When do you know you’re successful?

When do you know you’re successful?

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Firstly, I think it’s important to ask “What is success?”

I had an interesting chat with someone the other day about just this topic. People have different measures, or let’s rather say, perceptions of what success is. For some reason, most people attach success with their perception of wealth. They will see this guy (or woman) getting out of his Ferrari, dressed all smart, and immediately you think “Wow, this guy is wealthy, he MUST be successful”. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth…

Behind the scenes he might hate his job, or he might be so deep in debt and might even have exactly the same amount of spending money left at the end of the month than you do. So that begs the question, if it is not riches, what is success then?

Can I tell you a little secret? I’ve spoken to quite a few “wealthy” people, and can I tell you that after the riches, the “success”, they still ask themselves “Now what?” I’ve achieved riches, I’ve reached my goals, so why do I still feel like there’s ‘something’ missing?

Success comes down to the small victories you achieve on a daily basis. For the person on a strict diet, it might be being able to say no to that piece of birthday cake at work, or for the person with a drinking problem, only having one glass instead of five for the night. For some it might be merely getting through the day.

For me personally it is achieving what you have intended to accomplish in the time-frame you’ve set out for yourself to do. Success is NOT giving up, persisting no matter what obstacles get in your way. If you have the perception that success is “one day” when you’ve achieved ‘this’ or ‘that’, you might be in for a rude awakening.

Things change, plans change, people change, minds change. CELEBRATE the small victories. Like Winston Churchill said “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts”

I have had a few successes…  For one, getting through each day, being a mother of two (alone a challenging job 🙂 ) and having started my own business.  Finally resigning to follow my passion was a HUGE step for me.  It did not come without tremendous amounts of fear and doubt I had to overcome.  Each and every single day being an entrepreneur, with its ups and downs.  Seeing my children thrive and be happy.  There are so many small successes in each and every day, you just need to be aware to see them.

Success is never a final destination, it is a journey, and something you reach for and achieve on a daily basis. Don’t underestimate the power, the victory and the struggle of persistence. Believe me, it’s easier said than done, and in THAT alone success lies.