When we look at the world it may be hard for us to realize all of the hard work that went into the environments that we enjoy. For example, have you ever thought about the struggles of the sensitive rosebush, fighting against diseases, bugs/insects, harsh storms, wind, or seasons? Have you ever thought about the hot steel factory workers that smelted tons of metal to frame the buildings around us? The risks of the workers to hang from scaffoldings to lay the bricks and mortar? Have we ever considered the 9 emotionally turbulent months of mothers carrying babies, the pains of childbirth?
Success comes from Effort.
Whether we've considered it or not, success in any endeavor requires effort. The ease of that effort depends in part on the preparation beforehand. A tree comes from a seed that, over thousands of years, has refined the DNA to suit proper growth. Architects and engineers spend years learning design and structural integrity to be able to design and build structures like the Golden Gate Bridge, or the International Space Station.
Abilities affect Efforts.
All things are endowed with natural talents and abilities. If we were to judge a fish for its inability to climb a tree, well, we aren't acknowledging the truth of the fish.... similarly, if a fish were to judge itself, he/she would be failing to recognize the innate talent of living underwater, swimming, and the unique characteristics that fish has.
So, we must similarly not compare ourselves against the successes of others. They are who they are and have arrived within the scope of their own abilities and circumstances.
Recognizing our natural Talents and Successes - practice:
Take a moment to write down all the things that you naturally have a talent at. Like the last post, start simple. ....
After you have written your list, take a moment to see how those natural talents have helped you so far. If you are unsure, or even had a problem writing a list, perhaps sit down with a trusted family member, friend, or mentor, to help you define that list and instances. Sometimes it's hard for us to recognize that which is natural to us and we need the outside perspective of others.
I love to, and find it easy to, cook, for example. This natural passion and talent helped me when I needed a part-time job as a cook at a restaurant.
If you've created a list or not, we can also use visualization to help us. Try this simple practice:
Focus on your breathing.
Even out the inhales and exhales, so they become equal in length.
Notice how the mind becomes more settled with your even breath,
Once your mind feels quiet, begin to imagine, or visualize something you wish to be successful at. Choose something specific and realistic. Mentally "see" or "feel" yourself as having attained that goal, or success. Know it to be true at the core of your being.
How do you see yourself? How do you feel?
With the sensation of success, continue throughout your day, week, months, with that attitude of accomplishment. Do what you know needs to be done. If you are unsure, stay with the feeling of wholeness, accomplishment, success, until you are presented with the tools and resources to work on your goal.
Mentally affirm with confidence: "Connected to my natural talents and abilities, I naturally exhibit success in all my actions."
You are already successful.