Sweat it out in school, go to a top college, graduate with honors, get a job in the corporate system and then climb your way to the top- this is the way to success….right?
Lets face it, the traditional way of getting to the top is not only rife with illusions and ego its also soul crushing, stressful and well, quite frankly it is very limiting (for reasons we will explain..).
While there is nothing wrong with wanting to “reach the top” and aim high, the traditional model of “struggle” is just not necessary. Get it out of your head that you need to struggle to be successful.
Hard work is one thing, but stressful, draining and exhaustive work is another thing- they are not the same and too often this line is blurred.
Working hard doesn’t mean being miserable, working hard means just that- applying yourself and giving it your ALL and there is no way you can do that if you are miserable, drained or stressed, its impossible.
In fact, the most successful people are the ones that have learned they don’t need to struggle. They are not only happier but they excel in what they do and have abundance to make a living, make a name and then some.
Struggling indicates that you believe there is not enough. That you believe there is not enough abundance for everyone, that there is not enough in the Universe to satisfy you, so you must fight and toil to be that one exclusive person who can reach the top- this of course is an illusion.
This illusion not only makes us feel that we have to struggle but it also makes us feel that we have to do things to make us “better” than everyone else. It also leads us to lie, cheat and ultimately, live in separation from others out of fear that we will never have enough.
“Greed is a clear sign that a person does not understand the nature of their being.”- Bob Proctor.
When you start to open your mind beyond just your bank account and your ranking in society, you begin to see that there is an entire, living, breathing Universe out there that is so much larger, more infinite, and more spectacular than any trivial number that sits in a bank account.
When you begin to open your heart, you begin to realize that we live in a gracious, ever expansive Universe that loves and just wants to give.
We are all connected, and when we understand that we are not better or worse than anyone or anything else, when we understand that there is plenty to go around for everyone, when we understand that we get what we need, not what we want, suddenly there is no reason to struggle or carry fear of lack.
Abundance is all around us, we just have to open our eyes and see it.
As Dr. Wayne Dyer puts it:
“Abundance is not something we acquire, its something we tune into.”
The key is to find what makes you happy, what makes you feel alive, what you are passionate about- your goal is to align yourself with that.
No “successful” person ever got to the top without passion and joy for that they do.
But what if you don’t know what you feel passionate about?
Some people have passions that they would die for, while others don’t feel this way about one particular thing and this is ok.
Just find something you can be content doing. Just find something you enjoy.
You can always switch, you can always have hobbies, you can always explore other passions, but when it comes to your career if you don’t have one particular area of interest, just commit to one and give it a shot. Learn to be content, and if it doesn’t work out, move on to the next venture.
The average person changes their job at least six times in their life, so don’t be afraid or discouraged to move into something new, you never know until you try.
Actually, its not so much WHAT you do, but HOW you do it that puts you on the path of abundance.
If you approach everything with an open heart, with gratitude and with conscious, positive thoughts, you will automatically be set on the path of the higher self.
When you are on this path, when you are aligned to the vibration of the Universe, that is when you can tune into abundance and true success.
“Abundance is a fact of nature. It is a fundamental law of nature, that there is enough and it is infinite.”- Lynne Twist
If you choose to struggle or go against the flow- that is, you complain, whine and begrudge your day to day, all you are doing is creating more of that energy in your life and you will forever remain stuck and in “struggle” mode.
Take a deep breath, focus on bringing mindfulness and gratitude to everything you do.
Understand that by struggling you are just creating more struggle. Understand that by being miserable in order to get “somewhere” is just creating more misery.
Struggling is not success, success is being happy in the present moment no matter what your situation. Success is thinking abundantly, acting consciously and being mindful. The more of this you create in your life, the more successful you will be.
“What drives innovation is abundance and ease, not the pressure of scarcity,” Adam Gopnik.