The True Definition of Success
“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.”
This quote is from Arianna Huffington’s book “Thrive”, and boy, is she speaking my language!!
I’ve been devouring her book for the past week and I have loved every word that she published. Because of her life experience and her own wake-up call one fateful day at the doctor’s office, she wants us all to rethink our definition of success.
So, what is success???
Is it the day-to-day striving to live a certain way, earn a set amount of money, or have status that others envy?
She and I agree that today’s definition of success is flawed. It’s actually fatally flawed. So many of our family and friends are ill because of the amount of stress that they carry in their lives.
We are overworked.
We are stretched to the limit.
We do not take the time to unplug, relax and take care of themselves.
In our current society, success is about big houses, fancy cars, nice clothes and designer shoes and handbags. It’s about what you can show on the outside as success so others will admire you and know you are worthy of love and attention.
What a load of stress-inducing and illness-producing crap!!
Success is not what you can prove on the outside in material things.
Gosh, it’s so NOT that.
It’s about how you show up for the people and the causes that matter most to you.
It’s about being present in your life to enjoy the moments that are special, which bring you joy and that are internally satisfying because you are making a difference.
Success is an internal game of satisfaction – one that is not determined by what you can show on the outside in material possessions but who you are as a person.
Think about it. What is the definition of success for you?
Really? Seriously? What is the definition of success for you?
And HOW are you living that definition in your life today? How are you modeling that definition for others?
How do you show up in the world?
Who are you when you show up?
Big questions to ponder this week.
BIG questions that determine what really matters to you.
I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email or leave a comment.
What is success for you?
Are you showing up for who and what matters most?
Let me know.