You grow from the inside out

‘Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts.’ Benjamin Disraeli

Many of us get this back to front. We believe that the more money we make or the more toys we acquire, the happier and more secure we will be.

So some of us make the money and collect the toys and realise that there’s still something missing. So what do we do? We set our goals even higher to make yet more money and acquire even bigger and better toys.

We create this vicious circle until one day we wake up and realise, ‘Oh no, this is not what I thought it would be.’ Unfortunately, some of us wake up too late or not at all.

The reason is simple: we’ve been searching outside of ourselves for the ‘core values’ that we hope will provide what we need in our lives in order to live a ‘whole’ life. Lasting success in life emanates from two basic emotional states: love and being grateful.

If you can love who you are, then you can love others as well and if you are grateful for the joy and good that is present in your life, then you will attract more of the same.

You and you alone are responsible for your own true happiness, inspiration and success. And everything that you need is inside of you right this moment.

It reminds me of the wonderful Persian fable Acres of Diamonds. Briefly, the story goes like this:

A wealthy farmer, unhappy with what he has, sells his land, leaves his family and goes off in search of diamonds. He spends the rest of his life travelling the world, searching in vain, until finally dying a poor and disappointed man. One day, the man who bought his farm is working in the fields. He sees something shiny, bends down to pick it up and, sure enough, it’s a diamond. In fact, it turns out that the farm is sitting atop a huge diamond deposit.

The moral of the story: Everything you need in life is already in your possession, if only you’ll take the time to find it.

‘All you need is love.’ John Lennon

An extract from my book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. 

John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.     

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