As animals, humans are equipped to perceive the surrounding environment through five senses – hearing, smell, sight, touch and taste. Every perceivable aspect in direct contact is collected as information and sent to the Central Nervous System where it’s analyzed, associated and interpreted to generate adequate responses. The unconscious runs the system in automation until the age of two when self-consciousness starts to dimension the self’s identity and power to influence by testing different interactions, learning of what can or cannot be controlled. One then adapts to the limits of control understood through the personal experiments and adjusts the nature of response according to the drawn judgment. This is the basic outline of life, we detect our environment and choose our responses based on continuously accumulated information from personal learning experience.

Success, as described by Cambridge Dictionary, is “the achieving of the results wanted or hoped for”. Success depends on one knowing what he or she desires, which can be laid in an infinite range of spectrum. What is the intention that drives the desire, does it agree with the values one possesses? How urgent and/or important is it, is it something one can live without? How much Time and Attention (T&A) does it require for completion? If T&A isn’t readily available, what should be discarted from the current T&A allocation? What are the long and short term consequences that may happen from this quest?

Reflection on these primordial questions is seldom done. Wants and hopes shift all the time, because life is dynamic. They are continuously consolidated or recycled parallel to the stimulus received by bodily receptors. Needs however, the fundamental needs that allow one to use T&A to reach the envisioned results are constant, because they only depend on one thing: the machine that manufactures these results. The mind, the body and the soul are integrated parts of the machine called self that produces results of its hopes and wants. Like any other machines, it requires regulation and maintenance to potentiate its output.

Mind is the analyst of all received information from the body, the data processor. It makes rational and quantitative judgments. Its analytic skills expand in capacity with consistent exercising of various types of problem solving and critical thinking activities. It is clear and well-functioning when distractions are minimum with one task to process at a time. With skill improvement and optimal condition to perform, less time is necessary to deliver the same analysis, making the individual’s time more valuable.

Body is the physique that embodies the mind and the soul. It’s the informant of the surrounding environments and the executor of received commands. Physical strengthening can prolong the machine’s productive time and life cycle. The right protocol to administer its source of energy (nutrition) can keep the machine running smoothly with minimum repair. Quality sleep replenishes the power of the machine, allowing its use of the productive time at its maximum potential. Controlling what its five senses are exposed to according to the task in hand can generate better results.

Soul is the directive decision maker, the core of the self that designates meaning for each analysis run by the mind. It makes qualitative judgments, organizes the information into belief schemes and commands the body for action to defend them. It defines one’s values and intentions, creating significance for the life lived by the individual. The self’s confidence is built in direct proportion to the amount of short term successes coherent to one’s values and belief schemes, and is nurtured by close encouraging social engagements with similar convictions.

The body is the medium through which the mind and the soul collect their intelligence. Its five senses are generally in standby without serious devotion to investigate unless instructed by command or triggered by elements of danger or interest, and are selectively summoned to understand specific targets. This is attention. Attention coordinates the senses for the self to understand and make judgments by filtering subjects pertinent to its purpose from the rest. It is the most vital and crucial mechanism that maintains and develops an individual, and its opperative pattern should be scrutinized for maximized benefits.

Attention is activated by intentions of diverse sources to reach an aim. It is best profitted by survival instinct which imposes one to secure individual needs. Curiosity triggers voluntary quest for answers to satisfy personal interests. Belief creates realities, emphasizing conditions that validate its existence to preserve itself. While it is the most powerful force that organizes societies, it has potential to mislead one’s judgment to myopic conclusions and limited learning experience. When attention isn’t guided by self-resonating intentions with clear objectives, it is easily disrupted by instant gratification or other noticeable stimulants.

A successful person is someone who actively discerns and executes intentions true to the self in pursuit of actualization of ideals. A life of success is an up close and personal journey, and cannot be caricatured into a small set of rules, nor can it be characterized by the same measures or objectives. One should always question: Are my intended results worth my T&A? Are they in agreement with my values? What are all the imaginable chain reactions that may take place from my efforts to obtain these results? What will I lose in this entire picture, am I willing to own it? Will I have any regrets as I fade away from the face of the earth?

 

References:

Rochat, P. (2003). Five levels of self-awareness as they unfold early in life. Consciousness and Cognition, 12, 717-731. doi: 10.1016/S1053-8100(03)00081-3

success. 2017. In Dictionary.Cambridge.org.
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