For the first 38 years of my life I lived my life pretty much the way I had been taught. I got up in the morning, forced myself to do something I didn’t want to do, then allowed myself the remainder of the day to sort of enjoy myself. I mean, this is the way it had always been for me. Like the grain running through wood, that this is the appropriate way to live a life, was deeply ingrained into my psyche.
It stems in large part from the fact that most of us are forced to go to school first then maybe have a little fun afterwards. That’s the routine that we learn from our youngest days. Plus, our whole society has a myth that says something along the lines of “hard work first then play a little later – if you are lucky, if you can afford it.”
About ten years ago, I started to study successful people. Not the sort of, kind of people that were successful in an ordinary way, but the stratospherically successful people like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Oprah, Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman. What I discovered is that there was one fundamental difference between how I lived my life and how they lived theirs. Namely, they enjoyed the heck out of all parts of their life. They didn’t buy into the “hard work first” mantra. They did what they wanted to do first and foremost because they wanted to do it.
At first I overlooked this as a relatively unimportant factor in success. Instead, I focused on their working styles and their vision, what kind of goals they set and how they went about achieving them. But it kept popping up over and over again, the common thread that united all stratospherically successful people. All those other factors differed from person to person, as varied and disconnected as a menu at a microbrewery. But the fact that they were all enjoying their lives immensely, that was the same.
It was not until I undertook the study of spiritual laws that I realized the reason why having fun in one’s life was the determining factor in stratospheric success. The law of attraction says that like attracts like. More specifically, the law of attraction requires that you may only receive material success and riches in proportion to your own appreciation of your worthiness of them. If you are not letting yourself have fun in every area of your life, then you are not fully experiencing your own worthiness.
Therefore, if you are depriving yourself of enjoyment, then you are also depriving yourself of the easy flow of abundance. If this is the case, then indeed you will have the experience that you must work hard for everything that you receive. The experience that everything is given in direct proportion to how hard you work, that everything must be earned through blood, sweat and tears, will be proven true over and over again for you.
Instead, let’s open ourselves up to a different way. That’s all that is necessary, no more striving. What I know for sure is that there is a stream of energy of pure positivity flowing through this universe. You don’t have to “do” anything to access it. All that is necessary is that you allow it. In the morning when you wake up, or maybe when you are experiencing tension or anxiety, say to yourself, “I am open to a different way of seeing this situation. I am open to a different way of experiencing life in general.” In this way, the grain in the wood that is your current way of life will gradually begin to reroute itself into something magnificent, into something extraordinary.