Success really is like an iceberg! Just like an iceberg, what we are able to see is just a very small part of the whole picture. When we look at someone we see as successful, what we perceive as their success – an abundant income, high rank in their field, successful relationships, happy, fulfilled, and spiritually connected is a very small part of the whole or true picture. What we don't see is what it took to be in that position of success. How many times they have tried and failed. All the skills and lessons they have learned the “hard” way; by first doing things the wrong way. Many times in my life I have looked at another's success and envied their “easy” life. That is until I become aware of what it took to get there.
Always, always, they have made sacrifices and experienced difficulties many times before they reached what we perceive as “success”! I love this picture because it shows a true representation of success – not just what we are able to see but the whole picture, what is really involved! This drawing is lacking one element that is perhaps THE most important piece to be successful. That is personal growth. Many of the things shown under the water are involved in creating the personal growth that is required for success. Failure, sacrifice, and disappointment are often the fastest paths to personal growth. Hard work and dedication are required as well. And of course good habits will enable us to create a structure that will lead us up a path of inner awareness and self growth.
Be brutally honest with yourself. If you are not experiencing the success you desire, have you created a foundation that success can be built on? One of my mentors often talks about BEING the person who will have the success you desire. We often want to have the success and then think we can become the person we want to be. But the truth is, we must first become that person before we can experience the success we desire. Whether that success is financial, career, relationships, spiritual, or all of these. We must first start within ourselves – and that will require dedication, persistence, and hard work. Are you up for the challenge?