Matt Ellefson

Do You Live A Life Of Success?

Before I was diagnosed with late stage cancer in 2009, I really thought I was living a life of success. I had recently remarried, had five wonderful and talented children, had a great paying career, always drove a new car, and had a lot of friends. My wife and I would travel and explore life together, spend time with our family, and party with our friends. We struggled from time to time, but we were doing better than most so I thought all was good. I was bringing home a bigger paycheck than most of my friends and I really thought I was living a good life. A life of success. But, what does success really mean?

Success

noun   suc·cess   \  sək-ˈses \
: degree or measure of succeeding

How do you measure success? Does the amount of money you have compared to others mean you’re a success? Does living in a very large house determine success? Does having a more expensive car than any others around you mean you’re a success?
These may be worldly or short-term measures of success, but they’re not Godly or eternal measures of success.

Success is not a comparison of how you rank among others. And it’s not necessarily the accumulation of wealth. Success is fulfilling what God created you to do. Fulfilling it day by day, season by season, challenge by challenge, blessing by blessing. We are all in the process of whom we will become.

When we’re faced with a difficult situation or life challenge, we often try to push it aside, dump it on someone else, or get through it as quickly as possible. Then we seek to get back to our lives and try our best to put the challenge behind us and forget about it as quickly as possible. In doing so, we’re missing out on what could be our most important life lessons.

Instead, we need to embrace our setbacks, disappointments, and delays. Know that they’re a valuable part of success. Challenges don’t happen to you, they happen for you. Each challenge we’re faced with only prepares us for the next. No matter where you are along your path of life, if you had attempted to be here earlier, you wouldn’t have been prepared.  All of your life experiences, both challenges and blessings, are part of God’s plan to get you prepared for what’s next. Never forget this!

Having the courage to be the person God created you to be and fearlessly going wherever God sends you = SUCCESS.

Do you have an inspirational story of how faith helped you move through a setback without fear? Let me know in the comment section below, we’d all love to hear your story.

Success

 

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Success

noun   suc·cess   \  sək-ˈses \
: degree or measure of succeeding

How do you measure success? Does the amount of money you have compared to others mean you’re a success? Does living in a very large house determine success? Does having a more expensive car than any others around you mean you’re a success?
These may be worldly or short-term measures of success, but they’re not Godly or eternal measures of success.

Success is not a comparison of how you rank among others. And it’s not necessarily the accumulation of wealth. Success is fulfilling what God created you to do. Fulfilling it day by day, season by season, challenge by challenge, blessing by blessing. We are all in the process of whom we will become. Embrace your setbacks, disappointments, and delays. Know that they’re a valuable part of success. Challenges don’t happen to you, they happen for you. No matter where you are along your path of life, if you had attempted to be here earlier, you wouldn’t have been prepared.  All of your life experiences, both challenges and blessings, are part of God’s plan to get you prepared for what’s next.

Having the courage to be the person God created you to be and fearlessly going wherever God sends you = SUCCESS.

5 HUGE Reasons Make Exercise A Priority: #4 is Powerful!

Guest Blog from SURVIVEiT™ Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Sana Keller. Dr. Keller is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Health Provider with over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of health care settings.

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blahThis is NOT a ‘preachy’ sermon on the benefits of exercise–Stick with me here. And it’s NOT meant to make you feel guilty if you aren’t exercising regularly, either—That doesn’t work—and no one would bother reading! See what you think…

Our days are typically beyond full with all that we have to accomplish before falling into bed at the end of the day. For many, exercise may not make the list of ‘Gotta Get Itlist Done’. Yet, if we let our busy days that are too full for exercise take over, there is often a BIG price to pay in the end. And often, that price is our health.

I think we could all agree that if something is important enough in our day, we will find a way to get it done, right? Like dropping the kids off at school and picking them up at the end of the…

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Art & Soul Gala – Chapter Two

Art & Soul 1Last year around this time, my wife and I were busy preparing for the first ever Art & Soul Gala. We spent many hours with a wonderful team of volunteers making sure every detail was in place. But even with all the excitement, I still had some worries about pulling it all off. What if no one showed up?

On the night of the event, I soon realized there was no need to be nervous. The ICON event center was filled with SURVIVEiT™ supporters, dear friends, and new faces. Melissa and I felt truly blessed.

That night, I shared my own story in order to give context to the important goals of SURVIVEiT™. I started this work because of what I went through to find the best treatment options. It was extremely difficult and time consuming to effectively research my disease, find others who had survived what I was facing, and reconnect with my spiritual center. I wanted to change this. In the age of information, it shouldn’t be so difficult or take that much time to find answers. I know firsthand how much time matters. I also shared my belief that with the help of survivors, medical advisors, and a team of allies, no one will have to face this disease with fear.

Thanks to amazing local artists and generous donations, we were able to accomplish so much over the past year. I can hardly believe the second annual Art & Soul Gala is only a week away. I am thrilled to think about all the progress we have to share with you. Not to mention, we’ll also be publicly launching SURVIVEiT.org!

More importantly, I’m excited to share how the story of SURVIVEiT™ has evolved. We’re no longer focusing on a guy named Matt from Sioux Falls. Instead, this new and exciting chapter is about the millions of cancer fighters throughout the world who will have better access to treatment options through our newly launched web tool.

So come celebrate with us on Saturday, January 31st and help us shape our new chapter. There will be great food, fine wine, original local art, one-of-a-kind R&B music, and a chance to join this movement to create a world free from the fear of cancer.

We really appreciate your support and want you to be there!

RSVP and get your tickets here: https://artandsoulgala.eventbrite.com/

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