Success Thinking and Idealism
Although statistics cite only 15-30% of people as “idealists,” we suspect that many of our readers have more idealism than the general population.
Let’s examine how idealism can serve you, as well as undermine you.
When idealistic, you are enthusiastic, cheerful and trusting. You focus on the Big Picture, figuring the details will work themselves out. You focus on how things “should be.”
Idealists can be visionaries. When we founded Awakenings Institute, it was born from a Dream:
Imagine a world where love is the guiding force, where the unique gifts that each individual brings receive honor and respect, where all are nurtured in allowing their gifts to blossom, to manifest the joy of living in each moment…
SUCCESS THINKING AND PROBLEMS WITH IDEALISM…
Idealists can be naive and live in a fantasy world. They can end up disillusioned when things don’t work, falling far short of anything that could be considered an idealistic outcome.
One revealing area is how idealists dislike conflict and confrontation. Too much conflict and confrontation is definitely self-defeating and unproductive. Too little stress has problems too, however. How do we deal with conflict, without denying it and trying to live in a fantasy world?
Let’s turn to Wallace Wattles’ Science of Getting Rich for advice. He says we need to rise out of the competitive plane and live more in the creative plane. This may sound idealistic, but it is also very practical.
To live creatively, we need to embrace conflict, find good solutions and learn and grow from life’s challenges. We need more cooperation and collaboration, to be sure. We also need healthy competition, which brings out the best in us.
GETTING REAL THINKING ABOUT SUCCESS
Idealists tend to ignore the facts and proofs because “it’s all for the best.” This approach can put you out of touch with what’s occurring in the external world.
For example, Phillip’s father regularly spoke of how well things were working out, and how a wonderful business breakthrough was just around the corner. Even though he helped Phillip in many ways, he died in poverty because ne never took the practical measures needed to succeed.
To make progress, you do need to keep score with what’s happening on the ground. You need to see what works in order to achieve your more idealistic dreams and use practical goals. In short, what is the empirical evidence that what you are doing will work?
You have a vision, be inspired, and see great possibilities. But remember to take off the rose-colored glasses, too. You do want to turn your dreams into reality, don’t you?
Do what achievers and successful visionaries do. Combine the inner with the outer, the feminine with the masculine. Have achievable, written goals. Study inspirational and success material. Associate with successful people who can help you translate your idealism into reality.
FINAL THOUGHTS FOR YOUR SUCCESS
Idealists love personal growth. We can relate. If you wed self-development with realism, what will happen? You will get the best of both worlds and optimize your life.
Idealists sometimes need a healthy skepticism, too. We are not talking about being in reaction mode (“I could never sell”).
We’re talking about checking things out, in a rational, due-diligence way. “How could I find a way to share/market that, which would help others?” “What practical steps do I need to take to succeed?”
As a note, if you fall on the other side of the equation and are too realistic, what can you do? Find ways to inspire yourself and zoom out to sense the bigger picture.
Let idealism serve you, not undermine you. For success thinking, idealism and realism combine well. It’s a wonderful way to bring spirit into form.