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Accomplishment in Life

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by Roy Posner, MSS

 


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In this topic we endeavor to uncover the keys to great accomplishment in life. Often people believe that to be successful in life requires some luck and a few skills, yet our research shows that it is a much richer set of factors that come into play that determine whether or not one accomplishes or fails in any endeavor. First we'll discuss the different levels that a person can accomplish at -- i.e.  survival, growth, development, and evolution. Then we'll examine the capacities and character that an individual has to have in order to accomplish. These include his skills, attitudes, values, and other factors. We'll also consider how an individual relates to the social institutions in which he tries to accomplish. Does he conform, or think "beyond the box." Then we'll discuss how the capacities and character of the social institutions he interacts with to accomplish affect the final outcome.  We'll then uncover some of the hidden secrets and patters of life that are at play as an individual tries to accomplish in life. 



Levels of Accomplishment


Before we discuss the factors that come into play that account for great accomplishment in life, let's discuss different level of accomplishment that an individual can accomplish at. From our experience we have observed that there are four fundamental levels at which an individual can accomplish -- survival, growth, development, and evolution.

Survival
Living at the survival level one has a conscious or unconscious desire to remain at the current level of achievement in life. There is no attempt to rise above one's current achievement, nor is there an effort to raise one's own personal capacities. There is neither a quantitative expansion at one's current level of life, let alone a qualitative movement to a potential higher level.

A real world example of accomplishment at the level of survival is an instructor who has achieved a degree of success that keeps him comfortable, has a defined set of skills, and has no desire, or makes no effort, to acquire more work or perhaps even update his skills to be current to the present needs of his students.



Growth
Growth, on the other hand, is an expansion of one's current level of achievement. For example improving on a skill, expanding knowledge in a field or another field at the same level, and earning more through greater effort are each expressions of growth. You are accomplishing more, but it is more at the same level. It is a horizontal expansion at the same level of capacity and achievement; i.e. an expansion of one's current level of achievement. 

To accomplishment at the level of growth the instructor would learn the latest versions of the current programs he is teaching, and seek out work with other companies to teach the same things he has been teaching in the past. He would be aspiring for more of the same work.


Development 
Development is an expansion to a higher level of achievement. One may acquire a new or higher level skill, accept and implement a higher personal value, change a negative personal attitude into a positive attitude, acquire a higher order of knowledge, develops a new faith in life, or in general respond from a higher center than one's current level of development and consciousness. These are all expressions of personal development. In all these instances you are accomplishing at a higher level, not merely more at the same level. Thus we say that it is a vertical expansion to a new level of capacity and achievement.

In our real world example at the level of development our instructor could have an aspiration to teach whole new subjects that are outside of his normal curricula, make contact with new types of clients so he can teach these courses, write a book on the topic of this new area, change a few personal attitudes in his life (such as attitudes towards his superiors), or decide to more fully implement in his work a value that he already cherishes, such as the value that students should come away with real knowledge in his classroom, rather than mere satisfaction of the experience.


Evolution  
Evolution is an elevation of one's being to a whole new higher plane of consciousness and status of being. For example, an emotional individual could shift from the state where his desires and attachments predominate to becoming a person of more refined or higher emotions; or move from being a predominantly
emotional person to becoming a more mental and thoughtful person whose life shifts from one of emotional intensity to thoughtfulness. Perhaps the individual rises to acquiring spiritual capacities, such as the ability to experience knowledge as illuminations of light or intuition, or to find his personal evolving soul.

In these instances you are accomplishing from a higher plane of consciousness than you were from before. It is a vertical leap to a new plane of capacity and achievement; an elevation of one's being to a whole new higher plane of consciousness

In our real world example of accomplishment at the level of evolution our instructor could change from being a person who competently performs his courses in an orderly and efficient manner to an individual who is passionate about teaching and emotionally involved with his students. He may also develop whole new theories of instruction based on his new level of consciousness, rather than merely being a teacher of existing ideas. His overall attitudes toward his work has completely changed to the positive. He might move from emotional interaction with students to a true knowledge; even utilizing spiritual methods as a foundation for his work.


Transformation 
At the frontiers of the development of the being is the transformation of the individual to a whole other functioning in life. One can embody a permanent inner change that connects one to the inner, soul being; one can enable a spiritual transformation into the spiritual planes of life above mind; and one can make the ultimate supramental transformation into a whole new type of being, beyond even the human functioning we now witness. As we embody these three transformational frontiers, we open to the infinite potentials of life, where we can thus accomplish infinitely in life.


THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

-Based on this discussion consider which level of accomplishment you are currently at -- survival, growth, development, evolution, or transformation. (Most people are at the first level.) Then consider how you could move to the next highest type (e.g. survival to growth, growth to development, development to evolution).

-Think of some other people who have moved among the levels. Do you know of a person who abruptly changed course, say from the level of growth (more of the same) to that of development (to a whole new qualitative level of accomplishment). If so, discover the history and aspects of that person's life that enabled that leap to take place. Consider how you would do something similar in your life. Do you also know of someone who has made a radical change of character, making what one would call an evolutionary leap?

(Also see knowledge base thoughts on four levels of human progress.)




Individual's Capacities and Character


Accomplishment is to a large extent determined by the individual's capacities, which in total are demonstrated in life as the person's character. Our individual capacities in life are made up a combination of a number of factors including our skills and knowledge in the world, our attitudes about ourselves, others, and things, our miscellaneous attributes (such as our level of clarity of goals, organization, psychological strength, energy, ambition, perseverance, and general health, amongst others); our endowments (such as the role our parents played in motivating us and what they provided us, and the influence of the society we live in), and our personal values (such as a belief in being practical or being results-oriented).

Together these skills, knowledge, attitudes, attributes, and values constitute our capacities to function in the world. The degree to which we have them determines our abilities to accomplish in life. Any effort to improve ourselves in any of these areas will surely go a long way to improving our ability to accomplish in life. 

Results, accomplishment, success in life are determined by the right intensities of these aspects of our being.



Below is a list of sample factors that determine our capacities and character in life. The factors are grouped into five categories -- our attitudes, attributes, skills, endowments, and values. Review this list and determine where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Pick out a few factors within each of the categories that you think you might be lacking in, and think about how you can uplift yourself by making an improvement in those areas. Then come up with a real plan to improve yourself in that area. Finally, carry out the plan with great determination. You are sure to see great improvements in your life, including greater accomplishment, achievement, success, and happiness.  

ATTITUDES

-is ambitious
-is not self-satisfied with current achievement
-has faith in life, in one's self, in others
-is enthusiastic
-has pleasant manners, good behavior
-is cheerful, friendly
-is giving, generous
-has positive relations with others, good will toward others, works well with others, is respectful of others
-is sincere, honest, trusting
-is faithful
-is expansive, open-minded, is able to think out of the box
-is willing to do what life offers, requires
-takes responsibility
-is self-motivated (doesn't require social approval)
-gives others freedom to act
-is patient
-is not irritable

ATTRIBUTES

-can conceive the future, has vision
-has degree of idealism, developed values
-has clarity of goals
-can organize a plan
-is organized in general
-takes initiatives
-is clear headed
-delegates when necessary
-has capacity to lead, manage others
-is punctual, regular, reliable
-has abundant energy
-ha robust health and constitution
-has strong nerve, is psychologically strong
-has capacities and willingness for hard work, make full efforts
-is determined, decisive
-has great stamina, perseverance, courage, sees things through
-is practical, prudent, not reckless, not naive
-is curious
-is aware of opportunities
-is dynamic, enterprising, resourceful, creative

SKILLS

-has excellent skills in unique areas; exceptional talent in a sphere
-has necessary technical, interpersonal, and psychological skills
-has capacity to judge others

ENDOWMENTS*

-parents, grandparents educated, well to do, had significant occupation or achievement
-had affectionate upbringing
-has had previous success in school, family life
-has supportive personal environment
-education greater than previous generation, than present levels of achievement
-in field that is expanding rapidly

VALUES

-simplicity
-harmony
-content over form
-concern for others
-practicality
-integrity, honesty
-results-oriented
-hard work
-continuous improvement
-respect for the individual
-systemization, organization
-perfection in work
-tolerance
-faith
-freedom
-benefit to community
-family feeling
-innovation
-teamwork
-sincerity
-gratitude
-cleanliness & orderliness

*Note: Some items one cannot readily improve on, especially one's endowments, because they may have taken place in the past or other impossibility. One can perhaps still learn to compensate, such as changing an emotional problem left over from the past. 


