Personal Development, Success

The Triangle Theory of Success! (Part 1)

March 23, 2008

I’ve been getting a lot of questions by people who say “How does (Some succcessful person) strike a balance in mental, physical and spiritual aspects of his/her life?” and they go envying the life and the achievements of the person. Frankly, I’m also one of them. I always go on thinking how do people get it ALL? Not that I’m jealous of them (note that jealousy is a very negative affect), but I’m interested to model after them to get that perfect balance in my life too. Thus, I thought of the Triangle Theory for Success where in order to achieve success, there must be a balance between mental, physical and spiritual aspects of one’s life.

I like to think of our lives having a shape of a triangle where the 3 corners are the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of our lives. And each of these aspects have equal weightage of importance and should either one of them be lacking, there will be a tilt and the balancing of the triange will be affected. In order for you to be able to achieve success, you need to have all 3 corners in sync and be able to tap into the powers of each aspect to work to your advantage.

So, are the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of YOUR life in balance?

First, let me explain the 3 different aspects.

In my opinion, the mental aspect of life is being able to control your thoughts and feelings and obtaining and maintaining your mental well-being at its best.

How do you achieve that?

By surrounding yourself with those things that help build you as a person and being around people who are positive, optimistic and happy. Before you’d realise, you’ll adopt a similar mentality with those whom you associate or hang out with. Then start reading inspirational books and magazines to spur your spirit and ignite your desire to achieve the best in your life.

In addition, get involved in aesthetic activities such as visiting mueseums, concerts etc. and learn to take a breather from the stress of family and work and constantly recharging yourself and your energy.

Next, the physical aspect of our lives would be to lead a healthy lifestyle and have a healthy body. You need to start putting in effort to eat right and healthy and start exercising regularly to make sure that your mind and body are constantly moving to prevent ‘stagnation’.

Lastly, the spiritual aspect of our lives is being able to achieve spiritual balance in whatever we do and believe in. There’s a need to ensure that we grow as a person and spiritual growth is dependent on the individuals, meaning what works for you may not work for another. Growing spiritually in depth depends on factors such as how deep your faith is, how much time are you willing to put in to seek knowledge in the area as well as your calling to your faith.

So, think about it, how much do you want to achieve success? How are you going to achieve this balance? 

Whoever told you everything is easy! Remember you’ll need to put in enough time and effort in order to achieve this balance! So start working towards that today!

Now that I’ve shared with you the 3 aspects of life that are important for you to strike a balance between, in the next few posts, I will tell you how to tap into each aspect of life and fully utilise it to help you achieve the goals that you have in mind. I am sure that after striking this balance and fully making use of your talents and abilities that are uniquely yours and yours alone, you’ll be all set to achieve the greater things in life.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sean Rasmussen March 24, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Hi Patricia.

    Well said! The triangle is very important for all of us to stay balanced. Wealth is no good without health.
    Take 1 Million dollars: $1,000,000.
    See the “Zeroes” as the money and the “One” as your health. Take away the “One” and all you have left is a bunch of “Zeroes” = 000,000 i.e. it’s worthless without health.
    Wealth is nothing without health. Adding spirituality (not neccessarily religion)into it and we suddenly have the third leg to balance our life. That can of course also simply be the mental side.
    Great post!

  • Reply Patricia March 24, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Hi Sean,

    What a nice surprise to see your comment! 🙂 Just visited ur blog awhile ago. Anyway, 1 million dollars.. the zeroes and the one. I never thought of it that way! 😀

    U have enlightened me twice today. First with the ‘5 Minute a day’ at your blog, and now 1,000,000 as an reminder of how important health is to us as compared to wealth.

    Thanks a lot for sharing gd stuff!

    cheers,
    Pat

  • Reply The Triangle Theory for Success! (Part 2) : Journals of Patricia Lin April 10, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    […] In this 4 part blog series, I’m going to share with you about the Triangle Theory for Success and in the first post, I briefly talked about the 3 corners of the triangle that you need to keep in balance in order to help you in the attainment of success. […]

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