Do you know our perspectives on success can influence our overall outlook on life? It took me a very a long time to understand this and I actually still struggle with it.
You see, our society glorifies people who do out of this world amazing things. That’s really quite understandable when you think about it. If someone invents something that will change our lives for the better or cures a disease then they deserve praise…and lots of it. But this type of praise also has a negative connotation. It implies that success means accomplishing something huge. The notion of goal setting and dreams is mostly associated with these types of accomplishments. It really isn’t fair to us.
Something else our society tends to glorify is money. As a society we admire those who have accumulated and/or generated obscene quantities of money. The “American Dream” is this notion that anyone can start from nothing and work there way to a better position in life. But the ideal encompassed in the American Dream is usually som
ething regarding loads and loads of money. Money is oftentimes equated with success in our global society and that’s not really a fair assessment.
So what do we really need to feel successful
Well, we need to change the way we see success. When we do this, we liberate ourselves from chains of societal parameters that hold so many of us back from experiencing our truest potential. Self-doubt, self-hatred, and self-exploitation all stem from our attempting to fit the mold society has forced us into. But these feelings are pointless and unnecessary.
Success requires only one thing…a healthy perspective.
We all need to realize success is organic happiness. It increases overtime with enough care and enough nurturing. Most importantly, it’s primary fruit is happiness shared with other positive individuals around us. Once see this perspective, there is no going back.
Sure…sometimes we will struggle; I do all the time. But this perspective keeps fear in check and, ultimately, fear is what hinders us from achieving our goals. Fear of inadequacy is like an insurmountable brick wall sometimes.
We fear not having enough.
We fear not being enough.
We fear not earning enough.
We fear not loving enough.
This shift in norms…in our socioeconomic paradigm, if you will, is what leads to emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual liberation in various ways. We begin to define our own success through this shift. It doesn’t happen through more stuff, accessories, or the number on our bank account. Instead, it happens when we begin to see our work as something enjoyable which creates positive energy in the world and makes us feel fantastic about ourselves.
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