What is your definition of success?
Is it wealth? Or maybe perfect health? Or maybe a full and fun family life? Maybe your definition of success is a great career.
Traditional definitions of success say that it is the completion of a goal. Well...yes, there's that.
But I invite you to consider that all of those things are simply the result of what true success is.
I invite you to consider that true success is, instead, a much deeper thing. True success is about a deep appreciation for all of life. I say that success is about being able to appreciate and have gratitude, no matter what. It is easy to have gratitude for a beautiful sunset. But is it easy to appreciate that sunset when you have a life threatening illness? Or when someone in your family does? Or when you've just lost your job?
I'm not advocating going into spiritual bypass and ignoring life stuff. Things happen, and we have a responsibility to take care of them, and if there is a loss involved, to do a grieving process that will serve us and allow us to move on without anger or remorse.
What I'm saying is that success is more about our attitude than anything else. Yes, take care of business, but have an attitude of gratitude while you are doing it. Yes, cry if you need to, but maintain that inner feeling of peace while you are doing it.
The Law of Attraction says that we attract what we most think about. I don't know about you, but I make it a point to think about things that make me feel peaceful inside. I take care of business: I cry when I need to, I get angry when I need to, I process my losses and celebrate my gains, but through it all there is an underlying peace, a deep well of gratitude for what is.
It wasn't always like that. Life didn't used to be about gratitude, no matter what. It was about getting, about guarding, about staying safe, about beating the competition, about looking good according to society's definition of good. That did not feel very successful.
I'm successful now. Am I independently wealthy? No. Do I have perfect health? No. Does shit happen? Yep, in spades. But through it all, I am grateful, at peace inside, and I have faith.
How did I get there? I call it spiritual practices. A combination of meditation, introspection and regular time in nature. And regular consultations with coaches and mentors.
If you are successful, great! Whatever your definition of success is. But if you don't feel like you are successful, you may want to consider making a change in your life. I can help. Contact me to schedule a free consultation to find out how.