“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)
What does a successful life look like to you? From person to person, success may look a lot different. The bottom line, is to ask yourself the question: Am I successful? Does success mean the biggest and best house? The greatest car? Or the dream job with the skyscraper corner office? To some, success possibly means the smallest house, yet the best house for that person. Or that great car that may not look too good to some, may very well fit into the lifestyle of a person. Or that dream job, the one with the tiny desk in the damp office, is a dream come true since it allows you the creativity, flexibility, and independence to be yourself.
Success is the definition you give it. Hence, whatever success looks like to you, you have the ability to make it happen.
In Joyce Meyer’s book, Never Give Up, she talks about the eagle who finds itself inhibited because it is surrounded by chickens. The eagle’s owner clips its wings, because the owner does not believe the eagle should move on to bigger and better things. Then one day something amazing happens, the eagle’s wings begin to grow back and he starts to realize something about himself. He realizes he was actually meant to fly. In fact he was meant to soar. He was meant to be in the open sky with unlimited opportunities.
Are you an eagle acting like the chickens around you?
Now is the time to fly. Now is the time to soar. Then you will begin to see success — whatever that success means to you. Meyer says that, “if a bird thinks he is a chicken, he will be fearful and go into hysterics when a storm comes, but if he thinks he is an eagle, he will be strong and courageous.”
Quick story: There was a man in his 20’s who talked about his goals and dreams. He was a sharp young man, highly skilled and greatly intelligent. It was encouraging just to listen to him, because he had so much faith and hope for his future. He had a great success plan. His plan was well thought-out and with hard work, it seemed almost foulproof. Fast forward 30 years and he is now in his 50’s. He still sounds the same. He still talks about all the things he will accomplish and how it is all going to work out. He can probably even recite his success plan verbatim. Yet the only difference is that although he talks, he really does not believe in his dream anymore. He seems further away from his goals than he ever was. If only he applied Jeremiah 29:11 to his success plan, his goals and dreams may have happened long ago. Although it is never too late to achieve one’s goals & dreams, it is fruitless if words are not followed by a powerful plan of action (of doing). The process may not be overnight, but imagine where he would be now if he never gave up on his goals and dreams.
Starting where you are is always a good start. Just put that car into drive and do something. Whatever success means to you, make it happen. You heard the phrase, ‘if you keep doing the same things you been doing, you will get the same results you been getting’. Try something different, try something new. Have faith. Step out. Turn those words into action, for real this time.