Is it possible to achieve success effortlessly?
Many people wish to... but they end up falling for deceptive business opportunities and marketing schemes that promise effortless wealth, but don't deliver.
However, I am here to tell you that it is
possible, but not in the surface-level way that most understand it to be.
First, let us understand that deep and lasting happiness requires something that many people are unwilling to do:
Hard work. Discomfort.
And yet, there is a way to practice discomfort
and hard work that can actually be enjoyable, light, and fulfilling.
It is to shift your perspective about risk, the possibility of "failure."
When you remember that you are completely, truly secure, and will always be taken care of, you come to see that the present risks in front of you are just part of an adventure.
You are in an adventure, role-playing game called Your Life.
When you approach risk, danger, discomfort, and hard work from a perspective of eternal safety, and present adventure, your work becomes "effortless" because you are no longer suffering.
You aren't truly afraid to fail anymore, so all work becomes play. Effort-less.
This is what is meant by "find work you love and you'll never work a day in your life." You may be expending energy, but there is no suffering, so there is no feeling of "effort" in your mind.
However, "finding work you love" can take many, many years to create. More on that here: http://j.mp/1JPSNuj
So if you depend on finding "work you love" in order to stop suffering in your work, you are wasting a lot of your life. You can stop that now. You can stop suffering now.
You can stop suffering by taking a moment, anytime you need to work on something difficult, to shift your perspective
about risk, danger, discomfort, and hard work.
You willingly and happily experience "discomfort" because you see the fun in it: it is part of your adventure game. You as the larger player are totally safe!
(Remember: without risk, discomfort, hard work, the game is not fun, and you do not grow in skill as quickly.)
Give thanks for the opportunity to do hard work, because life becomes worthwhile and meaningful. It becomes fun from a higher perspective.
A couple of tips:
1. Let your periods of discomfort be short at first, then longer, as you learn how to practice it skillfully, how to enjoy it.
2. Set up the rest of your life to have as little drama
as possible, so that you will have the willpower to practice discomfort (and therefore, growth) in your work.
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." - Gustave Flaubert
3. You never need to "grit your teeth" or "just get through this" or "bite the bullet." _That_ normal, militaristic way of experiencing discomfort will multiply stress, make you extend your stress beyond yourself, and eventually, hurting others.
Instead, practice discomfort by first anchoring yourself in total inner security.
4. It helps me a lot to breathe intentionally.
Whenever I experience discomfort in my work (eg stretching beyond my abilities, going into territory I don't have full knowledge of, or reaching out and not knowing if I will get a positive response), I take a moment to breathe in Love, and breathe out Play.
It is a moment for me to remind myself of everything I have written you above.
Then I can continue with the work in a state of happy hard work. Effortless effort. Struggle-free discomfort. Stretching beyond my comfort zone while having a larger deeper sense of total security.
By being willing to experience discomfort, I improve my abilities and reach a higher level of success and happiness.
I also recommend reading this article by Leo Babauta, "Why the fear of discomfort may be ruining your life" -- http://zenhabits.net/discomfort-ruin/
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