It’s coming upon that natural time of year where we all stop for a moment and reflect on all that we have accomplished over the past year. As I’ve commenced my own personal sitting and reflecting mode, I got to thinking, “what does success truly mean to me?”
Over the past year I’ve detailed some personal struggles when it comes to time management, life balance, impatience, jealously, commitment issues, career goals, ambition, routines, organization….you get the point…I’m a hot mess. So as I take this moment to ponder all that has occurred over this past year (and more naturally let my thoughts shift to all that I had actually planned on having occur but never followed through on this year), I think about the true meaning of success and if any of the things I’ve done this year can fall into that “successful” category.
We all have our definitions of what personal achievement looks like, feels like and maybe even tastes like. And because we are all as unique as can be, that means that true success can never be dictated by anyone other than yourself. You may be able to toss in some tangible facts like a huge amount of sales or a big ol’ monetary bonus (usually signs of “success”), but even with those traditional measures you are the one and only person to decide whether you feel successful or not.
So as I sit and spin on the happenings of 2013, from incredible travels and momentous family occasions, to launches of new, creative ventures and survival through a full year of business owning, I think….”by golly, I am successful!”
No, I don’t have Benjamins hanging out of my pockets (I did, in fact, say Benjamins). And yes, there are a lot of things still unchecked on my to do list. And no, I haven’t figured out how to effectively balance my life and my work. And yes, there is still a major pile of laundry in my closet. And yes, all of these things make me upset/disappointed/anxious on the daily, but boy did I experience a lot this year…
…and yes, “experience” is my personal definition of success.
So however you choose to define it, I challenge you to think back on your year (or many years if you like) and determine what your measure of success truly is. Is it love? Is it passion? Is it knowledge? You get to decide how successful you are in life, so go out there and make it happen.
I hope it’s a thought full and extremely joyous holiday for you all!