Some people believe that the opposite of success is a failure, but I’d disagree. The journey to success will more than likely include lots of failures along the way while continuing forward on your journey. Perhaps the opposite of success is merely giving up.
It’s easy to just give up. It’s easy to make excuses for why something won’t work. Over the years I’ve had my share of goals and dreams I sort of let fizzle when I felt overwhelmed and scared of failing. The cool thing about goals and dreams that you know are God given to you, is they continue to come back and nag at your soul. Your life doesn’t quite feel complete if you don’t at least try and go for that dream.
I’m a stickler for movies that show the dream, struggle, and victory. This type of storyline to me always makes for the most dramatic and emotional experiences. For instance in the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, I teared up multiple times at all the hardships Chris Gardner (the main character) endured. I read the book and it goes into way more grueling details. Chris’s story is even more difficult than an hour and a half movie could ever portray. His journey to making something great out of his life was a long and tiresome process. Don’t even get me started on, Cinderella Man. I was a big baby, sitting on the edge of my seat that entire movie. What a beautiful story of love, character, and triumph.
As much as I love a good successful dramatic ending, the problem with actually living that dream, struggle, victory is that it’s not typically easy nor fun to endure. When you are in the midst of a struggle it’s harder to talk about and be excited. However, once you’ve made it over those hurdles it creates the most amazing and encouraging story to be shared.
Anyone who became successful at anything had to start somewhere. Most success stories didn’t happen instantly without some blood, sweat, and tears along the way. When you need some encouragement read about the journey of successful people. I love to learn about someone else’s journey. For me, it puts things in perspective that the journey may not be easy but it’s worth it.
Some of my many favorite dream, struggle, victory stories of people who could have easily given up are:
- Jackie Chan
- Corrie ten Boom- The Hiding Place
- Oprah Winfrey
- Ming Wang- From Darkness to Sight: How one man turned Hardship into Healing
Fail your way forward if necessary because nothing is over until it’s over. Don’t let age, money, race, education level, background, or whatnot stop you from your goals. Encourage and uplift one another and support each other’s differences.
I’ll end with two of my favorite scriptures. Although sometimes my emotions and flesh get the best of me, I do have faith and I know that God’s word is the only truth you can stand on wholeheartedly.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God is the one who will give you the strength to endure and it is definitely better to trust and lean on Him!! I know personally that leaning on my own understanding typically gets me into trouble anyway…
Let’s make 2018 a year filled with working towards dreams and goals together!