Secret of Success, Part 2
Appreciating your success is a major factor in achieving satisfaction from all your hard work. A lack of integration of mind, body, and spirit can lead to less desirable outcomes. In other words, if you are not really taking good care of yourself it is very difficult to celebrate your successful accomplishments, and may in fact, sabotage your success.
If you do not have your mind, your body, and your spirit in proper alignment, you will not find satisfaction in your success.
Your mental attitude is a huge factor in accomplishing your goals and appreciation of your success. Negativity, anxiety, depression, stress, feeling overwhelmed, irritability, communication problems, substance abuse, and even memory retention can be serious challenges when your mind is not in focus. Any and all of these symptoms will sabotage your path toward success. They can also ruin your celebration of accomplishment. You can minimize the negative challenges by increasing your awareness regarding your habitual response to stress and then developing your stress management skills. You can increase your productivity and enhance your performance by ridding yourself of unnecessary stress.
The connection between your mind and your body has long been acknowledged. If you do not care properly for your body, you will create situations and responses that will distract your mind from the focus attention you require to build long-term success. Though self-care of your body requires time and energy, this will be re-paid many times over by health, focus, improved energy, and the fewer distractions that your body will create. “There is no place for an anxious mind in a relaxed body.” (Edmond Jacobson said in the 1920’s as he developed Jacobson’s Progressive Relaxation Training.)
The most interesting connection is that by learning to take better care of your mind and your body, you will connect in positive way with your spirit. Pain and anxiety can keep you from experiencing your spirit. When your spirit is strong you are more tolerant and accepting, even of yourself. Your passion for your life can be amplified. Your life can find better balance and so you are less a victim to internal and external distractions. With the positive connections of mind, body and spirit, you can achieve greater productivity with less effort and discomfort.
Since these factors are all interrelated and you can learn to minimize the negative and enhance the positive, you will find your successes can flourish and satisfy you.
Consider your deeply held values and find goals that will lead to successes that feed your spirit and create extra treasures in your life. More in our next related articles.
L. John Mason, Ph.D. is the author of the best selling “Guide to Stress Reduction.” Since 1977, he has offered Success Coaching and Training.
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