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Success: A journey towards self

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2023 | 12:07 AM

In today’s competitive world, the pursuit of success is a common goal of each one’s life, whether good grades in school, a promotion in job, being wealthier, being an Olympian, or meeting God. However, the steps to achieve success are often overlooked. Success is not a shortcut or an overnight endeavour; rather, it is a journey that adds depth and richness to one’s character and essence.

The key components of success are:

Clarity of goal: At the foundation of this journey lies the indispensable element of clarity of goal. Setting a clear and well-defined objective is the first crucial step towards success. Without a goal in mind, the path becomes ambiguous and the journey lacks direction. It is imperative to meticulously outline the goals, break them into manageable tasks, and create a roadmap that serves as a guide through the complexities of the pursuit.

Interest: A genuine interest in the chosen path is the second cornerstone. When the goal is of interest and not an imposed target, the intrinsic motivation serves as the driving force that propels individuals forward. When fuelled by passion, the journey becomes more than a series of tasks; it transforms into a fulfilling and purpose-driven endeavour. It is this passion that sustains individuals through hardships, turning obstacles into stepping stones toward success.

Consistency: Consistency is often an underestimated ally in the pursuit of success. Small, regular steps toward the goal, even on the most challenging days, are what build the foundation for achievement. Consistency fosters discipline, creating habits that move individuals forward. It is the cumulative effect of these steady efforts that ultimately leads to the desired destination.

Determination: This stands out as the unsung hero in this symphony of success. Determination is the unwavering resolve to persevere, even when the journey becomes arduous. It is the refusal to succumb to setbacks and failures, viewing them not as roadblocks but as stepping stones toward improvement. True determination is not a fleeting emotion; rather, it is a steadfast commitment that weaves resilience into the fabric of one’s character.

Every failure encountered along this journey serves as a valuable lesson, an indication that there is room for growth and improvement. Each setback is an opportunity to reassess and refine the approach, making the next attempt even more potent. Importantly, the journey of success in itself serves personal fulfilment. Seeking success as a means of competition diminishes the purity and quality of the achievement and the goal. Success achieved for the sake of proving superiority to the world loses its sweetness. Instead, the focus should be on the intrinsic satisfaction derived from the journey and the personal growth experienced along the way. That is the true success.

Courtesy: Rajyoga Meditation Center, Kingston (meditation courses and counselling are offered free of charge). Email: kingston@jm.brahmakumaris.org. Or follow on Instagram: rajyoga_meditation_jamaica