Success means many things to many different people. A definition of success in the dictionary may be completely dissimilar to what it means to you.
A world-class footballer will probably have a definition unlike that of a single parent or a high school student about to sit end-of-year exams. However, as we have written previously, one aspect of success remains clear.
If your definition is based upon what you have, rather than who you are as a person, then you are setting yourself up for a fall.
Let me explain what I mean. When the great inventor Thomas Edison died in 1931, he had been granted well over 1,000 patents for his many inventions. As well-known as he was for his groundbreaking work in many different areas, he also made no secret of the thousands of failures he experienced along the way.
Was Edison then a failure? No! He quickly recognised that every failure was just one step closer to success. At no time did he ever see himself as a failure because his definition of success was clearly not based on what he did, or didn’t do.
If we are to truly enjoy life, and the eventual success that comes our way, we must learn to look at life differently. We must understand that each of our lives is in fact a kaleidoscope of opportunities, events, accomplishments, and yes, even failures that shape who we are, and what we will become. We need to see each of those single things in our life as just part of a whole.
Each area of our lives being balanced and together defining success.
No longer making a judgement, or being judged based upon one single event, but rather being able to accept success in our life because of who we are becoming, or evolving into.
With that in mind, let me pose you a series of hypothetical questions. If you run a ‘successful’ business, but have a spouse and kids who never see you, are you successful? What about if you own the latest sports car, and live in the best suburb, but are grossly overweight and a candidate for a heart attack? Or if you are super fit, and have a great marriage, but are so broke you can’t pay your bills, or put food on the table for your family?
Obviously in each of the above situations, I think you would agree with me that the word ‘success’ would probably not apply to the totality of that person’s life. Sure, you could argue that they appear to have success in some areas, but if you take that line, you are falling into the trap again of aligning success with what you do, rather than who you are as a whole person.
You see, in my eyes, I could not see myself as successful if I could not afford to send my children to the doctor or dentist when they need health care. I would not classify myself as successful if my time-management skills were so much out of control that I was living on 50 cups of coffee a day to keep my adrenaline levels up. As a partner, parent, grandparent, and member of the human race, I want to see proper balance in every area of my life.
Then and only then, can I come close to feeling that I am successful. Would you agree?
We would love to know your thoughts on the matter and how you define success in your life, so please drop us a comment below and share it with others.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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