Are Your Success Pillars in Balance?
By Douglas Vermeeren
people live their lives like they watch the television. The remote
control is in their hands and they have the power to change the
channel to any show they can possibly imagine. But they don’t.
There is opportunity to experience anything they can dream. But they
don’t do anything. They are content to simply watch whatever is on,
rather than choose what they really want. The most important
beginning principle for creating greatness in your life is to
recognize and then utilize the principle of personal power and
person comes with the built-in ability to choose their actions and
reactions for any given set of circumstances. How we use this
ability will ultimately determine all of the outcomes we will
experience in our lives. Those who attain the greatest successes in
life do so, not because their circumstances have been dramatically
different from others, but because their choices have been. It is
our personal choices and accountability that have the most
significant impact on the kind of lives we will lead.
people do not realize that even the so-called “little moments” can
have great impact, and it may be easy to justify not giving our
attention to them because the consequences may not be immediately
apparent. However, an ancient proverb shares this great truth in a
different way; “The greatest walls are build with the smallest
bricks.” Our lives are the same, and we must begin with the little
how will you know which little things really deserve your
attention? There is an easy solution for us in prioritizing all
beginning to sort out “life things” we need to have a system in
place. It’s like building a puzzle. In order for the little pieces
to be productive and have value we need to understand what the big
picture looks like. Our big picture is essentially defining what we
want our life to look like, who we want to be and the legacy we want
to leave behind. Many people do not invest the time to answer these
important questions. However, if you can do this one step at a time,
you will find that all your questions will instantly become clear,
and you’ll be on your path to success.
what is success? The definition is different for every individual,
and only you can define your view of success. Understand that
success is a journey and not a destination. It can never be a spot
of permanent completion. Success is akin to continual growth.
Success is a matter of finding appropriate balance while you are in
motion rather than finding a comfortable resting place to stagnate.
Lasting success is found in the balance of four independent
elements. Notice that each of these success pillars begins with
“your feelings about…” Success is very much attached to your
feelings, and gratitude is a significant part of feeling successful.
Your feelings about wealth – Success in this area is not
based on a specific number on a bank statement. In fact, it has very
little to do with money. But it has everything to do with how you
feel about what you have. Do you have enough to meet your
obligations? To live the life you choose? To be free to pursue the
things which are meaningful to you? There are many people who are
extremely rich, but not wealthy. How do you feel about your
currently level of abundance or wealth?
2) Your feelings about your health
–Success has very little to do with quantity of a given thing or an
outside measurement. Instead, it has everything to do with the
feelings relating to a certain thing. There are many who suffer from
disease, disability and challenge who feel very successful in this
area. Your feelings about your own health are the important
consideration for this issue.
Your feelings about your relationships – David O. McKay, a
religious leader, said it best when he stated that, “No success can
compensate for failure in the home.” Everything starts in the home,
but relationships also include everyone you interact with. Once I
had the opportunity to climb the tallest mountain peaks in China
known as the Huangshan Mountains. After hours of climbing, our
group finally reached the tops of the beautiful mountains. The sun
was just rising and we were so high up we could literally see the
curvature of the earth; it was exciting. I turned to one of my
associates who had made the climb with us. I excitedly expressed
how beautiful and exciting this scene was, but his face turned to a
look of confusion. “Wo bu dong,” he said as he looked at me. That’s
the Chinese words for “I don’t understand.” In that moment, our
language barrier prevented us from sharing this marvelous experience
with each other. The same is true in our lives. The fullness of
success is only enjoyed when we have the ability to share it with
feelings about your self-achievement, dreams and spirituality.
– What are your inner most yearnings? What is your connection to
things of the spirit? How do feel about these things? Are your
needs being met in this area? In some ways this area is slightly
more important than the others. It’s really more of a foundation
than a pillar. Until you have these elements being met in your life
you cannot inspire or lift another to their greatness. Without
this, you are a lot like a lifeguard who can’t swim. When you know
who you are and you’re confident you are headed in the right
direction, magical things happen for you and those around you.
moment right now and stop what it is you are doing … invest this
time in you. Take a careful look at these four areas in your life
and consider how satisfied you feel about them. How do you feel
about your wealth, health, relationships and self-achievement,
dreams and spirituality? What would the situation look like if it
were ideal for you?
may not know all the steps to get where you want to go, but as you
look at the significant little steps, the big ones will appear.
Decide that what you will play on your television of life will be
the programs you want to watch. You don’t have to sit through
someone else’s dream. You have the power to turn your life into
what you want it to be. It can be a spectacular adventure, romance,
thriller or comedy; anything you dream. What can you do right now to
create the life you want? Remember it is up to you.
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