What is Success?

Mentors - Joseph Murphy

"Success is the natural desire of everyone. To be a true success, we must understand the laws of life and the way of the spirit."

   This is why the Psalmist says; "But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." The law is that when we see what we want to see, regardless of the appearances, some day we shall experience in the without what we visioned within.

   Another way of stating the law of the Lord is; "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." It is the subjective state of thought that controls our outer or objective life. The images within are reflected on the screen without. The Science of Mind teaches that if it were possible to take a photograph of our subconscious or subjective beliefs or impressions, these would correspond exactly with the reflections within our world. Our experiences, events, circumstances, and conditions, therefore, reflect our inner convictions about ourselves, people and things, the world in general. "I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly." Success means successful living. A long period of peace, happiness, and joy on this plane may be termed success. The experience of these things forever is the everlasting life spoken of by Jesus.

   The real things of life are intangible, such as peace, happiness, security or integrity. They come from the withinness of humankind. We must lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot consume and where thieves do not break through and steal. This is the only true and lasting success.

   According to the ancient Greek philosophers, success consists in finding out the thing you love to do and doing it, for in this love of work is your key to happiness. We might consider this the first step to success. A second step consists in specializing in some particular branch or line of work and knowing more about that than anyone else. This contributes to our enthusiasm for life. For most of us, merely making a living is not true success. Our motive must be greater, nobler and more altruistic. We must want to serve others, thereby casting our bread upon the waters.

   The third step to success consists in making sure that the thing you want to be or do does not redound to your benefit only. It must, in one way or another, benefit humanity. A circle or complete circuit must be formed. In other words, the idea that you have must go out from you with the purpose of blessing or serving the world. It will then come back to you, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. If we "short-circuit" ourselves, we may experience loss, limitation and sickness.

   Success is loving your work and expressing it fully. Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches. A successful person is one possessed of the greatest spiritual understanding.

   In considering the three steps to success, we must never forget the underlying power of the creative forces of Spirit available to everyone. This is the energy back of all steps in any plan of success. Our thought is creative and, we all know, thought fused with feeling becomes a subjective belief, and according to our belief it is done unto us.

   If you are seeking a job, then treat yourself as well as your prospective employer, this way: Realize that the presence of God is where the employer is and that this person manifests God in action. Realize also that God is in action through you and that God is speaking through you and that you are going to say whatever is appropriate for the occasion. You will know that you are divinely guided to say whatever is right and true.

   Thousands have tried this approach, and it always works. Everyone knows that an idea or desire dropped into the subconscious mind comes to pass. Remember, you must have a clear-cut, definite desire. You must know exactly what you want. When your desire is clearly defined, imagine that you have realized it. Feel the joy of actually experiencing it. The minute you reach a conviction, the idea is dropped into your subconscious mind. Then, in ways that might surprise you, your desire will be realized.

   This process, in general, may be applied to the fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams. The knowledge of a mighty power within us, capable of bringing to pass all our desires, gives us a greater confidence and a sense of peace. Whatever our field of action may be, we should learn the laws of life. "Man, know thyself" and the way of the Spirit. Knowing how to apply the laws of life and the ways of the Spirit in service both to ourselves and others, is the sure path to true success.

There is no power in heaven or earth that wants to withhold success from us.


~Dr. Joseph Murphy, excerpted from; "Science of Mind Magazine" 1948~


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