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Success can be in many different ways

What does success mean to you? This is a question that undoubtedly you’ve been asked, but maybe not enough. Maybe this is a question that was thrown to you when you were 18, and ready to decide what you were going to do for the rest of your life. Maybe it’s something you thought about often as a little girl, planning big dreams and plans for your future.

Yet, as we get older, we seem to ask ourselves this question less and less. We seem to think that we’re “stuck” with where we are and what we’ve got, and define our version of success more and more with what society thinks we should have achieved “by this age”.

We think it's time to start asking ourselves this question, and thinking more about how we answer it. It’s more than likely that when you really think about it, what you deem to be success now is much different than what you thought it was say five, ten, or even twenty years ago.

Success is something you define for yourself, and we encourage you to try and remove your definition of success from any external influences you may have (see our blog post on that here ). You should also think about the fact that success has no deadline. If you think you cannot achieve something, just because “you should have already known” – we encourage you to think about why it is that you feel this way. If you find yourself comparing yourself to others, think about the fact that we are all individuals, with our own timeframes, journeys and challenges. As they say, comparison is the thief of joy, and it will leave you feeling dissatisfied and inadequate with the successes that you have undoubtedly had thus far!

We encourage you to take a moment – be it five minutes, a week, or even a month, to really think about what success looks like to you. You can close your eyes and vision what it looks like when you have accomplished all that you wanted to, and are being the person that you so desire. What does she look like? What does she do? Does she act a certain way or do certain things? Does one thing stand out more so than another? We encourage you to write these down and then assess what you think is truly desirable.

The next step is working out how you can implement this clarified version of success.


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