“Success Is Never Ending-Failure is Never Final” By Robert H. Schuller (Part II)


Recently I read the Book “Success Is Never Ending-Failure is Never Final” By Robert H. Schuller. Last week I walked you through the tenets the book covers right from the prologue in regards to defining success. This weeks’ blog post picks the proceeds from  the Ten Levels in the Evolution Phase of a Dream. Enjoy! 🙂 

“Vast majority of high achievers made it because they wanted to! A passionate desire to achieve was a consuming drive in their life.”

~Robert H. Schuller

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THE BIG IDEAS

1. Success or Failure

Define it!

2. The Ten Levels in the Evolution Phase of a Dream

Enjoy the process!

3. The four Tenets of Activating A Dream

Get involved!

4. 3 key steps in eradicating impossibility

Believe you can!

5. The Force that sets you free to Succeed

Seek it!

“Success is an evolution, not an overnight  achievement; a journey, not a destination; an unending project, never a single, simple accomplishment that stands alone unrelated to the past and disconnected from the future. Success is a never-ending process of going through good times and bad, pleasure and pain, ups and downs, ins ad outs!”

-Robert Schuller – From “Success Is Never Ending-Failure is Never Final”

Thats huge! Success is an evolution. The entire chapter two delves into the ten levels in the evolution of a dream where Schuller explores various approaches upon which the reader can dream their way to unending success.  I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

IDEA TWO: The Ten Levels in the Evolution Phase of a Dream

“I have observed that the successful achievement of a dream from conception to accomplishment evolves from level One Through Level Ten”

Level One: The Dream actually begins in the Mind of God

In this regard, Schuller shares his story after graduation and how he begin his ministry in Orange County, California. He ends the storyline by affirming that dreams that capture our imaginations and inspire our wills begin in the mind of God.

Level Two: God Matches His Dream to the Dreamer

The dreamer must be someone who will love the dream, even though it will make its dramatic entrance into that finite human mind as an awesome, impossible idea! In summary, the divine dream is delegated to a dedicated doer!

Level Third: The Dream Takes on a Life of Its Own

The dream now enters its gestation period. The dreamer becomes pregnant with what will become a new life. A beautiful new creation! God has given the dream a life of its own, like a fertilized seed which develops through many stages to become a human being about to be born. The success cycle is on its way!

Notice when success started. It had its beautiful beginning when the dreamer accepted the dream, when a human being welcomed the uninvited inspiring idea and embraced it as is own private possession! Success begins once we start to believe in the beautiful dream that God sends us. 

In summary: once a dream has been embraced by a fertile, imaginative, dynamic mind of a possibility thinker, in that very moment something new has come into existence!

Level Four: God Times the Evolutionary Process

The fourth dimension of a dream-in process is timing. Sometimes the gestation period is incredibly swift. More often it is geared to a schedule designed to teach the dreamer patience. 

In this context, Schuller poses a question: What is the single quality that more than any other identifies those who succeed? It is patience. Schuller further points out that  Impatient dreamers will look for painless shortcuts and cheap discounts on the price of success! And failing to spot the expedient paths, unknowingly, impatient dreamers will too often, too easily and too painfully turn away from the divine dream. Later, when it is too late, they will discover that in choosing the painless, easy road they were in fact going down a primrose path to boredom, shame, emptiness, failure, poverty. If only they had not been afraid of the discipline that the dream demanded! 

In summary: Sniff the times…enjoy the process…and take advantage of any availed opportunities!

Level Five: Surprising support comes from unexpected Sources

The dream which has begun in the mind of God and is deposited in the mind of a possibility thinker suddenly begins to accrue support from sources, centers and souls that the dreamer never knew before. The dream, like a mighty majestic magnet, begins to attract help from persona who are motivated to help inspiring dreamers achieve success. The persons with the right strengths, skills, and spheres of influence come from out of the woodwork to move the dream forward, onward, and upward!

At this stage of the dream God begins to build a team around it. People, power, and positive pressures will begin to move the idea from an impossibility to a possibility. We begin to witness the enormous mountain-moving energy that is generated when believing minds join to make a miracle happen.

Level Six: Temporary Setbacks and Difficulties Create Frustration.

