Real Talk about Success


In all of this talk of success, unfolding one’s potential and visioning (see What is Your “Greatest Picture of Success?“) I have to speak truthfully about the experience in the space between where you are and where you can be, especially if where you are is at  “rock bottom.”

We live in a world that operates by the exchange of money. When one has money they are able to participate in this exchange. When one has limited funds, they experience limitation in their participation. And when one has no funds, they cannot participate. This dynamic of having and not having the funds to participate influences one’s mood. When the money is flowing, mood is up. While on the flip side, when the money is not flowing or not present, mood is down. There is also the potential for one to feel ashamed when they do not have the money flow to participate. I will spare you the mental health research about the correlation between poverty and depression because I believe most of you know this is true by your own experiences. Most of us feel great when the money is flowing and not as great when it isn’t. It just is what it is.

So as you begin the visioning process and set your G.P.S. (Greatest Picture of Success) you are right in that space of confronting all of the thoughts and feelings you may have about exactly where you are. If you are enjoying great money flow, you have the luxury of focusing all of your attention upon this creative visioning process, perhaps even without any emotional hold-outs or hang-ups, because you are currently in a great space. This may not be true for everyone whose money is flowing, but the souls whose monies are not flowing or not present, have a host of other issues with which to contend. Dealing with the “right now” and “right where I am”  could mean that you don’t have time or energy to vision because your bills need to be paid and you don’t have the funds to pay them. And those facts are dominating your thoughts and emotions, leaving little or no energy for planning your greatest achievements.

Today I simply want to encourage you to acknowledge where you are, especially if it is at your “rock bottom,” and allow yourself to move through the emotions of your present experience. Also know that it is okay to utilize your support systems or create a support system if you do not have one, be it of friends, family, teachers, mentors, coaches, church/fellowship members, spiritual leaders and/or a professional therapist/counselor.  I have personally found my “rock bottom” experiences to be particularly inspiring.  There’s something about that space when you have seemingly lost everything, tried everything, are completely and utterly dissatisfied with your experience and only a miracle Divine Intervention can change things… that allows you to tap into the depths of your emotions and creativity.

P.S. An inspiring theme song does wonders. Mine is  Superstar by Adina Nyree. Check it out! 🙂

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Shawna Marie is an ordained minister and psychotherapist who provides inspiration, education and healing at

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