Updated: Nov 19
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
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But what exactly do we mean by success? In today's world, many people think of success only in terms of financial success. If we drive a luxury car, live in a big house, and wear designer labels we're assumed to have made it. This, obviously, is a rather narrow view of success, which is why I like Zig's definition (I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.). It makes us think in broader terms about what exactly success is.
We are the only beings on the planet that have any notions of success or failure. It's part of what makes us human. Having a well-balanced view of success will give us the best chance of creating a successful life.
I remember reading a Tom Hopkins book years ago in which he tells of a man who lived under an overpass on the freeway. He had a mattress and blankets, was safe from the elements, got his food from a dumpster behind a nearby restaurant, and spent his days sitting in the sun swopping yarns with his friends -utterly content with his life.
Perhaps we should consider whether this man is more successful than someone else earning a six-figure monthly income in a high-powered job he hates. On one level, possibly; but on another level we can ask, what contribution is a man like this making?
Here, I think, lies the crux of defining success- are we successful if all we ever do is please ourselves? Or do we need to be making a positive difference in the world around us as well? I believe both- because we will never be fulfilled if we aren't making a difference and we will never be truly happy unless we are at peace ourselves. True success is being well-rounded, making the best of every area of our lives.
So what should we be doing in order to ensure we create a successful life for ourselves? First, I believe we need to realize and accept that it is up to us. No one can do it for us. We need to take time to define what success is for us. We need to decide what we want to achieve in each area of our lives.
Second, we need to craft plans as to how are going to achieve what we want. The sad thing i, most people stumble though life never giving any time to thinking about how they would like their lives to be. Yes, they may sometimes wish for a better life, but they never really make time to actually think about it, never mind actively plan it.
Many people think of success in terms of having arrived. They see success as a destination. Many great motivators teach us that it's not the succeeding that's important, but we become in the process. Having goals, plans, and the determination to achieve them forces us to grow personally. As we overcome the challenges we all face on the way to succeeding, we become better people. Our self-belief, our self-confidence, and our self-image all improve, and that is worth more than anything.
Along the way we may inspire others, make worth- while contribution to our community, or even society in general. We may create some lasting legacy or some invention that benefits the human race. The possibilities are endless!
Too often we put life on hold until.... Bad idea! Brian Tracy calls it living in "someday isle". One day when we've graduated; when I get that promotion; when the kids are out of the house; when we retire; we'll do.... In the meantime, life passes and we miss all the good that's going around us right now. Life is short and we should endeavor to enjoy every minute, because we don't know which will be our last. So, wile having goals and striving to achieve them is critical for our success, we should always remember to stop and smell the roses along the way.
We need to keep in mind that success is a journey and that, in the process of striving to achieve our goals, we should enjoy the ride and value the lessons we learn along the way. A final thought on this. If you're not moving forward in your life, not realizing your goals, why not spend this week deciding what is you truly want and how you can achieve what you want. Experts tell us that the simple act of writing it down is the starting place of all success.
Success is "The progressive realization of a worthwhile dream or goal."