Redefine Success!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Achieving Goals | 10 comments

If there’s one thing main idea this blog is about, it’s making the most of this moment, this day. I’m here to tell you making the best of each day a great way to live.

Life isn’t perfect, of course, because there’s no such thing as perfect. I have my ups and downs, my good days and less good days- that’s just life- but you have a choice about how you live your life, including deciding what kind of attitude you want to have about your day.

There’s one frustrating attitude that continues to prevail in our society and our lives- the belief that success happens when you achieve fame and fortune. You can do all the right things and work hard and have neither notoriety or wealth. A lucky few can do all the wrong things and hardly work at all and still achieve society’s view of success.

The fame and fortune definition of success is rarely as great on the inside as it appears on the outside. Whether or not you have success in the eyes of the world, it isn’t going to make you happy if you aren’t already happy with a healthy attitude about life! And this success can so easily slip from your grasp and what- you’re back to being dissatisfied with your life until you have it again? Say it ain’t so!

As long as you define success as something that happens later, instead of today, as something that is dependent on how you are viewed in the eyes of society, the longer you’ll be waiting to live a full and happy life.

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Redefining Success

Today I challenge you to rethink your definition of success. Think of success not as something that happens to you, but rather an attitude of simply giving your best to yourself, your family, your work, and your life each day.

Give up the idea that you will only be successful when… when you have 10,000 page views per day, when you get the promotion you’ve been working for, when you’re financially self-sustainable, when your business lands a big client. Instead, as you work towards your goals, celebrate each milestone along the way- progress is success!

Realize you are already successful at something. I encourage you to take a moment to consider everything you’ve accomplished in your life so far. Give yourself some well-deserved kudos!

Success can be an attitude, a lifestyle. You can be successful at many things each day and experience a happier life. When you shift your focus from success as a long term goal to a short term goal, you are more likely to feel motivated and excited to greet each day as it comes. When you enjoy the success of being precisely where you are today, you will enjoy your life more. As an added benefit the people around are likely to recognize to your newfound confidence and respond in support of you and your goals.

Rethink your definition of success for a happier, better you!

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~Maya Angelou

I love your comments! How do you define success? Are you ready to change your attitude for the better?

10 Comments

  1. Great topic of discussion, Chrysta. If we place too high of a standard on what success would mean for us, we risk missing the mark we’ve set for ourselves; which could lead us to entertaining feelings of disappointment and discouragement. Also, those feelings could lead us to considering giving up on the progress we have already accomplished.

    I define my success by each celebrated victory I have – the small and grand ones, alike. Each victory solidifies my growth and validates the effort I put towards whatever I set out to do.

    Thanks for this sharpening article… great read! :)

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Deeone!

      I absolutely agree! When we chase fame and fortune we often overlook other types of success and lead to unhappiness if we don’t get what we think we want. Few people will get everything they want and even those that do often find it doesn’t make them happy like they thought it would.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. I totally agree with this Chrysta. Society has defined what success is from the moment we are born and it is a lot of pressure on us to live up to those standards. I think success can only be achieved when we achieve happiness and this can come from the smallest things that we sometimes neglect the most.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Mariella!

      I love your perspective that success can only be achieved when happiness is achieved first. This viewpoint has certainly been true for me. In fact, I have found the happier I am with myself, the more success naturally follows!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. A very important post, Chrysta. We get caught up in the TV lifestyles or the magazine headlines of the supposed “exciting” lives of others, and we begin to believe that is what success is about. However, it is about how we define it and then live it. It can be about our families, our communities, our weekend work… the list can grow based on how we want to define success and then live it. Jon

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Jon!

      I’m fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Colorado where many people have their own view of success, often in pursuit of a simpler life.

      Still, the idea that having a big house, nice car, or important job continues to be a measure of success- until you loose it all and realize it wasn’t all that great to begin with. (Who hasn’t lost it “all” at least once in their life? Most people, I’d say.) The wonderful gift of having your life re-set is the opportunity to rediscover and redefine what a great life looks like to you!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  4. I recently read an article on success and what it is and the author put it this way “When your wife agrees to what you say and then she says sorry for not understanding why you want to stay put on the couch on the weekend; that my men, is success”. I guess for each theri own.

    For me, success is going out and accomplishing what people think I ain’t “capable” of. That might be something trivial and it might be something huge; but it does make the difference. I love the Maya quote you put at the end and that sums up what I really believe in.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Hajra!

      I love your definition of success and it’s one I often share. I enjoy challenging myself and every time I take on a new challenge I feel the satisfaction of success even just for trying something new!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  5. Yes, the common definition of success doesn’t fall in line with what I want from my life either. It’s hard forging your own path, but you’ve got to live by your standards and desires, rather than those forced onto us by society and mass marketing.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment!

      I love your comment about forging your own path- that’s a great way to define your own success! Living a great life is all about living a life that is meaningful to you.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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