“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you.” Psalm 51.16
Motivating, challenging, and encouraging people are parts of my life. My job depends on being successful at this and the definition of my personal life mission focuses on it. As I get old, mature gracefully, I find my measure of people becoming more consistent. The attributes and measure of success fall into the following two categories and process.
People who succeed engage themselves fully with life. There is little about their lives that is haphazard or non-intentional. I find successful people have an intensity and interest in getting everything out of life they can. There is a wide range of interest, speed in getting to their next goal, style of personal interaction, and consistent ethics. The common attribute is involvement, good and bad.
Motivation can be broken into a matrix. Self-centered vs. focused on others, internally based, externally based. The basis for one axis is how we set our goals, aspiration, or purpose. This line has two viewpoints, servicing self first or servicing others first. The second axis draws a line using the source of our strength. Do we rely on the god within or do we seek the power and strength from the God without? The two measures are not a continuum, no matter how hard we try to make them seem this way.
Against the level of life engagement and motivation framework, one measures an individual’s performance. The process of measurement continues to change in a way that I never foresaw when I was young. I find true success based determined by the level of engagement and the degree that one focuses on others through the strength of the God without. As complex as I try to make life, things always come back to the simple formula.
If order to live life I must live a life.
Focusing on others gives me the best focus on myself.
God external is stronger and wiser than my god internal is.
Being perfect never counts, being in relationship with God does.