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How Spiritual Beliefs Can Help You Reach Success

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The idea of success is always changing. In the past, success was seen as achieving only material items. Then, came the onslaught of people feeling both empty and lost. Turning to Spirituality to void the feelings of emptiness. Counsellors spent many hours discussing people’s lives with them, trying to  figure out where they had gone wrong despite the big house and fancy car.

More and more people realized that success was more than mere material wealth. Success was many things including a deep inner happiness, a feeling of peace and a constant energy that filled others with inspiration.

 

Is Success Only Money?

Success is many things, in fact, these factors are the basic spin-off for securing monetary success. Only when we have sound health, innate happiness, a passion for life and our career do we really achieve the big stakes when it comes to financial success.

Not everyone’s path is the same of course. Some people achieved success by hard work. However, they too are looking for more when feeling the emptiness described above.

The term spiritual beliefs, like success, has also gathered new meaning to many people. Limited spiritual beliefs do not always promote a deep sense of spirituality. These days the paths to spirituality are as varied as there are people and the basic laws of spirituality offers us guidelines for further achievement.

If your life is based on a target of achievement, only then, we can lose the very reason for our journey; Inner peace and inner success. Spirituality can guide us through the process of becoming more, it can also help us become great leaders due to our achievements. In days gone by the dog-eat-dog mentality was very prevalent. Today people admire those who help others to achieve the same success.

These people are true inspirations.

Many achievements are based on simple spiritual laws that you yourself may find helpful and rewarding.

 

Which Types of Spiritual Laws Could Help Us Become Successful?

 

The Law of Giving Back

The most powerful way to keep on being successful is to keep on giving. People who have achieved massive success give back to the community or become mentors to others trying to emulate them.

Sometimes you have to give away what you have in order to keep it! Doing good deeds for the community or helping a colleague at work creates a valuable symbiosis that keeps you on the ladder of success.

 

The Law Of Cause And Effect 

Everything we say or do creates a reciprocal situation. We not only affect the person we are talking too, but also their families and friends. Trying to create good energy by inspiring people or seeking the better good in things in turn creates a better feeling within us.

On a literal level, being a good businessperson gets you a good reputation.

 

The Law Of Intention

Perhaps we seek a happy marriage with children who feel protected and loved by us. This goal is more worthy than seeing six figures in the bank? We might see ourselves in perfect health and surrounded by loving relationships and friendships. This is the key of intention.

Sometimes we might think these things and other days we might need visual reminders of what we want. Making dream boards can be as simple as sticking that photo or picture on the fridge, just to remind us. The offshoot of these types of achieved goals helps us go on to achieve more of what we desire. It creates direction and purpose.

 

The Law Of Purpose

Everyone on earth has his or her own special talents and gifts that other people are inspired by. Sometimes we cannot see those for ourselves and at other times they are overt. No one can be puzzled by their talent if they are, say for example a brilliant piano player. Some people’s gifts reside on a more abstract level like ‘insight’ or an ability to build strategies. Write down your own talents and gifts and set about using them. This is quite easy since these are inherent to your own individuality. However, seeing them could prove difficult. Take time to decide what they are.

This creates a purpose in life.

There are many spiritual laws to help guide you to true happiness and success. These two concepts should not stand singular to each other. In fact, one should equal the other.

This is when you know you have reached the absolute pinnacle of achievement.

 

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Charlene Barry is the fun loving founder of This Is Project Me, a wellness, spiritual and inspirational channel on YouTube that inspires others to live the life of their dreams with passion, love and joy. Charlene believes in serendipity, wellness and spirituality and is an Ayurvedic and Lifestyle coach; helping people live their ideal life through Ayurvedic medicine, Meditation, Yoga and Balance.

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5 Comments

  1. Arpit Devkumar

    Jan 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Your Site is really a good one to check.I firmly believe in law or giving and sharing

    • Wm. Derek Graham.

      Mar 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      It is more blessed to give than receive. (Jesus.)

  2. Sebastian

    Oct 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I checked your site and it was awesome.

    The law of cause and effect applies to ourselves too. How we invest each second of our day will determine our future.

    Dream boards are magic. I have 2 big ones in my room and they prevent me from making any excuses about not living life to the fullest.

  3. LaTra Chivon

    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Great and positive read. I love Buddha’s quote at the end.

    • Wm. Derek Graham.

      Mar 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. ( The Bible.)

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When I hear someone using my name once in a while throughout the conversation we are having, I cannot stop myself thinking “this person must have read Dale Carnegie’s books or must have been influenced by someone who read them…” Have you just recalled a similar moment and it felt nice?

