Questionable Success

-You keep mentioning belief as a means to success without providing a detailed plan of attack, a business plan or something similar. Where are the specifics?

That’s because it all starts with belief. It’s not about the details, but the certainty of outcome — it really doesn’t matter how I get there. I’m in full-on magic-mode, not allowing any limiting beliefs to enter my mind while keeping my options open.

-Isn’t that crazy talk?

I’m skeptical too, but I’m in the process of dismantling that skepticism, as it’s a limiting belief.

-But don’t you need a means to success? It’s like you’re trying to get from A to B without some form of locomotion.

The first step is wanting to get to B. Beyond that, I’m leaving myself open to various modes of transportation, even those I may not realize exist. I’d prefer something quick and comfortable.

-Isn’t this trying to get something for nothing?

Belief and mental discipline are real things, their cultivation takes real effort. My current attempt at success through belief is the culmination and application of a decades long practice of mental discipline. Previously, I used that discipline as a means to develop an internal satisfaction with life. Now I’ll be using it to develop external success.

-Aren’t those opposite pursuits? If you’re internally satisfied, why should you care about your external situation?

In some ways I’ve lived a monk-like existence. And fundamentally, I don’t care whether I achieve success since I’m already satisfied. But I’m here on Earth for the time being, and games are fun. For the most part, I sit watching other people play, and I’m entertained by it. In this instance, under conditions I agree to, I’m going to attempt to play a bit. In a sense, my mission is to obtain a more comfortable place to sit.

-What sources are you getting your guidelines of success from?

I read a success-related book a while ago, watched a few video clips of success gurus, and also watched some videos by people that credit mental discipline and belief as crucial in their attainment of success. But what became clear pretty quickly, was the overlap of what they were saying about mental discipline and belief and the things I already knew from my previous experiences. It’s the same underlying principles applied to different aims. One aim seeks satisfaction with life and the other aim seeks the materialization of thought.

-But isn’t “cessation from want” a primary goal in achieving satisfaction with life? Are these goals contradictory?

Success is not about recklessly chasing wants, but expressing one’s creativity. Creativity is the process of implementing one’s imagination. In our minds we see what our lives should be, and success is the fulfillment of that vision.

-But it appears that you’re chasing your desires, no?

No. I’m simply trying to bring about the vision that appears in my mind — like painting a picture. I’m not obsessed with perfecting each stroke, I’m not worried about my skills, I’m just out in the park, painting to the best of my ability, attempting to complete a picture while enjoying the activity.

-What if your painting is all messed up, shouldn’t you try to make it look good?

I don’t care how my painting appears when done. I’m more concerned with whether I had fun while painting it. As part of my pursuit of success, I’m hoping to demonstrate that a lighthearted approach to life can lead to both happiness and success.

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