This month’s newsletter talked about celebrating how far we have come since the start of 2017. Taking the time to review and celebrate your milestones, no matter how small, is a great way of staying motivated and on track even when progress isn’t being made as fast as you’d like it to.
Looking back on where you were at the start of your journey is always a greater indication of success than where we find ourselves at any given time. It has been said that the true measure of success isn’t where we end up but how far we’ve come. Many agree that the journey and the process of progress and growth is of more concern than the final destination. Do you agree?
Are you entirely clear on what success means to you? If you ask 20 people in a room what success is they are likely to give very different answers, depending on where they are in their individual journey. Sometimes you will find people mention the same sort of things that include money and or some sort of fame. On the surface this could seem that many of us are fixated with material wealth but of you look a bit deeper you will see that what most really deem as success is the freedom that money can offer in terms of having whatever we want, the experiences we can experience and the ability to use our time in anyway we see fit.
With regards to fame - apart from the obvious in lots of people knowing who you are, fame in any area often means one is living their life purpose and are recognised and appreciated for their contribution.
Isn’t freedom and appreciation all that any of us ultimately want in life. What does success mean to you? What sacrifices are you willing to make to achieve what you really want in life?
Fame, along with wealth and ultimately success is relative. For some of us £30k a year and appreciation from our family and friends is enough for others a £30k month and national recognition is the aim.
Success doesn’t have a definitive outcome that works for everyone. indeed for many the idea of doing what needs to be done to have the level of freedom or recognition that comes with a million pound salary is more of a headache than a call-to-action - and that’s ok. As with anything what matters is what makes you happy. There is no cookie cutter example of success nor an approach to getting ‘there’.
What about if you have no idea what success means to you? Well, that's simple. When are you at your happiest? What things do you wish you had more time to do? What would your perfect day look like?
Taking the time to think about and answer those questions will give you a good indication as to what success looks like for you. Once you identify what your perfect day or life would look like you can then look at what you would need to do to make that perfect day or life a reality and work backwards.
Dale Carnegie once said "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get!" No matter how much you achieve, if you aren’t happy when you get there is it really success?
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