We live in a world with a misplaced or distorted value system anchored on materialism which in no small way has greatly influenced the current of thought of billions of people around the world. The average person views success in terms of wealth, riches, pleasures, and fame.
This circular perception of success often drifts into covetousness which beclouds our sense of judgment and self-worth. Covetousness is the effect of feeding your soul with materialism at the expense of knowing and fulfilling your true purpose. Covetousness is the art of chasing shadows at the high cost of your dreams and personal fulfillment which makes life meaningful, significant and interesting.
There is no gainsaying that there is a very thin line between covetousness and real success. Jesus in His infinite wisdom warned us against that when He gave a new meaning to the definition of what life is all about:
Beware! Don’t always be wishing for what you don’t have. For real life and real living are not related to how rich we are.”
Luke 12:15, TLB
This statement alters the dynamics of life. If life is not measured by materialism, then there must be something more to life. I find Dr. John C. Maxwell’s definition of success very helpful in our quest to finding out what makes up for real life and real living.
➢Knowing your purpose in life
We can’t truly discover our God-given purpose in life without self-discovery. Self-discovery can’t be done in isolation. There are three simple steps to receiving the blue print of your life.
We must prayerful seek our creator in other to receive His manual for our lives. God’s vision for our lives is birthed in the place of prayer.
Your skills, talents, and abilities are natural indicators of your purpose in life.
“Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.”
– Wayne Dyer.
Our achievements of the past are also a pointer to our greater purpose in life.
➢Growing to reach your maximum potential
It’s our personal responsibility to reach our maximum potential. No else will do that for us.
This would require:
Character – talent is not enough
“When WEALTH is lost, NOTHING is lost; When HEALTH is lost, SOMETHING is lost; When CHARACTER is lost, ALL is lost.”
– Billy Graham
Hard work – not pleasure seeking.
Nothing meaningful was ever achieved without hard work. Hard work considers pleasure too great a luxury to afford.
Personal responsibility – not giving or receiving excuses.
Responsibility is the price of greatness.
Commitment – not procrastinating.
Do something every day that takes you one step closer to fulfilling your passion in life.
Persistence – not quitting.
People never fail, they just stop trying. Resolve is promising you that you will never give up.
Discipline – not convenience/comfort seeking.
Discipline is self-government.
It is good for a young man to be under discipline, Lamentations 3:27, TLB
You will either bear the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
Courage – Follow your heart, Follow your bliss.
It takes great courage to follow your heart even when it appears that your passion in life may not bring material gains. Courage is that ingredient that considers no sacrifice too great to make in the pursuit of your purpose.
Passion – not Luke-warmness.
Passion is the ingredient that changes the hot water of mediocrity to the steam of outstanding success
Love – not a cloak of covetousness.
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”
– Wayne Dyer
Patience – not an overnight success.
Be patient with the process of fulfilling your passion. Things take time. We all need lots of patience in handling delay. Patience is not just waiting hopelessly. Rather, it is hopeful endurance.
➢Sowing seeds that benefit others
But really, true success isn’t just about the money you make and the recognition you get. Rather it’s all about making a dot in the universe.
Success is not selfish. It is living a life that directly or indirectly contributes to making the world a better place through the active and maximum use of your potential as directed.
If your whole world is all about you, then it’s an empty world. It’s an emptiness to think only of yourself.Let’s think of future generations, they are part of our world.
There is no greater joy and fulfillment than in helping others achieve their dreams because true success is also about whether you found joy in your work, and if you are sharing the song in your heart with the world. That song being whatever your true talents, gifts, and passions are.
Trust me, when you share your passions with the world, the world rewards you for being so generous with your heart and soul. Your friends and family get to watch you bloom and blossom. You get to share your light and shine brightly in the world. You get to leave a legacy of truth, purpose, and love.
Life just doesn’t get any richer than that. We’ve got to live for others.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
Galatians 6:4-5, Msg
This is the hallmark of outstanding success and significance.