This morning, I completed the 21-day meditation challenge from Oprah and Deepak called, “Manifesting True Success,” and was struck deeply by this line: Every path to success is a path to freedom. This brought me pause and led me to write, and emphatically circle: What “freedom” am I seeking from this success?
What freedom am I seeking from becoming a tour pilot over Napa valley vineyards? Well: competence, adventure, intellectual amplification, joy.
What freedom am I seeking from being a school teacher? Freedom over my time (during the summers), intellectual & creative amplification, spontaneity.
What freedom from being in partnership? Stability, serenity, emotional growth. From being a mother? Joy, continuity, sharing my abundance. …
I can, and likely will, make a chart of each of my “Success –> Freedom” desires, because the magic piece is how to amplify each of these desired successes in my daily life as it is. If I want to share the abundance of my heart, how can I do that today? If I want to expand my intellectual engagement, how can I do that today?
How can I inject today with each of the freedoms/successes that I seek?
Every day I open the WordPress site, I must click a button labeled, “Write.” And each morning I click it, I feel a hearty dollop of joy, competence, and esteem drip into my personal bucket. I feel accomplishy, even if it’s the only thing I do this day (as it insinuates that I’ve already written Morning Pages and meditated, as I won’t blog without clearing my personal pathways first).
When I cross off “moisturize face and body” on my Habit Calendar, I feel competent, self-loving, and prosperous (as it implies I purchase and replenish my moisturizer).
Every morning I drink my coffee, it implies that I’ve set it up the night before, replenished and ground new beans when it was low, and desire to gift myself a physical pleasure. Competence, stability, self-love, and prosperity.
In every morning, I can list a host of ways I feel successful before breakfast! And that’s good, because lately in the afternoon when I continue to sit reading Game of Thrones for 3 hours… I start to feel less esteemable.
So it will be up to me to see if there is a “success” to be gleaned from 3 hours of sedentary imbibing of gore, and to parse out what it is I’m attempting to accomplish if there’s not.
What freedom am I seeking from this success? And how can I own that freedom today?