Success can be defined in a myriad of ways. If we're not conscious about it, we can get caught up in someone else's definition of success. Your family's. Your culture's. The success that truly matters is the success you define for yourself.
Only then will it be true, authentic to you. Only then will it really matter when you achieve it.
Success doesn't have to follow the usual line defined by our society, the one that follows possessions. You get to decide what success means to you. That's the important foundation. Then you get to decide, am I willing to do what it takes to achieve it?
I'm going to define what success means for me, to give you a place to start. You can take what resonates with you as your launching pad to define success that is meaningful for you.
For me, success is about living my purpose, what really sets me on fire. That's why the 'alchemy' in my company's brand and the flames in the logo are so important to me. Success means being of service through that purpose.
Here's my *gulp* moment, the part that isn't usually associated with business, but I feel so strongly about: infusing all of that, living my purpose, serving from that place, is love. Love shows up in how I treat myself, the people who work with me, my clients. It shows up in how I treat my family. It's all connected. If you're living your purpose, it's all seamless.
Love also shows up in how I'm bringing value to my clients' lives so that they can live their purpose. It's a self-reflexive loop that brings more and more dynamic positivity into the world.
The focus of my success is on growth and creating something valuable for myself, my family, and my clients.
That's my definition. It's been a while in coming, a process of refining and clarifying. So don't feel like it just has to roll right off your tongue! It's a process.
Start defining what success means to you. Use the example in the article to begin. You can get clearer about what is important to you by getting in touch with that inner voice. Some ways to do that are taking a walk in nature, writing in your journal, or driving. Or take a look around in your life - what has made you really fulfilled, happy? What has been meaningful? Start to craft a definition of success that can serve you moving forward.