By this point you were probably expecting final victory! Crowning achievement! Solid Success! Hold on–you’re not there–yet!

Carefully planned strategies may fail. All options may seem to have been used up. Has the dreamer failed? Not yet–he can still try again and again..till a breakthrough shows up! Failure is never final. Success does not need to end at this dismal moment of discouragement. It was in such a moment that Schuller writes, “when you think you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.”

Level Seven: The Dream Comes True!

Stunning success is bestowed upon your possibility thinking, your patience, and your pain! You have arrived. The business is established. The career is firmly grounded. Now be prepared for surprises–and disappointments! Honors as well as hurts will come unsought and uninvited. At this level, it is up to you to apply prudence, humility and cautious vigilance to maneuver through any disappointments. This is not a ticket to boast in pride. It is a chance to utilize, mobilize and focus as a way of preparing for the next level. 

Level Eight: The Dreamer Has Been Shaped by the Dream.

Schuller points out various ways the dreamer is modeled by the dream. In summary, when you choose the dream, the dream will decide your destiny. The size of the  dream will determine how big a person you will become. 

Level Nine: The Dream keeps growing!

In this phase, the curtains opens to give a vision of tomorrow. The dreamer learns that great dreams of great dreamers are never fulfilled–they are transcended! Hence, they tend to propagate themselves. Success multiplies. It is never ending!

Having made the dream come true, you discover that success is not an end in itself, but a positioning in power for greater accomplishments and loftier achievements. This is the time to stop and reappraise your power. Review your assets. Subtract your liabilities from your assets and find out what your net worth is today—in financial terms.

You may be astounded by your strength. You have a power base for leverage against mountains that you never would have tacked before. You are in a tremendously powerful position to dream greater dreams. In addition, the people whom you have helped along the way will not let you quit. So be prepared for the tenth and final level of dreaming.

Level Ten: The Dreamer Enters the Danger Zone 

This is the perilous time. The dreamer is now in danger of not keeping up with a fast-growing,  forward-looking dream. The dream–like a growing child–is in danger of rushing ahead of him–as the scholar outruns the master, as the athlete outruns the trainer. The dream now is taking command. And meanwhile the dreamer wants to rest, retire–at least take a sabbatical.

When you reach Level Ten–BEWARE! TAKE CARE! And accept a new DARE! I dare you to start dreaming again!

Success ought to take proceeds through introducing new possibilities–sometimes in the form of new problems. Failure must never be final! Try again!

My Two Cents

Perhaps you’re in the process of maturing a dream, a school or a lifetime project, a calling or divine vision that you’ve set. Challenges ought to reinforce your faith to develop a conviction that winning is possible. Hence, Complaining, pointing fingers and giving up is out of the question. Remember this is your journey and success is not to the swift. Don’t try to compete with nobody because your success falls within the confines of fulfilling your purpose in life–why you were born. So Get back up and continue with the race that God told you to run!

The ten levels in the evolution of a dream reminds me of Joseph Campbells’ “The Hero With a Thousand Faces (check its review analysis updates soon). In this book, Joseph Campbell compares the philosophies and mythic stories of the whole world and he unravels that there is one story within all the stories that you can relate to regardless of your residence, color, size or gender–and he called it The Heroes Journey. The book quotes most of the discussed tenets within the  evolution of a dream where one faces various tests, magical helpers come along, at times the hero comes to a crisis point, meets a goal…and then there is a return to tell the story. 

Since this blog is not about mythology and Joseph Campbells’ analogies, I’ll pause and check on that soon. Hope you enjoyed! And have an awesome week! 

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About the Author of “Success Is Never Ending-Failure is Never Final”

Robert H. Schuller

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Robert Harold Schuller (September 16, 1926 – April 2, 2015) was an American Christian televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author.

About the Author of This Note

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Vincent Wambua is a lover of wisdom (aka a “Philosopher”) and a passionate student of life who’s committed to inspiring and empowering millions of people to live their greatest lives as he studies, embodies and shares the universal truths of optimal living. He harts his job.

