The older I get, the more I realize that there is no scale to measure success. Society will throw around a lot of benchmarks for it, but only you can truly decide when you have achieved success in your life. It can happen at any age or stage of your life, and can take a lot of hard work or can just happen over night. No two stories in life are the same and that is where the idea of success can be tricky because it is solely based on your own perspective and therefore everyone’s idea of achieving success is very different. ‘Success’ to you could be could be having a lot of money, or owning a fancy car or big house. Or maybe building a family and being a good Mom or Dad is your measure of success. Maybe success is being free to explore the world, whether you have money to spend along the way or just work from place to place. What success means to you totally depends on your personality and goals in life.
We all have our own idea of what ‘success’ means, but how do you know when you have actually achieved it? Working towards a goal is a positive strategy in life, but blindly striving for the notion of ‘success’ can be crippling. I say, decide what you want and work to achieve that goal. Once you have achieved it set your sights on the next goal and set off on your next journey. Don’t worry about feeling ‘successful’ just work to feel happy and accomplished. At the end of the day, if you are happy then you must have achieved your measure of success, right? Do not get lost in the motions of trying to feel successful, because it isn’t a tangible thing and you may never find that feeling you are looking for.
The most important thing to remember is that success is different for everyone. Don’t become your own roadblock by comparing yourself to others. If you live your life trying to live up to others’ accomplishments you will likely never achieve your own version of success. Stop looking around at what everyone else is doing and focus in on what you are doing. This is YOUR life and that means that you are in control and once you decide where you want to be you can do just about anything. So get out there and achieve your dreams, cause everyone loves a success story!
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