July 29, 2013

Manifesting Success (part.1) - Success is a Mindset


Welcome to Day 1 of

the Manifesting Success Series!


Starting today and for the next 4 days, we will explore together how to authentically manifest success in your life. Get ready to be pulled into your future while enjoying the journey!

Today, we will start with the basics and answer this very simple question: What is success? And I'll leave you with some powerful coaching questions at the end of the post. Enjoy!


What is success?


As I wrote last week, trying to define success is as difficult as trying to define water. Why? Because the very definition of success is somehow vague and will vary from one individual to another. Some people want tons of money, others wish to work from home to be with their kids, some hope to live to be 100. Success is about getting what you have wanted financially, personally, spiritually, job/career/business-wise, family-wise, etc... In short, reach certain goals in the domains of your life. 

But it doesn't stop there. Society conveys its own definition of success through marketing and publicity. They do a pretty good job inducing into our conscious and subconscious minds symbols and images of what success "should" look like, of how important and special people do such and such, own this and that, look like so and so. Mostly, it narrows it down to finances and material goods. And the ego just loves this interpretation of success as it makes it quite easy to assess how much more important it is, or not, than everybody else. 

Our entourage also plays a big role in our definition of success. A child needs validation and seeks gratification as she grows and develops. Sometimes, without even knowing it, people end up embracing their parents or friends' definitions of success. They become what everyone wants them to be. That's one of the reasons why so many can't help but feel lousy or unhappy in some way even when they've achieved financial success.

Needless to say, focusing on our own ideas on success and not suck in what marketing and the messages it brings about can be confusing and very challenging at times. The ego can be a very pernicious and toxic beast. And it will let you know in a low voice that you are "not enough", not achieving anything of "value", even make you feel like a "loser" if you don't score according to what it or your loved ones expect.


The journey is better than the end. Cervantes (click to tweet)


Pause now, and for the next three minutes jot down a quick definition of success. Don't try to make it sound good or perfect. Lay on paper the first things that come to your mind when you think of success. Go on, it is well worth it, you'll see! 


Now, reading what you just wrote down, tell me, how much of what your parents' interpretation of success is included in your current definition? How much of your friends? How much did you soak up from marketing or what you see in movies? Is it really what you truly want? Are you sure? Don't you want more? Can you tell? 

Want to know the amazing truth? No one can really tell. Why? Because...


Success is a mindset. (click to tweet)


The wonderful news is that it's accessible to everyone. Even though some people seem to be born with it, you can easily tweak your mind or choose to make some inner shifts once you know how it works. And trust me, a successful mindset will bring you more happiness and will manifest into your life in more extraordinary ways than you could have ever had imagined!


Call to action:

If you'd like to shift into "success mindset", here are some meditating elements to get your fire started:
  • Focus on your ideas of success and make sure they are your own, that you are the author of your ambitions. Worst than not getting what you want is to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn't, in fact, what you wanted all along. Review the definition of success you just jot down and make it really your own. What truly makes your heart sign?  You don't have to show it to anybody nor please anyone, so let your guard down, take a deep breath and bring up what may be hiding deep down inside. 
  • How do you want to feel most of the time? Every single day? Never? Put as many emotions as you want and try to be as specific as possible.
  • What would your perfect day look like? Who would be with you? What would you listen too? Is there some kind of scent, like the ocean, new shoes, books...? Would you eat something in particular? Are your dressed a certain way? Are you involved in different activities? How would your agenda look like?
  • What will you do today, no matter how small, that will push you towards a life bigger than you could have imagined yesterday?


Have fun with this today. Tomorrow, we'll start exploring the building blocks of success...

Until then, take care! 


To your success,

Patricia
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