Success. The Pursuit of Purpose.
Success. The Pursuit of Purpose
Over the last year, I have spent an extraordinary amount of time trying to understand more about myself. It occurred to me at some point during this exploration that it comes down to what is going on subconsciously that makes it possible to succeed at anything. What we think and do on a regular basis defines not only our successes or failures but our character as well. It has become abundantly clear that success resides within each of us and those who embrace it and make a commitment to bettering themselves succeed and those who don’t will ultimately fail.
The reason that I have been on this journey of self-realization and reflection is not only to help myself become a better and more successful person but also to help others do the same. I have found that by helping others break out of their self-destructive patterns helps me keep mine at bay. Being successful is a state of mind; it has nothing to do with how much money you have or the state of the economy. During the current downturn, there are thousands of exceptional people who are suffering from self-doubt not because they lost their job or that they can’t find one; it is because they have lost touch with what is truly important. Success is not about pursuing a position or money; it is about the pursuit of purpose.
Success equals Passion
Successful people are always passionate about something. Enough so that their successes are a byproduct of their passion and their passion is a result of their pursuit of purpose. It starts with a paradigm shift in each of us. What are you passionate about? If you can answer this simple question, then you are well on your way to figuring out what your purpose is and success will quickly follow. By the way, being passionate about making money isn’t a good enough answer. The pursuit of purpose has deeper meaning than money alone. If you pursue your purpose with a passion, everything including making money will happen automatically.
Sure, we are in challenging economic times but there are a lot of successful people out there right now. What makes them better than you? Really, what makes them successful? The answer is that they decided to be successful. Yes, that’s right, they decided to and they won’t accept failure under any circumstances. If you are looking for the key to success, that is it. You must decide to become successful and keep pursuing it whether things are challenging or not. Don’t ever give up!
Quitters always fail. You absolutely cannot succeed in anything if you quit. Also, if you have never failed, you cannot succeed. Some of the biggest failures are those who have never failed. So, success comes from the pursuit of purpose not from being right all the time. You are going to make mistakes, count on it. Learn from them and keep on going with a passion because if you do, you will succeed.
Success. Don’t Ever Quit!
Thomas Edison once said “I haven’t failed; I just have found ten thousand ways that it won’t work.” He just kept on failing looking for that one success and once he found it kept on doing it. Successful people find out what works through their pursuit of purpose and once they find it, they duplicate it over and over again. This can never happen if you quit!
Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Stan “The Man” Musial’s lifetime batting average was .330 and was the model of consistency. Having a .330 batting average is an amazing accomplishment but he once said “I get to do what I love to do even though I fail 67 percent of the time”. He never quit and his pursuit of his passion made him successful.
Lyle Alzado was one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL in the 1970’s and 80’s and he was asked what made him so successful. He responded by saying “I just throw everyone out of the way until I find the man with the ball”. What this means is that he had to make mistakes over and over until he became successful and he did so by never giving up. So all you really have to do is throw all your failures out of the way until you find what works then duplicate it over and over. Success awaits.
Success is a result the unrelenting pursuit of purpose. Find that purpose, be passionate about it and never quit and success will find you.
Here’s to your success!!
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