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Reach Upward is Greg Denning's personal blog, of stories, inspiration, experiences and solid life skills and advice for young people and adults.

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Success?

Many people thwart their own pursuits of success and happiness. Perhaps you do too. Find out how to stop self-sabotage. Success in life is achieved by following the laws, patterns and formulas that lead to it. It's not magical; it's not mystical; it's actually quite simple. But, most people sabotage their own efforts to be happy, educated and successful. The culture you create in your life and family will always win out over every other effort. Transform your culture and you will transform your results!

For years, I have had the privilege of being a mentor and world-traveler. People approach me and ask how they can take their lives to the next level. When I respond to them with questions about their mindset and habits, I realize that most people really are sabotaging their own success! So, I want to share this idea about creating a culture of success, because culture will always shine.

Education is, perhaps, the most important element of success to any life endeavor. Therefore, whatever it is you want to succeed at...you must study it and do so by creating a culture of lifelong learning. My challenge for you is to get rid of your massive TV and replace it with a beautiful library. We have to create a loving, exciting and inspiring culture where learning simply becomes the default. Every night I try to read to my children before bed and my wife reads to them in the morning as well. They have come to expect this every day. We also do family devotionals together from inspiring literature and memorize great quotes and ideas. This is part of how we are setting up a culture of learning in our family.

What is your family culture? What is it you do as a family in your free time? When you don't have something specific to do, what do you do? For example, our family culture is to 'grab a book'! If we have 10 minutes free, we will grab a book. What do you do while you are driving? Do you have great conversations? Part of our family culture is to listen to audiobooks—which my children absolutely love!

I want you to look at every aspect of your life and create your own culture. Evaluate every aspect of your life: physical, mental, spiritual, social, emotional and financial and ask yourself if this is the culture you want to create for yourself and for your family. Remember, you have to create a culture that supports the vision of who you want to become, how you want to live and what you want to achieve. And, then create a family culture that aligns with your vision and values. Make sure always to include an educational component in your family culture.




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