Saturday, November 24, 2007

What is Success?

Success can be defined in many ways .... just ask a few people what success means to them and you will get as many different answers. One of the definitions of success that resonates with me is this:

SUCCESS: the progressive realization of a worthy ideal

The most successful people usually didn't get where they are by happenstance. It took time and effort. It requires the act of setting goals and coming up with strategies on how to achieve those goals and overcome the obstacles. It is important to have goals, so that we are always reminded of what we want to achieve and we can measure our progress, by having a timeline and a deadline. And goal setting should encompass all areas of your life. At the Jack Canfield lecture I attended in July (which airs on PBS) he encouraged us to have goals for our finances, our career, our relationships, our health and fitness, our fun and recreation and for our own personal goals, such as learning to play a musical instrument or a foreign language. The final goal, he talked about, was our legacy; our contribution to the world. How did we want to be remembered? How did we want to contribute to the greater good?

Take some time to think about what success means to you and start writing down your goals for all the different areas of your life and commit to living the life you really want. You can have your heart's desire. Anyone who is familiar with Paulo Coelho's famous book, "The Alchemist" knows that when you really want something, the Universe conspires to help you achieve it.

For more motivation, please watch this brief movie called "The Strangest Secret" by clicking here.


Joanna Scaparotti said...

I so agree with your whole post! The Alchemist was the catalyst for me changing my life. I discovered Paulo Coehlo by happenstance, and soon after reading several of his books picked up The Alchemist. The simplicity of the message inspired me to turn my life around - to stop being a corporate burnout, to envision who I wanted to be and what I wanted my life to be like, to set goals, and most of all to be open to the Universe providing opportunities in the most unlikely of places. Fantastic book - I highly recommend it!

Anna Murphy said...

Okay, I really need to start reading this book. I do _own_ it...that's a start.