Example
-- Let's then turn to the instructor and note his positive and negative capacities to accomplish. On examination we determine that he is intelligent, creative, resourceful, diligent, faithful, cheerful, has goodwill, is sincere and frank, and has aspirations for improvement. These tendencies will help in his initiatives for accomplishment. On the other hand, he can be close-minded, aloof, hunger for attention, be unresponsive to opportunities that appear, and be lacking in physical energy.

In summary, the cumulative capacity, energy, and force of being, i.e. character, largely determines one's ability to accomplish in life. One can at any time make the effort to improve in any of these areas, especially where one is lacking, which will surely dramatically increase one's abilities to achieve and succeed in life. 


THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
-Examine the table above and pick one or two items in each category where you think you are lacking. Then make the sincere, concerted, and unflagging effort to improve yourself in that area; in any aspect of your work, career, or other parts of your life.
 


Inside or Outside the Box


So far we have said that an individual can accomplish at the level of survival, growth, development, and evolution. In addition, the individual's ultimate potential for accomplishment seems to be determined by his physical, vital, emotional, and mental energies and capacities, i.e. his character. There is of course the external world in which he will carry out acts in an attempt to accomplish. How he perceives that world may go a long way to establishing the scope at which he can accomplish. Before we examine the nature of the social institutions that he will interact with and how they will affect his ability to accomplish, we should discuss an individual's potential dispositions toward the outside world. Does he feel alienated from the world, does he feel part of world and obliged to its modes of thinking, or does he have an exceptional talent that transcends normal thinking, mores, and values?

Social Character
One person may fit in well within the social conventions of the time; another may not. If the person who fits in well with the social conventions has the skills, knowledge, energy, organization, attitudes, values, and aspirations in life, he can accomplish fully within the constraints of the social environment in which he partakes. We can say that this individual has a developed social character. He is one with the social aspirations, goals, rules, functionings, etc. of the social institution he partakes in. (Whether he makes full use of this environment is a separate issue.)

Assuming the society around him allows for it, a person with social character can establish his own business, raise a family, and accomplish a substantial work in the society. On the other hand, if an individual with social character also has a noble or weighty character, he may even be able to accomplish to the level of becoming a philanthropist or a CEO. 



Individual Character
On the other hand, the individual who has developed individual character has the potential to accomplish at a far greater level. This person thinks for himself (i.e. "beyond the box"), which in turn opens far greater vistas, and a greater scope for accomplishment, achievement, and success. That's not to say that he rejects the society he is a part of. On the contrary, he has fully absorbed and assimilated the present social environment and its conventions and ideas. The difference is that he has taken these a step further by personalizing, individualizing them with his own values, attitudes, and energies. An example of this would be Steve Jobs when he first developed Apple. There his desire to make a computer that people were not afraid of or intimidated by to use, was something that went beyond conventional wisdom.
Other examples are Fred Smith, founder of Federal Express, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. The person with individual character rises to the level of his personal ideals and values; values such as being flexible, open-minded, and resourceful; demonstrating character that might not normally be associated with society or the social institutions in which he partakes. 


THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
-How can you express your own individuality more, and think and act "outside of the box." 

-What are your deepest personal values, and how can you express them so that you can accomplish at unprecedented levels in your life.

 


The Social Environment


Beyond the individual's aspiration, capacities and character there are the actual social forces at play that lie beyond the individual's capacities or perceptions of the social environment. These include a) the real world situations, circumstance, and atmosphere that the individual finds himself in; including the social institutions he is interacting with; b) the social level he is at vs. the social level of the people he is interacting with at the social institution; c) the character of the social institution itself, including its tendencies, movement, and growth path; and d) the movements and tendencies of the society in general in which he, and the social institutions he partakes in are part of. All of these come into play as he takes his own capacities and social perceptions into this field of life. Together they determine the outcome of his ability to accomplish in life.

Let's put aside factor a and b for now, and focus on factor c for a moment; the character of the social institution itself, including its tendencies, movement, and growth path. Consider the impact of the character of a social institution, such as the employer that the individual works for, on the individual. If an individual works for a company where the collective will of the company is very strong, but where the role and the opinions of individuals are stifled, he could be severely limited in his ability to accomplish within that company to the degree he expresses his individuality. Likewise, if the company puts its resources (knowledge, power, privilege, and wealth) only in the hands of an elite few, and if he is not in the elite, he will again be limited in his ability to accomplish. The same is true if he is part of a forgotten, ignored, or weaker part of the company, his possibilities may be limited. 

Thus we can see that the character of the social institution has a dramatic effect on his ability to accomplish. The social institution can help or harm the individual through its level of organization, knowledge and skills of its people, attitudes, perceptions, values, etc; factors that are in fact similar to the factors that determine an individual's capacities and character. 

Furthermore, we can also witness the fact that there is a hierarchy of affects. The social institution itself is affected by the mores, attitudes, values, rules, procedures, and possibilities of the community and society in which it resides. 

Accomplishment is influenced then by the individual's aspirations and capacities, as well as the hierarchy of capacities and character of the institutions and super institutions (i.e. the community or greater society itself) in which he tries to accomplish.


THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
-Are you availing yourself of the opportunities your social institutions (e.g. employer, community, nation, etc.) are currently presenting to you?

-Are the social institutions you partake in (e.g. employer, community, nation, etc.) supportive of your initiatives for accomplishment, or they a hindrance? What are the limitations of the social institution? What action should you take as a result?

Related Info:
-If you would like to find out how a company can best support the growth and development of its employees and make that its highest business value, click here.

-If you would like to find out how society can best support the growth and development of people, click here.

To see Growth Online's Knowledge Base entries on the relationship between the individual and the social environment, click here



Human Initiative that Leads to Success or Failure


When we try to accomplish something in life through our initiative it may or may not succeed. Here are some of the subtle workings that affect the success of failure of any initiative.

  • When the social atmosphere is positive with regard to an initiative, the atmosphere fosters success for the individual. When the atmosphere is negative, the individual's initiative will fail, unless he is able overcome the resistance of the atmosphere.

    (Example) In a community there is a very positive feeling towards improving the education in the community. An individual begins an initiative to improve the quality of the courseware. On the surface she initially fails; yet the initiative is taken up by another person and succeeds with it. That is because there is a positive atmosphere in the community as it relates to education. (If there were a negative atmosphere toward education, the initiative would have failed all around.)

    (Example) (As indicated in the book The Three Musketeers) "Whatever the liberality of the day, the story takes place in an age when the belief in good is quite pervasive and religious issues dominate society. In fact, if one law seems to express throughout the story, it is the resistance to illicit love at higher levels of society. Buckingham's advances to Anne lead to his death. Constance's two attempts to unite with D'Artagnan are frustrated, the first by her arrest, the second by her death. Even Milady's passion for de Wardes is frustrated by D'Artagnan. Aramis returns to religion, not to his aristocratic lover. Only Porthos who seeks money, not love, and stoops to the level of the proprietress succeeds, and that too by marriage. There is no instance of illicit love prospering in the story." (MSS)

  • Initiatives fail when taken outside one's field of influence, authority or control.

    (Example) A man tries to create a higher sense of moral authority in the community. The community has actually transcended his morality with an openness to new ideas that the individual cannot fathom. His initiative to bring about moral authority fails.
     

  • Initiatives from lower levels of life do not have power for accomplishment at higher levels of life.

    (Example) A consultant was asked by his superiors to investigate the development of tool to allow for online student training evaluations. He worked on it for months without ever clarifying with his superior the pay he would receive as well as the timeframe on the project. He was too intimidated to make these clarifications. Ultimately the project failed completely, and the consultant wasted months of his time.

    (Example) X tries to influence Y's opinion about Z. X's efforts to influence Y's opinion of Z fail because X is stationed at a lower level of the social hierarchy than Y. It is the higher station that sets the standards for what is or is not acceptable or fashionable.


  • On the other hand, initiatives by those in a higher plane of life (i.e. with greater wealth, status or power) toward those in a lower plane tend to be readily and richly fulfilled, provided the lower is a willing recipient and does not raise obstacles or resistance to receiving. This principle acts in the same manner as water flowing downhill.

