What does it mean to be successful?
The world has confused most of us about the true meaning of success.
The media, our families, our communities and society at large have told us what success looks like and many of us have bought into it. So many people are striving for a life based on a vision established by someone else. As such, when I ask a person how they define success, they either list things that are hinged on lots of money and recognition or a career that is completely unrelated to the gifts they were born with.
Their definition is based on superficial external factors pumped into them throughout their lives.
Whether you are super rich or just trying to get by day to day it is important to look inside yourself and define what success really means to you.
Shake off the ideals and fantasies you see in magazines, in which we are told that success means being thin, having a thick head of hair, having a big house, or flying in private jets. Is that REALLY how you define success? Is that really what will make you joyful in the long run?
Richard Shell, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and author of Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success notes that “people may wake up years later [after chasing success] uncertain of why they are dissatisfied” once they achieve it.
He suggests that you take regular “pit stops” in your journey to evaluate yourself, the goals you are chasing, and whether or not it is really what you want in life.
What does success mean to you? Knowing this about yourself will help you structure your life and your day-to-day choices. By knowing your own definition of success, you will have a compass to what ultimately makes you most satisfied with your life experience. Don’t ever forget, it is YOUR life. Define it by your terms.
Inspirational speaker Jen Groover offers a great words: “It’s not about what you want to do for a living, it’s about who you want to be.”
What is your definition of success?
Have you ever really, REALLY thought about what would make you feel proud of your life? Once you have your definition clear, then we can work on achieving that success.
So, think about it and then check back next week as I will be posting more advice on success throughout this month at KimberlyElise.com. Also, subscribe to my mailing list to receive free beauty, health, and lifestyle tips!