If there is a recipe for disaster, then what is the formula for success? It has been said that there are no certainties in life. However, I believe that there are some certainties out there that are sure to guarantee a particular outcome. Such as, if you jump from the top of a seventy-five foot tall building, you will unequivocally be pulled down by gravity. The worst that can happen to you falling from that height is that you die. The least that could probably occur is that you break every bone in your body.
A person does not have to mix many ingredients together for their life to be in disarray. In fact, if you do nothing, nothing will always be the result of no effort. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the recipe for disaster. There are no extraordinary techniques or certain skill levels required for failure. Inactivity and the lack of preparation will guarantee and secure that one’s future will be one big, fat disappointment. All you will have at the end of your life is wasted talent and misdirected goals. Life is supposed to be filled with accomplishments and fulfillment; not inundated with one blunder after another because of the lack of direction, instruction, and accountability. Embrace accountability and open your eyes to the truth. Your turning point in life will occur when you finally realize that you are responsible for your own life.
Where are you headed? Do you know what direction you are moving in? Are you going wherever the wind blows you? I know the amount of information available today can overload your mind with a canopy of should haves, could haves, wishes, and why didn’t I’s. However, to avoid taking advantage of the “Age of Information” overload is absurd. Simply extract out of the information bank made available to you what you need for your situation and life. Tap into the wisdom of a qualified mentor or knowledgeable friend who has a proven record of accomplishment with his or her own life. Being young and gifted does not automatically make you young and successful. If you do not know what to do with your talents, you will become frustrated with no place to use them. You will be young, gifted and dumb.
However, there is an awesome formula for success; and we would all like to experience it. People are like onions with layers of areas in life, and with challenges that must be successfully accomplished. These layers include personal integrity, family, career, parenting, finances, etc. A person can be successful in one area of life and completely fail miserably at all the other areas of life. It’s not how successful you want your career to be, but how successful you want your life to be. Success requires directions because it is a journey, not a destination. Success is not the finale, but the accomplishments while on the path toward the attainment of a goal. Success is not one episode, but a series. Success is not a chapter; it is a book with chapters. Success is not absent of blunders and failures, but a combination of accomplishments, blunders, achievements, failures, disappointments, thrills, frustrations, and triumphs. These are all a part of the ingredients that make success so sweet.
Your input is vital to your success. More importantly, it is what you put into it, which qualifies you to enjoy what you receive from it.