    (Example) A manager of a training company wanted to have her instructors do training on a new software program. Many happily agreed to it, and received basic knowledge on the program from the training company. After a number of months the training by the instructors went very well for the training company's clients, and even led to additional profitable training on related new products.

  • Initiatives may receive unexpected support from life when they are aligned with new movements in life that are gaining momentum. On the other hand, initiatives may meet with unexpected resistance when they are aligned with movements that are passing out of existence.

    (Example) X's efforts to marry her daughter Y to Z for social purposes meet with resistance and ultimately fail. X seeks to capitalize on the mutual pledge of her sister and herself that their children should marry, a practice whose value is passing out of existence. The light in Y's eyes that X feels is enough to overcome the best-laid plans of the older generation to perpetuate itself in the old style.

    (Example) A man tries to create a higher sense of moral authority in the community. The community has actually transcended his morality with an openness to new ideas that the individual cannot fathom. His initiative to bring about moral authority fails.

  • Initiatives succeed when taken with sufficient energy and capacity to reverse previous actions that failed as the result of an inappropriate attitude or behavior.

    (Example) A man tries to break up the marriage of his child, and succeeds for a time. After a change of heart, he decides that his decision was very foolish and he tries to patch things up. The success of his initiative to change will only occur if he has sufficient vigor to do so, and if he gains the agreement of the parties who were initially involved.

These are some of the major forces at play that affect the success or failure of any initiative that a person takes in life. There are movements of life that are normally hidden from us, but are at play in the field of life.

 


The Character of Life


As we examine the forces at play that affect our ability to accomplish, we are led to think about the fundamental basis by which acts and events in life take place. Such an analysis will give us more insight into the ability to accomplish in life.

Acts
The individual meets life through acts. Individual acts are the fundamental unit of life and action. They are the building blocks of activity, and motion, i.e. life. The ways these acts are acted out have an ultimate effect on the ability of the individual to accomplish in life. Into every act the individual takes his level of aspiration, capacities and character, social perception, and meets the social forces around him. The result and accomplishment is determined by the mix of these forces. 

A series of acts make up the interaction, events, situations, and circumstances of life. We can also perhaps say that the play of life is the story of how the acts unfold, of whether or not there was accomplishment. For example, in his plays Shakespeare portrays a series of acts that occur in a timeline that make up a play. Through a series of acts he clearly portrays the individual and social forces, and  the outcomes that result, either good or bad (i.e. tragedies). 


Analyzing the Causes of Accomplishment and Failure
We can observe a person's initiative to accomplish and see if it plays out successfully or unsuccessfully as he acts it out in the game of life. For any initiative to accomplish we can come to understand how an individual's capacities and character play out against the social forces he confronts. If his capacities and character are optimal and the character and forces of society, including the social institutions in which the act is carried out are optimal, he cannot help but succeed. The reverse is of course also true.

We can learn much about our ability to accomplish in literature and in the other arts. Shakespeare for one is a gold mine for viewing a variety of situations and circumstances in which humans try to accomplish. Looking at it from the perspective of the capacities and character of the individual we witness of plethora of examples. For example, we can observe how Hamlet's indecisiveness in the presence of great evil done leads to his own downfall. We see how Romeo and Juliet are overwhelmed by their passions and emotions. We see how King Lear goes mad because he is so attached to a daughter who refuses his overture of inheritance. In each case we see the aspiration and strengths and weaknesses of individual character played out against a social background as they try to accomplish that which is dear to them. In essence, they fail; hence they are tragic figures. We can also witness the social context in which human acts occur. E.g. Romeo and Juliet's death occur as their acts of intensity and passion are played out against a social context of lurking conflict between the Montagues and Capulets. This further  intensifies their situation, leading to their tragedy, as well as society's tragedy and eventual reconciliation.

In the real play of life we can observe the same forces that lead to accomplishment or failure (or even tragedy). If we were to observe our lives as a detached observer such as a Shakespeare (or a God!), it would be possible to examine our own situations or the situations of others and see what were the individual and social forces that led to accomplishment or failure. In fact, one could think about any great accomplishment or failure in our lives and examine the conditions that existed that could foster positive or negative results We would need to examine our aspirations, our capacities and character, our social and individual character, and the character of the social environment, including the direct social character of the institutions we interacted with. Certainly such a self-examination would reveal the major forces at work that led to accomplishment or failure. 
 



The Hidden Patterns of Life
 

Yet, as we draw even closer to the events, we begin to unravel a whole other, deeper layer that seems to go beyond our current abilities to analyze the situation. It's as if we were examining molecules to understand the workings of the body, only to come across the much smaller atoms that make up the molecules. Not only that the atoms were working in mysterious unfathomable ways that defy cause and effect and our natural, rational abilities to understand things. 

Take for instance the situation where one individual appears in a scene in a Shakespeare play, and then another appears in that scene at the same time. Our normal reaction is to just watch the scene unfold, and not make anything of the fact that they both appeared on the scene at the same time. There is obvious no relationship between the two occurrences; they simply seem to be happing at the same time, that's all. At most we might think that it is mere coincidence and nothing more.  However, on closer examination we start to uncover patterns that suggest that incidences like this are not random, but are part of a pattern that is beyond our normal perceptions. These are the hidden, yet astounding patterns of life that defy our awareness, yet may prove to be the ultimate determinant of accomplishment in life. 

"The pattern of interaction between character, action, and the results of action reveals the importance of a crucial indeterminant which is variously called providence, chance, fate, etc. What appears as chance at the level of physical action is an expression of another dimension of causality in the plane of life. Shakespeare possessed an intuitive insight into this realm and into the role of individual character and social consciousness as points of expression of the wider character of life." (MSS)

These types of occurrences are going on in Shakespeare's plays and they are going on in our daily lives, yet we are oblivious to them, let alone not conscious of any pattern in their occurrences.  Yet our research indicates that these occurrences do in fact have patterns behind them, and that the  patterns indicate a subtle and complex working of life that reflect on the actions, perceptions, attitudes, energies, environment of the individuals and social environment that are involved. 

Let's talk about one phenomenon we have uncovered, called "life response." A life response is an instantaneous positive response/occurrence in life to an act that an individual takes. Here's an example:

An instructor had not been contacted for new work for weeks, and was in desperate straits.  He decided to apply the idea of cleanliness.  His apartment was normally quite clean, but he wanted to take cleanliness a step further.  He decided to clean his refrigerator, something he was reluctant to do.  At the exact moment he finished putting things back into the refrigerator after cleaning, he heard a message on his answering machine from the his training company offering him new work.  The response from life was instantaneous!

Though this is an example of how life responds to an initiative of improving the cleanliness or orderliness of something one can also elicit a life response in a number of ways -- by inwardly overcoming a negative attitude, by overcoming one's hesitation to do something important, by acknowledging a defect or making an effort to understand a weakness, and in many other ways. In each case life seems to trigger something positive for us, and often very fast. This process of life is defies all logic, yet is an aspect of life that occurs all of the time. If we learn to channel its power we can accomplish anything in life.

(For more information on this phenomenon of "life response," click
here.)

We have seen many other hidden patterns of life that reflect on whether we accomplish in life. For example, we have often seen how certain acts seem to repeat at certain intervals, revealing a hidden meaning that is reflecting on whether accomplishment is occurring. Or we have seen signs of how people are related in a situation just from how they appear simultaneously in a situation. To the surface mind, there is absolutely no meaning to this, but on closer examination they give us clues of a pattern of the workings of life which when understood can help us determine in which situation accomplishment will occur and when it won't.

By understanding these hidden working of life one can begin to gain a new level of mastery over life. By learning to trigger life responses in one's life one can dramatically accelerate accomplishment; and by reading the hidden signs of life one gains an insight and knowledge about life that enables one to take right action in situations, which can only help in one's endeavor to accomplish in life.

Followup Reading
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The hidden working of life have been suggested in many of the myths, religions, and arts of various cultures, including the world's literature. For a discussion of how these hidden planes of life reveal themselves in literature, and how we can see the same patterns in our real lives (as indicated above), please click here.