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Why Your Life Sucks: And what you can do about it. By Alan Cohen


Today I feel super generous, thrilled and excited to share mind blowing success skills that I picked from one of my best reads this year :“Why your Life Sucks.” I had been undergoing wild soul ranging moments for the past few weeks and took an initiative of seeking a concrete solution which I could both apply succinctly and rapidly so as to rectify and place into alignment few aspects which were almost turning bizarre. Today I share with you some of those key nuggets which saved my day. Well, at time life can dare suck! This book has simple practical ideas on how you can effectively circumnavigate your life despite the looming springboards of irky moments. Enjoy!

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THE BIG IDEAS

1. The 10 Reasons

Why your life might suck.

2. Radio station “KNOW”

Tune in!

3. Gold Fish & Bonzi Trees

And you.

4. Your Thought Bouncer

Put him to work.

5. Turn on the Light

And the darkness disappears.

6. Two Lawyers in Your Head

Pay one more.

7. The Secret of Genius

Is focus.

8. Follow Your Spirit

And let results be by-products.

9. Getting Approval

Start with yourself.

10. Nourish Your Spirit

It’s super important.

11. Success

There’s only one true measure.

“When it comes to your life sucking, you can’t just walk away from it. You can’t just put your life aside and go on to something else that feels better. When your life sucks, that’s serious. It’s a big wake-up call. It’s an invitation to do something different. Not more of the same. If coins keep falling out of a hole in your pocket, the answer is not to go out and get a second job. The answer is to plug the hole. This book will help you find and patch any leaks in your system. It is honest and practical, with teeth. … If your life is getting in your face, you might want to know why, so you can do something about it before it gets worse. As you face and plug each hole, you will transform every challenge into a gift. Together we can turn tragedy into triumph and make it all a win.”

~ Alan Cohen from Why Your Life Sucks

First things first: Alan Cohen is hilarious. I have no idea why it took me so long to discover his work but I’m glad I did. In addition to being ridiculously, laugh-out-loud and read-it-to-my-best friend funny, Cohen is also brilliant and wise. He’s a remarkable story teller and this little book is packed with Big Ideas on a) Why your life may suck; and, b) What you can do about it. I literally Kindle-highlighted nearly the whole thing so let’s jump in and explore some of my favorite Ideas on how to unsuck our lives, shall we.? 🙂

“The only thing harder than waking up is staying asleep in a nightmare. Let’s do it. It’s time.”

~ Alan Cohen

IDEA 1: THE 10 REASONS YOUR LIFE MIGHT SUCK

  1. “You give your power away.
  2. You expect it to suck.
  3. You get fooled by appearances.
  4. You waste energy on things that suck.
  5. You keep trying to prove yourself.
  6. You say yes when you mean no.
  7. You think you have to do it all yourself.
  8. You try to fix other people.
  9. You starve your soul.
  10. You forgot to enjoy the ride.”

Those are the 10 reasons your life might suck. 🙂

The book has a chapter for each of those 10 reasons where Cohen establishes why your life would suck if you engaged in one of those activities and how you can change it!

IDEA 2: DIAL IN TO “KNOW”

“Imagine a radio station that we’ll call KNOW broadcasting sound advice from somewhere deep inside you 24 hours a day. Then imagine you have a tuner capable of receiving its signal. If you set your tuner to the right frequency, you hear the broadcast and pick up vital information. If your dial is set elsewhere, you miss the message.”

Time to tune in to KNOW, yo! 🙂

So, Cohen profiles ten reasons why our lives might suck and the #1 reason is because we don’t trust ourselves.

We talk about this all the time. Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to mind here (see Notes“here”). He wrote an entire essay on the importance of trusting ourselves (check out Self-Reliance!) and says this about it: “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” So… TRUST YOURSELF!!

IDEA 3: GOLD FISH, BONZI TREES & YOU

“We have all been hypnotized into thinking that we are smaller than we are. Just as an undersized flowerpot keeps a mighty tree root-bound or a little fishbowl keeps goldfish tiny, we have adapted, adjusted, and accommodated to a Lilliputian life. But place the same tree in an open field or the fish in a lake, and they will grow to hundreds of times their size. Unlike the tree or goldfish, you are not dependent on someone else to move you. You have the power to move yourself. You can step into a broader domain and grow to your full potential.”

