Success – What Does It Mean To You?

What does Success mean to you?  It means something different to each of us.  We want to be successful.  Some define it as living a meaningful and fulfilling live and having the material and financial means to do so.  It’s part of our human nature to want to be successful. But what exactly does this mean? How do you know if you’re successful, on your way to success, or failing? How do you know when you’ve become successful and can start to relax and enjoy what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish?

First, you have to define what being successful means to you. Each of us have our own definition and there really is no right or wrong answer. Some folks define it as getting a coveted position at work, maybe that corner office. Others might see it as having or building their dream home.  While another person may define feel they are successful if they are able to travel the world.  And some  measure it in dollars in the savings account or total net worth.

Each area of your life may, and probably should, have its own definition of success. Work, relationships, and health for example, should each have their own definition and goals.  While I personally believe that success at home and at work are closely tied together, they are likely two entirely different definitions of success.  In some cases, they may even contradict each other.  Many marriages have been impacted by either long hours put in on the job in order to be considered for that promotion, or long hours at the company, or bringing work home, in order to build a successful business.  Too much time taken away from family for work can cause tension in your significant relationships.

There’s a lot to consider and think about when it comes to success. It’s essential, if you wish to be successful, that you do this thinking and define what it means to you, in all areas of your life. Don’t let this overwhelm you. You don’t have to work on everything all at once, and you don’t have to reach your long-term goals in a matter of weeks. You can’t. But you need to know where you want to be heading so you can start to make and measure progress.

Defining success for you is the starting place for setting all of your goals. Start by defining your very own version of success and then set some goals and milestones for yourself based on your definition of success.