How Do You Spell Success?

by Marla Bollak on October 15, 2012

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Welcome to another episode on channeling. People ask me all the time, “Where do I get this stuff?” Well, I don’t really know, but I do have conversations with whomever or whatever is feeding me this information. Sometimes I start with a question. Here is one conversation I had with my ‘buddies.’ I’ll just call them, THEM. I’ll call me, ME. This one sort of surprised me.

ME: I don’t know how to have confidence in moving forward when everything I’ve done for a long time has just turned to shit and it seems as if everyone is telling me that I’m wrong.

I know that it’s not supposed to be about right and wrong, but sometimes I don’t know what to do, or what to think.

THEM: Define success.

ME: I can’t. I know it’s not money or cars or happiness, but I don’t know what it is.

THEM: Then stop using the word.

ME: Huh?

THEM: Stop thinking in terms of success and failure. They don’t exist. You know that people say all the time, “There’s no such thing as failure.” If that’s true, then what about its opposite? Doesn’t exist. No failure. No success. Just experience. You can’t measure your life in terms of something that doesn’t exist. Well, you could, but you’d be wrong. 😉

The real problem, you know, is that you’re focusing on the people saying you’re wrong, not the people who see your light. You know what to do.

Another Bit on Success Soon After That Conversation

I don’t date these scribbles, but I do know that this one occurred soon after the previous one, because I was thrown by what, at first blush, appears to be contradictory.

THEM: How do you measure success?

ME: Whaa?

THEM: You’re expecting consistency?

You can’t measure success in material ways. You can only measure material endeavors (actions, marshalling resources, etc.) by material success. Even then….

Remember – it’s ALL an inside job. Spiritual success can only be felt. Not thought. Felt.

So Ends Another Episode From Inside Marla’s Head

I still don’t know how to define success, but it sure is interesting to contemplate. In the final analysis, we each need to define it for ourselves – or not.

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{ 3 comments }

Angela Goodeve October 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I love the first conversation, which I think could be an “AHA” moment for a lot of people! It definitely mirrors lessons I have learned, and could lead one to define success this way: Success is living each moment with gratitude, acceptance, and happiness (for lessons learned, strengths gained, and beautiful experiences you can take with you for the rest of your life!).

Thoughts?

Marla November 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Thanks, Ang. I think that the definition of success is personal to each of us. For me, it’s also relative to a goal. I feel successful in achieving a goal – or not, if I learn something from moving towards the goal.

Sandy December 10, 2012 at 3:37 am

Very exciting stuff

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