What is success?

December 16th, 2011

Many people assume success means financial gain or monetary riches. But truth is, success will be different for each of us. And riches do not always mean money.

Ask yourself this: what’s most important to you? Maybe it’s freedom and flexibility, improved workplace relationships, more time with your family, finding the right balance between your work and personal life, or simply peace of mind.

Here’s another question: How do you feel when you think about success? Ideally, you feel good, enthusiastic and eager. (I do love those “e” words.) Or, maybe you feel anxious, pressured or stressed. Well, if you’re not feeling good, chances are you’re focusing on some external measure of success versus what success means to you. It’s only what you think that matters. What anyone else is doing or getting or making or thinking just doesn’t matter.

What you want to achieve is your decision. You get to decide what’s important to you and how you’ll measure success. You get to choose what you want to create for yourself and set your own standards. It’s achieving what you want to achieve that will define your professional success.

As you go about creating your success, remember that success is a process. You’ll make mistakes along the way. To err is human, right? Trial and error is a method of learning. So a mistake is just an opportunity to learn. Temporary setbacks are not permanent failures. Just understanding that is an important mindset tool for achievement.

Success is about using your energy and being deliberate about it. It’s about creating more for yourself and feeling positive in the process. The thoughts you think are at the basis of your success. Trust yourself. Expect good things. Have some fun along the way!


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