Success is a word loaded with emotion, meaning and confusion.
Why the confusion?
Simply because we are taught to think of success in terms of things, status and possessions rather than personal well-being.
Owning a home, a BIG home, owning a nice care, having nice clothes, the latest and greatest cell phone and the highest salary possible,
Who is deciding what makes you successful?
Every day we are bombarded with advertising that says:
Buy this new and improved product because you deserve it.
Eat this to feel better.
The messages are subtle – the side of trucks, the side of cars, the road side, on buses and at our sports games. You may be able to avoid advertising on television by channel hoping or watching TV on demand but the programmes are full of product placements. Apple for years had their computers in schools so that what people would want to buy is Apple products.
Movies and television promote the big, beautiful and “success” image of ownership of fine things. Even in the reality shows, the successful people wear expensive clothes and jewelry.
The message is subtle but it does affect most of us if we are not constantly aware. Jealousy when someone you know succeeds at something is growing and with it two other, perhaps unrelated things increase: Anger and despair.
Success relates to HOPE!
Happy, a choice you make
Open to new learnings
Peaceful, a feeling of well-being
Enlightened, aware of the wonders of life.
Should we think of Success as a feeling within yourself that says “I’m grateful and doing well”?
Should success be measured by our learnings and interactions rather than the number of dollars in our bank account or the total of our assets?
Given that people have short memories, what do you want to be remembered for: the difference you made in their life or how important you are?
What does success really mean to you? Please leave a comment today.
Recently we introduced people to the Purposeful Living Paradigm. This paradigm is based on over 50 years of study, learning, experience and helping/mentoring business owners, students and colleagues.
We have learned from hundreds of gurus and we believe they have missed a couple of elements that we believe are key to the paradigm.
We believe in personal responsibility,
We believe in true equality (no hierarchy)
We believe that business can be conducted in a manner where everyone gains what they need in a timely fashion which eliminates poverty and isolation.
We believe that living in the paradigm means that you are connected to others but your realise that it is a privilege, not a right.
In the paradigm, you know the difference between responsibility to and responsibility for.
Awareness is a key to living in the paradigm. You acknowledge that everyone is and they are perfectly them in this moment. You accept that they have a right to their point of view, ideas and concepts and you appreciate the differences and similarities.
You live by a manifesto of doing your best, assuming nothing, taking nothing personally and regret nothing because you did your best and learned from the experience.
Because purpose is important.
Purpose keeps you going through tough times.
Purpose ensures that everyone benefits.
Purpose removes the need for security blankets because it recognises the continual growth and development that purposeful living people experience.
Purpose challenges assumptions and helps one acknowledge, accept and appreciate others
Purpose keeps you grateful, humble and living in the now.
Purpose helps you enjoy day to day more fun, funds (resources) and fitness (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual).
If you want to join the paradigm or learn more about living in the paradigm, join our Facebook Page and watch for more information coming shortly.
If you want your organisation or business to be more purposeful and enjoy the true benefits of purpose let us know.