“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes” ~Desraeli. “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and, not something you do in your spare time” ~ Marion Wright Edelman. We all want to succeed and I must say that I have never come across a person who does not want to succeed in life. I would say there is something wrong with them if I came across one. Perhaps the most read books and articles in the world today are on success and how to get rich. I know for sure that you and I have read some books and articles on these topics without really getting the gist of them.
The subject of success is very wide and can be very complex at times. Am sure we all know that success starts with the right frame of mind and the right kind of thoughts and attitude and action being undertaken. I personally have come to understand that money weaves its self in to the entire fabric of our very existence. The money consciousness is an attitude of the mind; it is the receptive attitude. In other words we all need money to survive but money is not everything. Money is a medium used to express ourselves. Money will definitely play an important role in our success but is it the ultimate?
The one important law of success I have appreciated is that of service; that we get what we give and for this reason we should consider it a great privilege to be able to give. Notice that I am using the phrase “to be able to” give. Some of you are not able to give. This is a principle that is taught to us in the bible. “It is more blessed to give than to receive”~ the Bible.
Giving is of service. I don’t know about you but giving should be a part of our lives. There is always something you can give no matter how small. Let me come back to the issue of money. We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them. What do I mean? Have you noticed that in the world of business the top income earners come from the service industry; lawyers, attorneys, accountants, doctors and many more professions that provide services to people.
You see the forces of life are volatile; they are composed of our thoughts and ideals and these are in turn are molded into form the problem we have is keeping an open mind, to constantly reach out for the new, to recognize opportunity and to be interested in the race rather than the goal, for the pleasure is in the pursuit rather than the possession. You can make yourself a money magnet, but to do so you must first consider how you can make money for other people.
Opportunity follows perception, action follows inspiration, growth follows knowledge, and eminence follows progress. Always the spiritual first, then the transformation into the infinite and illimitable possibilities of achievement. If you have the necessary insight to perceive and utilize opportunities and favorable conditions and recognize values, you can put yourself in position to take advantage of them, but your greatest success will come as you are enabled to assist others. There is a saying that “what benefits one must benefit all”.
To succeed you will need to eliminate fear, by concentrating on courage; eliminate lack by concentrating on abundance; eliminate disease by concentrating on health. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact. There is power in our thoughts as can be seen in the following. Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the predominant mental attitude. Therefore if we fear disaster, as fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking.
Ultimately if we can be happy, we shall definitely have everything the world can give. If we are happy then we can make others happy. If we can make others happy we can serve them even better. Till next time remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.