Most people have a general idea that they would like to be a success but beyond that everything is vague. They go along from day-to-day figuring that if they have a job today they’ll have it tomorrow; that somehow they will be looked after in their old age. They are like a cork on the water floating aimlessly, drawn this way and that by various currents and being washed up on the shore, becoming waterlogged, and eventually sinking. ~Claude Bristol, The Magic of Believing
Most people have never defined the word “success” for themselves. They never sit themselves down and insist upon a definition of success than nails it for them–a definition that they can sink their teeth into and that gets them fired up and rarin’ to go.
Another reason why people have a lukewarm desire for success is because they’ve accepted someone else’s idea of what defines success. They may have accepted advertiser’s definition of success (fancy clothes, snazzy car, huge house, exotic vacation, etc.), or what society and the current culture says indicates success.
While it’s possible to have a good life without a strong definition of success, one will always feel that something is missing. And, more importantly, you’re handing over your life to luck and fate–hoping that things go well for you; lucky you if they do.
A strong and personally compelling definition of success is one of the ingredients that goes into making the rocket fuel that will power you to your dreams. You’ll know where you’re headed and why you’re headed that way. Your life will be exciting, fulfilling, and deeply satisfying.
Take the time to get answers to the questions:
~How do I define success?
~What do I mean when I say I want to be successful?
~When I see someone and I think to myself that they are (or are not) successful, what makes me come to that conclusion?
~Are those parameters ones I came up with and ones that are meaningful to me or are they someone else’s that I adopted without much thought?
These are some of the most important questions you’ll answer so stick with it until you’re satisfied.
You can do it!
I’m proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,