Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Success is a journey, not a destination


I believe most people want to be successful in their lives, but struggle on the vision of success. They view success as a destination such as:
  • a million dollar net worth
  • becoming president of the company
  • owning a $500,000 home with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a tennis court.
  • building a multi-million dollar company
  • owning a vacation home in Belize.
  • being married to a supermodel.
And you know what? Some determined people can really pull this off. They want this stuff so bad that they work their tails off to get it. After they attain their own definition of success, though, they then start asking the question, "Is this all there really is to success?" They missed the boat. They made the mistake of defining success as a destination rather than a lifelong journey.

In The Success Journey, author John Maxwell defines success in this way:
Success is...
knowing your purpose in life,
growing to reach your maximum potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others.

You can see by this definition why success is a journey rather than a destination. No matter how long you live or what you decide to do in life, you will never exhaust your capacity to grow toward your potential or run out of opportunities to help others. When you see success as a journey, you'll never have the problem of trying to "arrive" at an elusive final destination. And you'll never find yourself in a position where you have accomplished some final goal, only to discover that you're still unfulfilled and searching for something else to do.

Another benefit of focusing on the journey of success instead of on arriving at a destination or achieving a goal is that you have the potential to become a success today. The very moment that you make the shift to finding your purpose, growing to your potential, and helping others, successful is something you are right now, not something you vaguely hope one day to be.
So, let me ask you this. How have you been defining success? Have you viewed it as a destination or a journey? Do you know your purpose, are you growing to your potential, and are you helping other people along the way?

Are you successful, today?

1 comment:

  1. I always believe that life is a journey and not a destination. I do this by doing the best I could and asking God for His guidance. I could say I'm content though of course we all wanted to be successful, have a house, a car, travel the world etc, I just don't dwell too much on it and just continue working and let God do the rest. Everything will happen in its own time, you just have to do your part. Great post.