Success is a word with a few definitions, but for people can have various meanings as well. How we define success in respect to other people is entirely subjective.
- Is success living in a large house with a nice car?
- Or is it being able to make it through each day with a roof over our heads and a loving family and friends?
- Perhaps success is being able to change the world or the minds of those around us.
It’s these particular views of success that influence our action and even our patience as well.
When we hit roadblocks towards our goals, some of us get frustrated.
For some people it’s a huge puzzle and they’re excited to discover it. That could be because they see their success not as the end result, but of the journey itself.
Regardless, success and how we view it can affect us in ways that we can’t anticipate. Unless of course we take time to define what it truly means to us and to analyze a little bit towards each step that we take.
Our “Success” Can Get In The Way
The reason I’m writing about success is that it can get in the way if we are not careful. It sounds weird, however with success comes a level of comfort.
I know this because I experienced a sliver of it. Even though I’m not close to what I want to achieve, there have been times where I’ve been too comfortable.
When I got my sponsor it was the first time I started to get paid as a writer. It felt good, but I didn’t do anything with it for months.
I sat on that success even though I earned so little for it in the grand scheme of things.
Even though I wasn’t close to my goal, my goal was to get paid for the work that I did. I rested on those laurels until I looked at my work and expanded my view of what success means to me.
My own success allowed me to get comfortable. It’s through this comfort that we find ourselves stifling.
But what’s more important is how this ties to patience.
True we are waiting, but we truly don’t know what we are waiting for. With comfort you’re not really thinking about what else that you need. You are simply consuming the fruits of your work that you waited for.
That’s alright to celebrate, but only when it’s warranted. If you are looking for success and growth though, comfort is easy to get into, addicting even, and can stifle growth.
It’s something you don’t want to be in your life for long.
Define Your Success
Because we aspire for more, we need to devote time to defining our success. For me, I believe that my success has grown into something that John Maxwell can explain here. But to sum it up here:
Success is giving yourself value as well as others.
In other words, my success is defined as when I’m better able to help other people.
That’s not to say that I’m not helping people right now.
It’s for this reason I deem myself a success.
However I know I can aspire for more.
I can expand on peoples theories with my own and devote time to exploring myself. These are all steps towards a greater success that I aspire for and can achieve the more that I learn and develop habits, but also to share this information with those around me willing to listen.
This is my own definition of success and doesn’t need much explication outside of that. For others it could be more elaborate.
Regardless, I encourage you all to define what your own is as well. When we define it, we can understand what is worth waiting for and what isn’t.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 65 of 91 of this series.
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