The key to success has been within your reach all along

Internal versus external success

Firstly, I’d like to explain how I see these two very different types of success. External success is when we are surrounded by the physical trappings; this could be expensive cars, holidays, houses, jewellery, clothes or a high ranking job. Depending on your career, it could be awards, number of albums or books sold or number of television interviews. It is about the outside of us, and by the outside, I’m referring to anything that isn’t within us, anything other than our souls. If this type of success was the sure-fire way to happiness, all externally successful people would be on cloud 9; unfortunately, pretty baubles and rapturous adoration are worth nothing if we aren’t internally successful.

In my blog post Your relationship with you; love yourself, I talk about being open to the possibility that you are a pure and good soul, that you are valid, worthy and loveable.

Internal success is when we feel the love in everything, when there is no fear in our lives, no resentment, no jealousy and no judgement; when our hearts can sing whatever is happening on the outside of us. For many of you, that will sound even less attainable than external success. I certainly used to feel like that, but since gaining the understanding that I try to share through these posts, I feel truly, internally successful. You might like to read more about this is New day, new life; isn’t it time you had a good day, every day?

There is no question at all in my mind, which type of success I would choose. The interesting and rather awesome thing is, that once you have internal success, you no longer feel the pull of external success, yet you’ll find that external success finds you.

When we shed fear and cyclic thought patterns, see Overthinking. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, a beautiful peace descends on us and our heads clear, no longer stuffed full of worries and stresses. Our mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy. When it quietens, creativity blossoms, and without us having to do anything at all, external success is drawn is drawn to us.

Limitless creativity, vision, intuition and solutions to problems are found in our new stillness. I love Einstein’s quote :

Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

The secret to success is that there is no secret

We tend to think of the successful as ‘them’; believe that they form an elite club, but please let me assure you that any one can join and there are no ‘secret’ passwords or entry requirements. Becoming successful is easy, and is only complicated by our thoughts that tell us, it’s difficult. We are led to believe that the road to success is fraught with obstacles and only available to a rare few. Because our self esteems are often low, we feel sure that we will not be lucky enough to be chosen This is similar to us never believing that we’ll win the lottery; it’s true that the odds are extremely low, but someone will win it and we have just as much chance as everyone else. Another block to success is that we are subconsciously, frightened how we’ll cope with it. The idea of changing can feel scary, so most people cling onto unsuccessful lives rather than make what seems like a leap. Whilst I am absolutely happy, whatever happens, I am totally open to being successful and financially secure.

I don’t really like the methods of ‘positive thinking’ and ‘the law of attraction’ because they are about ‘doing’; this can be very effective but it is exhausting and if we take our eye off the ball for a moment, we get into a mess again. I think it is also misleading to be told that success can be ours with no input on our side. There needs to be input, it just needn’t be hard work; becoming an authority on a subject you’re interested in fun! I love that I don’t need to ‘do’ anything, I can just ‘be’. When we shift our mindset to allow love and abundance into our lives…magic happens.

When we are able to face any challenges with clarity and wisdom, they stop feeling like problems.

I enjoy my whole life, its ups and its downs, because I know that I can always, always be okay. Just knowing that, allows me to navigate through all of life’s journeys without worrying and turning the occasional but inevitable ‘bad’ day into a ‘very bad’ day; I can always choose to keep a clear head and not get caught up in drama that prolongs any upset. You may like to read my post Stop holding yourself back and get on with your life!

Even if we accept that we can be successful, we often block success by desperately wishing for a better life. Desperation is not a healthy emotion and is one of the clues to us not being in a place of love. When our options and resources seem slim, it is a good idea to leave any decisions until we naturally return to our place of peace. In a clearer mood, we can easily connect to our inner wisdom and know exactly what we need to do to reach whatever success our heart desires.

I’m going to leave you with this beautiful poem, Our Greatest Fear, by Marianne Williamson

it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other

people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Have a wonderfully successful, liberating and fulfilling week and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Next week I’m going to be talking about how wonderfully useful resentment is.

Love Catherine x

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