9 Powerful, But Simple Ways To Be A Success Without Spending A Dime

What is your definition of success? How do you feel about it? How do you go about measuring up to your own definition?

Perhaps you have never spent the time to even focus on what all this mean to you personally.

But let’s say someone walked up to you and asked you these questions, do you think you will have the answers right away or is it something you will have to think about?

What would your response be?

While we can all agree that there are many definitions and models of success, no doubt by the standards we have established for ourselves; to some people, the epitome of being a success in life is based strictly on earning a lot of money and being in a position of power and control.

Well if you are one of the persons who believe that success is simply about making and having lots of money, power and control, you may be setting up yourself already for failure. Yes, that’s right!

You may find yourself with a lot of money but at the end of the day, I can guarantee, you will be bothered by many problems, you will be stressed out and honestly, you will be pretty darn miserable.

The True Meaning of Success

According to, success may be defined in two ways

1. Achievement of an action within a specified period of time or within a specified parameter. Success can also mean completing an objective or reaching a goal. It can be achieved within the workplace, or in an individual’s personal life.

2. Colloquial term used to describe a person that has achieved his or her personal, financial or career goals. It could be used to describe an individual that has more objects (money or any other desirable item) relative to another individual.success is target

Success is a journey that includes different steps and stages throughout one’s life.

I also believe that real success comes through much sacrifice, continued labor and watchfulness. It’s a commitment. There is no fast track when it comes to success. We must be willing to persevere and struggle on even when we meet up with hardship and adversity.

Here is another thing about success. It is not the tangible things that we can see, touch, or even consume as the case may be. I look at success from the perspective of the intangible, which directs us to having the right attitude about life in general.

You and I are bound to succeed when we apply the virtue of wisdom to our decision-making processes in life. When people fail to apply wisdom, terrible decisions are made – not so much that they have a low intelligence quotient, but a lack of wisdom.

The true meaning of success is having a strong spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.

I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home is in shambles.” ~ Zig Ziglar

A Case in Point of How I Fell Short with Success

I vowed some years ago that I will live a long, healthy, prosperous and successful life. But recently some things began to happen that forced me to do some serious self-introspection, to look at certain practices and even look at some of the things that I had been eating.

It made no sense to me that I was not really eating a lot but was still gaining weight. At my doctor’s visit for my annual check-up in 2012, I was at my highest weight I have ever been.success begins and ends with you

I was diagnosed back in 2008 with Hypertension and have been on medication ever since. With that as an underlying factor, the doctor quickly explained to me that I needed to shed those extra pounds. I agreed.

In 2013, I went back to the same doctor for my annual check-up. Sadly, I had failed miserably! Instead of taking off the weight, I had gained 13 pounds more. Why?

I made no effort to do the exercise as I had agreed to. I was still making poor choices when it came to what I was eating. Then it finally hit me, while other things may have been going right in my life, I could not consider myself a total success because

  • I had failed to exercise wisdom in the decision-making process as to what I ate
  • My attitude towards my health was wrong
  • My thoughts with wanting to live long were out of alignment with my actions or lack of it.
  • I would not succeed at my dream of living long if I made no effort to do what was right to be a success.

Redefining Success in the 21st Century

In her speech at Smith in Northampton, Mass., Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post told graduates not to settle just for breaking through glass ceilings, but to change the system by “going to the root of what’s wrong.”

Her words made even more sense to me as it relates to one’s definition of success when she further stated;

Don’t buy society’s definition of success,” she said. “Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, it’s not working for men, it’s not working for polar bears, it’s not working for cicadas that are apparently about to emerge and swarm us. It’s only truly working for those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness and high blood pressure.”  

You can read Arianna Huffington’s speech, “Redefining Success: The Third Metric”

Charting the Course for Success in 10 Simple Steps 

In order for us to move forward into our journey of success, here are a few things that are worth considering:ID-10049600

1. Make peace with your past

Making peace with your past is about self-mastery and not allowing your past negative experiences to have power and control over you. We have all had bad experiences but we should never allow those things to define who we are or for those experiences to determine the level of success that is already measured out for us to have in life.

