How to Balance Maintaining Inner Peace with Striving for Success
“Spontaneous creativity arises from being fully conscious and living connected to the source, the inner refuge.” -Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
You’ve heard time and time again, and I’ll tell you one more time: life is all about BALANCE (in my humble opinion).
See how I just confidently said my piece, then wrapped it up nice and pretty with a bow of modesty? Balance.
Too much of anything is bad, and I firmly believe that.
It’s the most consistent and repetitive life lesson I’ve received. Balance. Is. Important.
There is no difference when it comes to both success and inner peace, two of the most essential core values in the lives of many.
Pretty much everyone wants to be successful, and I would venture to bet that everyone wants to feel at peace with themselves and with life.
But the question arises, “How can I feel at peace and reach for success at the same time?”
It’s a tough one. Success typically is bestowed upon those who experience that incessant inner void. That intense drive, that feeling that they have a greater purpose to fulfill.
That doesn’t sound like someone with inner peace, does it?
Aren’t those who’ve found some degree of inner peace usually completely at peace with their lives as they are already?
Doesn’t the concept of inner peace itself usually indicate the lack of desire for more, the absence of a void?
The answer to that question is, not necessarily.
It is possible to be at peace with yourself while still striving to fulfill your life’s purpose, and simultaneously achieve success.
How? By making a conscious effort to stay present while also focusing on your goals. By accepting the things you CAN’T change, but continuing to better your life in the ways you can.
Is it easy? Absolutely not. But it’s definitely possible.
In Rinpoche’s “Spontaneous Creativity,” he speaks with profound insight on the topic of actually using the aim for inner peace through specific meditations to allow the creativity that can lead to success and fulfillment of one’s purpose to flow more freely.
He says that creativity and ideas ‘arise from being connected to the source.’ By this, he means through meditation. Through being present.
Many people think that chasing success and purpose is all about looking to the future and keeping focus there.
It’s also known that inner peace can be reached through acceptance and presence.
So, why can’t you spend some time being very present, and some time looking to the future and focusing on your goals?
Balance. Split your time for two (truly, equally important) causes.
How can you know whether you’re putting enough effort and energy into both areas of your life?
Well, it’s simpler than you might think — you’ll simply feel balanced.
You’ll know that your life is equally peaceful and goal-oriented. You’ll know you’re working toward success while also not feeling that you’re missing out on life in order to get there.
Why should you do it this way? Because life is a gamble. None of us know how long we’ve got here.
Therefore, living completely in the present — taken to the most extreme degree — may land you broke and struggling. You may be living only in the moment, assuming you don’t have a tomorrow, but in reality you have hundreds of thousands of tomorrows left. You’ve got to have some kind of plan or ambition.
Similarly, living only for the future can cause you to miss out on the essence of life. You may only have a handful of tomorrows left, in which case you’d die full of regrets. You’ll feel you missed the whole point.
Breaking news — life can be about both the journey and the destination.
Might it take you a little longer to reach your goals? It’s arguable.
It could be taken into consideration that a little balance and break every now and then will actually fuel your fire even more.
Being present and working on your inner peace and acceptance with yourself and your life can actually prevent a burnout. We’re all human, and too much is just too much.
So instead of using all your energy for one thing, for one goal, aspire to have more of a balance in the areas of your life. Maybe even take Rinpoche’s advice and learn how to connect to the source of creativity and inspiration that exists, according to him, for all of us.
People seem to think that success must be achieved before inner peace can be won, but maybe it’s the other way around…
Striving for success is an amazing thing, but mastering being present is just as amazing. Make sure you experience a little of both in your lifetime.