What Is Prosperity? [episode 14]
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Welcome back to Express Success Radio and our first ever Unleash Your Power session. I’m your host, Joyanne Sloan and I’m excited about answering a truly essential question “What is prosperity?” You know, it’s taken me years to get clear about its meaning, because the ways in which we define language change as we change.
As a young girl in Southern California, I had a significantly different idea about prosperity back then, as I do now. And there’s something I want to point out before I go any further, and that is we’re not talking about some rigid dictionary meaning here, but a fluid and evolving understanding of the power of language to define your life.
In other words, I’m going to share what prosperity means to me, but I don’t want you to take it as anything other than my opinion. Instead, I’d encourage you to define or even redefine prosperity for yourself. Because, after all, it’s what you think that makes the difference.
I think it’s fair to say that American culture has essentially equated getting rich with being prosperous. In fact, there’s a strange irony when you consider that while much of the world believes the United States to be extraordinarily affluent, the hard statistics show that we are currently facing record-setting national debt and personal bankruptcy. I think we can agree that the time has come for new meanings and new methods.
The dictionary defines prosperity as: The state of being successful, thriving or wealthy. And there you have it. If you remember anything at all from this episode, let it be this: Prosperity is not something you have, it’s something you are. By definition, it’s a “state of being” rather than an amassing of what you can buy, or store, or covet or lose.
To be prosperous is about merit, not material. To be successful is to enjoy personal power, not purchasing power. And to be a wealthy is to be healthy and whole; to have a presence about you, and to own your own brilliance, your own joy and to be fully autonomous, fully free to pursue the happiness you seek.
It seems that the ways in which my ideas about prosperity have changed is not so much a function of aging as it is of maturing. By that I mean that how I define success is more holistic than ever before. And I’m curious if the same thing isn’t true for you. Do you feel successful when you are tired and stressed out and overwhelmed? Does what you have in the bank ever make a difference when you get to that burned out stage?
Yours truly was the poster girl for the Superwoman Syndrome. By the age of 30, I’d started my third business, was deep in the throes of an eight year do-it-yourself remodel, all while taking courses and doing volunteer work. My motto was “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” Everyday I got up and lived my list. But no more! Now I get up and live my life. I choose the sweetness of being human over the habitual desire to do more.
And the thing is that choosing your self is the key that unlocks what’s possible. When you are willing to stop getting and stop going, you have an invaluable, precious opportunity to uncover the reasons why you put yourself last. It’s a journey; a long and winding path from merely surviving to really thriving.
Welcome to the journey, you’re certainly not alone.
It was Earl Nightingale who said “We must be the epitome, the embodiment, of success. We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become.”
In the coming days, I’m offering you a challenge to get a pen and paper and write out your own definition of success then pin it or tape it up to your bathroom mirror or somewhere where you’ll see it and think of it frequently.
You’re invited to get a complete transcript of this episode at our websites express success.com then search for episode 14.