What is your definition of Success among the following options?
What does Success Mean to you?
This topic is perhaps the most trending topic on the internet and perhaps the most sought after topic as teenagers enter into youth. Even as man enters family life or is trying to do well in his job, he is still seeking that elusive formula that shall make him settled once and for all, after which he shall not hanker or worry about life. He is looking for that security and money that shall make him feel successful. Some may even desire to flaunt one’s position, possessions, house, car, wealth, relationships to others and want to derive pleasure out of this. This pleasure-seeking, many of the individuals may call success. Some may be hankering for a specific position in society, or may want to become a CEO of a company or chairman of a particular organization. This, they may consider success. The definition of Success may be different for different people. As many people, so many definitions. Having said that, there is no mold of success that fits all. Some people consider inner growth and maturity as success. Some may consider attaining wisdom or understanding as success. However in all these definitions, there is a common thread which seems to qualify as the universal undercurrent for success. Power, Wealth, position, possession, Knowledge, control, security, relationships, all these can be broadly bucketed as parameters for success. The common thread that conjoins all these parameters is that all these relate to material success and that is, relating to body-mind. The fact about success of the body-mind is internally driven, but a lot of the success also depends on external conditions which are much beyond human control. This the fundamental aspect of material success.
It is great to define your success.
The main driver for success depends on your clarity about success. Now this requires a little bit of reorientation if you are interested in taking 100% control over the success factors into your own hands. This is when one has to, very early in life, probably, before one approaches one’s mid-thirties, define success loudly and clearly. It is a very important fact that other than our very spirit, which is “us”, nothing is truly within our reach or control. If we want to succeed in our job, we have to adjust to the ways of our boss. We have to dance according to the tunes of our boss. We may require to compromise with our principles, those which govern our very life and so on. In the end, the money or wealth that we assemble is not born out of our spirit but is built around compromises and leeway that we have been forced to give into, in our pursuit of wealth, security and success. Even if that “success” comes our way, the question is, are we secure? Have we got enough wealth? Are we secure about our jobs, businesses, family, relationships etc? Looking deeper into all these things we have to sadly let out this answer, “NO”. If that is the case what can we define as success?
Defining Spiritual Success
Well, here is a definition that can be useful. If I am able to completely align with my inner values, conscience, my inner motivations to a direction which can make me completely happy, satisfied and contented, I am successful. This is for certain. This can be termed as “Spiritual Success”. Material Success can have many shapes but Spiritual Success has only one face, it has the face of joy, contentment and inner fulfillment. The chances of material success is 50-50 but the chances of attaining Spiritual Success is a 100%. The method towards attaining spiritual success is delineated below.
One has to understand what makes one happy and what makes one sorrowful. The focus is within and not on external factors that seem to override our inner passion. We need to decipher as growing adults, as to what makes our heart happy? Some questions we may ask at a very early age could be :
What skill can I develop so that I will feel happy? Am I more concerned about my joy and happiness or should I be bogged down by money and insecurity?
Can I make this skill work for me so that I can be independent? Can this skill be developed through study and practice?
Should I be bogged down by work and be trapped? Are there mechanisms by which I can stay within my means or have alternate means of employment so that the stress levels can be reduced, so that I can have more time?
Am I dedicated to my heart’s passion? If so, how can I develop it and increase satisfaction?
Above all, can I reject all the regular ideas of success that the world has been selling to me?
Tips for Spiritual Success
If one is able to answer the above questions with confidence and sincerity, then one is on one’s way towards spiritual success. Spiritual Success is another term that determines freedom from the compulsions of the world market. When one is able to define success on the basis of a powerful inner system, governed through alignment to Truth and hard work, that can turn out be a fair definition of spiritual success. Spiritual success is based on having the ability of choosing and owning one’s way of life, with minimal dependence of the world. Success is guaranteed if one trains oneself spiritually. This means that one should not bother about wealth, position, possession, what the world feels about oneself or to be least concerned about what the world expects out of you. If one is motivated by the spiritual value system, one shall be able to cultivate skills that are in harmony with one’s personality. One can survive without too much wealth, without too much possessions and without ever so many material attributes. Above all, it is important that one also should be free of all stress. This is the primary leading path towards choosing spiritual success over material success. If one is able to live an inspired life not dominated by matter or materialistic emotions, spiritual success is more than guaranteed.