“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Vince Lombardi
What do you believe makes an individual successful? How do you define success? If you ask ten individuals their definition of success, you probably will get ten different definitions. Success does not look the same for everyone because the picture of success is different for every person.
Different pictures of success
A basketball coach might define success as winning a championship. A CEO might define success as leading the number one company in his or her industry. An employee for a manufacturer might define success as a promotion to a management position. A father might define success as training responsible young men.
You can see from the above examples success is defined differently depending on the individual.
Success is possible for everyone
Success is not distinguished for a select group of individuals. It is not based on your family background or what side of the tracks you come from. Real success is more than the accumulation of money, the acquisition of material possessions or the amount of personal achievements.
To have real success you must have a continuing desire to become the person God destined you to be. Success then becomes a daily process. I defined success earlier in my life differently than I do now. At first, I thought success was making a great salary, driving a nice car, living in a nice home and working in a marketing position for a major company.
Do not get me wrong there is nothing wrong with having any of these as a part of your success journey, but they should not define what true success is. If your success only consists of these things then you have a very limited definition of success.
Dr. Charles Stanley states in his book, ‘Success God’s Way’,
“That our human approach to success tends to be here’s my goal. God’s approach is here’s the person I want you to be, here’s what I want you to do and here’s how to be that type of person and how to do your given task. It is being a godly person and then obeying God in His directives that we find success.”
New definition of success
When I began to listen to God’s direction, my thinking on success changed. I saw there were things more important than just money, possessions, positions and personal achievement. I realized my relationship with God, my wife, children, family and others were more important to my success than the material things.
I also discovered my character, values, health, integrity and thoughts were a very important part of my success journey. In my search for true success I discovered a new definition.
Success is becoming the person God purposed you to be, living positive values that guide your daily choices and actions, accomplishing the goals that give your life direction and sowing seeds that empower others.
The Apostle Paul understood what it meant to live a successful life. Paul was so committed to living for Christ that even in times of lack or prosperity, times of want or satisfaction, he learned to be content (Philippians 4:12). Not the type of contentment that allowed him to settle for where he was, but a type of contentment that reassured him God would give him success despite His current circumstances.
Paul knew how to live successfully because he saw life from God’s point of view. He focused on his assignment and not on what he thought he should do or what others were doing. He detached himself from the nonessential things and focused on the things of value to his ultimate destiny.
Paul was not trying to imitate Peter, John or any other Apostle. He determined in his mind he would succeed by becoming the best man God designed him to be.
The right road to success
You cannot rely on your strength because you have weaknesses and insecurities. You cannot rely on the strength of others because they are dealing with their own pains and problems.
You cannot rely on the strength of the economy because it is unstable and unforgiving. You cannot afford to rely on the strength of a job because you may have a job Monday morning, but by lunch, you may be unemployed.
None of these are reliable because they cannot give you the solid foundation you need to support your promised future. However, when you place your future in God’s hands, you have the firm foundation you need to put your vision on the right road to success.
God wants you to succeed and stands ready to help you beyond what you can ever dream or think. Paul said it best in Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”
Question: How do you define success for your life? Leave a comment below.