Why not to measure true success
as reaching the goal

Terry Modica teaching in New ZealandTrue success is not measured by reaching your goal. Rather, true success is measured by what happens afterward. I discovered this after completing a “successful” mission trip. In 2010, I traveled across the world to New Zealand, where I gave three weekend retreats and two evening parish seminars.

You could say that I was successful in fulfilling my goal of spreading the Good News as a Catholic speaker. I’m much better known as a writer of the Good News; it was my daily Good News Reflections that had gotten the attention of the leaders of the Dove Catholic Women’s ministry that brought me to New Zealand. Goal achieved! But how successful was I?

You could measure my success as a speaker by the applause and hugs and thank-yous I received at the end of my presentations. Goal achieved! But how successful was I?

But reaching our goals is only the beginning of success. True success is not measured by how many people gained something from the messages they heard when I opened my mouth. Rather, it’s measured by how far beyond my listeners those messages spread. When they went home, did their families notice a change? When they went to church and to their jobs or their volunteer work, did they smile more often and more joyfully, thereby lifting the spirits of others? Did any of the truths I taught become words of wisdom exuding from their mouths?

For example:

After one of the weekend retreats, a lady sent me this message via Facebook: “I only attended on Saturday because of my husband has terminal cancer. Your talks that day changed my attitude to suffering. Now we are walking his last journey together.”

A few women told me that they are now better able to deal with the alcoholics or other types of addicts who are in their lives.

Some gained hope, patience, and understanding about their young adult children who have been straying away from the Church.

Some felt discernment and empowerment to get involved in ministry, or to change from one ministry to a new one, or to see their ministry in a new light.

Think about your successes. How far-reaching are they? What are you doing that could become more successful if you think more widely and outwardly?

© 2010 by Terry A. Modica

Please share this with others by using the social sharing icons at the top of this page. Or request a printable copy that's licensed for distribution here, unless it is indicated above that it is already available from Catholic Digital Resources.
Copyrighted by Good News Ministries. Printed for single-user, personal use only. To distribute this, permission is required. Printed from: http://wordbytes.org/food-for-faith/true-success
Liked it? Subscribe to more Good News at gogoodnews.net!
Choose one of the editions of the Good News Reflections, and as a thank-you for subscribing, we will also send you a free download of my mini-ebook "10 Prayers That Changed My Life".

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Send donations to:
Good News Ministries
11705 Boyette Road, Suite 277
Riverview FL (USA) 33569

GNM logo donated  by
Brent Delperdang of
Web Talent Marketing

Website content © 1996 - 2018
Most photos © Terry Modica. All rights reserved.
See our Copyrights Page for permission.

Good News Ministries gnm.org

Looking for
Charlie Osborn's
Good News of Divine Mercy?

This is NOT it! Here's his info.

Contact Us

Privacy Policy

Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay is a Catholic adult faith formation and evangelization ministry in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. We offer events such as seminars, retreats, courses, and parish missions. Our speakers for Catholic adult education specialize in teaching the Church documents, Bible study, the Vocation of Marriage, and prayer. Our services include daily Good News Reflections on the readings from Catholic Mass, WordBytes e-magazine, Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Online Rosaries, and much more. As a non-profit charitable organization, GNM charges no fees but accepts donations to continue ministering. Catholic Digital Resources is Terry Modica's writing services company. Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay, Inc., is an equal opportunity agency; we never practice discrimination based upon age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background, other than as allowed by law.