Success is such a personal experience and defining success such a personal story.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been spending time asking people what success means to them. The responses have been fascinating, but more interesting than that is a lot of individuals even struggle to articulate what it means to them at all.
The majority of people, when asked, will refer to the tangible things that they are hoping to acquire. In these terms, success also changes dramatically with age.
When asking a 16-year-old, it could mean when they finally get their own car.
A 25-year-old could define success as the promotion that they have been working towards.
Someone in their 50’s could describe success as the moment they are finally able to retire.
However no matter where you are in life, there is another definition of success that goes deeper than all of that. Something that goes further than what you have and how important you are. Another meaning of success, when cultivated deeply, will provide you with new insight into your true self and your higher purpose.
Maya Angelou described success in these terms “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Think of it as your personal mission statement, and a way to track your progress in life. It can be your compass to ensure you are pointed in the right direction and something to refer to often.
To help you discover your definition of success, I’ve come up with four questions to help you dig a little deeper and to help ignite inspiration in you.
1. Who is the most successful person you know?
2. What is it about them that you consider successful?
3. What does success feel like to me?
4. How will I know when I’ve found it?
To me, success is being peacefully aligned, authentic and compassionate, while leaving a legacy that inspires others.
Once you’ve taken some time to dig deep into your answers, let me know your responses in the comments below.