How do you measure success?
Day 258/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
How do you measure success? What are the parameters that indicate to you that you have made it? Are they yours or do they belong to someone else?
It is with a grateful heart that I notice more and more entrepreneurs focussing their energy on their craft rather than the size of their business. Bringing authenticity to the world rather than going for some revenue goal as the primary objective.
Through all the trials of my 6 decades, I've been grateful for one thing. At some level I've contented myself with being the best version of myself that I could be, and that was enough.
Of course at another level I had a conflicting point of view that ran something like this..."You are never good enough", but I suspect that wasn't my voice.
We are plagued by conflicting polarities until we recognise them for what they are, old beliefs and stories that have made a home in our body and in our mind.
Settling on doing the best I could do in the moment has always left me content in knowing that I'd given it my best. However the chips fall after that, I know I have done the best I can. I may still have things to learn, but at this point in my life I've done my best.
Authentic success. That's what Sarah is describing this morning. Getting to the end of life here on this beautiful planet this time around, and having no regrets. Yes, that has been my mission.
I want to share her page this morning as I am not able to add very much to her wise and profoundly poignant words.
If you have any thoughts you are welcome to add them to the comments.
May you experience success and the joy of a contented life.
As Sandhguru recently put it, "If you are here reading this you are in profit. You are born with nothing. Now you have something. You are in profit."
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.