The Path To Success Is Inside Of You, Not Outside

Post by Andrea Schroeder for the Kindness in Business series.


by Andrea Schroeder

The Path To Success Is Inside Of You, Not Outside

Your authentic self holds the key to success. It’s a shining jewel inside you that has all the answers to all of your questions about how to succeed on your own terms.

I learned this the hard way, after a decade trying to make a living from my art, looking for success outside of me and struggling at every turn: the path to success is inside of you, not outside.

You see, your business is not just your business. It’s your calling, your mission, your purpose. It’s how you share your light with the world. It’s meaningful, it’s magical and it’s powerful.

You plug into that meaning, magic and power by plugging into your authentic self. This is where you find your ability to create success from the inside out.

You un-plug from that meaning, magic and power when you run around trying to create success from the outside in. This is where you frantically research SEO and list-building and how to get a bazillion twitter followers overnight.

A simple way to plug into meaning, magic and power:

Ask yourself two questions:
1. What is your business’ mission?2. Why is it important?
This is not a business mission statement. This is mission as in calling, purpose. If the heart of your business could speak (it can, actually) what would it tell you its mission is? And what does your heart have to say about why this is important?

For example: My business’ mission is to help people activate their infinite creative potential and power to create their lives. This is important because people who are plugged into their creativity, purpose + power make the world a better place for everyone.

So instead of looking at my business as just my livelihood, I am looking at it as a way of making the world a better place for everyone. This is an immediate perspective-shifter. This plugs you into your truth on a much deeper level and it connects you to your soul purpose.

Truth + Purpose = POWER.

This is the power that will create meaningful success.

Write down your answers on a piece of paper and put it up on the wall above your workspace. Read it every day. Read it when you’re facing something hard. Read it when you’re making a decision. Read it before you write blog posts or talk to clients.

This way you stay connected to the meaning, magic and power of your authentic self and you let it direct you, instead of being directed by external forces, fears, doubts or internet marketing gurus. Remember: your authentic self has all the answers to all of your questions about how to succeed on your own terms.

Let everything you do in your business be fueled by the meaning, magic and power of your authentic self and you will create your unique path to success. Shine that light and shine it bright. The world needs exactly what you have to offer.

With a glitter gun in one hand and a paint brush in the other, I lovingly mentor men and women who want to lead abundantly creative lives, and do impossible things with EASE and JOY. Your dream is important, let’s make it real in the Creative Dream Incubator.

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