Your Definition of Success
I talk a lot about how to achieve success, but on a greater level, what does success mean to me? What does it mean to you?
A few things are absolutely solid for me:
1) We must each define what success means to us as individuals, families, and communities.
Someone else's markers of success may or may not apply to you, so part of our task while we're here is to truly understand our own nature and focus on the real change we create by our lives here and now.
2) We get closer and closer to true success as we fulfill more and more of our life purpose.
I think you have more feelings of satisfaction and peace when you align yourself closer and closer with what you feel you were born to do. If your life purpose were fulfilled, you would be done! So every day that we're alive is another opportunity to make good on the promises we made ourselves when we were children.
If you ever said "When I grow up I'm going to........" then today's the day to start doing what you said you would do.
3) We find support, guidance, and friends along the way.
We are always surrounded by other people who support us on our journey. Sometimes we don't recognize them, or we don't yet know them, but I've found it more and more true that other individuals will come into our life when we need them.
We are all here to help each other.
Sometimes our biggest challenge is recognizing assistance when it shows up! There are mentors, teachers, guides, coaches, associates, and partners in our life. Find them and hold on to them!
4) Challenges along the way are sometimes here for our self-development.
There are many women who struggle at their workplace and who feel either left out, attacked/harrassed, or otherwise embattled. I don't condone abuse and I encourage you to leave if you feel at all threatened or if you're being harmed.
However, if you're in a situation that requires you to develop your personality more -- for example, if you're a woman in a male-dominated field, or if you're a younger woman in a management position over older men, or if you're being asked to take on more responsibility -- figure out the solution to find meaning, joy, value, and impact through your challenge.
5) When we share, we teach. When we teach, we learn.
It is so important for you to share your knowledge, skills, and experiences with those who want to hear your message. Think about all the times you have really struggled with your soul, with your life purpose, with powerful decisions, with things that have impacted you..... and think about how you navigated through those uncharted waters.
Will your experience potentially help someone in a similar situation? I encourage you to pass on those life lessons to others to learn.
The truth about your success is that it is your step-by-step progress that defines success. Literally: success comes from the root Latin word succedere: to go up, follow after.
Every day is a challenge. Every day is an opportunity. Every day is another chance to create your definition of success.