What does it take to be successful?
How do we Define success? What is success to you?
Some think that they are successful if they are popular, rich, or if they have the things that they see others with. We say to ourselves ” If I can just be like the Trumps, or the Kardashians I’ve made it! Or if I can get the bling bling like the Jay Zs or 50 cents of the world then I’ve made it.”
But Success is more than gaining things in the material world. Success is a state of being, a way of life. I would rather be a Success.. than only be successful. To me being a Success begins in the minds of those who possess a deep sense of character and imagination. On the other hand, being successful is determined by exterior things that may change. We are often fooled by society to believe that if we gain money, cars, big houses and the validation of people then we are considered successful. But are you a success without these things? Mark 8:36 says “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul.”
We all have asked ourselves, “Am I successful even if don’t accomplish the things I set out to do?” In answering this question we should exam our motives for wanting to be successful or look at what we gain spiritually in our process of being successful.
As a musician I’ve come to the realization early in my career that I may never be rich, famous or popular but I will still be a success in my mind because I love what I do. It’s not a means to an end by gaining popularity, validation and money but self fulfillment and growth as a human being. And my purpose on earth is to help others become successful. Being a success is knowing you are successful no matter the outcome of a situation.
To me success is in the PRESS or the process!!
Paul said “I press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus” . There are things we learn in life just from going through the process of becoming a success. We learn things about ourselves that we’ve never known before. We learn things about God by going through the process of becoming a success.
One of things necessary for success is:
•Finding your purpose here on earth. What am I here for. What do I need to do to get there?
•Believe/Faith that I can be successful (Faith without works is dead)
•Patience (James 1:3) trying of your faith worketh Patience
(Romans 5:1-5) patience brings one experience in an area. Which aids in the success of an individual
•Persistence- again is the press that Paul talked about in Phillipians. He wasn’t satisfied where he was but He strived to know Christ more intimately He. Strived for a higher calling in Christ Jesus.
•Get rid of excess baggage, dead weight-People, resolve situations in your life so you can be free to be successful. We can’t hang around people that are not goal oriented, that are ungodly, negative, always talking nonsense, I’ll mannered and double minded.
•Being on time.
•Humility and Submission to God-(Phil 4:13) I can do All things through Christ that strengthen me!
1-Guidance by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth. The Holy Spirit dwells on the inside which makes us a success! It’s not by our power or might or even our knowledge but by the Spirit of God that we are successful at anything we attempt to do.
2-Submission to the will of God(Seek Ye First the kingdom of God and His righteousness. And all these other things will be added unto you)
If we seek to do the things God wants us to do first. We will be successful in the things that we want to accomplish in our lives.
If we line up our will with the will of God, nothing can stand in the way our successful. God already knows the things you wish to accomplish. He knows every thought and dream before we have them. He knows and has already devised a plan for your life. He knows your beginning and end. He will help you be successful in any area you want, you just need to submit to His Will and His way. Not your way.
Another element needed in the journey to success is:
•Sensitivity to the overall human condition. Humanity-Respect for the position and condition of others- (What do you do when the police pulls you over?)
To me this shows sensitivity to what police officers have to deal with daily. Also what if I were in that person’s shoes. How would I want to be treated.(Love your neighbor as yourself)
In my opinion the lack of humanity is the reason why it’s easy for someone to take another person’s life over a bracelet or a pair of shoes. Or even on a larger scale, it’s why we have genocide in Africa and war in the middle east. It’s up to us to teach upcoming generations the importance of concern for our fellow human being. Jesus Christ is the greatest example we have of a humanitarian even before it was popular to be so. He loved us so much that He went to the cross with our sins upon Him. He died for us. Would you do that for another human being that isn’t a part of your family? This is true humanity and love. This is what it takes to be a true Success.
Shows common sense!
•Also it takes preparation – Study Investigation. Etc -this is needed in any field of work. That’s why school is important. It teaches you how to study and teach yourself about things. Initiative is key!!
(2Tim 2:15)-study to show thyself approved workman needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth
Talk about the spiritual examples Jesus and other in the bible give for each item.
•Jesus was sent to earth to do the work of his father. To be an example of love, compassion, understanding to us all. He did not waver in His faith. He did not waver in his persistence even when people and circumstances were against Him. He did not waver. When the people that said they were with Him turned their backs on Him he did not waver. He went to Calvary to die for us and only to rise again. If Jesus would have listened to those that said He wasn’t the Son of God, maybe He would not have completed the task he was sent to earth to do. So Jesus Christ is the greatest example we have as a successful person because He endured more than we will ever face. He took on the sins of the world to redeem us, even while the world rejected Him as the Redeemer. To me this is man who has the keys to success in the natural realm and beyond.