Today we have many myths that cripple our thinking and distort our connection with divine purpose. Because of these myths, the chances are high that many of your beliefs about success and meaning are either wrong or very limited. Any idea or philosophy that doesn’t take into account the universal laws that govern true success is a myth.
An example of a success myth is found a very popular book I was given years ago titled “The Common Denominator of Success.” The books premise is that the secret of success lies in the fact that successful people form the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. (Albert E.N. Gray, Common Denominator of Success). The interesting thing about myths is that they are often half-truths. They contain elements of truth, while leaving out universal principles.
The quote seems to be making the assumption that if you force yourself to do things that unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do, you will find your life of success and meaning. The unfortunate truth is, you can spend the rest of your life disciplining yourself to do what “so-called” failures won’t do, and experience nothing but misery. Misery is not success!
I’m not saying that self-discipline and will power can’t be helpful once you’re on the path of divine purpose, but if you’re using them to go down a dissonant path, the result will always be the same – dissonance. Thy myth is that self-discipline and willpower in and off themselves are sufficient, and they are not!
The universal principle missing from that quote is the principle of resonance. Without a resonant connection to your divine purpose, all the willpower and self-discipline in the world will only result in a life of dissonance.
If you’re going down a path that doesn’t resonate with your divine purpose you will always experience dissonance!
In my personal experience, I have endured years of self-imposed willpower only to miss out on the abundant life I was seeking. The fanatical effort I put into following this myth was much like running into a wall, getting back up and doing it over and over again. I paid a price for following this myth. I had a heart attack at the age of 49 and suffered through years of stress and anxiety. I missed out on much the beauty, joy and abundance I could have experienced by applying this principle.