Does your spirituality have an impact on your success? I would argue that the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Spirituality is something that impacts your entire life, work included. Here are 5 ways, both good and bad, that your spiritual life can affect your success.
- Increased Positive Energy Can Improve Your Relationships With People
People who are more spiritually in tuned tend to have more highly developed empathy skills. This may mean that you are better able to read people, and better able to relate them in ways that makes them feel valued, respected, and heard.
In a practical sense, this can increase your ability to make sales, and convince people to be loyal customers. However, this isn’t the only benefit. Your people skills can also contribute to better morale among the people you work with.
- Karma And Desire For Overall Good Impacts Your Decisions
As with anybody else, you want to be successful. However, as a spiritual person, there is more driving the decisions that you make than a desire for success. Your desire to stay on your spiritual path will often have a major impact on the decisions that you make.
For example, if you are faced with making difficult budget decisions, you may know what the best thing to do is, in a practical sense. On the other hand, your spirituality may cause you to step back and think about the situation in terms of karma and contributing to the greater good.
This may cause you to make decisions that are viewed as wrong by those who aren’t on your path. However, you may find that giving your spirituality a role in your decision making process works out better than you expect.
- Meditation And Prayer Can Help You Deal More Effectively With Conflict
The more you pray and meditate, the more centered and at peace you are with yourself. This inner peace can make you better able to deal with conflict in the workplace.
The reasons that workplace conflict often becomes so problematic is that the people involved tend to see the conflict only from their point of view; they often become territorial and they take things personally. Your inner peace may help you to avoid these patterns.
- You May be Driven to Adhere to Rules That Change Your Path to Success
One of the interesting things about being a spiritual person is that you may not be able to, in good conscience, follow the easiest route to success. To put it simply, there may be things that you are not willing to do that may impede your path. Fortunately, this rarely means that you cannot be successful.
Sometimes, your path may be altered because there are things that you cannot allow yourself to do for moral reasons. It may also be that you choose to dedicate more time to spiritual pursuits than others. If this is true, you may also have to accept that your spiritual commitment may slow your career growth.
- Your Lifestyle May Not be Compatible With Your Coworkers or Employees
If you work with people who are not spiritual, or who do not subscribe to your particular form of spirituality, you may have trouble finding points of compatibility. This can be a struggle for you, because much of the relationship building and loyalties that are important in the workplace actually happen after hours.
Your spirituality may impact your lifestyle in a variety of ways. For example, you may avoid certain foods, refrain from certain activities, or simply live a life that is starkly different from the people you work with. This can cause a variety of problems, including:
- Giving the false impression that you think you are better than others
- Missing out on opportunities to bond
- Not having shared hobbies or experiences in common
- Having to deal with the assumption that you have no desire to relate to others
Fortunately, much of this can be mitigated if you find other ways to reach out to the people around you to let them know you are interested in creating positive bonds.
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