Let’s be honest: you can only be as successful as you are willing to work for it. So if you want to succeed, it’s important that you find a way to work smarter and harder than everyone else. But how? To answer that question, I want to ask another one: what is the best way to achieve success? That might sound like an easy question, but the answer can mean different things depending on who is asking it—and how they define success. For some people, success means being rich and famous; for others it means having an impact on others’ lives; for still others, it’s about achieving balance between their personal lives and professional careers.
The best way to succeed is by starting with God’s plans for you.
God’s plan for you is the best plan for you. He is the creator of the universe and knows what is best for you. God’s plans are often different from your plans, but they are always better than your own ideas.
When I chose to abandon my self-made path towards success and follow God’s way instead, I was able to become successful much faster than I ever could have imagined on my own. From there, all sorts of opportunities opened up to me because I had taken time out from working so hard on my own plans in favor of following His instructions instead!
Always have faith.
You may be saying to yourself, “This is all great advice, but I don’t think I can do it.” To which I say, “What are you talking about? Of course you can! You have faith; that means you already know how to do it.”
Faith is the foundation for all other success. Without faith in your plan, there is no plan and thus, no success. Just as a house cannot stand on weak or unstable ground (and we don’t build houses on sand), so too must we have faith in our plans before they will work out as planned.
Believe in yourself.
You can do anything you put your mind to. You have the ability and the resources, but most importantly, you have a higher power that will help guide you along the way. You must believe in yourself and all of your abilities if you want to achieve success in life.
The key is finding balance between your plans for success (what we call “today”) and God’s plan for you (what we call “tomorrow”). This means taking time every day to focus on what matters most: faith, family, friends, finances…and fun!
Don’t forget about yourself! Believe that what comes around goes around—and it will come back full circle if only when it’s meant to be yours again or even better than before!
Follow your calling.
In the midst of all this, it may feel discouraging to think about following your calling. “I’m not sure I have one,” you might say. Or “What if I don’t like what I find when I look for my calling?” But the truth is, following your calling doesn’t mean you get to pick and choose what you do each day: it means that God will lead you through difficult circumstances, scary times, uncomfortable situations—and sometimes even unpopular decisions—to carry out His plan for your life.
Work with others.
The importance of teamwork cannot be overstated. In order to succeed, you need to work with others. You can learn from them, they can help you succeed and grow, and you can do the same for them. Teamwork is vital to reaching your goals because it’s what will get you there in the first place!
You should also take the time to build relationships with those around you—whether they’re coworkers or clients—because they’re going to play an important role in both your professional and personal lives. They may be able to give valuable advice or connect with people who could help further your career (or maybe even introduce you into a relationship that lasts forever).
You can’t control everything, but you can control your actions and attitude.
You cannot control everything that happens to you, but you can control your actions and attitude. If something doesn’t go your way, don’t worry about it because God has a plan for your future. You may not understand why something happened or what God’s purpose was in allowing the event to occur, but He knows exactly what He is doing!
Just because something didn’t go as planned does not mean that it will always be this way. It is important to keep moving forward regardless of what disappointments come along the way or how many times things don’t work out according to our expectations. We must continue pursuing success no matter how many times we fail because failure builds character and resilience—something necessary for long-term success.
When you’re working on your own goals, remember to use the power of intentionality. You need to stay focused and keep your eye on the prize. This can be challenging, especially when we get caught up in things that don’t really matter (like worrying). But if you commit yourself wholeheartedly to what is important—following God’s plan for your life!—then success will come naturally…because it was meant to be!