Human Choice: The Ultimate Determinant


Though these many forces come into play in life there is a fundamental force that directs our lives. It is our own will and desires in life that to a great extent determine the outcomes in life. If a man wants financial security in his life, then his action, whether he is conscious of it or not, will lead him to become more secure in life. Therefore, we can say that the ultimate determinate in our lives is human choice, what we really desire and will in the first place. Whatever we desire, be it financial security, love, high position, fame, creative outlet, high achievement, etc. or any combination of these will ultimately affect the outcome of achievement and happiness in life. This is not to say that our capacities and character, the social atmosphere and conditions, and the other hidden patterns of life that we have outlined above won't come into play. It is just to point out that the starting point for most outcomes in our lives is our inner wants, and desires, which we are given the freedom to seek out in our lives. We may not get to our deepest desires in the manner expected, but ultimately we are moving in that direction.

A man wondered why no matter how hard he tried that he never really became prosperous. He then thought back on his life to his early 20's and remembered how idealistic he was; how he really wanted to write about the new changes in the world, and otherwise educate others to new developments and possibilities. He later became an instructor who taught others, and he edited a web site where he explained new age ideas for personal and social growth. (Up to that time he never became prosperous because gaining wealth was never critical to his life. He could, of course, change course and could make prosperity a central driving force in his life if he truly wished to do so. It's his choice.)

(For more information on human choice and what we really want as the ultimate determinant in trying to accomplish a thing, click here.)

Accomplishment and the Sanction of One's Emotions
Here is another way of putting it. An individual may think about ways to improve himself, but that is not enough to accomplish a thing in life. He can even try (i.e.) to accomplish something at a greater level, but that might not bring in the desired results. When the mind decides to accomplish it needs the sanction of the vital, the emotions. When there is a desire, a deep emotion to accomplish a thing, it gains force and will of purpose. Thought to accomplish a thing without the emotional desire and need, will ultimately leave things as they are. When the sanction of the emotions is obtained, accomplishment of the thing gathers force, and attracts positive circumstance from life.

For example, an individual might want to obtain more money in his life. However, at an emotional level this individual might feel secure and self-satisfied in his current state (he may or not be conscious that he feels this way!). Perhaps he seeks freedom more than material gain as money. He will not accomplish what his mind thinks is necessary. Money will not come to such an individual, even if he thinks he needs more money. On the other hand a deep-felt want, hunger, ambition for money will unleash positive responses from life, and money will be attracted to such an individual. Furthermore, if he takes a physical action, i.e. he acts on this emotion, he completes the process that will attract money to him in his life. he has gathered the full force to accomplish.

The film maker Ken Burns was working on a film on baseball. In the middle of it he conceived of a film on the history of jazz. He thought it a great idea, and felt it would be an extension of his work on the baseball film. After a number of years no action was taken on the jazz film even though he conceived of it earlier on, and could have begun some initial preparation of the film even as he was working on the baseball film. Only years later did he feel an emotional stirring to work on the jazz project. From that point it came about very quickly, and with great intensity and organization. 
(PS The physical creation of the film was relatively easy, even a joyous occasion, because the emotional sense was always behind.)



Unfailing Success


Is it possible to insure that any activity we undertake in our lives ends in a perfect and unending success? We believe it can, so long as you understand the key factors that can create this condition.
Regardless of your field of work, level at which you do your work, or the circumstances involved in your work, our research has shown that there are three essential conditions that need to be met for unfailing success to occur in any activity, goal, or pursuit.

1. Total commitment: Your decision, determination and desire to accomplish the activity, goal, or pursuit should be total and complete, to the point that it releases the full energies of your personality and generates an overflowing enthusiasm to convert that determination into action.

Energy is the basis for all accomplishment. Human energy is released when your mind, emotions and vital personality fully endorse and eagerly pursue the same goal. Where there is inner conflict or hesitation or where you act out of an understanding or accepted ideal that the emotions do not fully endorse, the release of energy will be limited and therefore the results will be limited too. Total commitment is based on total knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the act and the role of both helpful and opposing forces.

2. Positive opinions and attitudes: All your thoughts, opinions, attitudes and motives concerning the activity should be fully positive. By "positive" we mean free of all negative elements, such as falsehood, dishonesty, exaggeration, selfishness, jealousy, anger, irritation, impatience, greed, fear, laziness, etc. All your thoughts, opinions, attitudes and motives concerning the activity should be fully positive. By "positive" we mean free of all negative elements, such as falsehood, dishonesty, exaggeration, selfishness, jealousy, anger, irritation, impatience, greed, fear, laziness, etc. All your thoughts, opinions, attitudes and motives concerning the activity should be fully positive. By "positive" we mean free of all negative elements, such as falsehood, dishonesty, exaggeration, selfishness, jealousy, anger, irritation, impatience, greed, fear, laziness, etc.

We are not saying that you must be transformed into a saint or a yogi or even an ideal human being, but with respect to the specific activity you should elevate your thoughts, feelings and attitudes to the highest level of which you are capable. You may be acting for your own personal benefit, which we may term selfish, but you are always capable of considering and carrying out that action in such a way that it does not harm and may also fully benefit other people associated with the act, such as the person with whom you are negotiating a sale or purchase.

To be positive means that your energies are fully released and flow out in constructive expressions at the level of thought, words, feelings and acts, rather than getting caught up in inner or external conflicts and confrontations which waste the energy unproductively. In essence, this means to act out of the highest personal values of which you are capable with respect to every aspect of this activity.

3. Perfect execution: Make an exhaustive and complete physical effort. Achievement in any field requires an enormous investment of energy and painstaking physical execution. Unfailing success requires that the energy be full and the execution perfect. You cannot achieve unfailing success if your actions fall short in terms of the skill or effort or perseverance required for achievement in this field. Make an exhaustive and complete physical effort. Achievement in any field requires an enormous investment of energy and painstaking physical execution. Unfailing success requires that the energy be full and the execution perfect. You cannot achieve unfailing success if your actions fall short in terms of the skill or effort or perseverance required for achievement in this field. Make an exhaustive and complete physical effort. Achievement in any field requires an enormous investment of energy and painstaking physical execution. Unfailing success requires that the energy be full and the execution perfect. You cannot achieve unfailing success if your actions fall short in terms of the skill or effort or perseverance required for achievement in this field.

 


Knowledge, Will, Energy, and Accomplishment
 

The inner mental, vital, and emotional energy one has to accomplish is an expression of one's will. Will itself is a power that comes from knowledge. So the extent of the energy that one releases is determined by the breadth of one's knowledge; the more knowledge, the more energy. E.g. the more we are aware of the possibilities in life, the more out will is engaged, which releases out energy to accomplish aspects of that knowledge

What then maximizes our knowledge? Education is one. Generally those who are educated accomplish more than those who are not. One can also avail of the social resources there in the collective, which gives a greater capacity than what education gives. The true achiever is energized to accomplish through the knowledge of his own personal resources; i.e. knowledge his own personal and true self. (Paraphrase of MSS)

 


Taking Responsibility, Growth, and Accomplishment


Throughout our lives we are confronted with external pressures that bear greatly on us. It is how we react to these pressures that determine to a large extent how we accomplish in life. Those who take responsibility, see their own weakness as it relates to the problem, grow and accomplish. Those who blame others or ignore the pressures stagnate and achieve less. For example, in the book Pride and Prejudice the main hero of the book Darcy is confronted by great pressures in life, many of which he created himself in the first place. Fortunately he responds positively to the pressures by taking personal responsibility for his actions by acknowledging his character flaws and misdeeds. This acknowledgment and acceptance causes him to grow as an individual, which sets the stage for life to respond positively in kind. 

Let's examine how Darcy is confronted with two possible ways to respond, and then see how he took responsibility, which created a great positive response from life:

Darcy's proposal to Eliza and his insistence on an explanation for her refusal releases a torrent of her resentment and animosity against him .... He has the option of fully justifying his behavior ... and discarding ... accusations as prejudiced or ill informed, in which case he learns nothing about himself and remains where and what he was. Alternatively, he can ignore and excuse her misconceptions and recognize the underlying truth in her accusation that he is ungentlemanly, arrogant and undesirable, which is what he chooses to do. The self-knowledge resulting from that choice of objective self-scrutiny generates an intense pressure on him to modify his behavior and character to live up in practice to the principles of generosity and goodness that he had all along believed himself to possess.

