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Machen MacDonald: Embrace your success

Wouldn't it be great if you were at the right place at the right time, doing the right things to achieve what you want for yourself and those you care about?

Furthermore, wouldn't it be great if you believed you were enough just as you are, that you had access to all the resources you needed to make your dreams come true?

The truth is, you are at the right place at the right time. You are doing the right things to achieve what you want. You are enough just as you are. The challenge is that you may not feel content with where and how you find yourself in this moment. It is that discontent that keeps you from experiencing what you really want.

Would you like to feel more contentment while you keep on improving, learning, growing and becoming more of who you ultimately can be? Sure. Who wouldn't?

Contrary to what many think, contentment is not settling, giving up or acquiescing. It is a form of gratitude, which is a key ingredient in experiencing what you really want. For when you focus on what you have, you have everything. When you focus on what you don't have, you have nothing.

There is a certain wisdom and peace in being content. When we are experiencing peace, we tend to be more resourceful, inspired and energetic and thereby more inclined to realize our objectives.

According to the Dalai Lama, "When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes, I already have everything that I really need." Note the word — practice. You get to become better at it day by day.

Lau Tzu said, "Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." Make it a practice to remember nothing is lacking.

Socrates taught, "He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have."

Be content with what you have so you can enjoy what you would like to have, too.

I'll take my cue from these three thought leaders anytime. They seem to have done well.

Contentment is appreciating who you are, where you are and what you have while trusting you are on the right track to becoming your ultimate self.

An acorn can't coexist as a mighty oak tree at the same time. The acorn does, however, contain mighty oak "treeness" within it as it progresses on its intended journey to becoming its ultimate potential.

Join me in choosing to be content and enjoying the journey while always growing closer to fulfilling your ultimate potential.

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

Bestselling author Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and 530-273-8000 or visit