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Attaining success in life isn’t a complicated process as it might appear to most people. Looking at successful people can be intimidating and it may appear as though they are supernatural human beings. If other people can be successful you too can be successful because God created everyone with a purpose in life.
Be encouraged to know that God didn’t create anyone better than you and in the same vein be humble enough to know that you’re not better than anyone else. Having said that let’s look at some of the cornerstones of successful people.
1. Belief in what you’re doing
Successful people have a solid belief in what they do and are not easily deterred by external forces. Come rain or sunshine they keep pursuing what they hold true in their hearts and as a believer it’s important that it’s God’s purpose that you’re pursuing and not just your own desires that aren’t part of the script of your life.
An unshakeable belief or sense of purpose is the fuel that helps you to persevere through the difficult times until you make it to the desired destination. The best example is that of Jesus Christ who went through the worst kind of torture and didn’t give up because His desire to make a way for us to be restored to a right relationship with God.
Another example is that of Desmond Doss, a World War 2 veteran who served as a medic instead of killing as other soldiers did. His conviction was that the Word of God says that we must not kill and he had a difficult time in training before going to war but God vindicated him as he saved lives under almost impossible circumstances.
Having a strong sense of purpose will help get you through any kind of hardship.
2. Clear plan of action
After reading TC Stallings’ book, “The Pursuit: 14 Ways in 14 Days to Passionately Seek God’s Purpose for Your Life” I came to the realization that I should not try to lead my own life per se but allow Jesus Christ to lead me by following His plan for my life. The Bible says God wrote the days of your life in the books of Heaven before you were created.
“And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.” ~ Exodus 25:8-9
To become a successful person in God’s eyes your job is to seek out God’s purpose for your life and the great thing is that He already has the blueprint that you must follow to make it a reality. This is one of the key success factors in living a victorious life and becoming what God created you to be.
Even when it doesn’t work out perfectly knowing that God was behind it gives you peace of mind and assurance of victory at the end of the day.
3. The right people
I have seen the importance of having the right people in the right places on so many levels in my own life. A combination of having the right person in the right place at the right time makes a significant difference versus any other combination. In an organizational set up where the owners choose to improvise too much by cutting down on expenses instead of hiring the right people there tends to be a lack of progress.
Career success to a large extent comes down to being in a job position that suits your strengths and a culture that allows you to thrive as a person including the organization as a whole. When you put the wrong people in certain positions the individual gets frustrated and the organization suffers as a whole.
When you consider sports as well success comes about as a consequence of either changing the team manager or some players on the team. That might not always be the solution but the people in question can become the right people by improving their skills if they really want to perform well in their positions.
4. The right systems
I have come to understand that systems are critical to achieve success in any endeavor because the ones that work are tried and tested. Though they evolve from time to time having a framework for doing things is one of the key success factors. Systems are also easy to duplicate hence making training other people a simple task so that they keep the momentum going.
While resources may not always be readily available making good use of the little that you have is important. Making good use of them requires having the right systems to ensure that there’s progress in the various aspects of your life or organization.
Some organizations perform better than others because they have the right systems in place even though they may have fairly similar resources available to them. Having the right values goes hand in hand with implementing the right systems to live out those values.
Successful people live according to good values while most others don’t abide by values they claim to uphold. Leaders that value their followers create systems that will empower them individually which indirectly makes their teams prosper.