The word success or concept of success can challenge and empower our mindset and the way we operate, which is why I find it incredibly valuable to define your own individual success and understand what that means for you.
The definition of success is a favorable or desired outcome
I know a lot people only think of success as the attainment of wealth or professional elevation, when it is so much more abundant than money and titles.
Here’s the thing, success is motivational, and is actually embedded in our DNA. Yes, the human DNA is designed for success because it is designed to desire and work towards favorable and desired outcomes. This means we are successful every day just by being alive. Each day you wake up, you are succeeding! How amazing is that!
Think about the small wins everyday…your success:
- Figuring out where something is located in your house or on your computer
- Crossing something off of your to-do
- Listening to a friend or loved one
These are all everyday successes we tend to forget to acknowledge and celebrate them during our journey, because we may have this notion, specifically in this country, that success is only a concept for your professional or financial identity or journey, and in some cases with partnership.
This is one of main reasons I use what I call the ‘Marathon Method’ with my clients, which we talked about back in January 2017, when I shared how I empower my clients to celebrate milestones, rather than waiting to celebrate the final goal or project.
I also love this concept my mentors Stacey Morgenstern and Carey Peters from Health Coach Institute share…
Small hinges, swing big doors
This means our everyday success and consistent commitment to ourselves creates the bigger change and favorable outcomes in our lives. Plus they give us something to celebrate and appreciate everyday, rather than waiting…because the waiting is what may let the doubt in, or the fear, judgment, overwhelm, confusion, might flat out lower your self worth, and might have you believe you cannot make it to the overall goal or finish line, and this is not true!
No matter what the goal is or level of success we want to elevate up to, there are milestones and small successes along the way we can celebrate to empower us and keep us on course, to empower our clarity and commitment, rather than using all of our energy by waiting to celebrate that final 26th mile to cross the finish line.
I’m curious, how are you celebrating today’s success?
I love this list of 10 Questions That Create Success by Geoffrey James, which take a more holistic look at your everyday successes:
- Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?
- Have I done something today that improved the world?
- Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?
- Have I reviewed and honored my plans for the future?
- Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?
- Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?
- Have I accomplished something worthwhile?
- Have I helped someone less fortunate?
- Have I collected some wonderful memories?
- Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?
If you’re ready to further explore your success, goals and your vision, let’s discover what’s getting in the way of your success, so we can clear it, and start creating a plan to achieve the next level of your leadership.