6 P’s for Success

6 P’s for Success

By Daryl L. Fletcher


Purpose – Passion – Planning – Preparation – Process – Product

As we enter the 2nd quarter of the year, many people have forgotten or giving up on their New Year’s resolution.   The goals they have set are now a thing of the past.  Some have given up consciously and some, unconsciously.  We often make goals that are self centered and will only benefit ourselves. We make goals with no plans, no direction and get frustrated.  A goal without a plan is simply a wish. Are your goals simply wishes?  You must ask yourself, “Are the goals I have for me purpose driven and me driven?”

Let’s define purpose as a result, end, means, aim, or goal of an action intentionally undertaken or of an object being brought into use or existence. In Colossians 1:16, we find that a person’s purpose is found in God. The Message Bible says it like this, “for everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible; rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him…..” Have you sought God for your purpose? Is the goal you desire purpose driven?  God is the master architect and designer to our lives. God had a purpose for you to accomplish long before you ever thought about any goals. If I take a Mercedes to a Ford mechanic, I am asking for trouble. Even though both are cars and mainly do the same thing, the designer of the Mercedes has better insight as to what makes the car runs best. Submit the goals and plans you have to God and see if they line up with His purpose.

You may find that the true purpose that God has for you is really not about you.  An often quoted scripture for plans and purpose is Jeremiah 1:5, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”   As Jeremiah walked in his purpose of a prophet, nations were affected. Being a prophet was not about him, it was really about the nations that he had to reach. So if he did not walk in purpose, nations would be affected.  So ask yourself, what family, communities, and nations are being affected by my purpose.  If I don’t accomplish the purpose that God has for me, who will suffer? True purpose is rarely about the person, it’s about the people that would be affected by it. You were made by God and for God…. and until we understand that, life will never make sense. So the question is, how do I begin to learn what purpose is? It takes a paradigm shift in your thinking. One must realize that regardless of what the world portrays as purpose and the goals of life. Purpose isn’t about you. Say it to yourself….. “My Purpose is not about me.”  You may play a part in the function but ultimately it’s about something or someone else.  This has to be a mentality of maturity and growth.  It will not be easy; however, it is definitely worth it.

Take a look around the room you’re sitting in.  Everything you see existed in the mind of someone before it actually came to existence.  Your mind is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Make up in your mind today that, ”My ultimate purpose isn’t about me; it’s about the people and lives that I have to impact.” Don’t let the functions of life distract you mentally from your purpose.   Function is the action for which a person or thing is particularly fitted or employed. We often get upset at our jobs, life, and current situations that have us functioning in a challenging capacity.  We can confuse our present function with our ultimate purpose.  A mother pushes in order to give birth. The function of pushing her baby may be uncomfortable; however, it is needed in order to produce her purpose. Her purpose is to give birth and be a mother, no matter how painful the pushing.  You may find yourself in a frustrating function thinking all is lost.  The function has made you forget all about the ultimate goal and purpose. Don’t lose hope.  Your purpose has not changed; however, your present function may help you realize your ultimate purpose.  In spite of all the advertising around you, how can we remind ourselves that life is really about living for God and His purpose, no our own?

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