If I were to ask you, “how do you feel about success?” What would be your response? Most people would say: I feel great about it, I want more of it, I deserve it, I am working towards it. Why are those feelings so common?
Because most of the people on this planet feel that being a success is a good thing. When they think of success they usually think of material benefits, happiness, and accomplishment. Certainly, success can include all of these things and more.
Now here’s a personal question, what is success?
You see, personal success comes in many different forms and your concept of being a success might not be the same as mine. If you want to be successful in your life, then the very first thing you should do is to take the time to decide exactly what “success” means to you. Never mind what it means to anyone else, what does it mean to you?
To some people the epitome of being a success is earning a lot of money. In fact society seems to base the whole concept of success primarily by how much money a person earns. But society’s definition has more to do with flash than it does with substance. Many so-called successful people are very unhappy in their personal life. So, we need to ask…
Is that what you think of as being a success?
Having a personal definition of what success means to you, and then setting goals accordingly, is the only way to make your achievements truly meaningful. Striving to succeed according to somebody else’s standard or definition may win you the admiration of others, but will it bring you a sense of personal accomplishment?
If you want to be a success on a level that makes you feel truly satisfied, then I encourage you to take some time right now to write down your personal definition of success. Be specific for each area of your life.
Think about what being financially and emotionally successful would feel like. What kind of relationships would represent successful relationships to you? Once you’ve achieved some success in these areas, how will you spend your time, your money, and your energy? Who would you spend them with?
Get clear on what success means to you!
If the concept of being a personal success sounds good to you, take the first step today. Discover your personal definition of success and write it down. I promise that you will feel more successful immediately. Here’s the main point to take away from this article: Success is a multifaceted, personal concept. By defining what that concept represents to you personally, and by taking the time to write it down, you will automatically move your life in the direction of success.
For more tips on how to be successful, you can check out this article that contains some tips from industry leaders that you can certainly use to get to that level of success you want. One example, from HExL, Inc. founder and CEO Richard A. Kimball, Jr.: “That the fastest road to success isn’t about assembling smart people and working hard, but rather engaging people in a bigger ideal than themselves and positively engaging people to work as a team.”
In what areas of life do you already feel like a success?
What role do money, friends, and happiness play in success?
How about integrity, honesty, values, love, and compassion?
The lines are open!
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