Tony Robbins once said that success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure. People often define fulfillment as something external such as the fulfillment of a goal. The truth is fulfillment is not about what’s happening on the outside; it’s about was happening on the inside. It’s happiness. It’s being at peace with yourself and the world around you. It is a state of loving awareness that engenders a felt connection with all that is. Fulfillment is not something that you earn or achieve; it is a grace that springs from gratitude for what you are. As such, fulfillment depends to a large extent on the understanding that you were born for happiness and peace, which your very nature makes available to you, always, right here, right now, in this present moment, that is, whenever you bother show up.
I invite you to remember an experience that perhaps only lasted a short period, when you felt fulfilled, when nothing came to interrupt your happiness or peace of mind. Perhaps you were with family or friends on a beach or walking across a lovely meadow or watching the sunset, and suddenly you felt fully alive and at peace … experiencing a sense in which you felt all is well. See if you can remember a time like that and if so, experience it again now. Or, if you can’t remember such a moment, simply imagine it.
Imagine or remember how quiet and at ease your mind became, how expansive you felt, how clear and fully present you were, with nothing of your past troubling you and nothing of your future in doubt.
Now picture what it would be like to have that moment extend until it became your entire day. Imagine what it would be like to have that moment extend until it became your life.
This might give you a hint of what it would be like to be fulfilled, free of the fearful illusions that a brain chronically under stress generates. Without these illusions, there would be no fear, no stress, no doubt, with no one to attack and nothing to defend. In the quiet of the present moment, the false image of yourself would fade. The image of a threatening world would fade. The judgments you have about yourself and project onto other people would fade. Your fear of failure would fade and what would take its place is the peace and happiness that is always available right here, right now, when you are not afraid of anything.