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How do you describe success in life?

Updated on September 26, 2011
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Ben is scientist, teacher, researcher and author who loves to help you to be more, do more and achieve more. He is an Amazon kindle author

Success is a journey!

“Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.”

Napoleon Hill

Best Selling Author- Think and Grow Rich

There is always an outcome to each habit or behaviour that we exhibit. Most of them lead to successful outcome. But some are not palatable because they led to failure. It’s important that we need to be clear the result or outcome that we desire in any endeavour so that we can measure or control the nature of our progress. The ability for us to achieve success depends on our internal as well as our external reference systems or the way we think, feel, and act towards a given situation.

These depend on first and foremost the way we think about ourselves. This has to do with our confidence to effectively take the challenge and to complete it. For example, if it’s an experience that we are familiar with we have the confidence that we can efficiently tackle the situation because of our repertoire of skills, experience, knowledge and resources. Therefore we’re able to put all the effort required to achieve our outcome. These require the development oft our thoughts, managing our emotion which imparts on our mood and attitude and taking effective action.

What is success? According to John C Maxwell, Leadership Expert and Best Selling Author: Success is: knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.

From Maxwell’s definition, success is a journey. It starts with determining your life’s purpose and doing all you can to maximise your potential – growth and contribution, and sowing the seeds that benefits others. This is the path to blessing.

Glenn Bland the author of Success! The Glenn Bland Method is of the opinion that true success avoids extremes. It is a journey and also a gradual process. He reasoned that success abides in the realm where balanced living is achieved. According to Glenn, balanced living result in happiness and success; for our Creator intends for us to lead happy and successful lives by applying the natural laws established by him to keep us in tune with the universe.

The three attributes of success from Glenn point of view are:

1. Direction – setting your sights on things that are worthwhile in life and then establishing a plan to continuously work towards their fulfilment and accomplishment.

2. Balance – keeping proper perspective about evry area of your life. Staying in harmony with nature’s law which produces perfect balance. Balance in all thingsbring about happiness.

3. Belief – no one can become successful who does not posess belief. The greater the belief the greater the degree of success. Successful men are believer!

From Glenn Bland point of view:

“Success is the progressive realisation of predetermined, worthwhile goals, established with balance and purified by belief.”

According to David McNally in his book:”Even the eagles need a Push” proposed that each of us will define and measure success differently. Some will place more emphasis on the economic score then others. However, no matter your choice, if you want to succeed, you must understand that your rewards in life will be in direct proportion to the contribution you make. The principle of contribution stipulates that rewards - follow service, getting follow - giving, and making an impression - follow making a difference. In other words, before determining what you want, you need to clarify what it is you have to offer.

If you gasp this fundamental principle, apply it to your work and you’ll have little concern for money again. Apply it to you personal and professional relationships, and you’ll be overwhelmed with love, adventure and respect you receive from others.

Your success depends upon:

· The things you choose to focus on in life

· The meaning or interpretation you put upon the information you receive

· The action you take as a result of processing that information

Three attributes namely your perception, process and performance with regards to how you attend to information and experience are pivotal to your being successful or not. This involves the realms of your thought, feelings and actions which results in your life’s experience.

Let’s look at the principles prescribed by God to Joshua the son of Nun after the death of Moses in the Book of Joshua:

“Never stop reading this Scroll of the Law. Day and night you must think about what it says. Make sure you do everything that is written it. Then things will go well with you. And you will have great success (Joshua 1:7).”

“Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be terrifies. Do not loose heart. I am the LORD your God. I will be with you everywhere you go (Joshua 1:8).”

For me this is the fundamental doctrine for success. To pursue success without the wisdom of God is disaster. God is the author of wisdom and knowledge for a successful life. God has a purpose for your life, he has a goal and plan and he wants you to trust in his counsel and depend on him.

Your success is the product of unconscious beliefs and feelings. To become successful in any area of life, you must identify and clear the unconscious blocks that are holding you back.

This is summarised succinctly by Fritz Perls in the following words:

“It’s awareness ... of how you are stuck, that make you recover.”

Jim Rohn - the American Foremost Business Philosopher had this to say:

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by you person you become.”

This is the fundamental for success doctrine – you change your being, which changes what you do and therefore the result you get.

Goal and plans are principles to happiness and success. This is because they help us to create abundance as well as help to give meaning, purpose, hope and pleasure to life. The statistics has it that 3% of the population have their goals and plan written down, 10% have their goals and plan in their head , not written down, The rest 67% drift through life without definite goals or plans and they do not know where they are going and others dictate to them.

It was revealed that 3% who have goals and plans written down are 50 – 100% more successful than the 19% who have their goal and plans in their head.

The main of this work is to motivate you the reader achieve more in life through having direction by way of having a purpose and setting and establishing concrete practical plans to making to our dream a reality.

In the book of proverbs we here this admonition:

“The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”

Proverbs 14;8

David MacNelly reasoned that success begins the moment we understand that life is about growing: it is about acquiring the knowledge and skills we need to move more fully and effectively.

If you become determined and committed to walk in this path of success, you’ll not be afraid to fail, take risk, rejected or be alone based on your dream to fulfil your dream. According to Frederick Wilcox:

“Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep yor foot on the first.”

What's your take on success?


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