Decide on Success; It Is Your Birthright
True success is not a thing you acquire or achieve. It is not accomplishing a task, and neither is it the acquisition of wealth and other material things, as Jane had thought. Success is not attaining a position. It is a journey that involves knowing your purpose, growing to reach your potential, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. It does not stop at that but continues to push to attain higher goals. Think of success as a progressive walk in the fulfillment of one’s purpose. Many times success comes with fame and material possessions, but truly successful people do not tie their success to these things.
No one enjoys failure. The desire for success is in the heart of every human; it was hardwired into the nature of all humankind. No one wants to be dominated or trampled upon by other people, and no one enjoys being a victim of circumstance. Humankind has a nature that desires dominion, which is to be in authority and control over your life and circumstances. If you desire to live your life to the fullest, then you must live life purposefully. If you have a purpose you are working toward, then I believe you intend to succeed.
Success never happens by accident. It requires deliberate actions toward achieving goals. Whether it is a decision to loose weight, or make a career change or get rich, you must make a decision. Newton’s first law of motion states that a body remains at rest or in a uniform state of motion until an external force is acted upon it. This is not just a law of physics; it is a law of life. Unless you begin to take deliberate steps outside of your comfort zone toward achieving your goals, things will remain as they are.
Everything in life naturally gravitates toward chaos; consistent with the Law of Entropy. Put this together with Newton’s first law, along with human experience, and you will realize that the guaranteed way to fail in life is to do nothing about your life. If you don’t do anything about your life, not only will it remain the same, it will also gravitate toward chaos and ultimately failure.
If you want to succeed, you must first decide on success and work the principles of success discussed in this book. Success is your birthright; it is for anyone who desires it. Anyone can be successful, no matter what his or her race, creed, sex, or color. The world is filled with people who, because of their devotion to a cause and the clarity of the vision in their hearts, have succeeded. This book is written with the assumption that you have found purpose—that there is something that you are ready to passionately devote time, energy, and other material resources to.
For you to fulfill your purpose, you must have a vision for the fulfillment of that purpose. Vision causes you to see what is ahead despite the failures of the past and the challenges before you. Jesus was a success in His redemptive work. Scripture records concerning Him that “for the joy set before Him, he endured the shame of the cross.” Jesus saw (vision) the joy of fulfilling His purpose, and because of that, He was able to endure challenges and overcome obstacles that came against Him. With vision, you can run your race effectively. No matter what your circumstances are, you can get from where you are now to where you need to be as long as you are running with a picture in your mind. A life without vision will reproduce the mistakes and failures of the past.
This handy book is written to inspire you, to challenge you to push for higher goals, and to equip you for the journey. Everything you truly desire in life is just outside your comfort zone, but you must push yourself beyond your comfort zone to get what you want. Most of us underestimate the time it takes to achieve anything of lasting value. You’ve got to be willing to sacrifice if you want to reap worthy returns. The secret of every breakthrough is persistence and tenacity of purpose. Albert Gray said, “The common denominator of all success lies in forming the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.” Start with a decision today that you will be successful, and stick with it.
Make a commitment to push yourself beyond what is convenient for you. Don’t wait to be inspired to act. Instead, decide to act, and follow through with each decision. Successful people have learned to do what doesn’t come naturally. They are willing to confront discomfort, distractions, and doubt and still act nonetheless.
Commit yourself to these power points. Make yourself accountable to someone who will ensure you are practicing all the principles in here. Review them every quarter until they become a part of your lifestyle. There is a space at the top for you if you so desire it.