So, do you want to know the real secret to success?

If you’re like me, you’ve read a lot of self-help books. You may have even studied successful people to see if you can glean some secret to success from their lives. Or perhaps, you listen to podcasts as you drive down the road.

I’ve done – and still do – all of these things.

But I found the real secret to success somewhere else.

The other morning I was reading Mark chapter 10 and stumbled across something that never fully connected before.

Jesus and some of His disciples were hanging out, and James and John decided they should be pretty high up in Jesus’s “cabinet.” They asked if one could sit at His right hand and one at His left hand when he became king, which were places of honor. The other disciples heard about it and were none too happy.

Here’s what happened next –

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”  – Mark 10:42-44 

There it is – the real secret.

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If we want to reach our goals and achieve the things we set out to achieve, we must also be willing to step back and address the needs of other people. When we spend too much time focused on ourselves, we have a much harder time getting where we want to be.

The great motivational speaker and encourager, Zig Ziglar, puts it this way:

“You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

I know that sounds quite counterintuitive, especially in the what’s in it for me culture that we live in now, but just think if we all tried it!

What might happen if we all thought this way?

Perhaps instead of competing with others, we could collaborate, and both of us achieve our goals. Maybe instead of keeping secrets about how we accomplished xyz, we kindly share that information and help somewhere else get there a little faster.

Or, what if we selflessly served instead of selfishly seeking to be served?

Wow! What if WE ALL did that?!?

Imagine how many more people could benefit. Think of the people you could help – the more free time you might have – if someone else had helped you save some time.

Instead of cutting different paths through an overgrown forest, you could take a path already trimmed out for you. 

And, you could help provide the exact same thing for someone else.

Now, I do have a word of caution, though.

Make sure your motives are pure.

Serving someone in hopes of them helping you later is not the way to go. That’s still being self-serving and egotistical. And things don’t usually turn out very well there either. Most people can see right through that and may not even really want your help.

Instead, serve out of a pure heart with no desire to get anything in return. 

It’s just an added bonus if you do get something in return. Often, the service itself is reward enough – knowing that you were a part of helping someone else achieve their goals.

So, how will you use the secret to success?

Will you find a way to serve others today? Or, will you keep trying to do it on your own and only take from others? I hope you’ll make the right choice. I know I’ve been working on it.

Let’s Get FIT Together!

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