So let’s start with a simple question. Who gets to decide whether or not I am a success? The answer is you. No one else can determine your successes or failures, and you shouldn’t let them.
Why? Because we all define success differently. Success for me, may not be success for you, and vice versa. So why hold yourself to someone else’s standards? I can only speak from my own experiences, but for me success is happiness. Its not about how much money you have, or the amount of people you are able to make jealous of your job, house, cars, etc. Its about how you feel about you: your self and your life.
Of course, the term is typically described as accomplishing your goals…whatever those goals may be. And I agree with that as well. This mindset definitely plays a part in what success can mean to you. When you accomplish the things that you set out to do, it makes you feel good to complete them. So, why not set yourself up for success, and happiness at the same time, by setting attainable goals (even mini-goals would be good)? Each time you accomplish something small on your list of goals, you’ll feel good about yourself and what you do. Making you feel, and in fact actually becoming, successful all on your own.
Image Credit: Success Watercolor print by Stephanie Corfee