Darcy makes a conscious decision and willed effort to give up his proud and arrogant sense of superiority, his aloof behavior, his unwillingness to interact with those of lower social status. He not only tries to eliminate the offensive behaviors of the past. He takes a conscious decision to reverse these characteristics and act in a diametrically opposite direction

Having taken this inner and outer initiative to improve himself ... life brings two magnificent responses. (MSS)

On the other hand another individual confronted by the same great pressures of life fails to take responsibility, blames others, and doesn't grow or accomplish in life as a result. Again using a character Mrs. Bennet, mother of the daughters who seek marriage in Pride and Prejudice:

She misses no opportunity to fault Wickham, her family, and Colonel Forester for her misfortune, but never for an instant reflects on her own most central contribution or expresses a moments shame or regret for her conduct. Mrs. Bennet refuses to become conscious of herself, refuses to exercise her will, refuses any effort to change. She gathers all the energy generated in her by the crisis and throws it out as anger, bitter accusation, sullen disappointment, nervous discomfort and physical complaint. (MSS)

When life bears down on us and exerts pressures we can respond positively or negatively. Those who respond positively, who take responsibility rather than blame others or be in different, grow as individuals, and set the stage for great positive responses from life, and great achievement and happiness.



Individual Response to Opportunities


How we respond to the opportunities that life presents us is an important key to accomplishing in life. When presented with an opportunity one person may embrace it while another may ignore it or feel indifferent to it. Those who embrace it are put on the fast track to success while those who ignore it stay where they are or regress. Most individuals are somewhere in between, reacting to opportunity in a sluggish manner over a prolonged period of time. If we become more conscious in our lives, if we are open and our attitudes, opinions, and habits don't get in the way, we will be eager to embrace new opportunities when they come our way; opportunities that can make the difference between limited success and great achievement in life.

As we said because we are not conscious enough to perceive and respond positively to opportunities that come our way, often people respond to opportunities in a sluggish manner. That prolonged and troubled occurs in many people's lives, and tends to show itself in consistent patterns. Let's then examine this pattern in terms of two people, one Eliza, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, and an instructor in the present times. Each is presented with an opportunity, and each responds in a similar way, indicating distinct patterns of response to the opportunity, matched by a difficult personal growth. The general phases in the process we have consistently witnessed when a great opportunity comes our way are in chronological order of occurrence:

  1. Complete lack of awareness of the great opportunity

  2. Indifference when one finally does become conscious of the opportunity

  3. Hostility to the opportunity

  4. Recognition of the possible benefit of the opportunity

  5. A real positive response to the opportunity

  6. An impatience to gain the opportunity; even a desperation to gain it

  7. Experiencing physically and emotionally the full joy that the opportunity presents

  8. A recognition of one's faults and limitations that prevented one from ceasing the opportunity in the first place, or being hostile to it (i.e. one grows and evolves as a person)

  9. Fully embracing the opportunity, though success at this point may be too later or diluted, or if lucky enough or deep enough change in one's attitudes and heart, full accomplishment

In Pride and Prejudice Eliza aspires in her life to rise to a better position for herself and her family. In 18th century England that usually occurred through marriage for a woman. Eliza is invited to a dance where the master of the estate Pemberley, Darcy, notices her. He is a  very wealthy man (who she will later marry, which will vastly change her life for the better). When he walks in the room she could care less. The result is that her first response to the approach of unprecedented opportunity is the typical response of people to what is far above their present level of accomplishment. She is completely unaware of the great opportunity.

Similarly in current times an instructor sees that other instructors are beginning to train on a few new programs. He barely notices. The opportunity to go to a much higher level barely registers in his consciousness. 

At the next stage (stage 2 as indicated above) in Pride and Prejudice Darcy asks Eliza to dance and she is completely indifferent. Likewise in our modern story when a program manager asks the instructor if he is interested in attending a free train the trainer seminar on the new program, he is indifferent. At this stage when one becomes somewhat conscious of the opportunity, one reacts with indifference.

At the next stage (3) Eliza through a series of events expresses her hostility to Darcy in her conversations with others. Likewise the instructor becomes anger with the training company that he would have to train on that new program in an area far away where he would have to navigate through a lot of traffic every morning. At this stage there is a stirring in their emotions as it relates to the opportunity, and express their feelings about it or to related people or circumstance as hostility

At stage 4 Eliza speaks with other people and comes to realize that there actually may be real benefits to involvement with Darcy after all. Likewise the instructor relents in his anger and recognizes that teaching this new program may not be so bad after all after he sees other's enthusiastic about it and express that it may lead to other benefits which can help their career financially and interest-wise. He sees the same for himself. At this stage they both experience through life experiences the benefit of taking up the opportunity.

At stage 5, both Eliza in 18th century England and the instructor in 20th century America begin to see the real benefit of the opportunity and begin to have the first full positive response to the opportunity. (Their own positive response also attracts positive responses from life in this or related areas of accomplishment.) 

Also, along the way there is also the beginnings of the recognition of their own limited beliefs and attitudes that prevented one from reacting positively to the opportunity in the first place. They recognized their own stupidity, arrogance, and misplaced passions and energy, among others. (This recognition is in fact an indication of their personal growth and evolution.) 

At stage 6 one becomes impatient to undertake the opportunity; there is a lack of calm and perhaps even a sense of desperation. For Eliza it is an almost panic need to meet with Darcy. The instructor frantically tries calling the training manager (who is not in!) to attend a second train the trainer seminar on the software application.

At stage 7 each experience physically and emotionally the full joy that the opportunity presents. Elisa finally manages to visit Darcy's enormous estate, and experiences the full physical pleasure of her walk around the estate, recognizing that she could become its co inhabitant. She has the full sensation of the great opportunity that has come her way. Likewise, the instructor attends the train-the-trainer seminar and experiences firsthand the joy of learning that particular new program.

At stage 8 there is a great recognition of one's past faults and limitations that prevented one from ceasing the opportunity in the first place. This is where the greatest personal growth comes in to play. For Eliza she realizes how foolish she has been in getting involved with another man Wickham, who was a scoundrel. She also realizes how foolish she has been in defending her family, including her very crude mother and her scandalous younger sister. She recognizes her own responsibility in losing Darcy, and her family's responsibility in her loss as well. She takes the attitude of fully acknowledging what she is. Likewise the instructor comes face to face with his attitudes that led to his negative response to opportunities. He even thinks back and recognizes other points in his life where he has had the same response, which also led to the devastation of other great possibilities.

At stage 9 one fully embraces the opportunity, though success at this point is not guaranteed in full or at all. In Eliza's case she releases her held back emotions and confesses to him her lack of gratitude to Darcy (who has actually helped her family in many other ways which she only recently came to understand). Because of many other extenuating positive extenuating circumstances, they come together and marry. The environment was supportive of their coming together despite all the twists and turns. On the other hand, in the case of the instructor his opportunity is only partially gained. He does some training in that area, but has lost the real thrust of the opportunity. (Fortunately other opportunities will come again.)

We should mention that often there is one other factor that may lurk in the background. Often when a great opportunity presents itself to someone suddenly a negative force appears on the scene that tries to deny the accomplishment. For example, in Eliza's case, though there is great opportunity for accomplishment through her marriage to Darcy, she is sidetracked by an infatuation with the scoundrel Wickham. It is Eliza's eventual ability to recognize her weakness and through off Wickham's influence that puts her back on the right path. The positive atmosphere around her also give support despite her foolish passions. Likewise in the life of the instructor a difficulty arose in the form of a noisy and bullyish neighbor who he had a confrontation with, causing the instructor to be physically incapacitated for months. 

In summary then when presented by great opportunities in life one often does not respond in full, which may lead one to have to traverse some or all of these nine plus stages so that one can come to terms with oneself (And thereby grow and evolve as a person) or accomplish or both. Of course the more conscious we are in the first place the more we can react positively to the great opportunities that life presents. By elevating our capacities and character through the many techniques outlined at this site (improving our attitudes, skills, energy, effort, direction, etc.), we can become the person who is more readily able to respond to the opportunities that life presents, and accelerate accomplishment in life, rather than meandering through a maze of events and circumstance that causes us to grow through pain and eventually achieve. 

(For related information on how overcoming one's reluctance to take up something in your life can trigger a great positive response from life, click here.)

