We measure it, strive for it, endlessly compare ourselves to others’ and often it requires great sacrifice – but what is success anyway? Look up the definition and success is: “setting a goal and achieving it.” Sound reasonable? Well that’s true until one starts to think about what goals we should strive to achieve? Our world usually defines success in terms of money, fame, popularity, followers, etc. but let’s take a more alternative view of it.
Charles Stanley offers a great definition of success that I love in his book “Success God’s Way.” He defines success as “The continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals God has helped (or directed) you to set.” This is very different, almost counter intuitive, from society’s view.
My goal in writing this blog is to highlight resources that will help you become truly successful. To become more of what God intended you to be, not what society or others push you into becoming. All too often as people face the end of their life they come to the regretful realization that they lived their life desperately trying to meet the expectations of others and were not really living the life they felt God called them to.
I invite you to keep searching through this blog with me! I want to help you discover who you are, who God is and God’s plan for your life. I want to share the great blessing and successes that I have had with you! I have been shaped by reading many books, books that are now conveniently available on CD and other digital mediums. It is my goal to share with you the resources that you can use to become the success God not only wants but intends you to be. To become more of who you already are and not what others want you to be.
Come seize this opportunity to stand on the shoulders of those who have learned and gone before us to see further faster. This entire blog will be about success – not of a human nature but of an eternal nature.
Years ago I listened to Bill Hybels say, “What are you doing to take responsibility for your own personal and spiritual development?” Since that time, I have been fortunate to learn many things to help answer this question and this blog will chronicle my discoveries. The resources I list from week to week have all been of utmost value in shaping me and guiding me through my successes. If you commit to reading or listening to one short resource a week with me, at the end of two years your life could be significantly different.
I hope this blog will help you profit from the experiences that have led me from seeking simply success to seeking significance and guide you as you find more of what Stanley’s kind of success is all about in your own life.
Attitude: Ask yourself: Who is going to take responsibility for my personal and spiritual development?
Action: Commit to listening to, or reading, one resource a week in an effort to improve in the areas of personal and spiritual development.
What is your definition of success?