What Does Success Look Like?
A Joyful Life
does success look like, really? Is it a big fat paycheck, and an impressive job
title? Is it a beautiful home and a flashy car? Is it an enviable relationship
and bright children? Is it a wall full of awards and diplomas?
all of these things are great if you want them, and they may constitute part of
your personal experience of success, none of them truly provide a substantial
answer to the question of what does success look like.
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What Does Success Look Like For Me?
points that follow offer my beliefs on the question of what does success look
like. There are many aspects to success, but most of them are much more about
the feelings, and less about the physical manifestations. The materialization
of everything that represents a successful life is simply a natural result of
the feelings of success and fulfillment that are created and sustained. It is
impossible to maintain a feeling of enormous well-being, without life
reflecting that feeling back to us in the form of circumstances and events.
Is a Journey
people believe that when they reach a certain point, they will be successful
and happy. In fact, success is more about feeling great on the way to that
place, as when we get there, we find that the majority of the joy and
satisfaction was in the travel, not in the getting there, and we then immediately
begin planning the next destination and the next.
Is a Mental Attitude
If you feel successful, you are. It’s as simple as that.
There are people who have achieved enormous wealth and acclaim, but don’t
enjoy it, worry it may disappear, or feel that it is not enough. These people
are not successful.
Then there are people who feel enormous satisfaction from doing simple
tasks, and living in ways that others may consider to be less than ideal. These
people have discovered one of the most important answers to ‘What does success
Of course these are simply examples; there are also people with great
material success who truly are successful because they love their lives.
The circumstances are
far less relevant to whether or not a person is successful than having the mindset of joy and success.
Is a Way of Living Joyfully
you are experiencing substantial joy in each and every day, no matter what you
are doing, and you are making a point of spending time doing as many things as
possible that encourage that feeling of joy, then you are successful. If you
are having this experience in your life, then you really don’t need to ask
‘What does success look like?’ You know!
Is As Individual As You Are
is no one way to live a successful life. As the idiom goes, ‘One man's meat is
another man's poison.’ What feels like enormous success to someone else may be
completely different than what constitutes success for you. It doesn’t matter
what anyone else thinks or does. The only way to experience true success is to
focus on living your life in the way that feels really good to you.
Is Taking One Small Step Forward At a Time, and Doing It Continuously
you are consistently doing things that are moving you in the direction you want
to go, you are already experiencing an important part of the answer to ‘What
does success look like?’ In creating steady momentum and consciously journeying
along your path, you are living your life as it is meant to be lived.
Is Making Today As Good a Day As You Can
A big part of success is to make the very best of whatever is happening in
your life right now. At times, when things are tough, maybe the best that you
will be able to do is to get through the day with the hope that things are
going to get better. If this is as good as your day can feel right now, then
that is enough.
That is success, and
this effort will create momentum which will make it easier to find better and
better feelings, and allow better and better days to follow. As the saying
goes, ‘the better it gets, the better it gets,’ so getting onto this positive
cycle represents success and will lead to more and more success.
Is Making One Thing In Your Life Just A Little Bit Better Than It Was Yesterday
practical changes in your life; slowly and gradually, one step at a time puts
you firmly on the path of living a successful life.
Is Following Your Heart
you trust the guidance of your intuition, and allow yourself to move in the
direction that it is leading you, regardless of the opinions of others, you are
profoundly living the answer to what does success look like?
is a choice, and in every moment that you choose to listen to your deep inner
knowing, and to keep moving forward persistently and joyfully, success is
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