Did you know that goldfish are kept tiny because of their little bowl?! And that if we let them swim in a natural size lake they’d grow to 100+ times that little size?!

THAT’s WACKY!

And same with bonzi trees, eh? Restrict the roots by putting it in a tiny pot and you’ll get a tiny tree. Put that same tree in a forest and let its roots stretch out and voila! We’ve got a ginormous tree.

SAME THING WITH OUR LIVES.

If we buy into the hypnosis of our limited potential, we’ll be stunted little beings. If, however, we can plant ourselves in the spaciousness of our vast potential, watch out!! 🙂

IDEA 4: YOUR THOUGHT BOUNCER

“Your real enemies are the self-defeating thoughts, paltry expectations, and beliefs that you must live at less than full throttle. You will experience as much pain as you are willing to accept. You do have control over how much you hurt. Pain happens; suffering is optional. You can choose thoughts that bring you relief rather than imprisonment. To find your freedom, stand at the doorway of your mind and monitor your thoughts. Notice which ones lift you and which ones drag you down. Then, like a bouncer at an exclusive party, admit only those on the invitation list and send the others back where they came from. Fate is not a net cast over you by capricious fortune; it is a garden you cultivate by the thoughts you attend to. Shift your attention and you will shift your life.”

LOVE that image of a bouncer at the doorway of your mind!

How AWESOME is that? 🙂

We talk about this All. The. Time.

For good reason: It’s the key to your happiness.

So, get your big bad bouncer self rockin’ that velvet thought rope, will ya?! Challenge your negative thoughts. Don’t let them crash your party!

IDEA 5: TURNING ON THE LIGHT

“To be a master, act like one. Assuming greatness is not phony; unworthiness is the imposter. You may have played small for a long time and fallen prey to the hallucination, “I can’t.” But behind every “can’t” is a “won’t.” When you reach the chalk circle others have drawn around you, keep walking. The moment you look a monster in the eye and demand, “Show me what you really are,” the beast will shapeshift into an ally. Emerson proclaimed, “Do the thing you fear,and the death of fear is certain.” When dark and light are placed in the same room, light always wins. And because your nature is light, you will triumph over every limit you have learned.”

Ahhhh… So much goodness here.

First, some Walter Russell goodness from The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe: “I believe that every man has consummate genius within him. Some appear to have it more than others only because they are aware of it more than others are, and the awareness or unawareness of it is what makes each one of them into masters or holds them down to mediocrity. I believe that mediocrity is self-inflicted and that genius is self-bestowed.”

Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed. That’s strong. 🙂

And on to the “acting as if” mojo. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to have an allergy to it but Wayne Dyer won me over in his great book Real Magic. Imagine the greatest version of yourself—as a creator, husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend, parent, colleague, whatever.

How would that most enlightened version of yourself act on a day-to-day basis?

Sweet. ACT LIKE THAT NOW. 🙂

And when you’re ever wondering what the right thing to do would be, check in on your ideal self and ask him/her. Then act as if you were that version of yourself now!!

The image of the battle between dark and light (with light always winning) reminds me of this Vernon Howard mojo from The Power of Your Supermind:It is a mistake for anyone to think he has lived too long in his old, unsatisfactory ways to make the great change. If you switch on the light in a dark room, it makes no difference how long it was dark because the light will still shine. Be teachable. That is the whole secret.”

So, here’s to facing our fears head on, flipping on the light switch and acting like the masters we are.

IDEA 6: TWO LAWYERS IN YOUR HEAD

“Imagine two lawyers in a courtroom inside your head. One is arguing for your possibilities and you achieving your goals. The other is arguing for your limits and why you don’t deserve what you want. Who will win? The lawyer whom you pay the most. The way you pay these lawyers,however, is not with money; it is with your attention.”

This is an awesome tweak to the popular two wolves story Cohen talks about in the book and that we shared in our Note on Marci Schimoff’s Happy for No Reason: “One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside of people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all. One is Unhappiness. It is fear, worry,anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment, and inferiority. The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth, and compassion.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf wins?’ The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.'”

So, what are you focusing on?

Pay attention!

