by Jim Stovall
Transformation is more about the questions you are willing to ask yourself than the answers you think you already know.

We live in a material world in which people seek instant gratification. They want to measure themselves based upon what they have instead of who they are or what they do. What we have is a poor indicator of ourselves. The best indicator of success is simply who we are. This indicator is made up of the elements of our character, our personality, and our principles. The measure of who we are will lead to the second indicator which is what we do. In this arena, we are judged by our efficiency, our productivity, and the contribution we make to the world. Only after we determine who we are and what we do can we impact what we have, but in our instant gratification world, people who are not willing to change any elements of their personality or their performance simply want to have the rewards.

This is why there are many more lottery tickets sold than personal development books. Ironically, even when people defy the odds and win the lottery, if they haven’t altered who they are or what they do, they will inevitably lose what they have.

If you have land that grows trees that produces fruit, the long-term value cannot be determined solely by the fruit or even the trees. The land is the core value. If you are a person of principle and character who performs efficiently and productively, you will have the rewards that everyone seeks; and even if you lost your rewards, you would still be able to reproduce the results just as if one year’s crop of fruit is ruined, there will be a crop the following year. Or even if the trees are destroyed, they can be replaced or regrown as long as the core value of the land is retained.

If people who want to be instant millionaires would transform their thinking to first become a millionaire personality with a millionaire mindset, then they would perform tasks that generate millions of dollars of value into the marketplace. This would result in them being millionaires many times over. But if you just want the fruit without the land or the trees, any success you enjoy will be short-lived.

Success comes from being, then doing, which results in having. If you simply want to have more things without transforming who you are as a person and what you do as a service to the world, you are doomed to failure.

As you go through your day today, remember to focus on who you are and what you do and then you will have everything you desire.

Today’s the day!
Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached by email at; on Facebook at; or follow Jim on Twitter @StovallAuthor.

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