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How Do You Define Success

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

When your ability to achieve changes?

Mountain climbing is easier than defining success with autoimmune disease
Mountain climber and success with autoimmune disease

If you had some time near the end of your life to review and evaluate your existence on Earth, would you have regrets?

Sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day, we can forget that there is an expiration date on this experience. When we get there, will the things that are so important to us now be important to us then? The day-to-day rush so often becomes what we can accomplish and what that will mean for us. When it comes down to it, how will we determine if we have been successful or not in life? How do we know if we are succeeding each day we live?

Someone asked me once what the difference was between the person on the roller coaster gripping the rail in fear and horror and the one throwing her arms up and whooping in delight. The answer is: the thoughts they are thinking. And so, I ask you, what are your thoughts about success? How do you define it? This becomes the litmus we measure our lives against.

Having a chronic health issue challenges our views of success in life. We may have measured it with a chart or checklist at one point in time, but those become subjective as energy, pain, brain fog waxes and wanes, and our ability to get things done changes as well. It becomes very important to ask ourselves how we really measure success.

If you find your mind going to checklists and accomplishments, I am going to ask you to dig deeper. This would be something beyond a fear of what we won’t be if A, B, or C doesn’t happen. This would be something that comes deep from the inside out, not the outside in.

Ask yourself these questions:

What do you measure your success on?

Why is that important to you?

Would it be important in 5 years? 10? The end?

What will it mean about you if you don’t accomplish that?

Is this what you want your life to be about?

Is there something more you want, deep inside your soul?

What would that be?

At the end of your life, what would you be satisfied to say, was your greatest success?

What is keeping you from that now?

How can you redefine success to create the person you want to be?

I challenge you to look beyond the goals of today, the time frames, the to-do’s, as important as they are, and find a definition of success that supports you in growing and becoming more than you are, not out of fear, but out of freedom. Go toward what you want rather than pushing away from what you are afraid of.

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