The Secret of Success

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Don’t make excuses about why you can’t. Instead, be the best version of yourself that you can be by allowing God to pull you toward your purpose through your passions.

When Charlie was growing up his father always told him, “You have to push yourself. Stay positive and work on your weaknesses so you can excel.” Charlie wanted to please his father so he tried to be the best at everything by staying positive and working hard.

Sometimes Charlie was happy because he reached his goals, but most of the time he was just frustrated. It wasn’t until much later in life that he learned the secret of success—and it had nothing to do with working on his weaknesses or staying positive about things he wasn’t created to do.

The late, great ZigZiglar said:

“I can’t stand to hear some gung-ho individual say that with positive thinking you can just do ‘anything.’ If you think about that one for a moment, you recognize the absurdity of it. As a ridiculous example, I’m a positive thinker, but I could never slam-dunk a basketball or perform major surgery–or even minor surgery–on anyone and expect that person to survive. Nate Newton, the 300-plus pound lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, is positive, optimistic and outgoing but he’d be a complete failure as a jockey or a ballet dancer.”

So since it’s true that trying harder and staying positive isn’t always a guarantee for success, what is?

The Secret of Success

Here’s the secret of success: God created you to be pulled through life. He designed you to be pulled by something so compelling that you would feel an empty space inside you if you didn’t follow. This doesn’t mean that everything will come easy, but it does mean that you should be motivated by your natural skills, gifts, and talents and the passion that comes with them.

When an NBA star steps on the court, he works to win. He sweats and he runs hard, but he loves the game. And, he’s not always frustrated because it’s what God has created him to do. The same goes for you. God wants to pull you through life toward His purpose for you through your passions. Your passions will energize you to do great things for God.

Don’t Waste Your Life

Don’t waste the precious and finite minutes of your life by spending time pursuing the things that don’t maximize how God created you. Don’t try to stay positive or work harder on those tasks that God clearly hasn’t called you to. If you do, you won’t bring Him the greatest glory possible. Not only that, but you will miss out on blessing others. Remember, you will never be a more authentic version of yourself than when you are doing what God created you to do.

Let me challenge you: If you have been making excuses about why you can’t accomplish your purpose and follow your passions, I challenge you to think differently. When God created the bluebird and gave it wings, it didn’t sit around, complain and say, “I can’t fly because the wind is too strong, my wings are too small, and my friends don’t want me to fly.” No, he flew because that is what he was created to do naturally. Granted, you may not be able to use all of your talents, skills, and passions in the time frame that you choose or in the capacity that you desire. However, God did create you to use them.

Don’t make excuses about why you can’t. Instead, be the best version of yourself that you can for God by allowing him to pull you toward your purpose through your passions.

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