As one of my monthly goals is to meditate every day I have signed up for a free meditation challenge with Oprah and Deepak. This 21-day challenge focuses on manifestations of success. Feel free to follow along, try it yourself and/or comment below.
The Success That Transcends Success
Q1) Was there any particular experience or idea during these past 22 days that had a profound transformative effect on you, a kind of “aha” moment?
Yes! It was Day 17: Taking Advantage of Unpredictability. I think that the way I was raised and the relationship I’ve had with people in my life I try to make my life as predictable as possible because I am scared to let go of my control. I realize now that I can’t control most things and that all I can do is take life as it comes at me. There is always going to be something and that is okay. I can’t stop things from happening but I can change the way I see and deal with them. Realizing that has been so freeing for me. I could literally feel a weight come off my shoulders and chest. It was exactly what I needed.
Q2) As you continue manifesting your successful life, take notice of others around you who are models of success in certain parts of their lives. List two or three people with life skills you admire and would like to emulate.
1) My sister B. She has worked hard to become successful in her career. She went to school for 10 years and now has a masters and a successful job. If I decided to go back to school and have a career outside of the home I would want to emulate her.
2) My sister R. She has a unique life. I think most would say her decisions are unhealthy but I do see many good things in my sister. She came from the same household I did and has been a success in being a strong, independent, most stable person. She has lived on her own since she was 18, owned a home by the time she was 26, she is a successful single mother of 2, she has more common sense than anyone I’ve ever met and she doesn’t let anyone or anything dictate how she lives her life. I wish I could emulate her independence and strength.
3) Myself. I don’t want to emulate who I am but I do want to look back on my life and see that I was never afraid to change who I was to make myself a better person. I believe that I am always willing to learn, take good advice, change when it is needed and grow with my mind and body. I believe that I am a good model of success because with everything I’ve been through I have not become weak and withered away but become strong and more resilient. If that’s not a success then I don’t really know what is.
Q3) Bring to mind those close to you who may be looking to you as a role model – your children, co-workers, even friends and associates. Recognize that as you discover your own version of a successful life, you may be helping others find their own successful life at the same time. Write down the ways in which you inspire, guide, and uplift those close to you.
Q4) Use this space to reflect further on your experience today.
I think my experience today was a good one. I love reflecting on the people in my life because I often times don’t really get to tell them how much they mean to me and how much they have and still do influence my life.