Let’s first begin this by saying success is a relative thing. It doesn’t mean you must own a yacht, private jet, collection of sports cars and mansion with your own personal chef. It is based on what one values and both external and internal pursuits are equally valid. That is to say, not one is better than the other. If you value your art, which is purely subjective, it only matters to you how you define your success with it.
However, in today’s society, majority of people are interested in wanting to know how to find success at work or what are the habits of successful people. This is a combination of external and internal pursuit. Being successful at work could yield materially or it could also bring the sort of fulfillment or personal satisfaction that is subjective.
So how to be successful? Is there a formula or habits of successful people that we can follow? Is there something in common people that are successful?
Here are insights from Sadhguru to help you succeed:
#1 Forget Luck, Live by Intent
A few things may happen by chance. But if you wait for the chance, good things will happen to you only when you are in your grave because things may take their time. Even quantum theory says that if you try, you can actually walk through a wall once in a “zillion” times because there is a pulsation of particles happening and you may walk through. It is just that before you reach that one zillionth time, you’ll have a cracked skull. When you live by chance, you also live in fear and anxiety. When you live by intent and capability, it does not matter what is happening or not happening, at least you are in control of what is happening to you. It is a more stable life.
#2 Stop Fixating on Failure
For a committed man, there is no such thing as failure. If you fall down 100 times in the day, it is 100 lessons learnt. If you commit yourself like this to creating what you really care for, your mind gets organized. Once your mind gets organized, your emotions will get organized because the way you think is the way you feel. Once your thought and emotion are organized, your energies and your very body will get organized. Once all these four are organized in one direction, your ability to create and manifest what you want is phenomenal. You are the creator in many ways.
#3 Work with Clarity
What a human being needs is clarity, not confidence. If you want to walk through a crowd of people, if your vision is clear and you can see where everybody is, you can just walk through the whole crowd without touching anyone. If your vision is not clear but you have confidence, you will walk over everybody. Because there is no clarity, people think that confidence is a good substitute. It just cannot be. Let’s say you make all the major decisions in your life like this: get yourself a coin, flip it. If it’s heads, it’s one way, tails the other. It works 50% of the time. If you are right only 50% of the time, there are only two professions that you can keep – either a weather man or an astrologer. You cannot keep any other job on this planet.
#4 Embrace the People and Things You Dislike
To handle different kinds of situations in our lives, we need different kinds of identities. If you are fluid about it, if you can change from one to another gracefully, then you can play your role to the hilt and still have no problem with it. But for most people, their personality is like a rock. It sits on them all the time and makes them suffer anything that does not fit into its ambit. If you have to break that, you have to do something in reverse. This is a simple thing you can do: team up with somebody that you do not like. Spend time with that person, very lovingly, joyfully. Learn to do things that you do not like, be with people that you do not like, and still live your life sensibly, lovingly and joyfully.
#5 Drop Your Calculations
There is no need to aspire to greatness. If you make the focus and ambit of your life well beyond the concerns of who you are, you will anyway be a great human being. If you look at certain people, greatness happened to them not because they were seeking to be great, but because their way of looking at life was way beyond “what about me?” If you just drop this one calculation, “What about me?” from your head, and function to the best of your ability, in some way you will be great because you will naturally be looking at, “What can I do about all the life around me?” So, you will naturally enhance your capabilities because there is so much to do!
In evolution, a vertical spine corresponds to a leap in capability. This simple practice keeps the spine healthy, active and can do wonders. Learn these simple yoga practices you can do everyday to take your life to the next level.