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How to Succeed, Ask Yourself these Three Important Questions

Ephesians 5:15-16 “Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get [in life].” It is always good to have a plan for whatever you want to achieve in life. When following a plan, it is like using GPS (Global Positioning System). With a plan or GPS, it lets you know where you are and takes you where you want to go, and it can create a personalized road map for one’s life. But, the difference between the GPS and one’s personal plan, is that you have to create your own turn-by-turn directions. Mark Twain stated, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting with the first one.”

To reach your planned destination one must ask oneself these three questions: (1) What’s my present position? It will be impossible to be successful in life, if you ignore the reality of your present position in life. The former CEO of General Electric observed, “Strategic management is trying to understand where you will sit in tomorrow’s world, not where you hope to sit; it’s assessing where you want to be, and where you can be.” (2) What’s my desired destination? One should always write down what their dream will look like once they achieve it. Henry J. Kaiser, founder of Kaiser Permanente health care system, said, “The evidence is overwhelming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you have some aim in life.” (3) What are the in-between steps? One must know where they want to be in the future and must identify the steps that will help them get there, or else, one will be in the same spot five years from now.

Please remember to use your head and make the most of every opportunity God gives you to succeed in life.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information:;;;


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