For the past few days, I’ve been thinking about success, or the lack thereof.

Maybe it’s because we just attended the funeral of a beloved relative, and I’ve been thinking about a life well-lived.

Maybe it’s because we are going through a series called “30 Days to Live” at our church, and I’ve been thinking about what is most important in my life.

Or maybe I’m just a bit discouraged.

It’s not that I feel that I’m unsuccessful. I just can’t point to anything I am doing with my life right now that is at a level where I am feeling success.

In fact, I can think of about five areas in my life where I would like to see success. In a few of these areas, I simply am too overwhelmed just trying to get through my daily activities to devote the time and energy that would be necessary to get good results.

In a few other areas, I have been putting in some effort, and I haven’t seen the results I would like. In all of these areas, I have been tempted to give up. I want to quit so I don’t even have to think about it anymore. Just move on.

But then I had a thought. What if someone told me they were able to see my life one year from now. And they saw me achieving enormous success in one of these areas. How would I act then?

If I knew that by giving the appropriate amount of time and energy to something I really wanted that the result was going to be huge success, wouldn’t I be so much more motivated? What if I started acting NOW like I was already successful.

Instead of walking around with my head down, apologizing to myself for my lack of success, what if I started pretending I was already the person I want to be?

Hmmm. Maybe I shouldn’t quit so easily?

Well, I have lots more to say about success, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, I would love to hear from you. Are you feeling successful at anything right now? And if so, at what?

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