"Why do I want so much stuff?"
"What does the drive to obtain more and more money bring me?"
"Am I looking outward to be accepted, to belong and to be validated?"
"What really matters to me and where do I go to get it?"
Do we not all want the basic human needs to feel safe, secure, to be connected and loved? Do we not all strife in some form to find love, peace, joy and personal freedom? If so, where is it hiding?
Success is not found in that next job, that next promotion, in the accolades from peers, a ten pound weight loss or the ability to finally purchase your dream car or home. There is nothing wrong in obtaining various goals or milestones. The downside to such endeavours is the importance we put on them to make us happy and to prove to ourselves and others that we do matter and that we are worthwhile and noteworthy.
True, meaningful and lasting success is an inside job. We need to be willing to take a closer look at ourselves, our thoughts, our beliefs, our habits, our feelings, our physical health - the whole package, before we can have the clarity to take action and to successfully move forward.
Are we taking self-responsibility for our lives? Are we being compassionate and forgiving towards ourselves? Are we willing to be vulnerable and real? Are we giving time and space for our emotions to be acknowledged, to be felt and allowed to flow through us?
If we are not willing to be curious about who we are and experiment with what feels right for us, then society will continue to string us along its path of fear, separation and empty dreams.
Meditation, stillness, time alone, freedom from distractions, the courage to challenge negative thoughts and beliefs, the ability to breathe into emotions and allow space before action and room for an alternate perspective are some methods into the world of self-discovery.
Our true power is within; our true connection with the Source who feeds and guides us is found within. A seed must be planted in the dark earth and watered before it is able to build strong roots and flourish. Continue to look inward for peace, guidance and a source of joy and success will naturally follow.