Often our lives get entwined in the mundane. We live each day- work, eat, sleep without giving a single thought to our core happiness. That happiness that comes from completely and totally knowing yourself. Knowing what you are, what you need, what makes you tick, what makes you thrive. But we live. Is this the way to live? Are you truly ALIVE?
Hence, when I started writing this series of articles, I had the many people in mind who still are looking for the meaning. Looking for the answer to the age old question of “why am I here?” The series has helped me look at some aspects of my life too. Where I need to infuse more passion and where I need to dream and BE more. What I have noticed is that whatever you do, whatever your goals, your desires…there are only 3 P’s we all require to reach them, to be completely Happy & Successful.
The 3 P’s of Success & Happiness:
“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” Martha Graham
If you have a passion for something but still aren’t good at it, its ok. Practice practice practice. If there is a habit you want to give up, that too requires practice, a practice to control self.
“We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.” Martha Graham
“With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” Chinese Proverb
In this quick fix, fast forward world we often forget that the things that are most precious to us have come to us after a lot of time and patience. Be it having a baby, before which a mother has to carry it to term 9 months. Ask an expecting mother how long that 9 months seems to her. But she keeps her thoughts positive and dreams of how her life will be with that bundle of joy in her arms. Looking ahead, dreaming good dreams, keeping your thoughts positive all helps in developing patience.
“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” Hal Borland
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” Elbert Hubbard
When things don’t go according to plan, according to our expectations we get upset, agitated and give up. Look around you…how many projects have you started and not finished? How many ideas have you thought of that haven’t seen the light of day? Its these ideas, these sudden bursts of thoughts that hold the key to your uniqueness, your passion…YOU! We all need to be more persistent towards our-selves, towards our ideas our thoughts. Take out 2 minutes in a day to scan your life and yourself- Bring out all those ideas, those thoughts and let them breathe. You will Breathe such a sigh of happiness when you do. Follow through those ideas to the very end. Who knows this idea this thought is what will MAKE you..
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin
To me success is not the end result, its the learning journey, its the moments where I fail and pick myself up. Its the failures that teach me more about myself. Getting up after a fall and standing tall…that is true success to me. The kind of success that gives me happiness and makes me feel like a conqueror- a conqueror of my Self.~
This is the 4th and last article in the “Know Your True Self” Series of articles for now. I assure you there will be more articles in this series and they will be added to the “know your true self” work book that will be for free downloading soon. The work book will include this series of articles, positive affirmations, more exercises and practices you can do in the comfort of your own home to truly reveal and Know Your True Self.
Its my sincere hope and prayer that all that I share here on this blog and in the newsletter helps you. If there are any topics you want me to write about do let me know.
What about you? Do you have any particular ways or tips for success and happiness? What is Your definition of success? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/Spiritual Counselor
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