 


Accomplishment, Involution, and Evolution

Our ability to accomplish great things in our lives are tied to our capacities and character, as well as to the challenges that life presents to us. These external challenges and circumstance bring us face to face with our character. Those who are able to understand their weaknesses and adjust are far more likely to succeed than those who do not.  Those who change with life, grow and open the doors to greater accomplishment. One who learn from mistakes, changes bad attitudes, and are open to opportunities that life presents are sure to open wide the doors of opportunity and accomplishment. 

From a deeper level we can look at accomplishment from the perspective of the evolution of the individual. An individual has certain capacities and character. Against this backdrop life presents opportunities and challenges. The person who evolves is capacities and character accomplishes; the person who doesn't stays where he is or even regresses. The circumstances that life presents and the our own capacities and character are the starting point. This starting point is the "involution"; the basis from which we can evolve. 

It is only natural that we would want only positive circumstances to occur in our lives. Yet it is a great irony of life that much of our individual growth and development comes about through the difficulties in our lives, i.e. the involution. It is by overcoming our limited capacities and character playing out against difficult circumstances that we accomplish at greater levels. 

For example, in the book Pride and Prejudice Darcy accomplishes at a higher level after he overcomes his limitations as a person. Through life's circumstances (the involution) he must overcome his arrogance as a rich, important aristocrat, which is only at the surface of his being. By overcoming his limitations against the play of difficult circumstances he comes to realize that he is in fact a good man. This change of heart leads to Eliza being attracted to him, which leads to a great accomplishment in his life, their marriage. Equally great is that the process causes him to become a finer person, which can only lead to more meaningful accomplishment for him in the future. Through life's situations (the involution) he is forced to confront his nature, which he finally does (the evolution). The involution provides the necessary foundation and circumstances for the evolution. Without it the person would remain the same, the force for accomplishment at a higher level would not be there.

All that we perceive as unconsciousness, opposition, obstacle, resistance, hostility and perversity in others, the life around us and even in ourselves are products of the involution that play essential roles in the emergence of positive characteristics and accomplished capacities in the evolution. Involution is the essential basis for the evolution. (MSS)

This process of evolution through the evolution is a process that individuals are going through. It also turns out to be the very same process which society itself is going through. If we examine social development we see that it to evolves by overcoming its limited capacities against a field of difficult situations. If both individuals and society go through this process in a similar way it would suggest that perhaps life itself progresses in such a way. In fact, in his opus The Life Divine Sri Aurobindo, the Indian author and sage, suggests that life itself follow this process of evolution from out of the involution. He goes back to the creation itself and describes how life emerged out in duality and falsehood. He suggests that from out of the Absolute, the Divine, (i.e. the source of everything) emerged matter and life. The forms that were created were not perfect but were in fact were divided and false. This is the involution of creation. From that involution the forms struggle over time to create unity and truth, i.e. the evolution.

In The Life Divine Sri Aurobindo describes the process of involution by which the One, infinite, indivisible, formless omnipresent and omniscient Reality, the Self-Conscious Being, creates out of itself a world of multiple, divided, ignorant, impotent forms and the process of evolution by which these forms struggle to survive, grow and rise in consciousness to manifest in form the infinite potentials of the formless reality. (MSS)

Just as the universe struggles from out of its ignorance and falsehood, society and individuals do the same. Through the limitations of our nature and the forces surrounding us we are confronted with our limitations (i.e. the involution) so that out of this ignorance and falsehood we can progress and accomplish (the evolution). In other words we as individuals are participating in a process that the entire universe is going through.


Sri Aurobindo also points out that the Absolute itself in its creation of the universe is going through a process of accomplishment that parallels the process of accomplishment for society and the individual. In the process of creation (which is its form of accomplishment) the Absolute reveals a number of properties in that process of creation. In the universe that came as a result of the creation those properties reveal themselves as determinants. These determinants are in us and reveal a parallel process that we go through when we try to accomplish. (For more informational on this, including a table describing the properties of the Absolute in creation and the parallel determinants at work when we try to accomplish click here.)

 


Optimal Accomplishment

 

What then is the key to the greatest accomplishment in life. We believe it is a combination of aspiration and values. One's aspiration for achievement, accomplishment, attainment, results, benefit, fulfillment of ideals and values is one great factor. The other is the strength and contents of one's personal values. Combining a great aspiration and fully formed and focused personal values, one can attain the peaks of efficiency, and thereby achievement and accomplishment in life.

By efficiency we mean one is able to attain the greatest reward with the least effort. Great aspiration and high personal values tied to that aspiration, creates the greatest efficiency, which is the greatest accomplishment with the least effort.

Great aspiration and focused key values are then maximized in their ability to create results by our maximum efforts in life. Without our maximum efforts the aspirations and values will remain unfulfilled. the greater the effort, the more life will respond in kind. Tied to great aspiration and key values the results will be infinitely gratifying.

For those who aspire for something even greater; for the ultimate efficiencies to "move life" one can live the inner life, where one masters the forces of the world, around one's self from within one self. One can learn to shift from a life centered on one's own individual ego sense and instead open to, surrender to the Higher Power, the Divine around us, and use that Force as the basis of accomplishment. By opening to that dimension, that Force, one opens to the infinite possibilities of accomplishment in life. he Higher Power's Creative action is a thousand times more efficient that our own individual effort. Opening to the Force through a process of consecrated effort, can bring in weeks what took a lifetime to attain; enables life to respond almost instantaneously. This is the greatest efficiency in life, which brings the greatest accomplishment with the least (outer) effort. 

One needs to determine what is the best approach for that individual. Most can utilize aspiration and values. Some can rise to utilizing  the Force. Surely a combination of great aspiration; well developed, focused, and utilized values making the full, maximum effort in life; and opening to the Spiritual, divine Force will lead to the ultimate and most efficient great, even infinite accomplishment, achievement, success, and joy in life. 

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  • Acme of Human Efficiency is Surrender

    The origin of efficiency is energy and its final form is the talent which its organisation assumes.

    Energy is efficiency directed, organised and raised by values at all levels.

    That which follows this progression from one end to another end is the human personality and its motive.

    Conversion at each stage is effected by human effort.

    Such conversions occur between energy and force; force and power; power and results.

    Release of the original energy is by the fundamental operation of aspiration.

    By raising one's aspiration and values, one raises his efficiency.

    Therefore, the highest efficiency is attainable by the highest of aspirations, greatest values and the maximum of effort.

    Effort is human.

    As energy becomes skill, values issue of spiritual skills; rather, values are spiritual skills.

    That which determines values and motives is not the physical or vital or even the mental or spiritual parts, but the Person behind. The motive is his. Its frontal part is the ego and what is behind is the soul that is the psychic.

    Man reaches the highest efficiency by shifting from his ego to the psychic through consecration and surrender.

    It is the experience of devotees that the efficiency of surrender is infinitely superior to the very best effort of man. Such an opportunity presents itself at every step of action.

    To know surrender in this light, to choose it at every moment of action, to make surrender the basic motive of the Person is to reach the acme of human efficiency.

 

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
-Do you have a great aspiration for something in life. If not, why not; and what can you do about it? If yes, then is it being utilized and channeled through your own personal values. 

-Do you have a set of key personal values that are the driving force in your life? What are they? If not, how can you develop such?

-How can you use a combination of great aspiration and key values to accomplish more in life? Come up with an action plan to see it through. 

 


Using Inner Techniques to Accomplish

Calling the Force
Finally, we would like to mention the inner or spiritual techniques to help one accomplish in life. Many of us have resorted to prayer or meditation as a way to solve serious problems in our lives. Fewer of us however have actually adopted such a technique on a regular and ongoing basis, when things were not going particularly poorly or when things are going well. Utilizing such techniques can bring about great fortune and joy in our lives. 

For example one powerful technique is something closely related to prayer. We call it "Calling." Our experience is that if one were to take any situation and call the higher spiritual power into that situation life responds sooner or later in a very positive way. For example, you can use calling on a daily basis in your work:

The owner of a chain of audio-video stores in Canada took up the technique of calling. Whenever he went to one of his stores he called the higher presence into that location. Within a year of utilizing this technique, profits increase six fold!

(For more information about this technique, please click here.)

(If you would like to know more about the spiritual plane of life, click here.)


