How to Find Yourself the Success that is Sought?

how to find yourself

how to find yourself

How do we define success? Accolades? Parties in your honor? Awards?

Does success always have to be fancy? Have you wondered about it? Has it always plagued you how to find yourself in a decent position among those who make a show of success and sing tirades of how they did it?

And have you ever wondered if it counts how many and what sort of efforts you made to make success kiss your feet? Well, one thing, success is different for all. Another thing, different people have different ways to find it. Some try everything they can, some find a sturdy way of progressing and then stick to it. Human population growth statistic tells us how dissatisfied human of all nations, classes and races are with their lives. Looking for grand success with complex means need not really bring in satisfaction.

I still recall a practice from my childhood days. My brother and I used to get to rent a video game system if we were good as kids. Consequently, we always ended up fighting. We would get a game like “Street Fighter” or “Mortal Combat”, where we would have to compete against each other. My brother would try to use as many buttons, and make as many different moves as possible to get my guy. I would find one thing, one button, and just keep pushing it, just keep doing the one thing that worked. For me, it worked almost every time. He would yell, he would fluster, and get so mad. “That’s cheating!”, “That’s not fair!”, “You can’t do that!” He had all kinds of reasons why me winning with one move was not a real win at all.

But it was a win, after all. A win is a win. And, doing something simple, over and over that works, actually WORKS! Success doesn’t have to be fancy; it doesn’t have to be complicated either. If you are still ill at ease thinking how to find yourself that magic bean which grows a stock leading to treasure, think again. May be you just need to do your daily job well to do well in life.

Do what works; do it well; repeat.
Don’t over think; don’t over act or react.

This applies to everything in life. If you have a side-business that is helping pay off debt, but it is not exciting, keep doing it. It will work and pay off. Don’t lose small avenues of improvement in search of something grand.

If you have a diet that is working but is bland and uneventful, keep going.

The secret that economists keep looking for to attain holistic human population growth may be just this bit – figuring out what works for you. The greatest treasure in life is just beyond the dry, barren deserts. The gold is within the common soil. Don’t be fancy, just be consistent.
Find what works.

Do it.
Repeat.

Rock on!
-Oscar

Know Yourself to Ride the Cycles of Life

We live in a story. This life, the people, the drama around us, the rad, and the sad are all a very real dream. It’s hard to believe, but it is the way it is. Who were you before you were born? What will you be when you leave? Do you know yourself?

Know Yourself

Do You Know Yourself?

What We are

We come from a Mystery and will return to a Mystery; and in between lies a dynamic, an ever-flowing river of experience. We paint this experience with the stories we have been narrated to us. We modified them, and created ourselves. Some serve us, but some hold us back. One thing I discovered as I looked at the stories I tell myself, and this natural unfolding of the Dream of Life, is that the Cycles of Life can create Flow or Turbulence depending on how we act. This means that the key to empowerment lies in our own acts.

The Vitality of Action

Action is the Juice in the squeeze. Even action-less action is an action. Meditating, for example, IS an action too. When our actions come rolling in flow with the Cycles of Life, we don’t fear the natural unfolding; when we act out of fear or desperation, the very same Cycles become a brick wall.

Just know that everything is in flux. The hard times are there to help you appreciate the good ones; the thin times flavor the thick. Business is slow to prepare for the good times, and good times are for preparing for the “Bad”. Nothing stays the same. But, there are times when we feel trapped, like “this crap will last forever”. The trick is to lean into it. Allow yourself to be OK with “hell” lasting forever.

What Action Must be Taken?

Allow yourself to know yourself; to feel how you feel; to see the situation as it is, and Act. There is an odd, consistent crack in the “forever feeling” when you do this. Like the cracking of the thin shell that holds a baby bird captive in its egg. Just beyond the constrictive, black abyss is an alive, vibrant world of endless possibilities.

Just like not letting go with either hand on monkey bars, if we cannot let go of the past there will be no momentum to carry us into our future. If we cannot let go of our story, we will be unable to write our future. As soon as we let go, energy is released, and me move. Allowing, letting go into the Flow, is an action. Let the Cycles of Life work for you and realize nothing is permanent; that is your path to empowerment. No-“body” gets out of this life alive. We are all walking soil; so enjoy this dream we have the privilege to be in, and make it your own.
Change the world; it’s yours to change! And ride the Cycles of Life to your advantage!

Live Rad,
-Oscar

Weed Your Garden First – Know Yourself before You Know Others

“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles”- Sun Tzu. One thing in life is for sure – all the important lessons are learned only by experience. Know yourself and win rest of the world.

Know Yourself

Know Yourself

I realized it when I was hopeful about playing a pivotal part in getting a local start to an Occupy movement in my home town some time ago. More than a movement, it proved to be a great experiment in seeing social dynamics on an upfront and personal level. It also compelled me to see how easy it is to point a finger at others for problems, and how difficult it is to know yourself. I would have to say that the frustrations that the lessons of Occupy caused in me, egged me on to create what has now taken the shape of this blog – StartWithin.

Whose Fault is It?

It is so easy to point the finger at others; so easy to point out the weeds in other’s garden. And this syndrome only grows with human population growth. It takes real wisdom to realize and fathom the reality of someone’s fault (a person, a leader, a government) and use the lessons for PERSONAL growth first.

A Lesson Learned in Time

The lesson that must be learned, however, is that before you try to incite change in another, it is you who must change. Weed out the greed in your own heart before shaking your fist at the corporate greed. That is what I had to do. I could not see myself being apart of something with pure ideals (realized or not) with what I felt was a lack in personal purity. I had to weed my garden first, and the process seems to have just started. It may take this lifetime (or more) to get this herculean task completed.

The Chain Reaction of Weeding

There is hope though. Just like one person on the block cleaning up their yard can spur others to spruce up their place as well, likewise, by “weeding” yourself you may end up encouraging others to do the same. Making wise choices yourself, without, howsoever, making much noise about it creates the space for those around you to make wise choices as well. On the flip-side, when you make poor choices, you allow other to continue the way they are going. There are more people comparing themselves to you in ways you may never know. Your growth creates a force to allow their growth. This is how human population growth is. This very act of spreading the positive change is the true Occupy movement.

Occupy yourself first, weed your own garden. What is that 1% negative within you that is oppressing the 99% positive that wants to grow and evolve? What is that one good change you can decide to strive for right now? What is one “weed” you can pull in this moment? To find out it is imperative to make efforts to know yourself.

Get the gloves out and get ready to take the dirt, your garden awaits.

-Oscar Nelson

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