23-135 Celebrate Your Past Wins #2

Today’s Mandala Message: Define What Success Means to You

This week I’m working through Principle #26 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Acknowledge Your Positive Past”. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of defining what success means to me. Growing up I was taught that success meant only one thing: when you have a great paying job and can support yourself. But we forget that sometimes just getting up in the morning to go for a walk is a success.

When I began creating my mandala art, my dad would ask “are you making any money at it?” Ouch. That was the only way he could be ok with me being an artist…if I was making money at it. I understand his perspective, he grew up during the depression. For the longest time it kept me from going all in with my art.

It took me a while to work through that restrictive thinking to get to a place where creating a new mandala was a success…it didn’t exist before and now it does. Today especially it’s a huge win, since I tested positive for covid this morning and physically I’m exhausted with some moderate symptoms and a low-grade fever. I’m grateful that I was able to create it…that’s my friends is success! Now back to bed.

A good mindfulness practice would be to give yourself a pat on the back for all your wins.

So how about you? How do you define success? Is it tied to money?

“Define success
on your own terms,
achieve it by your own rules,
and build a life
you’re proud to live.”

— Anne Sweeney


The Mandala Lady
All Things Mandalas

An Invitation

I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, weekmonthyear). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.


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