Is there anything in your life that you’d like to be more successful at?
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume (careful…) the answer is yes…
I’ll certainly say “YES!” as my answer.
The topic of success is actually quite interesting to me. I really enjoy studying and learning more about it.
One of the most fascinating things about success is that it’s different for each of us…
What you might define as success in your life may have no interest to me…and vice versa.
I think our society has made many of us think that success is based on how much money you make and the things you have…
And, maybe for some, that is what success looks like.
…which may seem ironic or even hypocritical since Janell and I just built a house that many would consider extravagant or even a bit “overkill” for two people.
But, we didn’t build our house for anyone else or their opinions of us. Everything in it has a purpose…for us. It’s what WE wanted…
Oh, and I’d give it up in a heartbeat if I had to choose between my house and my health!
And, that brings me back to defining success…so that I can finally reveal what I believe is the first step to achieving it.
My absolute favorite definition of success comes from Earl Nightingale:
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
Don’t just glance over that definition. Really think about it. It’s a definition that I’ve been studying and reflecting on for almost two decades – I first heard it in 1999.
As a matter of fact, I dig into Earl’s definition in the beginning of The Transformation Book (pages 21 -22). I encourage you to read that. 🙂
So, what’s the first step…in my opinion?
You have to become CRYSTAL CLEAR on what you consider worthy ideals…for YOU.
I say ideals – plural – because you have different areas of your life that are likely important to you – fitness, family, friends, finances, faith, etc.
Then, of course, there’s the balancing act, right?
I mean, I personally wouldn’t consider myself successful if I had lots of money but couldn’t do a push-up to save my life!
So, when I think about success, I first look at my individual goals or “ideals” and then look at how they all come together…
It’s a LOT to think about…which is why I think many people just choose not to and either just go through life never really getting what they want or putting too much emphasis on what society says they should want…
With that said, I hope this inspires you to take that first step – GET CLEAR.
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!