Success is not the same for everyone. Success is personal and relative. We all have different measures of success. Not only is it different for each person; it may be different for each area of our lives such as work, relationships, children, partnerships, financial, etc. It's essential to know what your definition of success is to figure out how to attain it. When you have a working definition, you also know when you've arrived and have achieved it.
How do you measure your own success? Is it by money in your bank account, investments, inner peace, valued friends and relationships? Is it about a strong sense of personal worth or freedom? Is it something else and something more?
Success is also measured by certain standards and other's perceptions that are outward or external. Yet, you also need to pay attention to your internal standards of success; they cannot be overlooked. In my new book, Mastering the Art of Success, that very important success question is addressed by me and by other influential professionals and success figures like Jack Canfield, Les Brown and Mark Victor Hansen. Before you can master anything, whether it's cooking, teaching, painting , parenting or running a business, you need to know what it means to you. Knowing what success means personally leads you closer to the answer and closer to mastery.
Close your eyes for a moment. Who do you see or think about when you think of a successful person? Why do you believe that person is successful? What qualities do you admire about him or her?
Next, think about what you need to feel successful. Imagine how your life would look and feel. Creating a powerful, active vision of your success is vital. By it, you set your own standard and your own direction.
Don't forget the feelings you have inside of you when you feel at peace, contented, accomplished and loved. These are important personal variables to consider that make up a successful life and a successful you.
Ultimately, the answer is up to you and is also based on something you feel that resonates with you, who you are and with your important values or principles.
We need to remember that success is not some fixed moment of arrival. It's also about recognizing and getting comfortable with the idea that success is a process, a journey of growth, discovery and challenge. We can achieve small successes in the different life domains that add value to our lives and others.
Applaud each of your successes along the way!
This article was written by Dr. Jo Anne White. To get more great advice from Diva Toolbox Media Diva Dr. Jo Anne White, visit her website at: http://www.drjoannewhite.com/