Success is defined by Webster’s dictionary as…
a: degree or measure of succeeding
b: favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
Have you ever stopped to think about how successful you really are? For some reason, many people envision success around work and money, but what about all the other successes that we achieve throughout our lifetimes?
If we consider just one part of the definition above, favorable or desired outcome, we can see that even today we probably had achieved numerous little successes that we overlooked.
Perhaps, you were able to complete a report at work, or a school paper. Maybe your husband sent you flowers just because. Maybe your kid told you she loved you because you are the best mom.
These are all favorable outcomes that result from our own efforts.
Effort And Achievement
Whenever we put effort into something and we achieve, it should be considered a success. We don’t have to build a Bill Gates empire to consider ourselves successful.
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
How about personal success? Consider for a moment how you live your life. Do you take good care of yourself? If so, then there is another great success you have achieved that certainly eludes many people.
How many times a day or a week do you actually succeed without every thinking or planning to do so, it just is who you are. Perhaps, being who you are makes for success in its own right.
For example, perhaps a good friend needs help and you drop everything to be there, this can surely be considered a success, as there is nothing more important than being there for the people we care about.
Likely, there are numerous achievements that you are able to attain throughout your week that you barely notice? Why is that? Would it not serve your emotional and psychological wellness to do so? Sure, it would.
Sometimes we just fail to see the big picture, which is that the little things we accomplish every day are our greatest successes.
Success stories are plentiful in the financial and business world, but how often do you have media coverage of the single mom who put two kids through college or the daughter who gives up her personal life to care for an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s.
It’s time to stand up and take notice of all that you do, every single day that makes you a success. Consider all the different shades and flavors of success in your own life, and celebrate them!
The Many Shades And Flavors Of Success
• Setting and following through on a fitness plan
• Being a loving and supportive parent
• Raising responsible kids
• Eating healthy
• Taking good care of your mind, body and spirit
• Being a good friend
• Looking out for an elderly neighbor
• Taking good care of your family
• Being a responsible citizen
• Being a good friend
• Working a full time job and still coming home to cook dinner and do homework with kids
• Forgiving someone that wronged you
• Introducing a friend to her future husband
• Being honest when it’s hard to do so
• Saying sorry when it’s really hard to do so
• Being your real self and living an authentic life
• Sticking with goals you set
• Giving your time and being of service
All of these are just a few examples of the many shades and flavors of success.
So, the next time you consider success in your own life, realize that big dreams and long-term goals are great, but there are many shades and flavors of success, and they all have value and meaning.