THAT’s the way we spell SUCCESS!
Will we win it, the answer’s YES!
That’s a cheer from my early schoolgirl days living on Long Island. I shook my pom-poms and sang that proclamation with vigor, hoping the Bulldogs would take it one more time.
SUCCESS! We all want it, yet we’re also often hoodwinked about what it really is. We seem to have a great deal of angst around it.
So many of us are running around all hyped up, intoxicated on high-doses of productivity and status and in a spell of anxiety, trying desperately and seemingly endlessly to gain “success”.
We work our keisters off, our hearts out and sometimes even our selves to death!
It’s as if we really believe we have “important” people…THEM… looking over our shoulders and following us around with big stop watches and fingers pointed right at us waiting for us to finally “succeed”.
I would not be surprised if most of us have lost sight of what it is we really wanted in the first place.
We scurry about trying to gain more status, make more money, and meet “better” people as we push aside the common or “insignificant” folks we see everyday. We rush off to create that “red carpet” event, to invent another impressive story, and to and post another VIP pic to Facebook so people think we are “in the know” and “going places” with the “who’s who”!
Have we actually stopped to give a rat’s thought to what it is we really need and want, and where it is we really want to go, and who it is we really want to know, and why it is we really want to have that, go there, and know them?
What kind of a LIFE do we really want to live, and how do we want to go about “getting there” are the REAL considerations, since after all, life IS the moments and the process, i.e. the journey?
Let’s also look at WHY we want to have “success”. I think most of us actually seek is not this thing called “success”, but what’s BEHING it. We want a better life, right?. You have to know, though, that a better life is the one you can have RIGHT NOW if you choose to see it that way!
I thought this was something interesting to look at, so that’s what I did. I looked at what others are thinking, saying and sharing about success: what it is, what it possibly is not, and what it can mean for us as individuals who at the root of it all, are looking for meaning & joy, and experiences that are rich, exciting, heartfelt, and real.
YOU decide what success is for you. As you do, consider the following words and allow them to help you reflect on this important topic!
DEFIING & CONSIDERING “SUCCESS”
“Success: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”
From Jeff Haden, Inc.com:
“To a small business owner, to an employee–to anyone–there is only one way to determine success. The answer lies in answering one question: How happy am I? That’s it. How successful you are is based solely on the answer to that question. How happy are you?
Extremely successful entrepreneurs–at least in terms of traditional business success–work impossibly long hours while focusing almost exclusively on building their business. In many cases (some would argue most cases) their personal and family lives are to some degree a casualty of that focus. Is that a fair tradeoff?”
From John Maxwell of JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com
“In 1986, when I was 39 years old, I began to notice a terrible trend among my colleagues, college buddies and friends: divorce. This was happening in a variety of marriages – from the shaky to the apparently strong. Margaret and I didn’t think our relationship was in any kind of danger, but then again, we knew that many of our friends had thought their relationships were indestructible too.
At the same time, my career was really taking off. And while I was enjoying the new challenges, I knew that I didn’t want to lose my family in the process. That prompted me to make one of my key life decisions: rewriting my definition of success. Instead of acclaim or advancement or achievement, I decided that for me,
Success means having those closest to me love and respect me the most”
From Carrie Underwood on VH1 Behind the Music:
On what it means to be a success:
“It’s important to me to know that I’ve done the best job that I can, to be a positive thing in the world. I feel like it’s not about the accolades, or the sales numbers, or the awards or any of that. It’s about helping people with their lives and making a difference that way!”
From Richard Branson:
“Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.”
From Stephen Covey:
“Financial success—prestige, wealth, recognition, accomplishment—will always be secondary in greatness. Primary greatness is about character and contribution. Primary greatness asks, What are you doing to make a difference in the world? Do you live truly by your values? Do you have total integrity in all of your relationships?
Money, whether in government or on Wall Street, can change one’s motivation and integrity if money is the No. 1 objective. At this crucial time in our history, we need leaders who can affirm other people’s worth and potential to help them find their voice.”
From T.D. Jakes:
“I never asked to be bigger, I asked to be better.
I never asked to be successful, I asked to be effective. Being effective made me successful.”
From Oprah Winfrey:
“You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.”
“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”
“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
From Joel Osteen for Success Magazine:
“I believe every person has potential that is still waiting to be released, or you wouldn’t be alive. I tell people all the time, ‘If you woke up and God gave you breath to breathe, then you’ve got something else you need to do. Somebody needs what you have. You have an assignment. You have something to offer the world.”
From Margo DeGange:
“Success and riches really have little to do with money! A rich and successful life goes back to the way you live your life everyday, what you give out towards others, and how well you let joy reign within you.”
“If you want to become rich, you must first stop thinking about money, and start thinking and focusing instead on what drives you with excitement and passion.”
In every moment of every day you are given, live like you mean it. Be kind like you mean it. Love like you mean it. Have fun like you mean it. Do business like you mean it. Help others like you mean it.”
“Connect in this world like you have a God given purpose. THEN you can say you are a success!”