Do You Really Want That?

“You can climb the ladder of success, but when you get to the top you may find it is leaning against the wrong building.”

Do you find yourself wishing for things a lot? I hear a lot of people things like:

I wish I was a millionaire.

I wish I lived in a mansion.

I wish I was successful.

I wish I was a missionary in Africa.

I wish I was doing something I loved!

I wish I had a significant other.

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The reality is, you don’t wish for any of those things. You wish for the feeling that you believe you would have by having those things. This is one of the main reasons so many people are depressed in life. They think that happiness and success are something that will come when they get what they are wishing for. While getting what you wish for can make you temporarily happy, it’s only a short-term fix, if you don’t learn this lesson:

If you are not happy without something, you won’t be happy with it.

If you’re not happy with the amount of money you make now, you won’t be happy with more. If you aren’t happy with the experiences you’re having now, you won’t be happy with experiences you have later. If you’re not happy being single, you won’t be happy being married! Stuff cannot make you happy. Experiences can not make you happy. Having a million dollars in the bank can not make you happy.

John Maxwell says that success in life is 3 things:

  1. Knowing my purpose in life – Do you know what God has called you to do?
  2. Growing to my maximum potential – Are you growing daily?
  3. Sowing Seeds that benefit others – Are you helping people?

I have found that to be absolutely true. Those three things are as good as it gets in life. Success is a journey, not a destination. Those three things are all journey focused and not destination focused.

If you’ll do those three things, I promise you that you’ll be happy where you’re at in every season of your life, you’ll become successful, you’ll become wealthy, you’ll attract the spouse of your dreams, and most likely, you will become everything you ever wished you would be and you will get everything you have ever wanted.

We should all have dreams, desires, and wishes, but we need to recognize that even if they all come true, but we don’t know our true purpose in life, if we’re not growing to our maximum potential, and if we’re not lifting others, we will ultimately be dissatisfied, disgruntled, and depressed. 


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