WHAT IS SUCCESS TO YOU? (PART 1) Success is the achievement of one’s purpose. Having a purpose is arguably the most important thing you can do to live a happy and fulfilling life. Life can be hard, and filled with ups and down. Having a purpose gives you perspective and keeps you centered and focused. Therefore, when we ask what is success to you? What we are really asking: what's your purpose that will bring you true happiness in life? .
The emphasis on YOU is deliberate as this is where the problem often lies. Many people go through life without reckoning with their purpose. They are like leaves in the wind, allowing themselves to be swayed in any direction, by the whims and vagaries of life. Some have adopted the purpose of others as theirs. They want what society, friends, family, and even bystanders that couldn’t care less about their happiness impose on them. Some are misguided in their purpose, chasing one thing when they should be pursuing something else. Yet it is their happiness and success at stake. .
So before you embark on the journey of success, ask yourself: what is MY purpose? What one thing (or handful of things) should I pursue to achieve true happiness? What is success to ME? You may not have a definitive answer to this questions, but asking yourself the question creates awareness and makes sure you don't fall victim to not properly defining YOUR success or defining YOUR success based on the demands of others.
In our next post we will address answering this question.