Excerpt of Principle 5: Defining Success for Yourself
“Any time you begin to stuff yourself into a box to fit a mold that has been preset by standards you did not create and cannot control, you will become uncomfortable and eventually unhappy. Our work life should be an extension of ourselves that allows us to contribute to the success of a company in a way that feeds us, not one that drains us of our energy. Many people believe that having a job or career that we actually enjoy doing is a luxury set aside for a select group of “lucky people.” Out of fear, we settle for the security of what is familiar even if it is unpleasant or does not meet our needs. When choosing a career path, the first objective is to know your skill sets, strengths, and personality traits. Then seek out a position that allows you to be authentic without having to shrink or deny the best part of who you are. If you don’t, those concessions will begin to eat away at you and infect other areas of your life whether you realize it or not. Too many of us die a slow death, hidden behind job titles that have become work prisons, and slowly, but surely, the glimmer in our eyes begins to fade. We live for the weekends or our two-week vacations, when we can breathe again and become alive for a spell, only to get depressed when the time comes to go back to our prison cells. The classic rat race pervades our society, leaving many disgruntled people with heavy hearts and shattered dreams.”
What does SUCCESS look like to you?
All too often we lose sight of our truth when we stop listening to our inner voice and become bombarded with ideals of success from external sources. If your life feels out of balance because you spend more time listening to the people around you instead of the voice inside your heart, then it is time to get still and turn inward. Everything we need to find peace, passion and love is right inside of us. Everyone has their own path and the definition of success varies from person to person. Don’t spend your energy chasing what others say is the standard for success, do the things that bring you joy and define success on your own terms. Many people who have acquired “success” in the worlds standards are still miserable because it is not a one size fits all. It is unique to each of us. Through communion with the spirit within, our steps will be divinely ordered leading us down the path that will bring us into alignment with the perfect will of God. There is no better place to be. In Principle 5 I explore the definition of success and I will challenge you to rethink some of your thoughts that may have you living beneath your privilege and give you the tools you need to tap into the courage to live your TRUTH!