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Flashback Friday: Authentic Success

Good Friday Morning!  I'll be sharing "flashbacks" to your favorite, most viewed blogs on Friday mornings.

What does Authentic Success mean to you?

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I've read the book Simple Abundance by Sahah Ban Breathnach off and on for years. I've given it as a gift many times.  I picked it up again recently and realized that the excerpt I'm sharing below are words I've aspired to since I started reading this daily meditation many years ago.  Authentic Success, as defined by you, is what I mean by True Success when I write:  Be You (Show Up) + You, Inc. (Shine) = True Success. 

I wish you much happiness and success!  Hope this excerpt from the book inspires you as much as it continues to inspire me. Enjoy! 

Authentic success is different for each of us.  No single definition fits all because we come in all sizes....

...Authentic success is having time enough to pursue personal pursuits that bring you pleasure, time enough to make the loving gestures for your family you long to do, time enough to care for your home, tend your garden, nurture your soul.  Authentic success is never having to tell yourself or those you love, "maybe next year".  Authentic success is knowing that if today were your last day on earth, you would leave without regret.  Authentic success is feeling focused and serene when you work, not fragmented.  It's knowing that you've done the best that you possibly can, no matter what the circumstances you faced; it's knowing in your soul that the best you can do is all you can do, and that the best you can do is always enough.

Authentic success is accepting your limitations, making peace with your past, and reveling in your passions so that your future may unfold according to Divine Plan.  It's discovering and calling forth your gifts and offering them to the world to help heal its ravaged heart.  It's making a difference in other lives and believing that if you can do that for just one person each day, through a smile, a shared laugh, a caress, a kind word, or a helping hand, blessed are you among women.

Authentic success is not just money in the bank but a contented heart and peace of mind.  It's earning what you feel you deserve for the work you do and knowing that you're worth it.....  Authentic success is not about accumulating but letting go, because all you have is all you truly need.  Authentic success is feeling good about who you are, appreciating where you've been, celebrating your achievements, and honoring the distance you've already come.  Authentic success is reaching the point where being is as important as doing.  It's the steady pursuit of a dream.  It's realizing that no matter how much time it takes for a dream to come true in the physical world, no day is ever wasted.  It's valuing inner, as well as outer, labor - both your own and others'.  It's elevating labor to a craft and craft to an art by bestowing Love on every task you undertake.

Authentic success is knowing how simply abundant your life is exactly as it is today.  Authentic success is being so grateful for the many blessings bestowed on you and yours that you can share your portion with others.

Authentic success is living each day with a heart overflowing.

Flashback to today, November 22, 2013.

So what does Authentic Success mean to you?  How do you cultivate it each day?  

I've recently started meditating for 15-20 minutes most days, and wow what a difference it has begun to make in my ability to stay present and connected to what is most important to me.

What is one small habit you could start today to cultivate your connection to and progress along your own authentic success journey?

Have a wonderful weekend!