Just for fun, I Googled the word “success” – and got this response: About 1,180,000,000 results
Even without seeing that there are over a billion references to success available on the internet, we already know that it’s hugely important in our own lives to feel successful. Yet so many people walk around (or trudge) feeling like a failure, in at least one area of their life. Perhaps you can relate to that. Maybe you feel you’ve tried and tried to improve your fitness but always end up sabotaging yourself before you hit your goals. Or someone else gets the promotion you worked hard for and thought you would earn. We have many different stories we can tell about success, and yet most of the time it seems those stories don’t give us quite the insight we need to change our own results.
Florence Scovel Shinn writes in The Secret Door to Success: “People never ask a man who is a failure, ‘What is the secret of your failure?’ It is quite easy to see and they are not interested. People all want to know how to open the secret door of success. For each man there is success, but it seems to be behind a door or wall. In the Bible reading, we have heard the wonderful story of the falling of the walls of Jericho. Of course all biblical stories have a metaphysical interpretation. We will talk now about your wall of Jericho: the wall separating you from success. Nearly everyone has built a wall around his own Jericho. This city you are not able to enter, contains great treasures; your divinely designed success, your heart’s desire! What kind of wall have you built around your Jericho? Often, it is a wall of resentment—resenting someone, or resenting a situation, shuts off your good. If you are a failure and resent the success of someone else, you are keeping away your own success. I have given the following statement to neutralize envy and resentment. What God has done for others, He now does for me and more.”
Is she serious? The key to the door of success is to release our resentments? Maybe that sounds strange, but when we remember that everything we do has an energetic value to it, we can better understand the truth behind her teachings. The reason that resentment is such a strong repellent to the good we desire is that it is analogous to a negative force field such as in a science fiction movie, where the person gets hurled back when they try to get past the field.
Start with the idea of looking at your life and seeing how many resentments you carry around. Allow yourself to do this for a few minutes at a time, and don’t beat up on yourself when you realize how many resentments have managed to pile up in the back room of your heart. It’s like deciding to go clean out the garage or that closet under the stairs that everyone shoves things into and closes the door. At first, it can be tempting to avoid even looking, but that just means the power of the resentments will continue to bar you from receiving all the success you would like to enjoy. Be patient with yourself. Understand that holding resentments is simply a habitual behavior that we’ve all learned and put into action from early childhood. Now, decide you’d like to clean up the mess and heal the wounds. Letting go of resentful feelings is a huge step in personal growth that all of us can do, and benefit from.