Tips for Spiritual Success
1. Minimize materialistic thoughts- Materialistic thoughts are the kind if thoughts that only deal with self-centered perceptions like pride, power, fame, dominion, etc. Most materialistic inclinations are actually based on a lack of faith. If you feel superior to others, you forget that people have feelings that can be easily hurt. Are the facts on which you base your attitude correct? Try to shift your attitude to a more positive one.
2. Generate peaceful, serene thoughts- Think about your emotions and feelings and how they can create a peaceful mood. It should help you learn which situations provoke a negative or positive reaction. Regularly spend time each day in quite moments where you can ponder on your life’s mission as outlined in your personal mission statement.
3. Create a spiritual image- A spiritual image is a picture of the person you can be without the trappings of a material life. Try imagining being happy without things that you think can make you happy, like a new car or house. By exploring and developing your spiritual representations you can feel much better about yourself and life.
4. Face reality with faith- Are you frightened of life’s challenges, such as getting scared of being abandoned by friends, losing your job, or dying in an accident? The answer is to face the fear, imagining what you would do and how you would cope if these things happened. Once you’ve faced up to your worst fear, you will be able to look beyond it and you’ll be more able to cope.
5. Live for a higher purpose-We all need to eat, earn money, provide for our children, but we also need to remember that our chief goal in life is happiness. Success, as we recall, is made up of feelings, happy feelings. If our ultimate purpose is happiness, then we won’t fall into the trap of just living for the sake of living.
6. Find a spiritual role model- These are people who you look up to with the kind of attributes you truly idealize. It could be a religious leader, a saintly figure, a revered statesman, or even a kind family member or relative.
7. Think of your world as a battle between good and evil-No matter what pundits and popular writers tell you, evil exists and there is no such thing as being “right in your own eyes”. If there is such a thing as goodness, then there has to be an opposite. Your life is meant to help raise that standard of goodness to a higher degree, with the corollary goal of helping others gain more goodness, too.
8. Realize that your presence or influence will outlast your life- Death is a reality we will all face. But whether you believe in the immortality of the soul or not, your presence or influence will still be left long after you are gone. Now, what do you want others to feel as a way of remembering you?
9. Emphasize rejoicing in life than surviving in life- Research suggest that the more meaning you see in life, the easier you will find it to be positive. This doesn’t necessarily mean being very religious, but it does mean having a sense that there is a plan, a point, a purpose to life. Spend time thinking about why you are here in this world, and then let that sense of purpose guide you.