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The Right Recipe for Success

(Before reading this post make sure to read our last post about the wrong recipe for success)

The first step to success is to know what it is. It sounds simple, but ask 10 people what it means and you’ll get a variety of answers. Most replies will focus on money.

So how do you define success? Endless wealth? Satisfying relationships? A career doing what you love? Personally, I don’t think there is a better definition than the one given by John Maxwell: “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

Now that it’s defined, how do you get there? I believe this is the right recipe for success:

Clear Purpose + Smart Goals + Daily Action = Success.

 Clear Purpose

I read about a very wealthy businessman who broke down crying at the end of his life, confessing how he would trade all his wealth just to know his purpose. Let me be incredibly clear: You can be wealthy without knowing your purpose, but you will never feel successful unless you have a grip on your purpose.

Smart Goals

Do you have goals? I don’t mean wishes…dreams…desires…I mean goals. Most people can’t even define the difference between a goal and a desire, but the difference is vast. We discuss goals in depth in other posts, but suffice it to say that until you develop a daily (or at least weekly) habit of goal-setting, you will fall short of your true potential. Don’t underestimate the power of goals.

Daily Action

Here’s where the true difference is between the successful and non-successful people. The average American can tell you what happened on Glee the last three weeks but can’t tell you what action they’ve taken towards their goals in the last three months (or years???).

I’m writing this post in a coffee shop in Orlando. We get a lot of retirees in this area, and for about the last hour I’ve been listening to these two gentlemen talk about their retirement. One of them made a statement about how his brother’s pension was 3 times higher than his because his brother had worked longer for the union. He made the following statement, “If I had only invested five more years into the union my pension would be better.”


What if he had invested five years into taking action every day towards his goals instead of working towards someone else’s dreams? He wouldn’t have even needed to quit working…just small focused action every day will yield tremendous results over the course of years.

I’m convinced that most people are stuck in jobs they don’t love, working with people they don’t like, going to bed every night feeling generally like a failure. They don’t pursue their dreams because they either feel like it’s unattainable or don’t believe they have what it takes. Neither are true.

Purpose is like a jigsaw puzzle. Some people get to see the front of the box and they know exactly how the different pieces of their lives fit into the big picture. For me, I get a couple of pieces at a time, just enough to keep moving in the right direction. But the overall picture (the “finished product” of my life) is still hazy. I can move forward with confidence though because I trust that God knows the big picture and is helping me fit the pieces together.

So whether your have the full picture or just a piece of the puzzle, strive to define what your clear purpose is in this season of your life. Set clear goals which act as steps toward your purpose. And take daily action towards those goals. That, my friends, is a recipe for a life well-lived.

Committed to your success,


P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Where are you at in the journey – still figuring out this “purpose” thing, working on goals, or trying to develop the habit of daily action? We respond to 100% of our comments!

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Why You’re Not Successful

Wow…it is crazy to me how much psycho-babble there is about success on the internet. I buy into some of it, namely that most of us limit ourselves because deep down we don’t believe we can or should succeed…but…there is still a LOT of nonsense out there. The challenge with it is that you can end up feeling like you need a therapist to help you fix your subconscious beliefs before you can be successful…it becomes just one more obstacle on your journey.

While beliefs do play a huge role in a person’s success, there is one word that trumps belief every time: Action. You’ve probably heard someone say something like “I didn’t believe it would work, but I tried it anyway and it did!” So if you get stuck trying to figure out what you believe and why (paralysis by analysis), the best way to get unstuck is by simply taking bold action.

Action always trumps belief. Always.

What is the number one reason why most people are not successful? Lack of Focused Action.

There are several reasons why people don’t take action…most of them go back to the issue of belief – they don’t believe they can succeed, don’t believe they are worthy of success, or don’t believe they have any value to offer the world. The rest of them usually center on the word “fear” – fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of succeeding then being exposed for who you “really” are, etc.

“Don’t be afraid, only believe.” – Jesus (Mark 5:36)

Fear and unbelief are siamese twins. Whenever you feel afraid you can always ask yourself, “what lie am I believing?” Likewise, if you’re stuck in the quicksand of unbelief, you can usually figure out why by asking “what am I afraid of right now that is causing me to hesitate?”

It’s Never the Right Time

If you ask people why they don’t take action, most will say “I don’t have time.” This is usually a cop-out. The real reasons for not taking action are either because of fear and unbelief, or it simply isn’t a priority. Either way, let’s be honest and give the true reason for our inaction instead of blaming poor time on everything. Now if you catch yourself saying “I don’t have time,” ask yourself how many hours a day the President has…that should bring you back to reality. The issue isn’t time, but priority.

What is one thing you can take action on right now that will get you closer to being debt-free or help you reach your financial or personal goals? Why haven’t you taken that action yet? Identify exactly what the action is that you need to take, and if you can’t do it immediately, schedule it on your calendar for sometime in the next seven days. The only thing separating you from the success you desire is consistent action in the right direction. Take action today.

Committed to your success,


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