Once you have an action plan ready and you are working towards achieving it, increase your awareness and you’ll notice distractions, temptations, and obstacles that come along the way. Separate them from opportunities to learn and grow by going back to your heart’s mission. Soon all confusion will dissolve and you can see everything in your life in light of your desired goal.
Remember nothing good comes free. Ask yourself if you are ready to pay the price and then march ahead cheerfully. As waves of change, setbacks and losses strike you along with the high of accolades, you’ll be peaceful. You know you are really happy when you can withstand a sudden tragedy and not let your endeavour be affected. And you will have achieved the summit of success when you don’t allow even happiness to carry you away from your desired goal. On your journey, you’ll discover strategies to help you cope with the distractions; you may try different things. Through trial and error and the inevitable ups and downs of life, you will surely grow resilient. Then, one day, as you lie on your deathbed, you’ll be happy because you led your life in congruence with your true inner aspirations.
A life centered on a worthwhile cause makes the heart rich; happiness then becomes a by-product.
Srila Prabhupada wrote the Bhagavadgita commentary in the late 1940s based on his study and research of the works of various saints and scholars over the past centuries. He then looked for a sponsor to publish it. His decades of effort finally bore fruit when an industrialist promised to finance it. He came home excited, but to his shock, he found the manuscript missing. He asked his family members and servants and searched everywhere, but to no avail. Those were the days when they didn’t have a soft copy and Srila Prabhupada didn’t even have a photocopy of the original manuscript. But not one to be discouraged, he began writing again, and eventually, fifteen years later, he was ready with yet another, complete commentary on the Bhagavadgita.
What was his secret? He was writing as a service to his beloved spiritual master and to his dear Lord Krishna. Therefore, when things went awry, he wasn’t affected; he could see a divine hand and could resume his service with renewed enthusiasm.
It’s much better to be driven by an inner sense of purpose than by the flashy success outside of our real being. That’s because you can’t really control the external world; your influence is within and to the extent, you are in control of it, you can achieve success externally. More importantly, even if you fail on the external front, you wouldn’t be discouraged and in all likelihood would rebound with renewed vigor and enthusiasm to achieve your goal.
This attitude alone can guarantee happiness, not outdoing others or seeking their approval. Wayne Dyer said it aptly, ‘People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.