You ever have one of those moments when you realize God is talking to you, in a way you were not expecting? It was your average weekend for me, Did some reading, some studying, saw a couple of movies that I enjoyed but did not think much of them till this morning when I heard Steve Harvey Opening Remarks: “The Road To Success Is Always Under Construction” This road always has the men at work sign on it, it always has detours, and it always have barrels on it This road can be what you make it, but you have to build it first!”
It is similar to a famous quote by Thomas Edison: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” It means that success does not come without hard work. I think this is an idea that all of us can learn is that mistakes are opportunities to grow and learn from if we have done our best.
The concept of success and achievements are at the front of the minds of most people? Who wakes up in the morning and ask themselves “What can I fail at today?” I believe in many cases including myself at tyme it ourselves that stop us from succeeding? Achieving lasting change, and getting what you really want in life, takes a sustained vision of the future. That vision serves not just as an ongoing source of motivation to get there, it helps you identify and tackle the obstacles that have held you back until now. But we allow our selves to keep looking in the rear view mirror, then the road ahead.
“The fear of success is a very unique issue that arises when you are genuinely creating change and moving forward in your life,” says Ti Caine, a life coach.
“Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.”
One of the movies I watched this weekend was Coach Carter. To me it’s one of those underdogs make you feel good at the end movies! But there is one part that truly touched me! It’s when one the trouble young men came to grips with what was his deepest fear?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7)
Now you might be sick right now. You might be afflicted right now. You might have all kinds of problems right now. But why don’t you trust Jesus Christ, who is just standing closely to you, just like He is knocking at your door? He says, “Open your heart’s door. I will come in. When Jesus comes in, He brings all the heavenly blessings for us. In John 14:23, Jesus says, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” What a great promise and blessing.
In life you must over come many obstacles. Sometymes you feel that you had completed something, but in reality you really didn’t. You may have completed many things, but in the end you completed nothing. This road is not an easy one to traverse, with many deterrents and pitfalls along the way; success is worth achieving but it doesn’t come easily.
Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7).
It means we will never, truly reach success and be satisfied. Our success journeys are never-ending, because we are always working on them… as if they were always under construction. We will learn from our mistakes, and hopefully we will not just don’t make the same one. Our mistakes are like the obstacles that get in front of us in our journey on the road to success. Work on what you have going on first in your life, and then worry about your future. Whatever you do know will indeed affect your future.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
No one is perfect, and God knows this. That is why He has liberally sprinkled encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. Beginning in the book of Genesis and continuing throughout the book of Revelation, God reminds us to “Fear not.”
For example, Isaiah 41:10 encourages us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Often we fear the future and what will become of us. But Jesus reminds us that God cares for the birds of the air, so how much more will He provide for His children? “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).
A key point to understand is if we have truly done our best at something that “learning from a failure is critical. Connecting effort with failure at an emotional level is crippling. After all, we’ve already agreed you did your best.” This idea that failure is fatal prevents many from taking risks and indeed achieving long term success. Seth Godin goes on to say that, “Successful people analytically figure out what didn’t work and redefine what their best work will be in the future. And then they get back to work.”
I think this is an idea that all of us can learn is that mistakes are opportunities to grow and learn from if we have done our best. A small but value added quote: “A Mountain is not higher than your confidence… Because it will be under your feet, if you reach the top!”
To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.”
Edward Bulwer Lytton
Life doesn’t make you or break you. It’s your own mentality that decides this. The only constant thing in this world is change and if we stop, stand still and remain unmoving in terms of business and our relationship with people, we will never really be truly successful. For me, you know that you have reached an inkling of success if you find out that there is more to be done and more to be shared.
One does not rest on his laurels and be content with what he has. This mind set and attitude can easily become the weight or anchor that will pull you down. There is always something out there to make you a better in what you’re trying to do, as well as a better person. Success, according to the way I see it, is not measured by what you have achieved or where you are standing now. It is actually exemplified through the different points of achievements you have over the passing years and how you keep surpassing your latest success.
Here is a quote I truly love: “If you don’t love what you do, love why you’re doing it. Or don’t waste your tyme doing it at all!” Kim Schneiderman,
Success is not a destination. It’s a journey; the road to success is indeed always in need of construction and deconstruction. The faster and easier you employ this concept into your life, the greater your chances of really achieving your goal of succeeding. I think realizing that we are never done me actually be one of the keys to success and happiness. We have to learn to be comfortable with it and completeness of every moment and every day and just enjoy the ride.
“Do or Do not… There is No try!”Jedi Master Yoda
Just like going through a construction zone if you can’t change how long it will take to pass through, you might as well just take a deep breath and take in the sights along the way. Remember, the minute we say or think to ourselves that there is nothing more to be learned is the tyme when we can say that we have stopped living or existing.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
It’s important that we take each step feeling grounded and balanced. It is our right and purpose in life to be successful in whatever you are doing. If you believe in that then nothing will ever stop you from living a balanced and joyous life God made you to have.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
*Someone had forward this poem to me awhile back. I always found it to be An Inspirational Poem