Success: The progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.

Success is Simple: by D. Paul Reilly

I’m reading a book that was gifted to me a few years ago. I fellow preacher left behind a lot of his books! I love books. I will buy and collect books, let them sit for a while, then pick one up. I recently picked up the book “Success is Simple” by D. Paul Reilly. This book was published in 1975. I will let you in another secret: I love old books.

The author of this book shares:

Some basic fundamental guidelines, principles and rules which if followed continuously will result in success. At this point, I would like to make it quite clear that I am not trying to say that it’s easy to become successful, oh no, not easy… just simple!

D. Paul Reilly

There’s one thought I want to focus on for this post: PERSIST. To get to where we want to be, we must continue to be persistent. The American College Dictionary defines persist as, “To continue steadily or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, in spite of opposition.”

Being persistent means showing up everyday. It means pushing through even when obstacles come your way. Persistence can be tricky because in our age we want things instantly. We want to go from point A to point Z in a day, a week, or a year. Sometimes we may be able to do so. But more often or not we will have to be persistent. We will have to have the courage to rise to the occasion and continue on despite opposition we face.

What about you? In what area of your life do you need to be more persistent?

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  1. In your physical fitness?
  2. With your blogging?
  3. In growing your relationships?
  4. Saving more of your paycheck?

The Good News!

All of us can improve daily to become more persistent. Here are a few recommendations to help you in your journey.

  1. Remember: Your WHY and what you are going after.
  2. Know: It’s possible to overcome obstacles.
  3. Stay: In today. Today is the only day we have. Focus on day and being persistent today. And then do it again tomorrow. Then next week. Then next month. Then next year.

To help you develop this success attitude why not just live one day at a time and make it a successful day. For a successful life is made up of successful days, weeks, months and years.”

D. Paul Reilly