We looked at how success can mean a variety of things for different people:

  • Money
  • Power
  • Good Health
  • Good relationships
  • Popularity
  • Happiness
  • Benefit Society

As well as the traits that will make one successful:

  • Do what you love – optimism and hard work
  • Have a focus/purpose – determination and self esteem
  • Service attitude – offer others what they need/want shifts focus away from you
  • Fearless – willing to stretch and take risks
  • Become a lifelong learner
  • Improve your resilience
  • Self-discipline
  • Develop your sense of self separate from mind/body

 

As discussed in the Bhagavad Gita, often our mind gets in the way:
“One must deliver himself with the help of his mind, and not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.” (Bhagavad Gita 6.6-7)

 

Therefore there are many benefits of developing a spiritual sense of self:

  • Practices such as meditation, prayer and yoga improve mental and physical health
  • Values of forgiveness, hope and gratitude increase optimism
  • Like minded community support
  • Architecture creates a sacred space
  • Locus of control lies with us leading to empowerment and accountability

 

“Our Character determines whether our personality is our strength or weakness.” Dr Chetna Kang