2. Train yourself to think like an optimist

Thinking like an optimist puts you in a position to not only conceive the vision, ideas and strategies that would lead you to success, but to give birth to them in the spiritual realm long in advance of them even manifesting in the natural earthly realm.

Think and believe those things that are not as though they already exist.

3. Engage yourself frequently in positive self-talk

Positive self-talk can have huge impacts about how you feel about yourself on a daily basis. Consistently thinking that you are a huge success and speaking the words that line up with your thoughts will eventually lead you to be a success.

DO READ: 8 High Impact Positive Self-Talk To Tell Yourself [and Others] Everyday

4. Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you

This goes without saying. You want to be a success; you must surround yourself with the people that are already successful. Learn from them and grow alongside them.

You want to be a top blogger, you must then surround yourself with the finest and best there is out there. You want to be a good writer and move on to writing and publishing your book, and then you must be in the company of good writers and those who have already authored and published books.

5. Develop the habit of reading

Reading a wide variety of books, magazines and online articles about the subject gives you a good idea of what others are saying and doing to bring about success into their own lives. Reading is a great way to keep you informed and enlightened while it helps to keep your mind sharp.

6. Maintain a daily or weekly journal

You would need to document your ideas, thoughts and your plans. List your goals then develop steps and chart the course of how you will go about accomplishing them.

Discover your own personal definition of success and write it down.Business people celebrating success

7. Continuously and consistently express gratitude for all that you have

Gratitude is arguably the king of happiness, contentment and success.

8. Practice compassion and the willingness to give back 

Kindness and compassion goes a long way. Be willing to give back to others what you yourself have received. Engage yourself in community activities. Lend a helping hand wherever it is needed.

Help those that are less fortunate than you. Make certain that they feel loved and cared for.

9. Be constant and precise with your purpose

Everyone has a purpose in life. Ask yourself these questions, “have I done something today that improved the world? Have I acted in private with the same integrity that I exhibited in public?”

Doing what you have been created to do and fulfilling your purpose is ultimately the secret plan to success.

Closing Thoughts 

“Real success means creating a life of meaning through service that fulfills your reason for being here.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Over to you

In addition to the opening questions in this post, in what areas of life do you already feel like a success? What role do you think that money, position, friends and happiness in life play in success? Do you think that integrity, honesty, values and morals should also be considered as marks of identification or measures in one’s life as it relates to success?

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About Yvonne I. Wilson (793 Articles)
Yvonne I. Wilson is known for her prolific, dynamic leadership style with over twenty years in the healthcare industry. She is a trailblazer and a catalyst for change; a positive thinker and someone who is very passionate and optimistic about life. She is mantled as an end-time Apostolic Prophet with an extraordinary spirit of discernment, an exceptionally strong prophetic and healing anointing and a unique gift in prophetic intercessory prayer as she navigates through the realm of the spirit and as she ministers to the nations. With the Agape love of God and His undeniable purpose for which He has called her, God has given her a Prophetic Deliverance Ministry to bring deliverance to His people, to heal the wounded, rejected and emotionally scarred/broken in spirit, to break barriers, old paradigms and false teachings and to rebuild, establish and plant the things of God.

12 Comments on 9 Powerful, But Simple Ways To Be A Success Without Spending A Dime

  1. Hi Yvonne,

    Nice to meet you here. Such a wonderful post.

    I feel success in my blogging role. Everything can play their role in successful life.Without money and positing, there is no success and without friends and happiness, no enjoyment.

    I believe that hardwork and honesty can give real success.

    Thanks for the sharing.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Nisha

      Welcome to my blog! Thanks for taking the time to read the post and for commenting.

      I am happy to know that your blog gives you satisfaction and that you feel success in your blogging role. It is something that I had not even thought about to mention. Thanks for sharing that thought with us.

      Have a blessed day/weekend.

  2. Hi Yvonne,

    Nice to meet you here. Such a wonderful post.

    I feel success in my blogging role. Everything can play their role in successful life.Without money and positing, there is no success and without friends and happiness, no enjoyment.

    I believe that hardwork and honesty can give real success.

    Thanks for the sharing.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Nisha

      It is a pleasure meeting you and connecting with you as well.

