When people hear the word “success” they tend to think of successful people, like business owners, or perhaps friends or neighbors. But what does success and being successful really mean? How to do you get there? I’ve found that most people think success is visual, what others can see and learn about you from a distance, but I personally think success is more individual and requires a very specific approach.
In order to find success we first have to define it. Of course you could go into the dictionary or Google it and find a variety of definitions. I believe that success is your definition. I like to think of it as an achievement of a desired result, outcome, gain in prosperity, or reaching of goals. It sounds vague now, but that’s a great starting point for everyone, because success is individual and requires your own personal definition.
First you can look at people around you, people you think are successful. It may be helpful to write down why you think those people are successful. Is it their car or house? Their job or lifestyle? Starting with how you see success in others will help you create your own personal definition. Remember that there are two types of success, visual success and personal or feeling success. What we see from others may not be how success feels to us or how we’d define it.
Now that you’ve looked at how you see success in others I have some questions that will help you create your own definition. When thinking of success answer the following:
- What does success mean to you?
- What does success look like?
- How would you define success?
- How would you know if you hit your mark in terms of success?
Some of these questions we already started looking into by thinking of people you think are successful, but I want you to dig deeper and think about how success would look and feel in your own life. It’s important to remember that it may look very different than what you see on television or even in your neighborhood.
Coming up with your own definition will take some time, and that definition may change over time. If you think having a family is a sign of success then you will work to achieve it, but once you have a family of your own success may mean providing for or spending time with that family, as opposed to success being defined by money or goods.
Success can come in a variety of packages, from achieving your weekly goals, to paying off debt, or having the house and lifestyle you’d always dreamed of. Success is individual and if we keep trying to achieve what we’ve been taught is success, what we see in others and displayed in the media, we may achieve that and realize that it doesn’t make us happy or even make us feel successful. To find true success we must look inside ourselves and discover what would make us feel success at our core.
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