Photo credit: Nikki Sikkema by Donald Gjoka
Good morning, friends! How is everybody today?
Here I am at the end of what has been a successful week for me: 5 days of waking up early, 5 days of logging in here and writing a blog post every morning. Plus at least, 14 days since I gave up coffee.
For some people it may not mean anything, but for me this week was a test of commitment, of professional self-discipline and personal determination. I truly believe that:
Success is made of daily victories stitched together.
Sure, we all have different pictures and definitions of what success should be like.
Some people dream about making it big before they hit 40 and then dream of an early retirement on a tropical island. Some on the other hand, dream of having a family and enjoying as much time as they can with their children & grandchildren.
Some people, especially young ones, dream of expensive cars and a gazillion figure salary by the age of 25. And of course, there are others (like me) who want it all: a loving partner & a beautiful family, a nice circle of friends, a house to enjoy living in, a rewarding professional path and financial stability.
Different stories & different perceptions on how we measure success in our lives. But there is one thing we have in common:
In essence, all we want is to enjoy life to the fullest.
And here’s the thing, as nice and as shiny a picture-perfect life can look like from the outside or via Facebook, in reality, it’s not the things, or the job title or the designer label we’re wearing, that make us successful. It’s the feeling that is attached to this dream life. That’s what we are after.
We want to feel like we’ve made it. We want to feel like we’re on top of the world and that we’re living the life we’ve been dreaming about since…forever.
Success, as happiness, is not a matter of having, but a way of being.
If I have to waste precious years of my life, only to retire on a tropical island when I’m old and nearing the end of my life, then that is not success for me. That’s just a big bonus for all the previous hard work. But it’s not success.
Success means to wake up every day and to enjoy life. Exactly as it comes.
I feel successful and alive, when I get up before the alarm clock goes off, because I have a good enough reason to be awake for.
Success is me working from my kitchen table at 6 am in the morning, because I have a calling to follow and a dream to fulfill. Success, for me, is having my family happily gathered around the table every evening, enjoying the meal and each other’s company. And these are just a few examples for what it means to live a successful life.
Success is something we should all be living every day.
Having this in mind, my dear reader, take a moment today and ask yourself, what success really means to you. Do you want to be successful for a moment/period of your life or do you want to live a successful life…all your life?
If you want success to be part of your life as a constant and not as a promise, then start feeling and acting like it from this moment on:
♦ Take a good look around you and acknowledge how far you’ve already come and how blessed & successful you actually are.
♦ Strive to be better, more successful and happier every day, but don’t forget to enjoy the present moment as well. And last, but not least:
♦ Allow success to change you only for the better, otherwise it’s not success, it’s an imminent failure.
Wishing you a successful day & a great weekend ahead!
Namaste, dear friends,