People nowadays rightfully expect more from their lives than in previous generations. It’s not enough to merely have a good job, car, partner and a nice place to live.
Young people these days are crying out for something more. They’re looking for meaning.
Lots of us still dream of a fat pay cheque and getting rich. But many of us also realise that money, fame and success are ultimately hollow.
Once you have a roof over your head and can pay your bills, more money doesn’t make you happier.
For a while now, I’ve been trying to scratch an itch… I’ve been wanting to fulfil my potential. And I’ve been looking into different ways in which I might achieve that goal.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a pair of blog posts in which I explored this issue:
For almost 3 months, I’ve been attending a 12 Steps fellowship for my issues with drug addiction. It’s been a revelation. I’m changing massively.
“I used to think that drugs were the problem, but they weren’t. It was me that was the problem… me and my fucked up thinking.”Bollinger, R. (2019)
Lofty goals can be worthwhile. But they’re by no means the most important thing.
Rather than trying to earn X amount of money, or achieve a certain level of success in my career, here’s what I’ve realised…
“Who I am on a day-to-day basis is way more important than my job title or how much I earn. It’s my character, my everyday behaviour and the type of person I am that’s truly important.”Bollinger, R. (2019)
My Life’s Purpose
I want to live every day in alignment with a set of spiritual principles, which include:
- Love, Compassion & Kindness
- Awareness & Attention
- Humility & Open-mindedness
And where I can, I want to help others to fulfil their own potential.
I also want to keep a primary focus on the here & now (the present), rather than worrying about the future or getting depressed about the past. Mindfulness will be my primary tool for achieving that.
Success as a By-Product
As long as I’m living according to the above principles, then I expect success (however you want to define that) will follow as a by-product.
I won’t need to chase money, status or prestige. If I have the right attitude towards myself and others, those things will come naturally.
At least, that’s my hope. I have faith in myself and my Higher Power.