Monday, March 1, 2010

The Sixth Power 'P' of Enduring Success

By Preston Squire


At this point I wouldn't blame you if you thought I was beginning to look through a dictionary and stick more 'P' words into the premise of 'Enduring Success' but I assure you nothing could be further from the truth.

When I got up this morning I was feeling inspired to write but before I did I went through my normal Sunday morning routine (for the sake of not overwhelming readers this is being released Monday).  I watched Joel Osteen who touched on and inspired the subject for today's blog.

Next I watched my video of the day (and yesterday) from the 100 Day Start Fast / Finish Strong Challenge by Gary Ryan Blair.  That inspired two more blogs in this series.    Finally while I was marveling at how God had drop these into my lap and how intricately they all fit into each other like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, I glanced over to my calendar, which as you might suspect, has those inspirational sayings and images.   It's the end of the month so I've seen this particular  saying for a full 28 days.   However today as my head was on fire with the revelations God had already shown me, it suddenly clicked in a whole new way.

So in one morning I was inspired to write not just the continuation of the Perspective blog (seen yesterday) but four other entries as well.   I'll endeavor to write as many as I can today but either way I'll be spreading these out over the next week.   Currently, I'm writing this as Canada plays for Olympic gold in men's hockey, so far successfully (Go Canada!), but it's rather distracting to say the least.

AND WE WON!!!!  But by now you already know that and have probably seen the clip a thousand times.   At least, if you're in Canada.   To my American fans, your team played a hell of a tournament and you should be very proud.  Congrats on being the overall medal winner in these games.    To everyone else: We own the gold medal podium!   Highest number of gold medals won by a country in the Winter Olympics - ever!

Canada went into this Olympics with a different attitude this year.   Normally we are just grateful to rank well, but this year there was a very deliberate focus on now only performing well but specifically on 'Owning the Podium'.    Those in charge of our athletes set a higher standard for themselves and for our men and women to aspire too.  Coming up to these Olympic games it became a rallying cry for the whole country.  But many wondered if it would make a difference.

Over the first week, Canada did well, we normally do, we are 'The True North' after all, but not enough to really say we were 'owning the podium'.     It became clear early on that there was no way we could win the overall medal count.  That was going to the USA and Germany was also too far ahead for us to reach.   We were amoungst a group of countries vying for third.  Then in the closing days of the games, Canada had a rush of gold medal wins, tying us with the U.S.S.R. and Norway for most ever won during a Winter Olympics.  I cannot express how momentous it is for Canadians for us to set a world record with 14 Golds won with an overtime win in Men's hockey at the very end of these games.   It's like the perfect storybook ending.

Clearly that idea of 'Owning the podium' translated into performance.   Part of the reason why is because our athletics held onto the


When we set a goal for ourselves, in faith, then it is already promised to us.

Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. - Matthew 21:21

God or Source Energy / Infinite Intelligence or however you chose to look at it, wants us to succeed. It is important to have the right morals for what we are doing. There is nothing inherently wrong with being rich, but there is something wrong with being obsessed with money for the sake of being rich. That is self-serving and ultimately that selfishness will come back to haunt you. However, becoming rich through service to others is not only fine, it's honourable. It glorifies God. So as soon as you make a committed decision, not some wishy washy dream or hope but an absolute commitment to achieving then the universe responds. Things are set into motion and that reality becomes real. It just hasn't arrived as yet.

"Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elemental truth - that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Our success is promised to us. However, it is not promised to us on a timeline of our choosing or in a way that we envision it. Often growth, our personal growth is required for us to achieve our goals and dreams. What good would it be to meet the man or woman of your dreams if you are not mature enough to satisfy them? What good would owning a huge company be if we have not developed the wisdom to run it successfully? What benefit is there to us being in some starving, war ravaged country to help if we are unable to cope with the reality around us? Everything happens in accordance to the Laws of the Universe in perfect accordance to God's time. We just can't see it or understand it. Nor do we need to. You probably don't understand exactly how a light bulb works, but you flick on a switch with absolute confidence that the room will immediately be filled with light. It doesn't matter to you how that electricity is being made, where it's traveling from or how a light bulb works, you have a rough idea but you trust it'll work, just like it has every other time you flicked on a switch. Now of course, there were days when you hit the switch and nothing happened. What went wrong? Do you despair that you'll live the rest of your life in the dark? No! Of course not. You try another bulb. If that doesn't work, try the fuse, or maybe call an electrician. You always remain confident an answer will soon be found. But when it comes to our hopes and dreams, one set back is often enough to derail us.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that our aspirations are already promised to us. That we need to just be patient, persistent, positive, walk in prayer and maintain the proper perspective.

If you haven't reached your goal yet, do not grieve that it is continuing to elude you, be grateful that you are one day closer to achieving it. Hold on to the Promise.