Finding Success

Most people I know want success.  It's a lovely word that, by definition, means: 1) the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame 2) the correct or desired result of an attempt and 3) someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds.  At the launch of the new year, with resolutions made and goals set, I began thinking about what, exactly, that meant for me.

In the age of social media, some view success as the number looking back at them when they launch an app -- think Twitter followers, Instagram likes or Facebook friends -- while others view success as the dollar amount in their bank account or being a good parent/friend/role model.  The goal of simply "finding success" is as enigmatic as "losing weight" -- without definition and course of action it's one of those reoccurring resolutions that never gets fulfilled.

What does success look like for you? When you close your eyes, and envision the emotion that you feel from meeting your goal, what is it that one goal that awards you the sense of accomplishment? That's where you start and that is where you will ultimately find success.  Take a course, read a biography on people who have found success in your field and learn something, everyday, that gets you closer to achieving YOUR definition of success. 

I've found it helpful to write it down.  When you see your definition of success staring back at you in a notebook or taped to your bathroom mirror each morning, it's tough to ignore. This also provides a place (the notebook) to which I can write down ideas, bullet points and make notes on influencers in the field.  

What is your idea of success and what steps are you taking today in order to be closer to your goal tomorrow?

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