IDEA 7: THE SECRET OF GENIUS IS FOCUS

“The secret of genius is focus. If you can laser your attention on any subject or project, it will reveal its blueprint to you. George Washington Carver discovered 325 uses for the peanut and 100 for the sweet potato! Great geniuses are powerful focusers. Many have been called eccentric or insane because they put aside worldly concerns for the sake of their music, art, architecture,drama, inventing, or writing. But they are the individuals who change the world, while those with scattered attention wade through mediocre lives. Geniuses don’t fritter their precious minds on mass trends. They create the trends that alter the masses.”

Focus. Focus. Focus.

As Cohen tells us, it’s the secret of genius.

We know scientifically that the more energy we put into a given domain, the more our brains will become wired toward mastery in that area. The process is called “myelination” and we talk about it in the Note on The Talent Code.

It really isn’t that complicated. If we want to truly master something, we’ve gotta be willing to quit fragmenting our energy and FOCUS.

As Seneca tells us (see Notes on Letters from a Stoic), “To be everywhere is to be nowhere.

While the 20th century renaissance man/genius Walter Russell tells us: “The thinking of creative and successful men is never exerted in any direction other than that intended. That is why great men produce such a prodigious amount of work, seemingly without effort and without fatigue. The amount of work such men leave to posterity is amazing.”

So, what’s worthy of YOUR focus?

(Personally: I’m committed to using every day as another opportunity to become wiser and more in integrity with my values as I study, embody and share all this wisdom! I’m a few full-time years in and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds in the years and decades ahead! 🙂

IDEA 8: BY-PRODUCTS OF FOLLOWING YOUR SPIRIT

“Money, fame, a hard body, and first prizes are not healthy goals to pursue for their own sake. If you do, you doom yourself before you begin. You are building your house on sand, and when the first rain comes, you had better own a Speedo. Instead, allow these rewards to show up as by-products of following your spirit. Build your business or body because you enjoy doing it. Sing for your love of the song. Compete for the sake of honing your skills. What you do may look the same as the actions of those clamoring for approval, but the reason you do it and the way you feel as you proceed will be radically different. You will proceed from wholeness rather than inadequacy, and that will make all the difference.”

Love it.

We’ve been talking about this whole “external rewards as by-products of living an authentically awesome life” dealio quite a bit in Volume II. It’s a HUGE idea.

We know philosophically and scientifically that it makes a LOT more sense to go after personal mastery and integrity than to chase the bling.

As Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck puts it in her awesome book Mindset: “The growth-minded athletes, CEOs, musicians, or scientists all loved what they did, whereas many of the fixed-minded ones did not. Many growth-minded people didn’t even plan to go to the top. They got there as a result of doing what they love. It’s ironic: The top is where the fixed-mindset people hunger to be, but it’s where many growth-minded people arrive as a by- product of their enthusiasm for what they do. This point is also crucial. In the fixed-mindset, everything is about the outcome. If you fail—or if you’re not the best—it’s all been wasted. The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome.”

So, what makes you come alive?

Follow your spirit and let the external rewards come as by-products, yo.

IDEA 9: GETTING THE APPROVAL WE SEEK

“Let’s get one fact straight right now: You will never, never, never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever,never, ever, never, ever, never, never, never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever, never, ever, never ever get everyone’s approval all the time. Jesus didn’t do it, nor did Gandhi or Princess Diana. Even very good people could not get everyone to like them. No one ever has and you won’t be the first. You won’t be able to get everyone to like any one thing you do, and you won’t get any one person to like everything you do. So give up your quest for universal admiration right now; it is never-ending, infinitely frustrating, and it sucks. If you are ever going to receive the approval you seek,it is going to have to come from you.”

I think Cohen feels pretty strongly about that. 🙂

Newsflash: We’re never going to please everyone all the time. (And we won’t get any one person to like everything we do 🙂

So, let’s start by approving of OURSELVES as we drop the insane need for universal admiration!

