Here’s a question for you…what does success really mean to you?
I know that when I was asked the question by my coach, I found that it wasn’t as easy as I thought to be clear about what being successful meant to me.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that, for me, it was much deeper than achieving goals and all the good things that come from that. I realized that my personal feelings of success were strongly linked to feeling a sense of harmony and alignment in my life. If I didn’t have this, I didn’t feel successful, however outwardly “successful” I was!
So, what is harmony and alignment? Do we get it the same way as the other more accepted measures of success? I don’t think so. The more I experience this for myself, the more I realize that harmony and alignment comes not from accumulation and achieving things but from releasing and letting them go… Letting go of self-judgment, letting go of self-criticism, letting go of all the things that limit and allowing ourselves to just appreciate life exactly as it is in the moment. Experiencing “now” with no strings attached! Experiencing it as it is, no fretting, now striving, no comparing – just the way it is.
I’ve found that when I’m able to do this I can fully appreciate everything I have. I can rejoice in everything, whether I judge it as good or bad, and feel exactly in the right place, knowing with calmness and certainty that the harmony and alignment I feel on the inside is reflected on the outside.
These are the thoughts I wanted to share with you… that true success is deeply personal. It’s not about the external standards created outside of you – how you perform against the measures set by others, whether you make the grade or not – but rather the joy, the completeness, the connection you feel inside of you.
So, I invite you to take a moment and ask yourself how you really feel about success? What do you need in your life to feel truly successful? What is the real meaning of success for you? And, the answer may not be what you expect!
I would love to hear from you so please feel free to share who you are and your experiences in the comments. I’ll be sure to reply!