The 3 Misconceptions About Success

A few weeks ago, I watched an interview of John C Maxwell, a fantastic Christian leader who has written 23 books and has given numerous speeches. When he was asked which favorite book he had written, he said, “Today Matters,” which caught my attention, and I’ve started reading the book. So, over the next few weeks, the ideas covered in my blogs will be from this book.

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“Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily” John Maxwell

To become successful, we need to understand the misconceptions that exist and eliminate them from our lives. Unfortunately, it is easy to be carried away with these subtle ideas and misunderstand how to become successful.

Maxwell points out several misunderstandings that people have about success in the book, and I will be covering 3 of them here.

Some believe success is impossible, so they criticize it

Throughout our lifetime, we have adopted things in our lives that make our life easier. Technology indeed has played a significant part in that. Food delivery service, Amazon, Uber, and many others provide a service that makes it easier for us to order food, anything else we need, and even be driven around. These services make one’s life easier.

Many times, we start to think that life, in general, is instant or easy. We order something on Amazon, and with prime shipping, we either have that delivered to us the same day or the next, so we start to think life is similar. How many times have you started to learn a new skill and wanted to see immediate progress and considered giving up, feeling it may not be your cup of tea?

We forget mental growth is like a seed to plant growth; it takes time. Sometimes the development is lifelong. Life is not easy. The food that we eat still takes the same amount of time to grow. The surrounding work has been reduced with the aid of machines, but each plant yields its fruits in season and at the appointed time.

You are a UNIQUE individual with your own strengths and weakness. Some things will be easy for you, while others will take time. If you have set your eyes on learning or doing something essential to reach your goals, then go after it and stick to it until you have mastered or achieved it.

Success is Productivity

Many believe success is one-dimensional, so they think hard work alone will get them to where they need to be. However, hard work is essential for success but not the only ingredient in success. For example, let’s say you are working in your area of weakness; you will see minimal progress, and after much work, the same amount of work in your area of strength will give you a significant result.

Knowing which area to work in and when to work plays a vital role in your success. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you should not improve your areas of weakness. However, if they are your sole focus of development, you should then there is a good possibility that you will come to the conclusion that success is impossible for you as, after much hard work, you have not seen much progress.

If success was one-dimensional, then it would be straightforward, and everyone would be on their way to achieving it. Instead, we should produce a mathematical formula that laid out how long one should work and how many hours each week to get to the level of success that they hope to achieve. But it is not straightforward.

Success comes from using your superpower focus. Focusing on the right things that make you efficient and maximizes your output will help you become successful. Even though success is mainly thought of as an individual thing, we must not forget that God has created us interdependent. You can surround yourself with people whose strengths are your weakness then you have the right team that can propel you to success.

Success is an Event

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that success is a one-time thing. We can work toward it and achieve it and receive a certificate that states we are successful. We need to realize that success is not a one-time thing that one can mark down on their calendar and try to attain it by that date.

Success, like most essential things, is spiritual. Rabbi Lapin defines ‘spiritual’ as something that cannot be defined in a lab. Success like being rich cannot be measured in a lab. It is a mental state that we reach when we consistently set and achieve our goals. Just like being rich is a state of mind, being successful is the same as well. I am confident Mark Zuckerberg feels poor when he compares himself to Jeff Bezos, so it is valid for success when comparing ourselves in one area of our life with another.

As success is multi-dimensional, one needs to work, develop, and achieve and maintain success in all areas. Family, friends, work, health, relationship with Christ, and the list could go on. Since, according to the Bible, no one is perfect, I don’t think anyone can say we are successful in all areas of our life. Undoubtedly, hard work alone is not going to get us there. Assuming that we will reach the state instantly is going to be a big disappointment as well. One must also not forget that success is not a one-time event to check off our list.

“Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily” John Maxwell

I agree with John Maxwell that success comes from managing our decision daily, having made the right ones ahead of time. What do you need to decide today? What decisions do you need to manage today? Let’s choose to be successful and manage it daily. Are you with me?

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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