Whether or not you admit it we are all seeking success. Some seek health and fitness success by working out multiple times a week and meal planing.
Some seek financial success by investing in real estate, going after a job promotion or increasing the amount of farm animals they raise on their farm. Other seek success in their home by having it organized well and beautifully decorated. Perhaps succeeding in a sport or in music is important so you practice for hours investing valuable time in this area.
Whatever is important to you you will seek after.
Is it important to have an exciting social life? Do you seek to make this area of your life busy? Do you seek to be entertained? Do you pursue hobbies, down-time, TV shows or excitement relentlessly?
Then there is relational success. The relationship you have with your spouse, your children, your fiends and God. What do you do to improve these areas? Perhaps you want to successfully know how to handle your child’s attitude so you attend a parenting class. Or maybe you attend a marriage class to manage your spouses attitude (or your own).
Do you seek wise counsel or read books from marriage professionals? If you do it’s because you desire success in this area. If you don’t …..why aren’t you?
What do you do to love yourself? How do you create a healthy self-image and enjoy the person you are becoming? What could be done to see success in this area? Do you even know?
Success to me looks like this… a pie.
In some way shape or form you are seeking success in at least one of these areas, likely many of these areas.
I define success as succeeding in all of these areas so when I talk about being successful and prosperous, I’m referring to success and prosperity in every areas.
When I talk about a rich life, I am talking about being rich in health, rich in friends, rich in your marriage as well as finances. It’s bring rich in all areas of your life.
Some wealthy individuals are the poorest people around. They may have money but their relationships are falling apart, they dislike themselves and they are unsatisfied with life. That is not a successful individual.
Does God Approve?
And….. just in case you had any doubts, God is okay with this definition. In fact I believe it originated from him. Here are a few of my favourite verses on success and prosperity.
- John 10:10 – Christ came to give us life and life more abundantly.
- Proverbs 10:22 – We can be made rich without added sorrow.
- Psalm 37:4 – If we delight in the Lord we will receive the desires in our heart.
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 – God is making all grace about to us so that in all things, at all time we will always have all that we need. That sounds like completely wholeness to me.
- 2 Corinthians 9:11 – You will be made rich in every way so we can be generous on every occasion.
- Joshua 1:8 – The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity
Just to further solidify that God truly wants his children to be successful the Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which means completeness, soundness and welfare.
Completeness means whole, entire, not lacking anything. Welfare means all your needs are met and to be sound is to be strong, secure and in good condition.
God wants us to not lack anything, to have all our needs met and to live sounds, secure lives, complete in all areas. If you think about it, isn’t that what we want for our children as well? I think that’s the standard desire of any healthy, loving parent, God is no different.
So Now What?
The next logical question is how do you succeed in these areas? That is where I will invite you to check out my battle-tested success formula. It’s battle tested because every single successful individual, no matter what areas they are successful in has followed this formula. They may not have realize it, you may not have realize it, but in my many years of study and research, everything I read can be boiled down into one of these 5 categories.
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As an overcomer I have an insatiable desire to share what I have learned about building a beautiful life and relationships. I do so in the forms of writing, speaking, coaching and facilitating workshops.