You Have Made It

Zechariah Newman —  December 17, 2013 — 9 Comments

What does success look like? Is it a specific amount of money, freedom, number of kids, or a certain vehicle? This is often the thing that people don’t think about, even dreamers. It is just this vague sense of not being there. We have failed yet we don’t know what success looks like. The problem is that as humans we are wired to be visionaries and we will always be going somewhere. Since we are always headed somewhere we can easily lose track of how far we have gone that we almost forget where we started. Today I want to encourage two things if you feel like you don’t measure up.


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1. Write it down. Write down what you think success looks like and be very specific. Don’t write what someone else thinks, but what you think it is. Write it all down. Amount of money, perception, things, etc. What is it to you? Here is what I realized. First, I didn’t know exactly what success was to me. It took me a long time to write something down. Next was that my measurement was unrealistic. I would guess that these things are true for you as well. We usually have a vague feeling of unworthiness of not measuring up. What this exercise taught me is where I was. This is important when you are going somewhere. You need to know where you are to figure out where you are headed.

2. Change your measurement. This will not happen all at once; it takes time. We need to measure ourselves by a different standard. The king of the universe knows your name and called you for a specific purpose. You don’t need to prove anything. You are made perfect in Him. He makes you whole. He calls you His son or daughter. You measure up and are successful in Him. It is not through our own self effort that success should be defined, but Christ in us.

This is so important. We need to come from a place of completeness. You will not earn God’s love. You will not earn grace. That is silly yet we often times act in this manner. We need to be real, authentic people. The only way this happens is if we put on the identity that Christ gives us. Otherwise we become fake and hypocritical wearing a mask for the world. If you have accepted Christ you are a success. Continue to progress and grow in Him. Come from this place of not trying to prove yourself to the world. Progress and move in this freedom. Be blessed on your journey.

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  • Very inspirational and true Zech. I believe success for me is about living intentionally, “living every moment with Kingdom-impact in which I serve as a faithful steward to my time, ralent, and treasure as a response to His call in my life.” It’s imperative that I start with the Caller before I am called to something and somewhere.

  • Very true Paul. Always got to start with him.

  • Two very solid tips for success, writing it down is so crucial, love the site and direction brother!

  • Hello Zech,

    This is a fantastic post bro! I personally believe it’s one of your best ones yet.

    Writing down (on paper) our goals, dreams, and vision is so crucial. We should not expect to achieve anything great unless we take the time to write it out and plan for it. I’m taking the next few weeks to write out my game plan for next year. Thank you for a great read.

    • Thanks Dan! Writing things down needs to happen in my life more. The more I have written it down the more I have done it.

  • Dan Erickson

    Nice post Zech. Writing down our version of success is a great exercise. For me, it’s measured more by influence as a writer than money.

    • That is great Dan. Influencing others is a huge thing. It is more valuable to me as well.