Let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no…
Success stories are not enough. They don’t change our lives, our habits, or our motivation.
They might kick up our excitement to start, but after a week or two, we go right back to doubting our abilities and feeling as though we set our expectations too high.
Sound like you?
There are many ways this can manifest itself: wellbeing, dreams, social, educational, professional – even indecision, fear, and regret.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve felt my expectations were set too high. That maybe a “dream” shouldn’t always be turned in to a “goal”. Or maybe the bar for a “goal” should be set lower.
Those feelings turn into actions; or should I say, inactions. You might fear regret, what if you miss out or mess up? But you still procrastinate because what if you feel rejected? Even so, you could fear success. What will your world look like after you succeed? Will it look good or bad or the same?
I don’t have the answer to those questions. And technically, only you can discern those answers. But that brings me back to my main point:
Success stories are not enough.
We use them to justify starting and never finishing our said “goal”. We turn to that story and use it as a blueprint for how we can achieve the same glory. We envy the popularity that seems to come from such success, instead of celebrating that person’s achievement.
The truth about the success stories we see is the push forward. There is a never-ending need to improve and get better. From that angle, there is no such thing as success because striving for it is constant.
So for a second, forget what success looks like on the outside. Look inside yourself, look up to the sky, and map out the blueprint to what your never-ending constant kick in the rear looks like.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Also noted: James 5:12