favor. What was once impeding you is no longer opposition for you. Sometimes a breakthrough can materialize and sometimes it is a change in perspective. The value in a breakthrough is the impact it has on your perception. A breakthrough will renew your hope.
My breakthrough was realizing I had my number one commodity back in time after being laid off due to covid, and that I never wanted to sell my time for less than what it is worth ever again.
What is that thing that you want to attain? And are you in a place to receive it? We shift our view on success by giving ourselves the right to be successful.
The Value of Gratitude
We have to want ourselves to achieve something. And that thing that we want to achieve should be in consideration of others. Gratitude is a key ingredient in perpetuating success.
Success is not money or things. Success is a character trait.
I have become increasingly more thankful for the opportunities that I get to give and provide value to someone else. It’s in doing so that we get to connect with our true selves and put ourselves in a place to not only receive success, but to send it back out as well.
Big victories are not big because of their scale and scope. Big victories are big because of the discipline that comes before the opportunity. The equation to success is hard work plus luck.
When you are engaging in successful habits those habits will make room for you to encounter bigger opportunities to excel and serve others. The reality is success does not come rapidly nor is it always grandiose, but it can come consistently.
Put Yourself in a Position to be Successful
Success is rooted in discipline.
The most successful people make their bed everyday. As simple as it sounds, making one’s bed every day put’s them in a place to be successful because they will have already accomplished something before the day even starts.
If you can accomplish one task, it will make you more inclined to want to accomplish more.
And while how you quantify your success should not be tethered in your ability to accomplish a task, the value of your success is in the meaning of that task.
Why would one find value in making their bed in morning? Because at the very least, at the end of a long day you know you have a freshly made bed waiting for you.
If you shift your focus from success that is rooted in results, to success that is rooted in disciplined activities and systems that lead to desired results; You will begin to see constant success, and will create for yourself opportunities to be successful on a larger scale.
We engage in generating consistent success for ourselves is by doing things that we are passionate about. If you are passionate about something the success will come.
Live with Passion
Passion drives motivation, motivation drives discipline, and discipline drives success. I’ve never actively decided to put a system in place for something I had no interest in.
If someone is not willing to get better at something, it’s not a passion, it’s a past time.
Start making small yet intentional behavioral changes. For me that has looked like working out consistently, reading regularly, and creating space for the things I value. I have also utilized accountability partners to assist in keeping me on track and focused on my growth.
Success is available to all of us, and we achieve it by first redefining it, and secondly, by adopting disciplined and intentional actions in areas of our lives that matter.
Let your passions drive you to a place of abundance and gratitude; and position you in a place to both receive and provide breakthrough opportunities.
Remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the question is whether or not you are willing to pursue it.
Originally Published March 7 2020