I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. — Phillipians 4:12-13
We often think that the grass will be greener somewhere else. We believe we'll be happier and more successful anywhere but where we are. And so we pursue happiness. And chase success. Thinking one day we will magically find them. But rarely will we find happiness and success by seeking them.
I've learned if you want success you can't chase it. Instead you must decide to make a difference where you are... and success will find you.
I've learned if you want to find happiness don't seek it. Instead decide to work with passion and purpose... and happiness will find you.
Happiness is a byproduct of feeling fulfilled.
The key to experiencing real success and true happiness is to be The Seed and plant yourself. When you plant yourself where you are with a passionate desire to make a difference you’ll grow into the influencer you were born to be. When you serve in small ways you get more opportunity to serve in bigger ways.
Too many people want instant success and gratification right now! Too many athletes want to be traded because think they'll be more successful on another team. Too many employees complain that their co-workers aren’t working hard enough and this affects their own performance. Too many sales people compare themselves to others and become frustrated and disengaged. Too many people worry about what everyone else is doing instead of focusing on what they are doing. Too many people run from challenges instead of developing stronger roots.
If you are like me, you’ve been one of these people. Most of us have at one time or another. It’s human nature after all.
That’s why I want to encourage you to remember:
Your job is not to...
Worry about things you can’t control.
Run away from where you are in the hope of finding greener pastures.
Your job is to...
Plant yourself each day and be the best you can be and bring out the best in others.
Grow yourself and grow others.
When you do this and allow yourself to be used for a greater purpose, a greater purpose will move through you and bring greater opportunities, greater success and greater joy and happiness to you.
The greenest pasture is not somewhere else. It’s the place where you plant yourself and grow into the leader you were born to be. When you do, you'll produce an abundant harvest filled with real success and true happiness.
By: Jon Gordon
Jon Gordon's is the international bestselling author of multiple books including The Energy Bus and his latest release, The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All, which is available now where books are sold and online at www.Carpenter11.com. Connect with Jon on Twitter @jongordon11 and Facebook.Read More Articles by Jon Gordon