What shall profit a man if he gains the world
but loses his soul?
What could bring man happiness
amid this never ending mess?
Where can real joy be found
when sorrows go around?
What peace can transcend all understanding
which a troubled soul keeps on longing?
Each time I raise these queries
My God put my soul at ease
"My grace is all you need,
from this world, you are freed!”
All the sorrows that I faced will be washed away
by the hands that carried me for always.
He will bring me into that place
where I can finally meet Him face to face.
I can’t wait for that day
when we will be taken all away.
Imagine yourself living in a big mansion, 3-storey high with a pool as big as a basketball court. You have the latest model of Ferrari, and you have 3 Porches extra. You have the latest Apple Product even before Apple introduced it to the market. You go to Paris just to buy a coat that you will wear when you go to Los Angeles. You hire caterers whenever you invite your friends over. You don’t have to go to the cinema just to watch a movie because you have your own Imax cinema. If you can afford all of these then it means you’re ridiculously rich, right?
Maybe that’s a little bit exaggerated but it doesn’t mean it is impossible.
Imagine your own dreams. Your dream house, cars, and places that you want to go to.
Whenever you wake up in the morning, can you say that you’ve acquired at least one peso to achieve those dreams or will you just sleep again? What do you do about your dreams? Imagine them or realize them?
There is no definite way to success but there is a definite way to failure. You’re already a failure when you don’t even dare try to succeed.
I will share some ways on how to be successful based on what I’ve learned from successful people. These are actually general guidelines so you may be familiar with some of them.
- Change your perspective – Have the right mind set.
“You’ll DO BEST by FILLing your MINDS and meditating on things TRUE, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, GRACIOUS—the BEST, not the worst; the BEAUTIFUL, not the ugly; things to PRAISE, not things to curse. Put into PRACTICE what you learned, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything WORK TOGETHER, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”
Shake off the negative and focus on the good. Stop listening to people who says you can’t, start listening to God who says you can. Stop comparing your situation to others and start changing your attitude towards your situation.
Don’t think that you’re not talented enough, wise enough, and skillful enough to be successful. When you begin to entertain those thoughts, you begin to attract failure. Negative thoughts lead to lousy character that produces poor work which eventually results to failure.
- Set SMART(ER) Goals
Specific –Specify what you want to achieve. Write them down. What kind of house you want, car model etc.
Measurable – State a certain value. For example, I want a bank savings of 1Million Dollars.
Attainable – Based on your capacity and resources at present, is it feasible? You a want 1 Million Dollars bank savings by the end of this month but how will you be able to produce it? Well, unless you’re making 1M Dollars every month then it’s attainable.
Result-Oriented – Make sure that every thing you do brings you a step closer in achieving your goals.
Time-Bounded – Set a specific deadline to your goals. I want a 1M Dollars by the end of this year.
Energizing – Your goals should motivate you and encourage you to do better every time you ponder about them.
Rewarding – Make sure that at the end of it all, it will be all worth the sacrifice and hard work.
- Set your priorities RIGHT.
Aside from setting your priorities, make sure that they are the RIGHT SET of priorities. We sometimes spend too much time and money on things that are not really needed. Instead, use those time and money for investment.
- Keep learning
“When you stop learning, you stop living.” Discover ways to succeed. Develop skills, engage in business and learn from successful people. Don’t think that you know everything. You have to learn before you earn.
- Try something new
Go out of your comfort zone. Successful people are those who took the risk. Don’t be afraid to try. Risks are inevitable but they are conquerable. Remember, you will never possess what you’re not willing to pursue. If you expect something new then do something new.
“Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
- Do not give up
The easiest way out is to quit. If you struggle at first then you are on the right track. Just keep moving forward, you’ll never know how close you are to your victory if you give up.
The real measure of success is when you help others succeed too. If you want to master something, teach it.
“What shall profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul?”
Success does not guarantee satisfaction and fulfillment.Nothing else can satisfy a person but the love of God. There is more to gain than just earthly riches. God does not just want for us a successful life but an abundant life, not just wealthy life but eternal life. You are not just partakers of earthly riches but of heavenly riches too. Those are the treasures that don’t spoil; the treasures that last. Invest on them as well.
Trust the Lord in all your endeavors. Be a blessing as He blesses you.
If you have Jesus in your life, you have everything else; the fullness of joy, the peace that surpasses all understanding, the unfathomable strength, the relentless hope, and the enduring love.
These are the riches that no money can buy.