Ever heard the saying, “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven”? Well, since I’ve never once heard of a needle-threading camel, I’m calling bull on this outdated notion of spirituality and success.

There are still too many good folks in the world today (and probably some of you reading this right now!) whose ‘spirituality’ is getting in the way of your success.

Despite the fact that we now have some stellar role models for wild success and wealth who are moral, responsible and in service to the greater good (think: Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Mike Dooley, Oprah…), there are so very many ‘spiritual’ people who are still just seeking to get by, struggling to make ends meet, and having difficulty receiving the tremendous abundance that’s all of our birthrights.

If you’re one of the folks who truly want to be of service, to live a life of purpose & deep spiritual meaning, but a large part of your energy is being spent juggling just to make ends meet, then I must ask you this: how well can you serve, uplift, and heal under these conditions?

I know this is a bit of a rhetorical question because the answer is obvious: the more you struggle with meeting your basic needs, the less time, energy, inspiration and money you have to connect with Source and to help others.

But the question is an important one because I really think it’s time we look plainly at any remaining myths, outdated beliefs and downright lies about the connection between spirituality and success.

Some Myths Worth Dumping NOW

Here’s a list of some of the false beliefs many of us carry around about spirituality and success. I say all of these need to be given the heave-ho, once and for all. Have a good look and then check in with yourself to see if any of these are still operating unconsciously in your belief system.

    1. Rich people are greedy.
    2. The only way to really succeed is to step on other peoples’ backs.
    3. Most success stories have a ‘backstory’ of unhappiness and sacrifice.
    4. To be wealthy means you have to give up time that should be spent with family or in church or doing your spiritual practice.
    5. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon.
    6. I don’t want to be selfish, so I’d better charge less.
    7. In order to be a good person, I should give away my extra money.
    8. Why should I enjoy the good things in life when there are starving children in Africa?

If any of these sneaky, false beliefs are still lurking around in your psyche, I strongly urge you to bring them to the light and then dump them like hot potatoes. Why? Because in order for you to do your very best service in this world, you’ve got to be free of the constraints, hassles, and stress of  ‘just getting by’.

The more hours you spend doing things like:

• Working overtime for a few extra bucks
• Scrambling to get $ into the bank before it hits an overdraft
• Doing all the little tedious parts of your business (instead of doing your expertise) because you can’t afford to hire an assistant
• Living with shoddy appliances & furniture, or in a shoddy house that constantly needs repairs…

…the less time you have to actually do your spiritual practice, serve in this world and help others. As they say on airplanes: “Please put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others.”

Here’s to a New Year in which we all connect with our greater soul purpose AND succeed wildly!

What are the false beliefs about spirituality & success that you’re ready to dump for 2014? Let us know in the comments below.