Almost everyone wants success in some form or another. Yet so often that success seems like an elusive fantasy for most people. Why don’t we become successful? We spend our lives talking about what we want to do when we have the time, what we should be doing when we have the time, and what we should have done. Why not, rather than dream about success, become a success.
What is Success?
Earl Nightingale said that “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” What is worthy and want is an ideal. First, and ideal is an idea that we hold above all else. And worthy is the meaning we attach to the ideal, it is something we would give our lives for. We will inevitably give our lives for something in the end let it be a worthy of who we truly are.
Often we think of success as attaining a thing, like money or a car. When we have that thing, then we will be successful. But true success is when we are able to give to others from the deepest root of our true nature—our higher soul.
Who Can Be Successful?
We are each part of the universe of infinite growth and potential. Each one of us is connected and united with the wholeness of infinite possibility. Yet so often we limit ourselves with self defeating thoughts and ideas that we have picked up from the outside society.
What separates the successful from the unsuccessful? It is not intellect, or circumstances, or money, or even luck. The only thing that separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the difference between “I can” and “I can’t.” When we tap into the power of “I can” we tap into our place in the universal spirit that is the ever present “I am.” I am one with the universe of potential, and I can.
The Place of Failure
Many of us have the experience of failure. What do we do with our failures? Often times when we fail we will throw our hands up in the air and say, “Oh well, I tired that and fail. I guess I’m just not meant to do it.” When a baby learns to walk, they constantly fall down, but not one single baby thinks to herself, “Well, I guess I’m just not meant to walk.” Why is it that as adults we give into failure as if it is an insurmountable obstacle?
The best way to look at our failures is as learning experiences. Our failures teach us how to do it better next time. Each time we fail and pick ourselves back up again, we gain a clearer trajectory toward our goals. The only time we ever truly fail is when we give up.
What Are You Doing with Your Time?
If we want to be successful, we need to take a good look at what we are doing with our time. If we are killing time, wasting time, waiting for time, we will never get anywhere. We always have time. Just try to sit still and do nothing for five minutes and you will soon realize how much time you truly have.
A homeless person on a park bench and the CEO of a Fortune 500 company are allotted exactly the same amount of time in a day. Benjamin Franklin said, “Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.” And this is the adage we should live our lives by if we want to succeed in something. If we want to give more, be more, and fulfill our potential in the exquisite and ever expanding life that we all share.