Success is one element of life that everyone wishes and desires for, in anything and everything, in every action and every moment – consciously or unconsciously, in personal, relational, professional, financial, or health life one wants “success”.
Success is also a source of motivation; when one cannot view success then there is no motivation to work or live one’s life. So, “success” is not just critical but central to the reason why we exist. A small minority can see success even in failure but the majority is mostly bipolar – success elevates then failure pulls them down.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, “success” has no objective definition, it means different things for different people. For one success is in money, for another it is in people; for some it is in creating something new, for others it is in security and safety; some find it in travels, in animals, in nature, in food, in challenges, in adventure, in art, in music and so on. Even in that there is no specific, objective benchmark. There may be some specimens, some standards, some well-accepted examples of and for success that a majority may subscribe to, but even that does not make success objective.
So what? Why all this?
Irrespective of what success is or means to one, or how one views or defines success there is one simple formula to it. The “formula” prescribed for success – by ancient Indian philosophers – in one line is: anukoolasya sankalpah, pratikoolasya varjanam.
This assumes that there is a specific goal, purpose, mission or objective in and to life. If one does not have a goal or purpose in life then success has no specific, measurable meaning; it then is anything that is even neutral and is often too gross. Most people lack a goal or purpose in life and thus are not sure what success means to them.
What is so great about that?
“anukoolasya sankalpah, pratikoolasya varjanam” crudely translated means “determination of the favorable and relinquishing the unfavorable”. The two will have to happen in parallel – accepting all that which is beneficial and letting go of that which is not. One would let go of all that which is not helpful only if the purpose is clear.
Every moment in life then is a choice, a choice that heads one in the direction of the goal or not. There is no failure in that sense, every moment in life becomes meaningful.
When the purpose is clear and the goal intact, every action, every activity, every moment in life takes one a step ahead in that pursuit. This is why Upanishads assert “seek your goal as if it is your last breath”; uthishta jagratha praapyavaraan nibodhata.
What is wasting your time? family, facebook, youtube, friends, food, travel, work, television, movies, entertainment etc etc, there are so many that can pull you away from your goal. What are impacting you, and how much are these impacting you in your pursuit of where you want to be?
sukhArtinaH kuto vidyA, nAsti vidhArthinaH sukham; sukhArthI vA tyajedvidyA.n vidyArthI vA sukhA.n tyajet.
What is important to you matters because if you choose pleasures you compromise on learning; a sincere student compromises time-wasting pleasures for learning. What you are ready to let go determines what is important to you, and how important it is to you!
Do not waste even a moment because the moment gone will never come back. Wake up, arise and chase your dream as if your breathe depends on it, and on it alone. Are you serious about it?
So, the simple secret to success is pursuing that which takes you ahead in the direction you are heading, and simultaneously letting go of that which does not. Determine the favorable ones and let go of the unfavorable ones.
Written with Love,