Deference to Higher Source To Create Positive Circumstance 
Spiritual consciousness has been felt from time immemorial as a force or current that uplift our spirits. In addition, that force can also be utilized to improve our daily lives.

Normally we create positive outcomes in our lives by having the right skills and knowledge, the proper level of organization, the right attitudes, and taking the necessary effort, amongst other. If we optimize our capacities, we are sure to meet with success and happiness in any activity or circumstance. Yet to move to a level of perfection in any situation or circumstance, we need one thing more; the cooperation of life.

In life we don't normally have any real control over external circumstance surrounding the event or circumstance we engage in, such as the occurrence of a sudden fire drill in the middle of a meeting we are conducting, or a key person arriving late to the meeting because of a traffic incident. We don't have the ability to effect or prevent such things. Likewise, if we don't know the answer to a problem that we are suddenly confronted with, we don't know where to turn. The only thing we really seem to have control of is our own current capacities.

Then how can we truly become the master of any action, project, circumstance, or situation we partake in? How do we overcome any barrier that appears beyond our control?

Our research indicates that you can gain this control by developing the simple discipline of remembering or deferring to the spiritual consciousness before the activity or event commences. By making this smallest of efforts you will experience that somehow life responds in a positive way. For example, an engineer deferring to the spirit before beginning his work can have breakthrough discoveries or insights that he or she could never have been able to have based only on one's own knowledge, skills, and efforts. An instructor who opens to the force before his class commences watches as everything during the day seems to dovetail perfectly into place, and anticipated problems just vanish.

Deferring to the higher consciousness, the spirit, the Divine, if you will, opens us up to unlimited, even infinite possibilities, transcending the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and other capacities we bring to the situation. Opening to this higher force before commencing an act has the power to evoke positive responses from life. Actions are completed much better than expected, people respond more positively, events move more quickly, and life "cooperates." This power solves problems, resolves conflicts, dissolves dead habits and unwanted traits, opens up new opportunities, generates freshness and enjoyment in everything we do, widens the personality, deepens our awareness, and reveals one's true inner self. To experience this effect just once in one's life is to set one onto a new course in life.

Our experiences suggest this method of deference to a higher force before commencing an activity is a scientific, provable fact, witnessed thousands of times by our researchers, with unprecedented positive results. If you try it and see the results once, it could change your life forever.

(For more information about this technique, please click here.)


 

Summary
Levels of Accomplishment -- Individuals can accomplish at various levels - at the level of survival, growth, development, and evolution. 

Individual's Capacities and Character
--  An individual's abilities to accomplish are determined by his capacities and character, which are made up of his skills, knowledge, attitudes, energies, attributes, endowments, and personal values. There are a number of factors within these categories that determine this capacities and character. 

Inside or Outside the Box -- Those who have social character can accomplish fully within the norms and constraints of society. Those who have individual character think beyond the norms of society and develop infinite potential for accomplishment.

The Social Environment -- An individual's ability to accomplish is affected by the social environment and atmosphere -- which includes the capacities, energies, character, and circumstance of the social environment and social institutions he is involved in. When that environment, atmosphere is positive one is more likely to accomplish; when negative, it is less likely.

Human Initiative that Leads to Success or Failure --


The Character of Life --

The Hidden Patterns of Life -- The final outcome to whether or not one accomplishes is also reflected in the operations and undercurrent of forces that are subconscious to most humans. These include "life responses" and other hidden patterns and processes that seem to circumvent time and space and all sense of normal logic. Like the attempt to understand the mechanics of quantum physics if understood these secret patterns of life could reveal the ultimate mystery to endless accomplishment in life.

Human Choice -- The ultimate determinant in human accomplishment is our own true desires and wants. It is our choices that ultimately determines the outcome and real accomplishment in life.

Unfailing Success -- For any undertaking in life to succeed one must have total commitment, have complete positive attitudes about and during the endeavor, and make an unflagging and unwavering effort towards its execution.

Knowledge, Will, Energy, and Accomplishment --

Taking Responsibility, Growth, and Accomplishment -- Those who take personal responsibility when difficulties in life occur grow and evolve, and create the conditions for greater accomplishment in life. 

Individual Response to Opportunities -- Those who respond positively to significant opportunities can catch the wave of great accomplishment in life. Those who are indifferent or ignore those opportunities are left behind. If an individual doesn't initially respond fully to the great opportunity, he may past through a number of stages of reaction until he embraces the opportunity. This process can be a difficult one, yet may be matched by a process of growth and personal evolution.

Accomplishment, Involution, and Evolution -- Individuals accomplish by growing beyond their limited capacities. In other words, from out of the limitations, the "Involution," humans make an Evolution. Greater accomplishment comes from out of this process. In fact, this is a process that the whole universe is going through. The ultimate purpose of this process is the unfolding of the higher qualities and capacities in the individual, which reflect the original purpose and determinants of the source of the creation, the Absolute, the Divine.

Optimal Accomplishment -- Optimal accomplishment in life is achieved through intense aspiration married to focused key values in life, implemented through maximum effort. Together they create great efficiency to accomplish in life. (that is, the greatest result with the least effort). Utilizing, surrendering to the spiritual Force creates the greatest scope and possibility for accomplishment, and is also the most efficient. 

Utilize Inner Techniques to Accomplish -- One can use spiritual techniques like calling and deference to a Higher Power to create great accomplishment in life.


Additional Reading
-There is infinite potential and scope for accomplishment, success, and happiness in life. To learn how to tap into this infinite ocean of possibility in one's life, click here.

-If you would like to know how to make any single act, activity, project, end in perfect success, click here.

-If you would like to utilize an inner, spiritual technique to make any single act, activity, project, end in perfect ultimate success, click here.

-If you would like to review an article outlining the philosophical underpinnings of this topic, click here.

-If you would like to review an article outlining the keys to personal growth, which ultimately affects your ability to accomplish, click here.

-If you would like to review the topic Communicate for Accomplishment, click here

To see Growth Online's Knowledge Base of Thoughts on Achieving in Life, click here


Additional Thoughts

Energy and Accomplishment -- Anything that increases our energy, increases our ability to accomplish in life. (For more on this, click here.)


Accomplishment and the Sanction of One's Emotions
An individual may think about ways to improve himself, though that is not enough to accomplish. He can even try to accomplish, but that might not bring in the desired results. When the mind decides to accomplish something it needs the sanction of the vital, the emotions. When there is a desire, an emotion to accomplish a thing it gains force and will of purpose. Thought to accomplish without the emotional desire and need will leave things as they are. For example, an individual might want to get more money in his life. However at an emotional level he feels secure in his current state. perhaps he seeks freedom, more than material gain in the form of money. Money will not come to such an individual even if he thinks he needs more money. A deep-felt want, hunger, ambition for money will unleash from life positive responses that will bring him toward his goal. if he takes a physical action, i.e. he acts on this emotion he completes the process that will attract money to him in his life.


Focusing on the Important Thing You Wish to Accomplish
When an important work is trying to be accomplished, until its accomplishment, it should be the only goal in one's life. Extraneous interests, and motives, deflecting the interests and energy are not helpful. By focusing intently on that goal as opposed to smaller goals it fortifies the interest and energies building for the success of its accomplishment.


Patience Achieves; Tension Cancels
-Example: When there is a delay when trying to accomplish a thing, it is expressive of something lacking in our inner state. (inner-outer correspondence)


Priority of Individual Characteristics for Accomplishment
The requirements of accomplishment for an individual in order of importance are strength, organization and skills.


Negative Influences on Accomplishment
Every accomplishment in life is vulnerable to interference or destruction by negative influences. The higher the accomplishment is with respect to previous levels of achievement, the greater the vulnerability. The character of a negative influence can be seen from the nature of events that occur when its approaches or leaves the atmosphere. 

Here's an example. A man is at a certain level of income. He comes to the possibility of a big work which can lead to a big change in his life. However, his neighbors suddenly become hostile and bullish, which leads to a confrontation, at which he is injured by the neighbor, setting back his ascent to the greater level he aspired for.


