Success (re) defined

April 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Success is a journey, not a destination. We are excited once we are on the wave, anticipating what’s going to happen next and holding our breath for the thrill. When the journey is over and the wave reaches the shore, we start to plan for the next one to go on board with the pursuit of reliving the thrills.

To most of us, the meaning of the word ‘Success’ is shaped by the world we live in, wrapped up with items and ‘because you deserve it’ quotes. What makes more sense is the understanding that success is wrapped up with how you see yourself and your ability in enjoying your life. Money can be seen s a component of success, as financial freedom is important.

However, apart from that, we need:

Peace of mind: Freedom from fear, worry, anger and guilt. Some seek peace of mind through faith, some through money, others in relationships, and others in work. Success, no matter how you define it, must have peace of mind in the mix; otherwise your success will be bland and watered down.

Health: Maintaining one’s health is important for the enjoyment of success. In retrospect, being free from habits that disregard our bodies is success on a holistic level.

Loving relationships: What is success without someone to share it with? It doesn’t have to be a spouse or your children; it can be parents, friends, children, or other family members. Making quality time for family is necessary for feeling successful.

Financial freedom: You don’t have to be ‘rich’, just being able to pay your bills, feed your family, and put a roof over your heads is enough to live a decent and good life.

Smart goals: Knowing what you want in life, what your purpose is – my purpose is to work in charity; hers is to teach, his to become a consultant and theirs to sing and so on. Only then can you set your goals, when you know and understand yourself.

Self fulfillment: If you do what you love and you love what you do; then what you do is vital and of importance. Being all that you can be, feeling that you are important and that what you do matters. Knowing that you do the right things for the right reasons. If you have all the above components but feel unfulfilled and useless, you won’t really feel successful.

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