I was reading a blog written by my good friend Tom Corley the other day and it was about success, and it made me think about success, what it means and how you achieve it.
Now, if you’re a regular listener to my podcast, you know we mainly talk about property, but if you think about it, property is just the vehicle you’re using to achieve your own success - be it financial success or wealth or prosperity.
The only person that can answer the question “what does success mean” is you.
While I’m neither able nor willing to prescribe the ultimate definition of success, as this is not possible, I do want to spend a little bit of time talking about it on this podcast with Mark Creedon so that by the end of today's show you’ll figure out what’s important to you and you’ll have some key steps to help you achieve success in life property, business, your personal life or whatever.
How Do You Know You’ve Achieved Success?
Success can’t be summed up in one sentence and there are different forms of success and that’s what I’d like to chat about today with Mark Creedon, founder, and CEO of Business Accelerator mastermind.
I believe it is very important that one knows how to define success in life so you can be happy.
As I was thinking about what we’d chat about I realized there are a number of different types of success.
And I came to the conclusion you can focus on one type or you could pursue multiple types.
- Financial Success
When you have enough wealth to meet your needs and your wants, that’s financial success.
- Family Success
When your kids know their parents love them, they will run through a brick wall for their parents.
They’ll do their homework, try to get good grades, take out the garbage, help out around the house, etc.
That’s family success.
- Health Success
Exercising every day, eating healthy, moderating your consumption of alcohol and junk food, all lead to being healthy.
When you are healthy, that’s health success.
- Career Success
Liking or loving what you do for a living, while earning the money you need to meet your needs/wants, fuels you to do your best at work.
Doing your best and feeling fulfilled at whatever it is you do for a living is career success.
- Social Circle Success
Everyone has an inner circle.
When those people in your inner circle – family, friends and work colleagues are people you love, like, or care deeply about, that’s social success.
- Mental Success
When your mind is clear, calm, optimistic, upbeat, and not consumed with stress, that’s a mental success.
- Fulfillment Success
Short-term happiness is anything you do that creates instant gratification.
This type of happiness goes away quickly.
Fulfillment, however, is long-term happiness. Fulfillment Success means feeling fulfilled in most aspects of your life: financial, family, health, career, social circle, and mental.
This is most likely the success everyone seeks.
So let’s talk a bit more about Success
As we’ve said there are many different definitions of success.
And not all of these will resonate with everyone, but chances are at least a few of them will.
- Success is always doing your best.
Success can be achieved when you try your best in all aspects of everything you do, even if that doesn’t lead to big results.
- Success is setting concrete goals.
Be realistic and concrete when setting goals. Success does not come from setting abstract goals. If you know where you’re heading, that is a success in itself.
- Success is having a place to call home.
Home is where your heart soars. You are always successful when you can call a place home. Home doesn’t have to be a specific structure. It can be a country, a city, or even a person.
- Success is understanding the difference between need and want.
If you can meet your monthly obligations and fulfill your basic needs, you are successful.
- Success is believing you can.
If you believe you can, you will succeed.
- Success is remembering to balance work with passion.
Work without passion creates undue stress and empty achievements. Focus on what excites you. If you’re happy at your job, that’s great. However, even if you aren’t, you can balance your formal job with hobbies or volunteer work you’re passionate about.
- Success is taking care of your needs.
Remember to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. Self-care is essential if you want to have any meaningful impact on the world around you.
- Success is learning that you sometimes have to say no.
Success only comes with a balanced life. Part of balance is learning to say no.
- Success is knowing your life is filled with abundance.
Love, health, friends, family…life is filled with abundance. Recognizing this is an important step to feeling grateful for all life has given you. If you can feel this, you are already experiencing success.
- Success is understanding you cannot keep what you don’t give away.
You will only succeed if you help others succeed. Learning to give instead of always take is part of creating a world we all want to live in.
- Success is overcoming fear.
Conquering a fear makes you feel invincible. Even if it’s confronting just one small fear each week, that is certainly something to feel proud of.
- Success is learning something new each day.
Successful people understand that learning never stops. Take time each day to converse with someone with opposing views, read an interesting article on a topic you know little about, or watch a TED talk on new research.
- Success is learning that losing a few battles can help you win a war.
Successful people choose their battles wisely. When you know which battles will ultimately help you achieve your goals, you will be successful.
- Success is loving and being loved back.
Opening your heart to others is difficult and can produce fear. Having the courage to love and accept love from others is a step toward a fulfilling life and great success.
- Success is standing your ground when you believe in something.
Successful people never give up on things they believe with all their hearts.
- Success is not giving up.
Perseverance creates grit, and grit achieves success. Even if it takes years to achieve a goal, persisting is key if you want success.
- Success is celebrating small victories.
Anytime a goal is reached, or an obstacle is overcome, take time to celebrate, even if it’s something small.
- Success is never letting a disability hold you back.
Disabilities do not define a person’s success. The body and mind will compensate. Just because you can’t do absolutely everything doesn’t mean you can’t do something. Do what your body and mind allow and always push yourself.
- Success is understanding that you control your destiny.
Your destiny is controlled by you and you alone. Take responsibility for your actions and their consequences and you’ll find that you naturally become more successful.
The Bottom Line
Success can be defined in many ways. If you are experiencing happiness, love, or adventure at this moment, you’ve already found success. Keep it up.
Links and Resources:
Why not join Metropole’s Business Accelerator Mastermind
Learn more about Mark Creedon – Business Coach to some of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs
Get a copy of Mark’s new book here – Have a business not a job
Some of our favorite quotes from the show:
“If you’re optimistic, you’re not going to see just the obstacles.” – Michael Yardney
“If you’re able to tell yourself you can achieve your goals, you can achieve your plans, that’s great, you’re already successful in believing that you’re going to do it when unfortunately there are people out there who can’t.” – Michael Yardney
“I’d rather be happy at home than right, every time.” – Michael Yardney
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