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Sweet, sweet surrender, live, live without care
Like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air
Sweet, sweet surrender, live, live without care
Like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air

~John Denver, Sweet Surrender

My friend, I want to tell you about the hardest, most rewarding thing you can ever do in your life. Ever! The most incredible thing you can do for yourself is Surrender!

I hope you’re asking right now, What is he talking about? I hope it stirred some curiosity in you. Now the tricky and challenging part is to put this into words so the intellect understands—your heart and soul already understand this.

You’re surrendering to the divine—something greater then yourself—who you really are. Deep down at your core you already know this, but it has been forgotten on your journey.

The best way I can describe what this experience feels like to your mind and ego is this: it’s like driving down the road 120 mph, and you take your hands off the steering wheel and truly believe someone else is going to drive.

But the actual experience is like riding in a rowboat and the water current is taking you gently along in the water. And you feel love, peace, and joy and loving every second of every day.

Wooden row boat

We’ve been told lots and lots of stories that are NOT who we are. And one of the biggest words used on us to delude us is the word success. We are willing to do cartwheels and everything else under the sun to be considered successful.

The message programmed into us is: Never give up on success; do whatever it takes. Because there is nothing better than proving to yourself and everyone else you’re successful, right?

 Kick, claw, and scratch your way to the top—whatever “the top” means. Give up your life, but boy, you can put “successful” on your tombstone.

This past weekend I was at a seminar with a very successful businessman who was successful by society’s standards, but he felt extremely empty inside. He talked about how he could work a room of strangers for hours with his charm, but when he left he didn’t know anyone and they didn’t know him.

 Being successful by others standards and stories can’t buy being connected to yourself and others and living with purpose and meaning.

Then we have the opposite end of this story—people are not happy because they’re not successful and they think they should be. They tell themselves, “If I was as successful as that person, then I would be happy. I should be successful, but I don’t have what it takes, or I wasn’t lucky.”

What does being successful really mean? You’re the only one that knows what living a successful life is and it’s inside of you away from all the stories.

My definition of success is loving yourself unconditionally, living in the now, and loving what you get to do everyday.

Living in the now is surrender to what is . . . surrendering to life as it is right now.

Not that magical day when you have a success party and everyone shakes your hand for being successful, and you get a plaque that says successful.

How to surrender to yourself—the true you.

  1. Follow your intuition and your heart. You will have fear, but remember every human on this planet experiences fear. Remember fear is just emotion. Let pass through you with no attachments.  What is the one thing you can do today to follow your heart so you can experience being true to yourself? You know exactly what this is. Go do it!
  1. Love yourself unconditionally—unconditionally means that you love who you are right now.
  2. Believe in yourself and the divinity in you.

Give yourself a real treat and click on the link to listen to John Denver’s Sweet Surrender 


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And I don’t know what the future is holdin’ in store
I don’t know where I’m goin’, I’m not sure where I’ve been
There’s a spirit that guides me, a light that shines for me
My life is worth the livin’, I don’t need to see the end

~John Denver, Sweet Surrender