As Dale Carnegie famously said, “Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and the most important sound in any language”. Why did Dale Carnegie highlight the importance of an individual’s name to that person in his “How to Win Friends and Influence People” book published in 1936?

Each and every one of us wants to feel special and unique. I guess he recommends using the person’s name in the conversation because that is one of the easiest ways to grab that person’s attention so that we can enhance the chances of getting our point across. However, I am more interested in this from the other side; hearing our names directly addresses our individuality, our need or desire to feel special and unique.  

Let’s park this one for now and we will come back. 

Categorization is essential to our survival

There is countless scientific research telling us about how our brains recognize similarities and put things into categories, which has been crucial to our survival in evolution and still helps us with a lot of things from learning new things to coping with the continuous influx of massive amounts of information through our senses. 

The continuous influx of information is mostly handled by our subconscious mind rather than conscious. It is estimated that our brains receive about 11 million bits of information every second through our senses, of which only 40-50 bits can be processed by our conscious mind. We process more information than we are aware of. The magic here is the subconscious mind.

An example is when you are at a very loud party where you hear a lot of words flying around without you recognizing each one of them, then suddenly, you immediately catch it when you hear your name. Your subconscious had been processing all of those words, without your awareness, but informed your conscious mind when your name was out there because it was relevant to you.

In order to most effectively process this much information and inform the conscious mind with only the relevant ones, our subconscious employs categorization as one of its strategies.

When our ancestors encountered some deadly predators in the African savanna, their subconscious prompted their conscious mind to immediately fight or flight by categorizing the information gathered through their senses into “predator / life threat / take action”. Most probably we are not descendants of the ones that were frozen rather than fighting or flighting! 

Although it is a completely different situation, the same strategy applied in remembering lists. Let’s look at the below two lists.

  1. lion, eagle, shark, leopard, hawk, whale, panther, falcon and dolphin 
  2. lion, leopard, panther, eagle, hawk, falcon, shark, whale and dolphin

The second list is easy to remember because it is reordered into relevant groups even though the content of the both lists are identical.

Subconsciousness is the magic and categorization is one of its key strategies. It is essential to our survival, learning new skills and processing information as well as bringing back the information we had processed and stored. 

This amazing skill has its drawbacks

As a result of our brains’ categorization strategy, we also categorize people, especially if we don’t know them as well as our closest ones.

Imagine I am sitting at the table next to yours while you are having your favorite coffee and working on your computer or reading your novel at your neighborhood coffee shop. I stand up, very calmly grab your bag, and start walking away. Your reaction might be quite different depending on my outfit. It could be much more vocal and harsh if I have a dirty T-Shirt and a pair of torn jeans on. However, if I have some navy colored, 3-piece suit and well-pressed white button up shirt on, you might even say something like “Excuse me, you might have picked up my bag by mistake”. (There is an experiment done by social psychologists which reported similar results)

Similarly, I would not be surprised to hear that my co-worker’s spouse is very skilled and knowledgeable in English grammar and literature because he is an English teacher. However, I would not expect it from my co-worker herself because she is an outstanding chemical engineer.  

This is defined as unconscious bias or stereotyping, as a result of our subconscious brain’s categorization strategy. The outfit I have at the coffee shop impacts your response to my action, because it puts me into a different category in your mind depending on my outfit. My co-worker’s and her spouse’s backgrounds make me put them into different categories, which might mislead me sometimes.

Just like we categorize things, it is very natural that we categorize people.  

The key question here for me is; how do we truly treat people as individuals so that they feel unique, just like as they would want, while we know that our brains categorize people

We can overcome unconscious bias 

Leonard Mlodinow, in his enlightening book “Subliminal”, suggests that “if we are aware of our bias and motivated to overcome it, we can.” That doesn’t mean that we need to fight our brain’s categorization strategy. We just need to employ our conscious mind more when we are working or dealing with individuals. 

Our unconscious bias might tell us scientists are bunch of technical nerds who cannot understand abstract concepts that marketers are talking about or it might say that marketers are some daydreamers who need to be grounded by scientists to the real world all the time. I am an engineer and I love thinking in abstract terms and I worked with quite a lot of marketers who thought primarily in factual and concrete terms. 

Spending some effort to learn more about individuals will help overcome unconscious bias. Gathering more information and qualities about them will make it easier for us to treat them as individuals rather than a member of the category we put them in our minds. 

The moral of the story here is to recognize the fact that our brains do categorize, and it is essential; but also, to recognize that every individual wants to feel unique. When we appreciate these two and keep reminding them to ourselves, we are one step closer to figuring out our own way to overcome unconscious bias and treat people more like individuals. 

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