Is there a secret formula to being successful? – Words to Live by
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan
Success doesn’t just fall out of the sky nor does it happen out of nowhere. There is no book or movie you can watch to get you there. What it comes down to is habits. Habits are what separate the strong from the weak, the rich from, the poor, the doers from the hearers.
It is as simple as that. The difference between the successful people and the unsuccessful people of the world comes down to their different habits. Those who are successful have set forth the habits to get them there and those who are not dwell on their bad habits that they have acquired and will never change.
The difference between the habits comes down to the person. It comes down to their mind and how willing they are to take on the habits of those who are successful to manifest that into their lives.
Unsuccessful people criticize: They will find something wrong with everything and will blast your failures and shadow your successes. They will be the negative voice that doesn’t believe in anything and is narrow-minded.
Successful people compliment: They understand when they should give constructive criticism or not. They will talk with positivity and see the future in something rather than just talking down about something. They don’t keep much negativity in their lives.
Unsuccessful people blame others for their failures: These people love to point the finger on anything and anyone when something goes wrong in their lives. They constantly look for excuses and reasons as to why something didn’t happen, rather than looking into what they did wrong. This makes them feel better about failing; finger pointing is the easy way out.
Successful people take responsibility for their own actions: They learn from their mistakes because they look at what they did wrong, recognize it and figure out a way not to make the same mistake twice. They understand they are responsible for their own actions.
Unsuccessful people think they know it all: It’s funny because they walk around with their heads high as if they have the answer to every question that life has. They are stubborn; they always think they are right and that they know it all, when instead they are idiots.
Successful people are constantly learning: Successful people understand that everything in life is about experience and the day you stop learning is the day you are dead. They are always asking questions and are always looking to attain more and more information.
Unsuccessful people don’t know what they want to be: They love spitting out the line “I don’t know what I want to do with my life.” They never have any direction and instead of looking for some direction or some sort of target, they just sit and complain about it. They are crybabies that lack action.
Successful people have a target and goals: They understand there is one fundamental in life, you need to understand where you are aiming so that you can start shooting towards it. It’s having a target and the shot is your actions towards that target.
They know exactly what they want out of life, where they want to be and what their purpose is. They are constantly doing, and their actions speak louder than their words – and if they are chasing something, there is nothing that will stop them.
Unsuccessful people fear change: They think that what they are doing right now will never change and they are content with where they are in their lives. As long as they have the bare minimum of their basic needs, they are okay with it and don’t really change their lives much because they are afraid to lose that consistency.
Successful people love innovation and change: They are always thinking about what is next, not what is going on right now. They welcome risks into their lives and are okay with sacrifice and risking it all for the greater good of their goal. They understand change is what brought humanity to its current advanced state, so they are always looking for it.
We are all born and we all will die. It’s what we do with our time in between that makes us special. It’s the habits, actions and beliefs that separate us – not anything else.
Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.miraclecenterventura.com.