The story of creation provides a model for new beginnings. All cultures share this story and at its root is order from chaos. By embracing the chaos in a person’s life or organization’s current standing; you position yourself to receive an orderly creation of something better.
Producing a new beginning for any person or organization means just that: creating order from chaos.
This powerful notion of success is discovered by using a shared language of the Elements. Comparing explanations of origin in different cultures, faiths, and ancient philosophies, there is a shared story. The traditions have passed down:
Fire, Air, Water, and Earth were combined through a Spirit process that began with chaos and ended in order.
The Genesis story of Creation widely known in our Western civilization also preserves this ancient understanding of the Elements. It begins by recognizing existing chaos: “The earth was without form and void.”
- SPIRIT – And God said.
- FIRE – Let there be light.
- AIR – Let there be a firmament (space as in “outer” space).
- WATER – Let the waters be gathered.
- EARTH – Let the dry land appear.
Enjoying hard earned success is finding order in your life. To get there, you followed a process because your life or your business needed change. Something was missing. You were seeking fulfillment.
From within yourself (spirit), you articulated a plan (fire). You separated into divisions (air) everything surrounding your project. From there a plan was formulated (water) connecting the divisions and your success appeared (earth).
Following this pattern propelled you to success. Recognizing this configuration allows you to enjoy continued success.
I have applied this arrangement to assess several sales organizations. The company would have already enjoyed success. It reached a plateau and was finding it difficult to grow beyond its last level of success. It was usually bogged down with a toxic environment.
Every time I assess a successful team in trouble, I emphasize two truths:
- The current problem was a result of their success and therefore contains the very elements for the solution;
- To go forward they had to be willing to allow “Light” to shine in the darkness of their chaos.
Many a successful person repels such revelations. They don’t want to face the reality of their problems. They state they want solutions but in practice their pride stands in the way. As leaders, they know subconsciously they are responsible. After successfully building their dream, they personalize attempts to apply needed change. They interpret these efforts from well-meaning consultants, staff members, and even colleagues as attacks on their character and/or position.
To enjoy the abundance of your hard earned success, you must remain open and coachable. Success never changes that fact. You are right to repel judgment on your actions. You are successful! You fulfilled your dream. However, do not allow that to cloud the light of reality. Remember that rules change to sustain success. Embrace the chaos. It is proof you possess the elements of success.
Remain open to the light of truth. It is your friend. It will be the difference between enjoying good success and great success.
Affirmation: I am abundant enjoying my hard earned success.