What does success mean to you?

Success means different things to different people. We each have different aspirations and goals of what we want to achieve in life.

Now that is a BIG question to ponder over and I know, certainly from having worked with 1000’s of people from all walks of life over the past few years a question;

  • Most people find difficult to answer or…
  • Have never been asked and therefore, have never taken the time to think about

However, it is essential to answer this question in order to live a rich, rewarding and fulfilled life of deliberate intent as the architect of your own destiny.

Success means different things to each and every one of us. Why? Because we all have our own unique DNA with different aspirations, goals and ambitions of what we want to achieve in life.

The key though is to make sure you have a clear definition of what success means to YOU.

AND I don’t mean your parents definition, your partners definition, your boss, or society – all these can have an impact and influence over your definition – however, it has to be YOUR definition, your vision, your purpose.

No one else is living your life for you – it’s about being in the drivers seat of your life, with a clear focus on WHERE it is you want to go and WHO and WHAT you want to become on the journey.

After all – you either create your own picture, model, definition of success or you simply become a pawn or piece of the jigsaw in someone else’s picture!

So, if there is one thing I would urge you to do right now, it is to block out some quiet time and really think about your definition of success.

To help you out with the process, experience has told me it is perhaps easier to break the question down into two parts;

Part 1: What does Success mean to you personally?

Part 2: What does Success mean to you professionally?

I have met very few people who have a clear definition for each of these and even more importantly…even fewer people who have thought about whether the two definitions are aligned and feeding each other or are in conflict and tension.

Perhaps, that is the final question of this exercise;

Are your two definitions aligned and complementing each other or are they in conflict and tension?

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