What does success look like to you?
Is it measured in monetary terms?
Is it the ‘stuff’ you can buy as a result of your wealth?
Is it the places you can go, the memories you are making?
Is it the freedom and down time you are now experiencing?
Or is it the size of your following and visibility that determines your success?
I was inspired to write this after stumbling across this quote in a book at the weekend.
I believe success is in the eye of the beholder, one person’s success might look like another person’s base camp.
This is a good and bad thing, as on the one hand it is unique to the individual, and on the other, it can get us in a pickle and make us constantly chase an ever changing point in the future.
With all this striving we forget to look back, or relish in where we are now, where we stand today.
I’ve just taken up mindful meditation again after a long break and have been reminded of the importance of marinating in the moment.
Mindfulness teaches us that there is nothing else but now, in this moment. Harnessing this can give a profound sense of joy, peace and fulfilment.
But what about success?
Winston Churchill describes success as the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. I kinda like that. Rather than this sounding negative I think it’s realistic.
The social world is full of highlight reels and success stories. I know myself how much easier it is to share when I have energy, when I’m on a roll, and when I’m not ugly crying in the shower from dropping all my biz/life/parenting balls.
You feel me?! 😂
But building a business and navigating life isn’t all pigtails and lollipops. It’s a bit messy, there are many wrong turns and it’s bloody hard work.
But in all that mess are huge great nuggets of wisdom. There are important lessons that will help you grow and evolve.
If you didn’t hit your goal for the month, if you still haven’t brought in that first client, if your recent launch fell flat as a pancake, it’s all good, it’s all learning, it’s all meant to happen.
It’s the recipe for success!
Use those failures to fuel you on. You will do it differently next time, you will use this insight to give a different strategy. You will take that knock back and make it spur you on, spur you forward.
Don’t beat yourself up
Don’t shrink back
Take some time to reflect
Remind yourself of why you are doing this
Remind yourself of all that gold you gave that someone needs
You’ve got this. Really.
You are ALREADY successful, and the failures? An essential part of the ride.
Let me know what you think, does Churchill’s quote resonate with you?