The idea of what it means to be successful seems to be a reoccurring conversation lately. Which got me thinking… What does it even mean to be successful? How are we supposed to define success? Is it the amount of money you make? The title you hold? The trophies, plaques or awards that hang on the wall? A long time ago I decided to throw out the word success and redefine success with a word that is a little less daunting and a little more encouraging: accomplishment. Rather than ask if you’re successful or not, why not just ask what you have accomplished? Some people take pride in simply being able to get through the day.. and to them that’s a huge accomplishment. So I challenge everyone to throw out the word success and adopt the word accomplishment. It’s more personal and acknowledges someones value instead of monetary value. Besides, its more meaningful anyway.
Here are some ways I’ve learned to redefine success and recognize value:
Let go of the “should.”
The media machines love to tell us what we should buy in order to feel good. I should be skinny, I should make this much money, I should wear this… STOP BUYING INTO IT.
When we truly appreciate what we have and make gratitude our starting point, we are far less likely to worry about what we don’t have. It’s actually quite difficult to feel a sense of lack at the same time as feeling a sense of gratitude.
Pay more attention to life rather than “likes.”
An accomplishment is not how many Facebook friends you have or how many people liked on your IG post. And if it is, I am so sorry. LOL.
When we make our real life our focus we’re much more likely to feel happy and fulfilled.
So… what’s your definition of success?
Article written by GUADS staff member, Chelsea