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4 Silent Killers of Success (Part 1 of 4)

November 28, 2017

Is there Room for Your Dream in your life?


In this short series I want to share with you 4 discoveries I made when I sat down to seriously analyze why I had not found the success I had dreamed of many years ago.


Over the next four posts I will cover each of my 4 Discoveries.



I consider myself a highly motivated individual that loves GOD and enjoys exploring the possibilities of life. Being creative and finding the right solution through prayer and good council is a #1 priority for me and has always kept me driven to succeed in whatever I do.


Like most everyone else I have heard, read and seen about all the motivational material anyone can stand in one lifetime. I used to be a junkie for all that stuff until I realized that I was spending more time reading, listening and watching this stuff and getting excited about my dream than I did actually doing something about pursuing it. I also realized that at the same time, I was helping someone else finance their own dream.


I was so caught up in imagining my dream but never really moving forward with achieving it. Speaking for myself and I believe for many of you, I found that there was a sort of disconnect between getting motivated about my dream and actually getting on with achieving it. It was so easy to look forward imaging what it would be like if my dream were to come true but so hard to actually imagine my next step across what usually seemed like a huge gap between where I was right now and what I saw as my dream.  


I could describe my view of my dream like looking up to a mountain peak.  I could imagine the beauty of being up there, what the view would be like from the peak, and how much fun it would be skiing down the perfect white slopes. But what I couldn’t see was the road that led up there because it was hidden just beyond the trees in front of me and that is where my focus was…on the trees.  And as I walked through the trees I lost sight of the mountain. In other words I lost sight of my dream. I would catch a glimpse of it again every once in a while but the trees in front of me kept most of my attention. What I discovered was that there were obstacles that I never payed any attention to that I allowed to keep my attention on the trees and not on my dream.


Discovery 1: I had no room for success in my life!

I discovered I wasn’t making time for my own dream. Life has a way of getting out of control. Between work, and family and church and kids activities and friends, then couple that with a personality that will most often say yes to anyone’s request for help and before long, my days were either full or I was tired and wanted to rest. I couldn’t figure out how to fit anymore of anything into my already busy life and through all this busyness my dream sort of got lost. I’m not sure of exactly how my life got so busy and my dream so lost, I mean, I didn’t plan on it being that way but at the end of the day, I did know this:

I hadn’t done anything different today than I had done yesterday. But still, as I lay in bed each night, I would once again think about “what my life would be like if….” Then of course tomorrow it would be the same thing and each day after, over and over again.


If I had learned one thing being in the sales field for 27 years it was that people will always make time and spend money for what they make a priority in their life. Think about it, have you ever seen a $500 car driving down the road on $5000 worth of rims and tires?  Or maybe you know that one person that can barely afford food but has a $2500 vacuum cleaner. These things are a result of people placing a priority on something they wanted and nothing was going to stop them from getting them. I know, These may be extreme examples but in much the same way I had the same problem.


I simply gave too much priority and too much time to things that were not as much important as they were simply in front of me. I had not made my dream a priority. I had not given time to my dream.


If you have a dream and it’s still sitting on the shelf way in the back of your daily life, bring it out, dust it off and give YOUR dream a few minutes of your time. Make it a priority to do something, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to take a step forward towards that dream. If you don’t give time for it, if you don't make it a priority.... who will?


Look for further discussions about your happiness and success in upcoming posts. Stay Tuned…Better yet sign up to follow by email!


Thank you for reading. If this or anything here inspires, motivates or touches you in any way Please LIKE, Comment and share freely!


Go! Make a difference in someones life today. Be the Blessing! 


– j.buck


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