IDEA 10: NOURISH YOUR SPIRIT

“The most important boundary you can set is the time to nourish your spirit. The few minutes a day you take to feed your soul is your strongest investment in your happiness. Do whatever it takes to inspire yourself and stay in a creative consciousness. Choose a time each day to connect with your inner being and do not compromise it. Consider it nonnegotiable. People who truly love you will understand and support you to do it. Anyone who chastises you for your self-care practice or demands your attention instead of it is clearly out of tune with your destiny and should be released to find theirs.”

This is another *huge* Idea.

I love the way Joseph Campbell puts it in The Power of Myth: “This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers this morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you might find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”

We’ve gotta nourish our spirit!

Are you?

IDEA 11: THE ONLY TRUE MEASURE OF SUCCESS

“At the end of an introductory surfing class I took, the teacher left us with a brilliant motto to remember: “The best surfer is the one having the most fun.” The same rule applies to the art of surfing through life. You have been taught that the most successful person is the one with the most money, sex appeal, prestige, power, skill, strength, or speed. But the most successful person is the one having the most fun. The only true measure of success is happiness.”

“The only thing you can’t afford to postpone is joy.”

~ Alan Cohen

“The only true measure of success is happiness.”

Amen to that.

Reminds me of Tal Ben-Shahar’s description of “the ultimate currency” in his fantastic book Happier : “A human being, like a business, makes profits and suffers losses. For a human being, however, the ultimate currency is not money, nor is it any external measure, such as fame, fortune, or power. The ultimate currency for a human being is happiness.”

Think about it.

Our ultimate currency is happiness. The only reason we do what we do is because we think it will make us happier. Unfortunately, a lot of the things we *think* will make us happier simply won’t. They may provide fleeting moments of pleasure, but there’s a big difference between the buzz of drinking a beer or watching a football game and the consistent, underlying enthusiasm and joy we feel when we trust ourselves and align our lives with the fundamentals of Optimal Living.

So, here’s to having fun unsucking our lives and rockin’ this precious hero’s journey of ours!

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“The only precious stone left to mine within the hearts of humanity is to nurture the ability to see the Truth in a world where we have lost the sight of that in many ways”

–Vincent Wambua

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About the Author of “Why Your Life Sucks”

ALAN COHEN

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Alan H. Cohen is the author of 18 popular inspirational titles, including The Dragon Doesn’t Lives Here Anymore and Dare to be Yourself. A frequent guest on television and radio, he conducts life mastery seminars in Hawaii and on- line, and is an acclaimed keynote speaker for educational, health, church, and corporate groups. He lives on Maui, Hawaii. Visit http://www.alancohen.com to learn more. (from Amazon)

About the Author of This Note

VINCENT WAMBUA

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Vincent Wambua is a lover of wisdom (aka a “Philosopher”) and a passionate student of life who’s committed to inspiring and empowering millions of people to live their greatest lives as he studies, embodies and shares the universal truths of optimal living. He harts his job.

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HOW TO MAKE MEANING


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Recently I addressed the tenets of living each day with purpose and meaning. Through the two classical gems of wisdom The Message of a Master  and  Man’s Search for Meaning,  the two authors unpack incredible wisdom on how to reprogram your life and narrow it to focus (check out our growing collection  Here ). The last 48 hours I bumped into Eric Maisel’s book  Rethinking DepressionEric unravels a “shortcut” to making each day flood and thrive with meaning. (I deliberately placed the term shortcut in italics)

Eric affirms and I quote “… something like a method or set of principles does flow from the existential ideal. It sounds like the following: You weigh your actions against a vision you have of the person you would like to be, the person it would make you proudest to be; you take action; you learn from your experience to what extent you guessed right; and you make use of what you’ve learned as you weigh your next decision. We can give this a shorthand name: the principle of personal pride. You use the principle of personal pride to make your meaning. This may be the beautiful, imperfect, harrowing way — the way of making meaning.”

Joseph Camphell

You want a shortcut to making meaning?

Here it is:

  1. Imagine who you would like to be—the person it would make you proudest to be.
  2. Act like that person.
  3. Repeat.

Yes, that’s a very challenging standard. Yes, we will often fall short of it. But by returning to this ideal again and again we make meaning and, in the process, we create our most authentically awesome lives.

So, let’s get on that.

What would the person you would most like to be do in this moment?

Let’s make ourselves proud!

The meaning of life

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