charles-taylorHow does one become successful? Have you stopped and defined success for you and your family lately? As you look out on the world and the array of celebrities that impact your daily activities through social media and TV, it is important that you know who you are because knowing who you are helps you know what success means to you.

It is quite possible you will find your definition of success evolving as you evolve in your growth and development. The courage to be yourself is an important part of my personal definition of success.

In the months ahead, I will use this column as a platform to support you in being the success God intends for you to be. God’s will is for each of us to live a healthy, happy and prosperous life. When reading this for the first time it might be challenging to accept, but it is the truth that I teach and support and I hope you will journey with me on this platform. This is a truth we have been teaching for over 32 years in our spiritual community.

In Luke 12:32, we are reminded, “The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” The path to this kingdom is having the courage to be yourself; which is also the key to having the best year of your life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment!”

One of the most powerful intentions you can set for the New Year, for your life, is to be yourself. With that as your intention, make sure that every goal you set supports you in being yourself and allows you to be loyal to your soul.

Why is this important? It’s important because most people choose goals and live lives according to other people’s expectations of them. For most people, it’s a pattern that starts in childhood and continues until their transition; resulting in a lifetime of always playing it safe. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to reach the end of this incarnation thinking all I did was play it safe.

Jesus was a risk taker! He dared to go against the status quo of his day and look what sprung up in his name. Without risk, there can be no progress!

Each and every one of us has only so much sand left in the hourglass and one day our sand will run out. The time for healthy risk taking is now! The world is in need of risk takers, those who are willing to shine their light. Make 2016 your most successful year yet!

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Elliot.

Write to me at with any questions on success, relationships or living on purpose. Happy holidays, happy New Year, happy new you!

Rev. Charles M. Taylor is the senior pastor-elect at the Universal Truth Center, (a metaphysical new thought church for thinkers) located at 21310 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens. For more information, please phone UTC at (305) 624-4991 or visit