What is your definition of Success?
Your answer to this question may be different depending on your age or stage of life you are in, and/or your beliefs or family traditions. What most of us do not realize is that sometimes our belief system, what we were told when we were young, plays a huge role in what we “think” is our definition of success. Our thoughts may take us to the idea that success means having a high paying job, a disposable income, or having a nice car or home. On the surface, these things may make someone appear to be successful. but I feel we need to take that definition a little further to include how we truly feel in our success. When I was asked what my definition of success was, I said “happiness and harmony makes me successful.” I’m not saying that material things won’t make you happy or successful, but is it long term? It is so important to put aside our beliefs and to really give ourselves the opportunity to define success as it pertains to our own life.
According to google.com, the definition of success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose” (“Success”). Sounds simple enough, right? In order to find your aim or purpose you should ask yourself the following questions.
What motivates me?
What is the first thing I think about in the morning?
What am I drawn to over and over again?
What is the one thing that is most important to me?
What do I dream about being, doing, becoming?
Really think about your answers. Jot down everything that comes to mind. Don’t be afraid to write your thoughts, no one will see them. Look over your answers. Is there a common trend? Has this changed your idea of success? Revisit this list over the next weeks, months, even years. This was an exercise I did in one of my life coaching classes. It has helped me tremendously to know who I am, reach for what fulfills me and to know my purpose in life.
I guarantee it will help you see through your beliefs and you will find what success truly means to you.