I’m inspired to share what I know but as soon as I had written the heading, I began to doubt whether I had any right to discuss this topic. After all, what IS success?
And that is exactly where I began my own enquiry four years ago. What is success? Despite what the common perception is, it’s as different for you as it is for me. And that was my starting point – in essence, my challenge was to develop a path to success for me that would reflect my uniqueness and yet draw from all the wisdom and skills I would need – whether it be N.L.P., Khalil Gibran or Jack Canfield -without copying them blindly.
So here is the first piece in my success “system”.
“A successful person is one who consistently makes good/great choices for her/himself”.
It may seem a bit disassociated (from the topic) at first, but allow me to unpack it a little more. This statement is in effect, the foundation piece that you need to monitor all your thoughts, beliefs and actions – and they, in turn, support your deepest desires and dreams.
So, you can apply this ‘test’ to anything to check whether it is really in line with the path that leads to your success. After all, your true power is choice so if every choice you make takes you one step more in the direction you really want to go – then how much simpler (theoretically!) is your life going to be?
In fact, it may not be that your life feels simpler, per se, but that your choice/decision making process gets simpler, thereby alleviating you of the burden of being torn in many directions. You’ll feel clearer, less ‘psychically’ uncertain and more integrated in your actions. Downside? Your new-found clarity may create attrition – things you once thought or believed; people you once sought; activities that once filled a gap – these may need to be left behind.
For one thing is sure, people who really want to ‘get’ somewhere do apply themselves with conviction, commitment and focus. The trick is to choose your destination wisely and consciously, for, as sages of all ages have taught us “where your attention goes, energy flows”. Hence many of us end up in places we’d rather not have, as a result of taking actions whose consequences we were not clear about. I suppose that’s called “growing up” but let’s face it, not everybody does that!
Next blog will talk about how to put your dreams and desires at the top of your list – without losing sight of reality!