ISSUE 100   ISSN 1712-468

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy
US President, 1961 to 1963

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Achieving Success: Challenging the Myths


A traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon; a popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone; embodying the ideals and institutions of a society or segment of society; an unfounded or false notion

If nothing changed in your life over the next 5 years, would that be okay? Most individuals would respond “of course not!”

The definition of insanity is to continue doing the same things over and over, expecting different results. If you want new results, you must change something.

  • What information on success is really true and what is just promotional hype?
  • How do we sift through all the noise about personal and professional development and still make sense of it?

In this ezine—our 100th Living on Purpose publication!—I will outline many principles to assist in your selection process. My new book, My Source EXPERIENCE Journal, also offers critical knowledge and strategies for you to use, if you truly want to live on purpose.

Success Myths

The Myth of Motivation

The pursuit of things that interest you requires no motivation because you enjoy doing them. Interests compel you—to compel means to be pulled or attracted. That precludes any need for motivation.

If you need motivation, you must question why you do. You require motivation only for things that do not interest you.

Motivational speakers really don’t motivate you. Only you can motivate yourself to get connected.

The Myth of Mutual Exclusiveness

Can you have it all? The answer is Yes. You must learn to reject the concept that to have one thing, you must give up another. Example, to be successful at work means no family life or vice versa.

On the contrary, having it all is a natural consequence of embracing a balanced lifestyle. Truly fulfilled individuals find ways to have it all. But remember: What you want is defined by you—not by others.

The Myth that Money Precedes an Idea

Money never precedes an idea; it always follows. The myth that states Give me the money and I’ll get this done is just that—a myth. If you become organized around your ideas, money and resources will become magnetized to them.

The Career Myth

My Source EXPERIENCE Journal includes a chapter called Your Ideal Career.

  • A job is limited—it usually ends at some point.
  • A career is better defined as a lifestyle that provides you with the resources you require.

When your income-producing activity is synchronized with a fulfilling lifestyle, there is no “Thank God It’s Friday” followed by “Blue Monday.” You simply cannot discriminate between work and play. All involvement becomes rewarding and enjoyable—and induces almost unlimited personal energy.

The Myth of Change

Your interests may change their form and shape throughout your life but their substance never changes. Interests nourish you and help you survive difficult times. You are empowered by your interests—whatever form they may take.

People don’t change. They finally acknowledge who they really are and where their true interests lie.

My personal example? I owned and operated a dairy farm, then left that profession for this one. Did my life interests change? No, but I did change direction to finally get connected to my purpose of helping others find and live their purpose.

The Myth of Having a Faith Statement

Some might argue that

  • your faith conflicts with your free will, or
  • the Source/Success process is contrary to having faith in God’s will.

We submit that actualizing your interests—provided they are legal, moral, ethical, and don’t infringe upon the rights of others—is indeed God’s will for you.

God gave you the gifts of “interests” to share and enjoy. Some professed religious/spiritual individuals are pathetically wasting their lives. (I’m sure God is not pleased by that.) By identifying and activating your gifts, you are fulfilling His will for you.

The Myth of Fast-Fix Schemes

Many of today’s self-development programs are based on drama and hype—seducing individuals into get-fixed-quick or get-rich-quick schemes. There is power in the subtle approach. True success is internal and humble. Source is about helping you become calm, centered, and grounded—not hyper, frantic, and chaotic.

Subtle development is more manageable and believable; it fits naturally into the normal ebb and flow of your life. The speed at which individuals can achieve transformational results does vary significantly, however.

In the TV show The Biggest Loser, individuals consistently lose—under constant medical care—5 to 10 pounds per week over 3 months, with a personal trainer. Dramatic results in certain circumstances are possible, but they are not the norm.

The Myth of “Doing Only One Thing” at a Time

Simultaneous Activation is critical to your success. Balance is achieved by the simultaneous activation of each and every item that is important in your life. You don’t have to invest equal time, money, or energy on each interest—only equal concentration and intensity.

Permitting any important interest to remain dormant will cause an imbalance of your Source Wheel (see My Source EXPERIENCE Journal) and, consequently, an imbalance in your life. Simultaneous Activation is possible through the Action Steps (Baby Steps) process.

Earlier in this ezine, when I asked if nothing changed in your life over the next 5 years, would that be okay, you likely said No—which means you want to change something or start something new.

What that something new should be is completely up to you!

My Source EXPERIENCE Journal will greatly support you on your journey to living on purpose while avoiding the pitfalls of many success myths. As part of your process, we recommend the following assessments, to give you a holistic picture or your future.

This Week´s Action Steps

Achieving Success: Challenging the Myths

  1. If nothing changed in your life over the next 5 years, would that be okay?
  1. If you answered No, then by default you have acknowledged you need to change something. List some of the circumstances you would like to change in the next few months and years.
  1. If you are living on purpose and feel connected to your interests, then self-motivation is not required. If you need to be motivated, determine why you do.
  1. Don’t limit your expectations, just because some people don’t believe you can have it all. Having a successful business does not mean you cannot have a successful family or recreational life.
  1. If you are really living on purpose, your life can change form but not the core substance. If a complete shift has occurred for you, that usually means you were not connected to your Source or purpose to start with.
  1. Yes, you can have faith and your own will—and not be in conflict.
  1. Getting rich or fixed quickly is rare and a myth. Be ready for a more subtle and consistent growth curve.
  1. Achieving success means not only taking action but understanding reality, instead of myths. To make sure you are living on purpose—based on real information and strategies—get My Source EXPERIENCE Journalto start you on the right track.
  1. Know yourself. Understand your primary needs and preferences, then build a life around them. Use CRG’s Personal Style Indicator, Stress Indicator and Health Planner, Self-Worth Inventory, and Values Preference Indicator.
  1. Achieving success means avoiding the myths and embracing true success strategies.

Until next time, keep Living On Purpose!.

Ken Keis

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