Success. Ahhh, we all want it. Regardless of our individual will-power and motivation, we as humans innately desire success in our lives. Due to the influence of society, many of us have always seen success as college degrees, home ownership, luxury cars, and high-paying jobs with benefits. However, success comes in many different packages and it is all based on each individual specific goal. For example, the person who has decided to live off of others success, better known as a bum, finds their success benefiting from the achievement of others. And the person who watches television all day finds success in watching the newest episodes of their favorite television series. Now we would see these individuals as failures due to their unproductiveness, but to themselves they are a success. Therefore, success is the completion of what you put your mind on accomplishing.
QUIZ TIME! So have you figured out how much the price of success is yet? Well if you answered late nights and early mornings, you’re pretty close. The correct answer is – GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. Let’s get deep. There’s a scripture, “To whom much is given much is required” – Luke 12:48. All of us have responsibilities. I have rent, renter’s insurance, car note, car insurance, electric, credit card bills, wi-fi, health insurance, STUDENT LOANS and quite a few other bills that I aim to maintain. Quick scoop on me, I am a 22 year old black female, whom graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the illustrious university of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University May of 2016 (Aggie Pride!)
Being raised without either parent, I was forced to take on responsibility whether I wanted to or not. My great-grandmother raised me, and my oldest sister also assisted in my educational and financial development, so by God’s grace, I turned out pretty decent. I also have an awesome Pastor, Gregory B. Drumwright, who preaches on almost every area detrimental to the human species. Therefore, I cannot run from what needs improvement. Now my peers and even my elders always commend me for being so driven towards financial freedom and righteousness. However, I’m really only doing what I am suppose to because it’s MY life, MY credit score, MY destiny and I have to deal with the consequences. Trust me, I’ve made my mistakes and will make more, yet I grow through these mistakes and do not let them stunt my growth because lessons are also blessings (if you learn).
Now, back to what I was saying about great responsibility. What does it even consist of? Well it depends on what you are trying to achieve. But there are a few steps that are essential regardless of person.
STEP 1: Organize
- Know your stuff and take care of your stuff – If your room, car, or whatever space you occupy is a mess, then your mind will be a mess. Carve out some time for you to have a “Operation Organize Day”. You’ll feel much lighter, more peaceful, and should be able to breathe even better with less clutter around you. This will also save you time for when you’re getting ready for class, work, that interview, that business meeting, or whatever you may endeavor in.
- You may want to invest in: A Desk to do your work or brainstorm, multiple folders for important documents, a nice planner, and maybe even a journal to keep you on track!
STEP 2: Prioritize
- OMG, it’s PAYDAY/Refund Season! Yes, the new pair of Jordan’s just came out, so did the new iPhone, oh and the biggest event of the year is this weekend and everybody will be there. Unfortunately, your cell phone, rent and credit card bill are PAST due, so you must sacrifice. I say, eat them noodles today so you can eat the steak later. Psychological research has proven that children who tend to get what they want instantaneously, tend to grow up into a delinquent lifestyle, versus those who practice self-discipline and patience. Don’t be a child. It’s worth waiting.
- Learn to say “NO” – Your friends/boo will understand you have work to get done and cannot hang all day every day. If your friends/boo have that much free time, you may need to reevaluate your ties. Birds of a feather, flock together. Oh and don’t be trying to hang out with people who aren’t on your level just to look better either, that my friend is petty.
- Set a schedule and stick to it – This is what most millionaires and billionaires swear by. A schedule can help with your memory also. For example, when someone try to get over on you, you can be like, “Nah, I remember when you said it because I was leaving the gym and I always go to the gym after eating two jars of Peter-Pan peanut butter”. They’ll be stuck in they lie.
STEP 3: Analyze
- Ask yourself, “What does my success require?”. Let it marinate.
- Write three personal and creative steps that will help you achieve your success
- Always seek God through prayer and His word (the bible). He’ll never fail you. He knows what your tomorrow will be like before it even arrives.
I do hope this post was helpful and I believe if you apply it, you will see great results. Remember, God loves you and so do I, and there’s nothing you can do about it!