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I feel that in our society today success is measured by one's individual standing in a hierarchy of status and income. As I look through dictionary definitions of Success it is interesting to see that these do not reflect in any sense my personal definition of success. Neither "the attainment of wealth, position, honors" nor the "favorable" or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals really resonates with me.
This society is largely focused on success. Therefore, I call for a redefinition of what success means. Personally, I believe this is highly important in the evolution of our society. More people are becoming disconnected to themselves by blindly running after their "success." In my opinion, the definition of success fails to include a wider perspective, is too attached to the idea that prosperity lies in the achievement of goals. I would like to reframe the idea of success.
First of all, I want to say that I do not condemn people seeking out success. I believe it is indeed very authentic to follow one's desire - It is exactly this that gives rise to expansion, individually and collectively. You can pinpoint this by looking at any stage of human evolution: If there would not have been the desire to move up buildings faster, there would be no lifts. If there would not have been the desire to see more of the world and expand one's physical perspective, there would not have been airplanes. Hence, desire is innate, perfect and natural.
That being said, the idea of success that the collective consciousness holds is just a fraction of what a human being actually desires. Therefore, the attainment of the current paradigm model of success is not fulfilling at a soul level. If the current model of success does not equate happiness and a pleasurable life, why is everyone so eager to join the ratrace in becoming a perfect representation of success? As i see it, this boils down to two factors:
1. We have adapted the belief that satisfaction and joy lies in the consumption of external things.
2. We have adapted the belief that our level of worthiness depends on the level of success we attain.
Since we are consistently on a double diet as children, where we are spoonfed both food and beliefs, it is perfectly understandable that our society is so focused on success. If we never learn and understand that our worth is infinite, independent of what we do, we thrive for the validation of our worth. We are not driven by inspiration and embodiment of true authentic purpose, but rather by an addiction to find validation. We have mostly been validated for doing things, for achieving things. We have been invalidated when we did not do the things that were expected of us. How often in your childhood were you validated for simply being, for existing in your own unique and perfect expression? As most individuals base their sense of worth on how successful they are, we must start expanding the idea of success.
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I believe the level of success must become more aligned with the level of wellbeing that we feel. Currently, people are trapped in the illusion that success is the precursor to this feeling of wellbeing. That once we are successful, we have reached the endgoal and are now experiencing neverending joy, bliss and prosperity. A large fraction of our society sacrifices their wellbeing totally in order to achieve in the future what they are sacrificing now. This is a deadend - an inevitable path towards disaster. While the path of sacrificing may be painful, the pain of having reached "success" and then slowly realizing that this is not the recipe for wellbeing is incrementally larger. At least while you are still in the illusion of reaching something that improves everything, there is the presence of hope. Once you have actually reached it and realized this is not the be-all-end-all, you drop into fully believing that happiness in this life can simply not be achieved. You are right. Happiness doesn't lie in achievement.
Happiness is found in enjoying the process. It is found in knowing your infinite worthiness every moment. It is found in self-love, self-appreciation and self-compassion. Happiness is found here and now. Not in the future. The more unhappiness you create in order to find happiness later, be sure that you will attract exactly what you are generating now. For me, success is the ability to consciously generate wellbeing from within. Part of my mission in this life is to spread and share this new model of success - to assist people becoming conscious of the infinite love that they hold within themselves. To aid humanity in realizing that worthiness is not something to be achieved, but something to be simply acknowledged and seen. To help one to find the power to generate wellbeing from within.
Once humanity starts to align with this model of success, we are going to shift towards an entirely different world. Conflicts will dissolve more and more in the knowing that love is within and not needed from anybody else. As people are becoming aware of their power to generate their own wellbeing, love will radiate endlessly. The more joy you connect to, the more you want to share. We have still chosen into this human life to connect, to share, to see ourselves in another. But it will not be based on lack anymore, on the idea that we need to take away from someone else in order to feel good about ourselves. Competition will dwindle, co-creation will emerge. We are moving into this already. People are waking up. Often, this awakening is brought forward by a deeply painful catalyst that was neccessary to shed off the false identity.
I believe that our current system that is based on a flawed premise of success is unsustainable. People that will be attaching to the old model of success will face the catalysts more intensively as everything shifts. The more you release attachment to the current system, the smoother your ride will be. I invite you to align more with the new model of success. Find your ways to consciously generate wellbeing now. Don't wait. Connect to the love within and spread it. Share it. Celebrate it. Become a conscious creator. Follow your bliss. Understand your emotional guidance. Investigate your beliefs if you feel unworthy. Be who you really are at your heart.
For a new model of success, dear co-creators. I love you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Henri, in his early twenties, recently decided to leave the Elite University of St. Andrews, Scotland, to focus on his vision and purpose: being of service to support people on their unique life journey. He deeply believes that every individual has the capacity and power to transform their life and is committed to showing that anyone can go from this victim mentality towards creating a desired reality consciously. He intends to having a significantly positive impact on the evolution of consciousness within our society as a whole.
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