      You have made some valid points there to which I totally agree. Saying that hard work and honesty can give real success is a home run for me. I am glad you pointed that out.

      Too many want success but not necessarily the hard work.

      Thanks for stopping by and do have a great weekend. 🙂

  3. I too agree with you Yvonne. I do believe that success is, among other things, finding your God given purpose and fulfilling it. This brings peace, joy, satisfaction, fulfillment which,to me, is true success. True success brings such peace which enables one to have sweet sleep and rest. Such peace which comes from fulfilling our God given purpose cannot be bought with money which is the world,s definition of success.

    • Hi Pastor Ava

      What a great way to sum up what true success is all about! It begins with a discovery of our God given purpose in life and beyond that to do everything possible to fulfill it.

      It is in service to others as we fulfil the purpose that joy, peace and contentment comes. Success flows from these things to the point where there is peace of mind, sweet sleep and rest.

      God bless you and thanks for your support as always. Have a wonderful day/weekend.

  4. Hi Yvonne, I must share this post because it is truly inspiring. Too many people believe that success is making lots of money and having great power. That is the reason why the world is like this today. Success is making wise decision.

    I personally believe that when you reach a place in life where you are contented, happy and in a close relationship with God, you are successful. I do not have dime in the bank book but I am successful and I am blessed.
    Thank you Yvonne. I am looking forward to your book. It is overdue.

    • Hi Beverly

      I am happy that this post was such a great inspiration to you. Thank you for sharing it with your readers as well.

      You know you hit the nail on the head and have given a very good account of what true success is all about.

      It’s a plateau – a place of bliss, happiness, contentment and a close intimate relationship with God. Anything short of that we are mimicking true success. Money answers a lot of things but cannot buy our way into eternal life, and eternal salvation through Christ.

      Great input Bev. Thanks and have a blessed weekend. 🙂

  5. I agree that success will differ from one person to the next based on how they have defined it for themselves. However, while money is a necessary commodity in life, and friends/family play and important role, I do not feel that these should be the measurement of one’s success in life. Additionally, if someone have a lot of money, they are in high position yet they lack the virtues integrity, honesty, values and morals, I really would not consider that success.

    To a large extent if they are not honest, and lack integrity, I would tend to question whether their success was not as a result of some underhanded means. It brings into question the issue with trust as well.

    I love the idea of looking at success from the intangible perspective which also ties in nicely with the spiritual side of things. It is a new way of looking at success. Well written post.

    • Absolutely, I think that one’s success is questionable as it relates to money and position once it is discovered that person is lacking in the department of honesty and integrity. You just cannot have one without the other.

      I would also have to note here though that there are instances where some persons come by wealth and even position because they were born into it. Let’s say a member of the family, most likely a parent leaves an inheritance for a child. In that case one would need to totally disregard coming into possession of wealth by some underhanded means.

      Success is holistic – body, (physical and tangible) soul and spirit (spiritual and intangible) and I believe both should go hand in hand in order to be considered a success.

      Thanks for your input and have a blessed weekend. 🙂

  6. Hi Yvonne,

    I can so well relate to all that you wrote, especially about weight gain! I strongly feel it’s due to the stress in our lives also that we gain weight, and the amount you’ve been going through, it’s not alarming.

    Yes, exercise plays a major role and so does the right diet, and even proper sleep hours, which are all related to gaining weight, most of which we tend to ignore.

    I loved the way you redefined success for all of us here, so different yet important from the usual. Yes, leaving the past behind is the only way you can move ahead in life, which we all need to do if we want to be successful. Staying positive is the key I would say, and once you are able to do that with full focus and a purpose in life, you can easily move forward to your path of success.

    Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom with us. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • Great point you made Harleena about staying positive with full focus and a purpose in life. We simply cannot overlook that aspect. It is the responsibility of every individual to find out what his/her purpose is in life and to pursue it with a passion.

      Keeping our minds free from negative thoughts contribute to our emotional, spiritual and to a great extent, our physical well being as well. The sum total at the end of the day is, success.

      Thanks for contributing to the discussion and also for sharing the post with others. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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