Defining Success | 4 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

How do you define success?
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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.

success definitionAlthough it may still change over the course of your life, when truly defined it will articulate more clearly what you aspire to do and be in this life.

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.

2 comments on “Defining Success | 4 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

  1. The two most successful people I know are my girlfriend, Elaine Shannon and my cousin, Cynthia Cochrane. I consider them to be successful as they love their jobs – they have a sense of freedom and enthusiasm that is enlightening to see. They are always smiling, friendly and helpful. They are experiencing financial success of two different levels. One on the level of over coming a financial set back – the other living a life and enjoying things I could only dream or imagine.
    Success to me would feel like freedom. Not having to answer to anyone and setting my own work hours. I would enjoy my job. Feeling like I am making a difference in the world even if I was not headline news. Financial freedom – knowing my bills were paid, nothing outstanding and no fear of discussing finances or dealing with them.
    I will know when I have found this when I have a peaceful and happy feeling inside. When I feel peace and freedom on money I spend, how I spend my time and what I do with the hours in my day. A feeling of pride and sense of accomplishment when I look at where my life is. No need to explain myself to anyone.

    • Well said, Melanie. You have done such a great job of describing the feeling. How can you work on capturing that feeling every day, now? Even if the tangible things like financial freedom aren’t here yet, if you are able to embody the peaceful happy feeling that you described in the actions that you take daily, the rest will come. According to the law of attraction, how can it not? 🙂

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