The Ultimate Keys to Success in Life (hint, it has nothing to do with how hard you work)

So it has been a while since I have written in here.

It’s interesting that I usually only write when things are going well.

I think that some part of us doesn’t want to share when things are going well.

We only want people to see the good in us.

And it isn’t that things weren’t going well for me the past few months.

It’s that I wasn’t being consistent with the goals that I had set for myself.

I started the new year strong with the Miracle Morning, waking up early, and doing really well for about the first month of the year.

The first month of the year was kind of a high-energy sprint form me.

I was eating healthy.

I was going to the gym.

I was doing all the things that I was supposed to be doing.

And so I was excited to talk about it.

In the next few months that followed, I stopped waking up early.

I wasn’t as dedicated to my morning routine.

I just wasn’t proactive with my life.

I wasn’t eating healthy.

And so I just didn’t feel good.

And when you don’t feel good, you really don’t want to talk about it with anyone.

Especially a public audience such as a blog.

So now I’m feeling a lot better about a lot of things.

I’ve actually been eating pretty healthy for the last two months.

I started going back to the gym last week.

I’ve lost almost 30 pounds in the past two months.

I was telling my wife last night before I went to sleep that it is funny how when you start doing things right, you just feel better.

And you notice a significant difference.

Because you remember how you used to feel when you weren’t doing anything right.

You have that comparison, that contrast.

When you remember how all the bad times felt, you’re more likely to keep doing the good things to feel good.

However one thing that happens is when things go well and we feel good, we forget about what those bad times felt like.

We forget about the people who were there for us when things were bad.

Forget about those who gave us strength to get out of that rut.

We start thinking that it was our own strength that carried us through.

I know that it was God that gave me strength.

Even though things were still going well for me, I definitely hadn’t hit rock bottom.

But I wasn’t happy.

I wasn’t happy with myself.

I wasn’t happy with how I felt.

It’s interesting if you look back at your life and you start tracking the cycles that you go through, you can identify patterns.

In the Book of Mormon we read about the pride cycle.

The people in the Book of Mormon would go through these cycles where for a period of time they were righteous, and they kept God’s commandments.

And then they were blessed.

God blessed them with success and material possessions.

The problem with this however was that they soon started thinking that it was by their own hand that they had this success and possessions.

And they forgot about God.

And so God stopped blessing them.

I think I just missed my exit.

By the way I’m dictating this blog as I drive.

So hopefully that makes more sense as to why I missed my exit.

So anyway, back to the pride cycle.

 

When God stopped blessing the people because they no longer recognize his hand in their success they lost that success.

They lost those material possessions.

And because of this they were humbled.

They were compelled to be humble.

Which meant that they started to look to the Lord again.

They started to look to God to bless them and take care of them because they had lost those blessings that He was giving them before.

You can look at that in your own life.

And see where you fall into that.

Make sure that you’re acknowledging those who have had a hand in your success. And continue to give gratitude to them.

I look back at what I’ve done with my life for the past 10 years.

I’ve seen this cycle in my own life.

I do well.

I get healthy.

I forget.

The key to success is that you can’t forget.

You have to remember.

Remember who it is that got you to where you are.

Whether that is God, a friend, a spouse, a mentor, or your children even.

Don’t forget where you have been, what you’ve done, and what others have done to get you to where you are today.

The key to success is to be grateful.

The key to success in this life is to give more than you take.

That doesn’t really make sense from a mathematical standpoint.

How does Johnny end up with more if he gives more than he takes.

By that rationale you won’t have anything left and you’ll be in debt.

But the cosmos work in a different way.

You give more than you take.

And it builds up your karmic bank accounts.

You build interest.

You make deposits every time you serve, and you give.

And when you take instead of give, you take from the bank accounts.

Make sure you give more than you take.

And that is the key to success.

So that is the challenge for today.

Figure out how you can give more than you take.

Figure out how you can serve and be selfless.

Because really that’s the purpose of this life.

It’s to figure out how to overcome that selfish nature that we all inherently have.

Go out there and do something amazing.