Sunday, August 14, 2016

Accomplish, Celebrate, and Keep Going
Too many times, folks achieve a certain amount of success and that’s it. They begin to say it is time to travel, party, and try out new restaurants. However, I think those who have been called for a higher purpose realize life is about helping others while achieving self-interested goals. More importantly, once you achieve your goals, celebrate your accomplishments while keeping in stride to your next one. I have often heard that the greatest enemy to growth is success.

Many successful people have a hard time finding a mate because one is focusing on having fun, and the other is focusing on enjoying life while building an empire and helping others.

Think of your life as a decathlon. A decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events over a period of two days (Wikipedia, 2016). The winner is measured based on the person’s performance in each single event and the person who has a collective average score higher than the others win. In your life, you are made to perform in different arenas. However, your success in one may determine your success in another.

I am not suggesting that we all need to be working all the time; however, I do suggest that our goals should include helping others. I find it difficult to spend a lot of money on dinners, cars, and travel knowing that the same money can be spent helping others.

The purpose of this post is to encourage everyone to accomplish their goals and celebrate the milestones, but always keep striving towards toward the next one. If your goals are truly honest, they should not only include selfish motivations e.g., purchasing a home, upgrading your car, etc. Your goals should include helping others i.e., feeding the homeless, tithing, volunteering your time, etc.

Ronnie O. Rice, Ph.D., J.D.

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