Going for ‘Gold’ in the Land of LOVE and Fulfillment, Part One

WELCOME!

The Olympics!

Like many people I have been spending some of my time each day following my favorite events at the Olympic games.

I have been deeply moved and inspired by the efforts of all of the athletes.

While there are countless life lessons to be gleaned from the inspiring stories behind the athletes’ rise to Olympic competition, one thread seems to be common to them all.

The journey to long term, committed love is fraught with many challenges and it is easy to get discouraged.

For many of us, myself included, the results that I hoped for did not come fast or easy.

So how does one keep going when the going gets tough?

In love and life it is truly the striving that matters.

Please take a moment to just be with this idea. 

It’s the striving that matters!

This is the crux of the matter.

In our materially oriented society, tangible results are almost always given more value than the effort it took to attain these results.

To make things even more difficult, our society generally encourages us to be ‘humble’ and to avoid ‘tooting our own horns’, lest we be judged as arrogant, selfish, or worse.

After all, no one wants to be seen as egotistical and self-absorbed.

So we generally tend to publicly make ‘light’ of our struggles and accomplishments instead of giving ourselves the credit we deserve.

In fact, the more we struggled to attain X, the less credit we tend to want to give ourselves for our accomplishments!  This tendency not only makes life less enjoyable; it greatly reduces our opportunities for learning and growth.

Naturally, we ‘internalize’ all of this rubbish and are quick to negatively judge ourselves and slower than a tortoise walking up hill through molasses to give our selves even a modicum of self-praise.

Think about it?

When was the last time you publicly or even privately took credit for your efforts?

Things don’t have to be this way.

When you allow yourself the time to celebrate and positively reflect on your accomplishments and your inner struggles along the way you:

  • Lock in the learning that took place as you climbed the ladder to success and therefore really get the life lessons you needed to learn.
  • Gain more insight into the marvelous human being that you are!
  • Strengthen your capacities for meeting future challenges.

A major contributing factor to success in life is overcoming inertia.

In order to get something right, you must first get it going.

Success in love and life requires building enough momentum to keep going.

This is why I encourage you to get into the habit of celebrating all of your little successes.  This will instill positive force in your consciousness so you will be more resilient when the going gets tough.

A call to action:

I invite you to take a moment now and jot down three things you accomplished this week, no matter how ‘small’, and to celebrate all your efforts and struggles on your path to love and fulfillment.

Now go look in the mirror.

Smile.  Bathe in your beauty, strength, and resilience.

Yes, you have these qualities! 

Tune in next week for part two of this discussion.

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2 Comments »

Comment by stephen light
August 15, 2012 @ 7:15 am

Hey Ron

Thank you for the reminder to celebrate my achievements. I love it. So often I just rush past them because I have such high expectations of myself. This is a great reminder to say thank you to me.

Love & Courage
Stephen


Comment by stephen light
August 15, 2012 @ 7:15 am

Hey Ron

Thank you for the reminder to celebrate my achievements. I love it. So often I just rush past them because I have such high expectations of myself. This is a great reminder to say thank you to me.

Love & Courage
Stephen


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