Sustainable Success: It’s a Vision Thing!

 By Steve Garber

I’m going to start by breaking the rules of positive motivation by sharing some negative statistics: Did you know that 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent achieve them? To be blunt, 60 percent of us don’t bother to set goals, and four out of five of us fail at those we make.

For example, gym memberships are through the roof this month. The health club industry says that sales increase by 35 to 50 percent in January and a full 80 percent of those members stop using their memberships by the second week in February. The list could go on.

You yearn for sustainable success. You want the health, fitness, money, career, home and lifestyle – and you want them to last.

So how do you achieve this sustainable success? Last month, I wrote about vision and its power. When you have a real vision in which you believe, you can often find resources you did not expect to find.

Take, for instance, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has talked about how hard it was to transform himself from a skinny kid in Austria to the youngest Mr. Universe in history. He says that it didn’t take the “discipline” that you may think. Instead, it was the power of his vision that kept him working toward the outcome that made him very happy, satisfied and rewarded. He worked hard, but it wasn’t a chore.

Vision is incredibly uplifting. Have you ever looked down in any way when you are “envisioning” something good? You look up – physically at things and people. Vision keeps your spirits up.

When you are passionately committed to your powerful vision, people can decide to join with it or not – but you have to really want it. Passion carries you through when the going gets tough, the days get long, the exercise or diet restrictions get challenging or the extra effort at work starts dragging you down.

You also need positive people involved in your vision and your life. Nothing can be achieved without a team of people. Notice if the people around you are positive and supportive. Help them see the positive in themselves; help them see how your vision benefits them and others.

With vision, passion and people, everyone will profit. And they will each sustain the results. There really is no other way!

Steve Garber is director of Third Level Ltd. Contact him at 561.752.5505 or sgarber@thirdlevel.com.

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Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.