‘To be successful you only have to be you’
What is success? What does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to you? Do you want to be successful at all costs? Are you willing to walk all over others to get it, and then when you have achieved it – then what? Do you stand on your pedestal surveying the people and the world below you?
Society tells us we have to be successful. To portray an image to the world. Societal success means lots of money and possessions . You become validated and achieve status and standing in the world – you have arrived. Societal success always comes at a price.
There is nothing wrong in being successful, it is the type of success that matters. To be morally successful in a world driven by fear and greed is not easy. It means going against the grain, and not buying into society’s flawed ideals of what society tells you, who you should be, and what you should be.
Moral success is not measured by wealth or possessions, it is measured by the impact you have on the world and on other human beings, and on the impact you have on yourself. It is about revealing your true self, and your unique gifts and abilities to the world. Are you a positive influence, do you treat others and yourself with kindness, love, and compassion? Do you think and lead with your heart? Do you bring your gifts and abilities to the world in a positive and loving way? Do you serve others or are you here to just serve yourself? The impact you have on another person is one of the most important aspects of our lives here, it really is the only currency that matters.
How many of us believe that only money brings success, and means you are successful. To know what success means to you, ask yourself why you do something. It is for the money, the adulation, for the praise, or do you do it from your heart to give something wonderful to the world. Making heart based decisions about what you want to achieve in this world, may seem overly sentimental. We are taught to always make decisions from our minds, devoid of emotions. Because from the moment we are born, we are viewed as commodities, and an income stream. We are only supposed to be here to strive for bigger and better things.
In a society that is built on fear, appearances matter. You must buy into having a successful job, and all the trappings, otherwise you are viewed as a failure. It doesn’t matter how you get there, who you destroy and discard to achieve societal success, but get there you must. The question is, is it really worth it, do you ever really achieve success that way? Aren’t you forever chasing the carrot on the stick, never ever catching it? Does that kind of life ever bring fulfilment and contentment?
We have a situation at the moment being played out in the media involving Meghan Markle and Harry. Two individuals who are intent on being successful and wealthy at any cost. Both intent on destroying each others families to get it. Is that really success, to gain so much, but to cause immeasurable pain to others to achieve it. And as this situation continues to play out over the coming months and years, what price will they pay, to themselves and to their relationship, in their pursuit of societal success?
What if you just stopped for a moment and really thought about life. What if you started to make heart based decisions. Would you view your life and yourself differently? Can you imagine a society, a world, not built on fear and greed, but built on love. All of us making heart based decisions about ourselves and our lives. Each of us here to bring our unique gifts and talents to the world. We are all here for path and purpose, and we are all here to be morally successful in our own right.
Do you care how you achieve your success? Do you want to achieve societal success or moral success? One day in the distant future we will all leave this world, we will all leave a legacy, an imprint of our time here. The decisions and the actions we take can and will influence people for decades to come. What will your legacy be……….?