If like me, you are interested in the topic of success, you’ve probably attended loads of seminars, listened to a bunch of CDs and read many biographies and self-help books to discover what has worked for others. As you collect more data, you begin to see patterns of behaviour that create success and also to find out what works for you personally and what doesn’t. Unlike baking a cake, there is no ‘master recipe to success’ that can deliver success every time. What I would like to do is to encourage you to develop an inquisitive mind that will put you on the path to success, to share with you some of the success principles that I regularly use and also to help you to understand some of the blocks that lie between you and greater success, and how to overcome them.
Success most often starts with ‘an awakening’, a sudden realisation of your potential and a vision of what you want to achieve. In our materialistic media-driven world, we get false success stereotypes rammed down our throats, usually revolving around money, assets or status symbols. The challenge is that no material asset will ever make you feel fulfilled or happy for the long term, in fact, they more often cause heartache and sometimes even depression. I’ve seen more joy in the villages of the third world nations I’ve visited than I’ve seen in wealthy communities inhabited by millionaires. Life is not just about having, it’s about being and by this I mean being your best, pushing yourself to your absolute limits, making full use of your talents to make a difference in the world, really connecting with people and being a light in the lives of people around you.
Real success for me is the process of designing, creating and living a life that you choose, being authentic and congruent with your values and being the person that others look to for advice and inspiration. However everything in life comes with a price tag, including success. What I need to ask you is, “Are you willing to pay the price?” If you’re not truly committed, you may as well stop reading now. If you are, be sure to work through the exercises and action steps outlined at the end each chapter.
In order to give birth to a new you, a part of you also must die. You can never move forward if you are unable to let go of the past, thinking about what could have or should have been or how life might have turned out differently. When you accept your present situation as being a perfect place from which to move forward from, you free yourself to start taking the steps to creating a better life for you and the people around you.
A word of caution for you on your journey however. Success should only ever be measured on your terms and never in comparison to anybody else, unless you want to feel depressed and demotivated that is. We each have a unique journey to take on our path to enlightenment and success. We all start from different locations, have different resources at our disposal and travel different paths at different speeds to reach our destination. It is also really important to take the time to enjoy the journey as you go. Living a happy and fulfilling life is as simple as living a succession of happy and fulfilling days.
“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan
This is a sample taken from a chapter in the book Success Unlimited. The chapter is written by Jeremy Carter. Click here to pick up your copy.