NASA experts use what is called "the chain of events" to understand the root causes of failures. In this chain, a cause creates an effect that becomes the cause of a new effect and so on until the failure occurs. If multiple events can connect and lead to a failure, the opposite is true as well. There is a series of mental events that lead to massive success. Each event is the cause for another event. How can you apply this thinking to create authentic success, meaning and fulfillment in your life? Here's the countdown:
The final outcome that we want in our lives is to have great results. Nobody works for several years with the hope that maybe one day, if everything falls perfectly into place and if he's lucky enough he will fail. We all want results and success as the final effect. What is the cause of this effect?
Success is ensured through steady growth, exponential thinking, smart work, commitment and continuous learning. Overnight success usually requires many years of work. Nothing worthwhile is created quickly. What allows you to invest a lot of time and effort, to learn, to research and work hard until your dream becomes real?
The mental forces that allow you to continue learning, working and growing are inspiration, drive and motivation. Educational systems are constantly looking for new ways to motivate their students to learn various disciplines; organizations are investing millions of dollars in motivational programs for their employees. These approaches create only a momentary spike of motivation that rapidly goes away with the stimulus. Neither are sustainable because they lack the rock solid inner personal foundation.
The only way to trigger sustainable motivation, drive and inspiration is to live your life with a sense of purpose. When you make the decision to trust your heart, to live your values and to honor your passion, you will find purpose. If you don't live your values, if you ignore your passion and if you don't honor the intelligence of your heart, you will be empty and most likely experience a lot of emotional pain. You cannot create an inner conflict between the mind and the heart, you cannot lie to yourself about who you are, about your dreams and expect to live a fulfilled life.
The most straightforward and probably the only authentic way to find a sense of purpose is to put your life in the honest perspective. Honesty is critical.
You put your life in the honest (and correct) perspective by living the truth and by fully embracing reality. What is the most uncomfortable reality we all need to face in our lives?
"I will show you fear in a handful of dust"
- T.S. Eliot
Our time here on Earth is limited. The desert fathers in the remote monasteries of Egypt, the Greek orthodox monks on Mount Athos or the ancient shamans in Central America understood that death is the wisest and most reliable guide we have in life.
Without sadness or worry, you must fully embrace the fact that you don't have time to doubt yourself, to live in self-pity, to postpone your dreams, to delay your life. You simply don't have time for a meaningless, empty existence. Without the awareness of our limited time on Earth, everything around us is trivial and ordinary.
"All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know"
- Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize Laureate
Honesty without judgment is the secret door to peace and fulfillment, so think and feel the answer to these questions:
1. If your life ended in this moment, would you be fulfilled with how you have lived and what you have accomplished so far?
2. Would you be able to honestly say you have lived an authentic life?
3. What regrets do you have in life?
4. How can you live from now on without continuing to accumulate more and more regrets?
Leave a comment and tell me. We're in this together.
For hundreds of years humanity has tried to answer the question - "is there life after death?" For the first time in your life you now must honestly answer the question:
Do you really have a life before death?
PS: Go do something extraordinary. Because it's never the extraordinary people who do the extraordinary. It's the ordinary people like you and me, who get up off their knees and decide to take the journey. Because they complete the journey, ordinary people become extraordinary.