Powers of Human Mind and Spirit in Accomplishment
Individuals are now just beginning to tap into the mid and upper levels of the power of mind to accelerate accomplishment in life. A few are using the highest powers of mind to create even greater accomplishment. A very rare few are using the spiritual powers (a
plane beyond mind) which enables one to tap into the infinite powers of accomplishment.
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The Process of Personal Growth and Accomplishment
There is a recognizable process that an individual goes through when they try to move to the next level of accomplishment in their lives. These stages can be summarized as follows: 

1. The individual, having excess energy at the current level in life, wants to rise to the next level of any of - accomplishment, success, awareness, understanding, performance, functioning, character, happiness, or joy.

2. The individual has an idea about something that is at this next highest level, such as an awareness of an opportunity at the next level, the adoption of a particular personal values in one's life, a higher level of income, etc. This in turn leads to an aspiration in the person to achieve it.

3. The aspiration releases energy in the individual. The individual then makes a decision to see that the aspiration is achieved, i.e. comes about in their lives.

4. The individual organizes the decision (to see that aspiration is achieved) by developing a plan for achievement.

5. The plan further releases the individual's enthusiasm, which sets in motion the individual to carry out the specific actions required of the plan.

6. When the individual makes a complete, positive, persevering, complete effort to carry out the plan, the individual moves to a higher level of accomplishment, success, and joy.

7. When the individual moves to the next level, what was earlier done by a conscious effort and striving eventually becomes a natural, integrated part of one's personality (e.g. a new skill becomes a habit, a new idea becomes a settled opinion, a new attitude becomes part of the character). Further still these results crystallize into newly formed personal values that become integral to that person's life.

Normally an individual goes through this process unconsciously in life, across many years of time. However an individual can learn this process and adopt it as a modus operandi. By consciously following this process, one can accomplish much more quickly, instead of waiting a lifetime to unconsciously accomplish at a higher level, if in fact one even does accomplish at the higher level.

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Accomplishment and Nine Levels

We can look at accomplishment in terms of the nine levels of human consciousness, which are divided equally among the three planes of the human being; the physical, the vital, and the mental. We can accomplish at any of those nine levels within these three planes. If we accomplish more at the same level we call this growth. If one accomplishes at a higher level than one has accomplished before we call this development. Looking at it from the point of view of the nine levels as one ascends the levels one increases one's energy, skills, knowledge, enjoyment, values, etc. 

We can view how we accomplish in life from the highest level (1) down through the lowest level (9). Actually human evolution began at level 9 and has gradually ascended upwards towards the highest levels, the highest being level 1 (the highest reaches of mind).  

Looking at it from top down we can say that (within the plane of mind) we accomplish through mental comprehension and conceptualization (level 1), appreciation of higher values (2), and by mentally organizing and learning (3). In the vital plane we accomplish by learning to master our social life (4), by seeking emotional fulfillment and enjoyment (4), and by seeking vital expansion and satisfaction (6). In the physical plane we accomplish by acquiring knowledge and skills (7), by being physically active (8), and by not doing anything, being inert (9). 

Accomplishment and Cosmic Determinants
The universe is a manifestation of the One through the instrumentation of its eight principle powers, eight cosmic determinants, and their significant relations, powers, forms of being, consciousness, force and delight, energies, conditions, lines of truth, processes of consciousness, imperatives, possibilities, and actualities of manifestation.

These eight determinants expressing in varying degrees and proportions make up all the forms and forces of the manifestation. The power of each determinant expresses along a continuum from full manifestation (positive) to complete involution (negative). At the negative pole of the continuum each determinate manifests as the very opposite power to what it appears in the divine consciousness. Both the positive and negative expressions of each determinate are manifestations and instruments for the Divine Consciousness to express its intention in the universe. The involution from spirit to create matter and the evolution from matter to manifest spirit require the action of each determinate along this continuum.

The determinants and their opposites can be described as:

# Positive Negative
1 Self-conscious Being or Truth Falsehood
2 Being as detached witness Being involved in its creation
3 Being as Creator & Master  Ego
4 Knowledge Ignorance
5 Will or Goodness Impotence or Evil
6 Beauty Ugliness
7 Joy Pain
8 Love Hate

The process of evolution is a movement from negative (in terms his limiting capacities, character, and the circumstance he confronts) to positive term of each determinate in manifestation. The evolution progresses by a meeting, interaction and reconciliation of these determinants, raising the level of harmony between the involved elements to successively higher levels as they evolve.

We can utilize the story of Pride and Prejudice to help us understand how these eight determinants are at work in the main character's lives. (Thanks to Mother's Service Society for the following:)

Eliza is evolving along a continuum on all eight dimensions. In Eliza, beauty is mixed with falsehood, goodwill with animosity, love with intense dislike, a sense of mastery with a sense of helplessness, a detached objectivity about those around her with an involved subjectivity regarding her own thoughts and actions. She is attracted to Wickham's Beauty but unable to recognize his Falsehood. She is the beneficiary of Charlotte's Goodness but capable of ill will toward Darcy. She has to progress from the prejudices of egoistic resentment against Darcy for being slighted and insulted to the detached calm of accepting what she and her family are, and the fate that life imposes on them. She has to progress from acceptance of the falsehoods of Wickham's pleasing beautiful form and his flattering attentions to the truth about Wickham and her own family inheritance. The movement from falsehood to truth requires her to elevate her consciousness from vital-physical surface attraction to mental objectivity and knowledge. She has to move from hate against Darcy for his sense of superiority to love and gratitude for his accepting her in spite of what she is. She has to pass through the pain of Lydia's elopement in order to find the joy of recognizing her true feelings for Darcy and releasing the will to win him.

Eliza's inner evolution is made possible by the action of the eight determinants and their opposites in the world around her. Goodness comes to her from Charlotte to help her emerge from the narrowness of her egoistic family position to discover the truth of her destiny as Darcy's wife. Eliza is endowed with Beauty and, therefore, she responds without question to beauty in Wickham. Beauty and Falsehood come to her together in Wickham so that she can discover Truth of herself and move from seeking beauty of physical-vital form to mental beauty of character. Delight is a native endowment of her personality. Pain comes in the form of the elopement to awaken a deeper awareness in her and release her energy for action. Knowledge presents itself to her through Darcy to awaken her to Self-knowledge. Love comes to her from Darcy to help her shed the egoistic smallness of her social position and prejudice. Will comes to her in Lydia as initiative for evolution, which releases Eliza's will to finally take initiative toward Darcy by expressing her gratitude. Ignorance comes to her as obsequious Collins and overbearing Lady Catherine, who mistake social position to be the measure of value, rather than human character.

The process is illustrated by the dynamics of interaction between Eliza and Darcy. During the scene at Rosings Park, Eliza is playing the piano and talking with Fitzwilliam when Darcy approaches them. Darcy's close observation of her playing raises anxiety in her that he intends to intimidate her. Her anxiety is raised by her subconscious feeling of inferiority, which expresses on the surface as irritation. The irritation releases the boldness of her personality and energizes her to aggressively confront him. It releases her will. From Darcy's side, Lady Catherine's vulgar, offensive behavior has made him acutely conscious of the cultural inferiority of his own relations. That knowledge meets his knowledge of the inferiority of Eliza's family and reconciles with it, by making her connections seem much more approachable (less condemnable). These conflicting forces continue to interact when Darcy proposes to her a few days later and subsequently while they are separated. By the time they meet again at Pemberley, Darcy has consciously overcome his mental reservations but does not know whether Eliza will accept him. Eliza has subconsciously overcome her reservations, but cannot imagine he still wants her. They meet and establish a pleasant surface harmony that is attractive to both. But beneath the surface, Darcy's new mental attitude has not yet translated into vital will. Eliza's surface acceptance has not overcome her sense of social distance.

Lydia's elopement comes as an external determinant to establish a harmony at the vital level. It provides Eliza with on opportunity to express a confidence in Darcy comparable to that offered by him when he disclosed to her Georgiana's near elopement with Wickham. It provides Darcy with an opportunity to prove his affection and acceptance of her family in the most tangible terms. It abolishes all remaining prejudice that Eliza harbors regarding Darcy's sense of social superiority. Lydia's disclosure of Darcy's role provides Eliza with the essential knowledge she needs to recognize the change in him. Eliza's initiative to offer gratitude provides Darcy with the knowledge he needs that she has overcome her objections to him.


Infinite Potentials
Individuals have infinite potential for accomplishment and joy. Also every moment in one's life there is infinite potential for accomplishment. Be on the lookout for infinite possibilities!
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