If you’re feeling like everyone around you is forging ahead in the pool of “success” and you’re wondering what it is you’re doing wrong, I have a secret for you:
It’s all an illusion.
I know, “What? But, Jaclyn, they literally have a lot of money, they literally have the recognition, they literally have the life, the love-life, and the career I dream to have! How is this all an illusion?”
It’s an illusion because reality is an illusion. The entire Universe as you choose to view it in its state is an illusion stemming from your observational point.
The Belief of an Atom
For years upon years scientists believed the atom was the smallest unit of matter. However, they then observed what was inside the atom and now believe the atom is not the smallest unit of matter. There are quarks, leptons, electrons, etc…
But, why did they believe the atom was the smallest unit of matter and then change their minds about their beliefs?
One of my favorite quotes is:
Knowledge is power.
I sometimes hear people say knowledge is NOT power, but I choose to observe it differently because with knowledge you are able to make decisions for yourself and your reality as you know it to be.
Here is why I find reality as being an illusion so fascinating:
Watch TED Talk with Neuroscientist, Dr. Anil Seth, Explain Why We Hallucinate
Do you have a body, or are you being a body?
Do you believe our brain’s filtering system is one, big hallucination? Do you believe the Law of Attraction is real? Do you believe you can create your own reality? Reply and let me know!
Life & Success as We Know It to Be
When you look around and compare yourself to other people’s life, love, and career milestones, you are creating this reality for yourself. The person you are comparing yourself to is also looking around themselves and doing the same comparison with the meaning of “success”.
You could be starting your journey in your career, or you could be at the highest part of your career, and you’re still going to have fears of failure because you’re going to look around you and compare yourself to other people’s reality (version) of “success”.
It’s innate, it’s part of being human. So, give yourself a break because you’re doing so much BETTER than you even realize you are. Not everyone is going to be vocal about how you inspire them, but it doesn’t mean you aren’t inspirational at all. And no matter how much you DO inspire others, you are still going to have scrutiny from others.
Therefore, be like Eleanor Roosevelt and carpe diem your success like the phenomenal supernova that I know and you know you are, underneath your layers of fear. It’s time to OWN your success!
Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway. – Eleanor Roosevelt