I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘success’ lately. What does it mean to be successful, why have I often shied away from the word, why do so few people really seem to live a life overflowing with success?
When I say ‘Success’, I mean results in the areas that really matter to you. No lack. Lots of choices. For me, success is feeling free to be. Delighting in things that make you happy, and I mean really delighting. Having desires and seeing them fulfilled. Not out of a ‘need’ for something, but having a creative idea and then taking action to see it come to fruition. It’s not about force either. Nothing you ‘have’ to do. Only things that you choose to do. Things you feel inspired to do.
I used to downgrade what I considered ‘successful’ out of fear of never experiencing what I truly hoped for. When someone mentioned the word ‘success’ I would get an uneasy feeling in my stomach, it was like I knew I was selling myself short. Even when I achieved very highly in areas esteemed by others, I always felt like a fake because I knew that they were areas that didn’t really mean anything to me. So why not commit to something I DO feel insanely passionately about? Too risky? What if I fail? If we put our effort into something we don’t care that much about, then if we fail it’s not as big a deal.
As Michelangelo once stated, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
I’ve decided success is for me! I’ll be one of those few who dare to dream all that is truly in their heart. If we can see it, we can Be it.
Success. Success. Success. Mmmmmm… I like it 🙂