Planting the Seeds of Success

Published February 10, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair


As we begin another week, I wanted to share the following information that came to me as a motivational tool to encourage the pursuit of new opportunities and inspire creative new ideas to help plant the seeds of success.

Chopra (2013) asserts that it is common to measure success or fulfillment by comparing oneself to others. This is called object-referral. It means that a person looks outside of themselves for validation. In addition, many of us overlook opportunities for success that exist because of our setbacks or failures or fear of setbacks and failures. The truth is, that the seeds of success can be discovered within every perceived setback. Self-referral, in the meantime, is the process of looking within for validation and guidance, that is if we open our hearts and our minds enough to listen (Chopra, 2013).


In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“Success means: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Dr. Chopra asks us to take a moment to consider a situation that felt like a failure or a setback. From that perspective, try to identify opportunities that could lead to a path of successful outcomes. Visualize the steps you will take to make that vision a reality. This is an applicable exercise to all areas of our lives. When we stop to take a moment to asses each situation that challenges us if we look closely, we can find the seeds of opportunity that can attract greater success into our lives.

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world … as in being able to remake ourselves.”
Mahatma Gandhi


Have a great week everyone … and Happy Valentine’s Day to all who celebrate!


Chopra, D. (2013). Creating Abundance. Day 6, The Seeds of Success, Retrieved January 29, 2014, from

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