Spirituality is a significant element in human existence. This means that “Spiritual Optimization™” is a necessary—though often downplayed or ignored—aspect of achieving success and happiness in life.
Human beings are spiritual beings. There is both social and historical proof for this reality. But, I’m not talking about your religious bias. I’m talking about the nature of your existence and experience.
You Are Significant Not Paramount
Spirituality, at its very foundation, is the realization—and the acceptance—that you are not the center of the universe. Spirituality that places the individual at the center of their reality is not spirituality at all. It is egocentricism fueled by the human desire to be the central focus.
Saying that you are not paramount does not mean that you are not important. You are extremely important, exceedingly significant, and extraordinarily invaluable—and I’m in no way overstating this point.
You are a unique treasure in this grand universe. But you are not the only or central treasure. Stated another way, you are not of paramount importance—even though we all like to think that we are—but you are of great importance and significance.
There Is More to Life than Me
At its foundation, spirituality is the realization and recognition that the world is bigger than I am.
There is more to life than me. There are values that extend beyond me. There are other people that are equally as important as me. There is very likely a higher power than me.
In other words, you are as important as me!
I have a responsibility to accept this grand scheme of things—this bigger picture—and to contribute in a positive way to make the world a better place to live work and play.
Spiritual Does Not Mean Religious
More than any other optimization category, “Spiritual Optimization™” requires a descriptive comment. This is especially true since the word “spiritual” is currently used in a wide variety of ways, with distinct meanings, depending on context and the individual’s personal belief system, and possibly their religious culture.
Many people will immediately equate the word “spiritual” with “religion.” However, for our purposes we will use the word in a broader, more basic or fundamental sense, and not in a strictly religious sense.
Spiritual Optimization™ & Values, Purpose, and Mission
Spiritual Optimization™ addresses the issue of an individual’s deeply held values, their purpose, and their mission in life.
It is important that our deep rooted values direct us to look beyond ourselves, and to consider how we impact the people around us. We must be able to look beyond our own welfare to the welfare of others. Likewise, our purpose and mission in life must enable and motivate us to reach beyond self interest.
Where Do Values Come From?
I would not presume to tell you what you should believe. However, for many people—in fact, the vast majority of people on a global scale—the values that give meaning and purpose to their lives come from a higher source referred to as god.
This means that strictly speaking the “spiritual” element cannot be ignored when discussing the deeply held values and life purpose of many people. When this is the case it may be legitimate, and even necessary, to bring the “spiritual” element into the discussion.
The Higher Purpose of Success
Success comes with great responsibility. There is, in fact, a higher purpose of success. That purpose is to have a positive influence in making our world a better place to live, work, and play.
You are responsible to use your success to influence others in a positive way, and perhaps even to help them to succeed.
The bottom line is that all people have the responsibility, and privilege, to exert a positive influence on their families, peers, communities, and even their world.
Maximizing your potential would be decidedly selfish if there was no underlying value system to motivate you to reach out beyond yourself. Everything that is wrong with the world is the result of human behavior that puts one individual’s needs above the needs of other people.
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As you strive to improve yourself, please remember that there is always a higher purpose to be considered. It is not only about us—as much as we would like it to be. There are other people in this world to consider as we strive for success and enjoyment in life.
Take Action: Ask yourself the following question and then take action.
What can you do this week to use your success, or perhaps a recent success, to help someone else?
You will be amazed at how much you will benefit from this mentality. Your experience of peace (well-being) and your performance, will improve in direct proportion to how willing you are to help other people.
The goal, however, is not to “give” so that you can “get,” but to “give” because it is the right thing to do. Keep your motives pure. But I will add that the “getting” part sure is a nice side benefit.
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