What Does Success Mean To You?When you think of "success" what comes to mind? Maybe you think of a business owner with a wife,two kids, a dog, and a white picket fence surrounding a big suburban house? Maybe you think of asingle, up-and-comer businesswoman with a fancy apartment in the city and a closet full of designerclothes?In reality, "success" is what makes you happy, not what makes society happy. Perhaps the twoindividuals in the examples above are successfulbut only if theyre happy.People view success very differently. Lets say two women both in their early thirties have comparableaccount manager positions in an advertising agency. One, named Kristy just returned from maternityleave, and the other Lynne has no children and is focusing on her career.Kristy is very content because she is able to put in her eight hours a day and then go home to herbaby. She likes her job, but she is working just to collect a paycheck. She isnt looking to advance hercareer.Lynne is very ambitious and has many professional goals. Shes working overtime and taking on extraprojects to prove herself to management. Shes often praised for her determination and good workethic.When comparing the two employees side-by-side, Lynne "appears" to be the more successfulemployee because Kristy does only what is required of her to get the job done and Lynne goes aboveand beyond. However, in actuality both employees feel that theyre successful in their own minds.What does success mean to you? Maybe it means:
Raising a family.Spreading the word of God.Climbing the corporate ladder.Sending your kids to college.Serving your country.Staying sober.Traveling the world.Helping the less fortunate.Running a marathon.Buying a sports car.Skydiving to conquer your fear of heights.If you havent determined what success means to you, you might feel lost. You might wonder whatyour purpose is in life. You might try to figure out in which direction you should go.So, how do you determine what success means to you? Try this simple approach:1.Take time. Take some time and really think about what makes you happy.2.Make a list. List what you need to do to achieve this happiness.3.Break it down. Break down the steps into achievable tasks, so you can actually see the progressyou are making.
4.Evaluate your progress. Success doesnt happen overnight. Keep close tabs on your tasks andmake sure that you are not only following through with them, but that they still support your goal ofhappiness.5.Reward yourself. Reward yourself for progress and completion of a job well done!When you know what success means to you, you will feel purposeful, fulfilled, and content. You wontworry about keeping up with other people or trying to live by their standards. You should also respectother peoples definitions of success. So, do what makes you happy and you can say "Yes, I amsuccessful!"About the AuthorBrian Bartes is a top personal and business success coach. His bi-weekly newsletter is filled withstrategies that support you in achieving greater success in your personal and professional life.Subscribe today at his website, http://www.lifeexcellence.com. This article may be used with theauthors name and website included. Please email a link or forward a copy of the publication ifpublished.website content