According to the dictionary, SUCCESS is ‘a favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence (a position of prominence or superiority).’
And it’s synonymous with blockbuster, megahit, smash, hit, supernova and winner. The antonyms, of course, being dud, flop, misfire, turkey, lemon and fizzle.
No wonder so many of us are walking around feeling like losers.
Our definition of ‘success’ has been set to mean… whatever you did made a big splash. Got you loads of money. Or fame. Or power.
But what if it made no splash at all? By this definition, that makes it a failure?
I don’t like that one bit!
I don’t like my ability to feel good about what I’m doing tied to forces out of my control.
The thing is… we have control over VERY FEW things. Pretty much just our actions
We can’t control other people and we can’t control outcomes of what we do. This puts ‘success as a favorable or desired outcome’ completely out of our control.
So what can we do?
It’s really very simple: change the way we measure success.
(Yes, we are totally allowed to set our own definition of success.)
I mean, who made up this definition anyway?
Just other people in another time.
A time when wealth and fame and power were the ultimate reward.
I don’t think that’s so relevant anymore.
What if we bump SUCCESS back a notch and instead of waiting around to see the outcome… we mark the effort as success?
A few weeks ago, I decided to stop measuring the success of my biz by the number of paying clients I have and instead measure it by the amount of FUN I’m having everyday.
In the end, we just wanna feel good 🙂
And lemme tell ya, I’ve become WILDLY SUCCESSFUL at nearly everything I do!
So, if you were to change the way you measured success… what would be your new unit of measurement? Would you instantly become wildly successful?
Would knowing you’ll always be successful change what you’d go after in life and biz?
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