But, what I realized last week, was this: I haven’t really addressed success in the simplest form. What I mean by that is looking at it from a defining standpoint, and digging into what it really means for you as an individual.
See, I have been going through some serious self assessment these last few weeks, which is one reason why I haven’t posted any new information. I do this periodically in life, just to check my path and make sure I am still headed the direction I want to head with my life, my business, etc. This time though I purposed to do it deeper, to do it stronger, and to really dig around deep in my heart to make sure I am on the path I want to be on.
What Is Success?
See, success means different things to different people.
For one person it may mean a fine career with benefits and a pension plan. To another, it may mean a loving family with the basic needs of life met. To another it may mean reaching an educational milestone or attaining some sort of distinction in their chosen career path. To another, it may mean building a successful corporation with millions, or even billions of dollars in assets and revenue.
Success, by way of Webster’s definition is “the act of achieving or accomplishing”, and “to reach a desired end”.
I think the definition of success runs much deeper than that though. What you equate with success and what I equate with success may be two completely different things.
I believe success is really found when a person is happy and fulfilled doing whatever it is that they are doing. Success is not measured by how much a person achieves or accomplishes in life, as most people believe.
Your success can only be measured by you. Do you feel successful? Did you reach or achieve the goal that you had for yourself? Are you happy and fulfilled doing what you do? If you answered yes to these questions, then you – my friend – are successful.
No other person on the planet can define success for you, you must define it for yourself.
How Do You Define Success?
So in order to define success for yourself, you must ask yourself a few questions, and be brutally honest when you answer them.
1. What is your personal definition of success?
2. What does success look like to you?
3. Do you feel successful? If no, why not?
4. What needs to change in your life in order for you to feel success?
5. What do you believe you need in order to have peace and meaning in your life?
6. What do you do each day that brings you joy and fulfillment?
7. What makes you feel energized and motivated?
8. How often do you do those things you listed in items 5-7?
9. What prevents you from doing more of those things?
10. What steps can you take to ensure you have these things in your life?
Once you have answered these questions as honestly as you can, then you will have a pretty good idea of what success looks like for you, personally.
Next, you want to FORGET everything you have ever heard or learned about success from anyone else, including your family and closest friends. You have your very own perspective of success, and now you can begin living YOUR life, the way YOU want to live it in order to see those things YOU deem important, fulfilling, and meaningful manifest.
Success Scenario in 4 Simple Steps
Finally, to really make this real for yourself, you can write a personal success scenario. This is really easy to do.
1. Think about what success looks like for you.
2. Write it down in story format (this can be as long or short as you wish, as long as it reflects what your personal picture of success would be).
3. Read it and think about it each day.
4. Express gratitude to God for bringing you to a place of personal success in your life
Now, because I truly care about your success, and helping you get there. I decided to go the extra mile for you today. 🙂
Seriously…to make this process a little easier for you, I created two downloadable worksheets you can use to walk yourself through these steps.
Dr. Krista Abbott is an Internet revivalist, author, speaker, creator, and coach spreading a message of love and hope. She is passionate about helping people discover and fulfill their purpose in life while equipping them with the resources they need to realize success. Through her business, Krista serves multiple international clients in the areas of publishing, writing, product development, social media management, internet marketing, and leadership training, as well as business and life coaching.
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