The Meaning of True Success

by Neseret on October 29, 2011

PhoTones Works #701
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To Laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to have played with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Success means different things to different people. What does it mean to you?

How you define success and your core beliefs around it could have a huge impact on how you view yourself and others. The impact could be negative or positive depending on your definition and beliefs.

Many people define and view success from a very narrow perspective. They may view success from a purely financial perspective. Financial success is one type of success and a very important one for some people. Those people may feel unless they achieve success in this arena then they have failed.

For others success includes having fulfilling relationships. As human beings we are social creatures and many view this as an essential part of being successful. Some men and women may consider themselves failure because they do not have a partner or are not involved in an intimate relationship.

Some people get depressed over this.

It affects their self-esteem and self-worth in a big way.

Many people feel having and maintaining good health is a big part of success. Our health is one of the most important thing we have in our life. Ultimately in order to maximize and enjoy all other types of success it would be extremely helpful to have a healthy, good feeling body, mind and spirit. That said your health is not always going to be up to par but that doesn’t mean you can’t have success with a less than perfect health. There have been many people in history and living today that have physical, and or mental challenges and still create success in their lives.

What is important is to define success from a broader perspective and to have healthy beliefs around it. As human beings we are not defined by our successes or failures. We’ll experience both sides of the coin at one point or another in our lifetime. Success is being able to accept both sides gracefully.

Success is being able to create balance in our life between all the things that matter to us – health, relationship, wealth, and whatever else brings us peace, joy and fulfilment.

Ultimately success is being who we truly are.

It is being our authentic selves. Sometimes we forget we have the freedom to decide what success means to us regardless of what everyone else’s opinions. We don’t have to buy society’s or other people’s definition of success nor do we need to measure ourselves against narrow and unrealistic definitions of success. It can be easy to get in to that trap.

This life is not a race against anyone but a journey to becoming the best of who we truly are. When we realize this and live according to the dictates of our own mind, heart and soul we have truly achieved success.

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Blessings and Peace,


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