Recently, we have been considering the concept of “If At First You Don’t Succeed. . .” In this post, we will consider the idea of what is success? For many in America, success is defined in material terms; but for other cultures, success may be based on traditions and practices passed down to the next generation. Others still, may invent or achieve something that liberates or frees people. Still others, seek to make a difference by providing water to villages that drink disease filled water or work to set free young sex slave in different regions of the world. Success can take on many different meanings, we will focus on the three parts of success.
John Maxwell, a well known leadership expert, says success is “knowing you purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others.” One thing that I like about this definition is that it acknowledges that personal success is personal; but also that a person cannot be considered successful without benefiting others.
Three Parts of Success:
1) Purpose – I personally believe that God designed each person with a unique purpose. The fact that each person is unique and not a duplicate of someone else is refreshing. If a human were in charge of production and produced millions and billions of people; eventually it would become about efficiency and duplication. However, our Heavenly Father in his Divine Providence, decided to create a system where each person is unique in his/her appearance, abilities, giftings and life’s passions. Our purpose may find inspiration from others, but we are not to be a duplicate of someone else. God has made you a unique person. You are unique in presentation, but also unique in purpose. You were created with a purpose, so begin where you are. If fact, President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
2) Potential – Inside we all have a yearning to grow and develop into that for which we were created. There are numerous ways that you could focus your life and its efforts. John Maxwell made these suggestions in his post, The Right Picture of Success:
1) Concentrate On One Main Goal – concentrate on becoming good at one thing or accomplishing one goal.
2) Concentrate On Continual Improvement – continue your focus on the one thing and improving to achieve success in the area.
3) Forget The Past – simply put don’t be bound by the past. Jack Hayford says, “The past is a dead issue, and we can’t gain any momentum moving toward tomorrow if we are dragging the past behind us.”
4) Focus On The Future – navigate your life by charting the course for your future. Today, is the time to begin towards the future by improving each day!
3) Benefiting Others – Could our life’s purpose be found only in self-indulgence? This is not to ask a deep question, but to reach the obvious answer that our life should benefit the life of others. Albert Schweitzer, an Austrian born physician, stated it even more strongly: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” If we are a follower of Jesus Christ, then we must seek to serve and benefit others. He set the example, by living a sacrificial life, so that that all may find life.
The journey of our life will look very different. However, to become a success you and I must understand our purpose, grow to reach our potential and sow seeds to benefit others. Don’t give up, keep doing; try, try again and you will find success!
This is the third part of the series “If At First You Don’t Succeed. . .”; click here for Part 1 and Part 2 – Lacking Nothing.
This blog used a post from John Maxwell as a source: