Many people think that being “successful” is extremely hard. Many people also think that the only way to obtain success is to wake up at 4am and jump into action before you’ve even had time to take a breath. Well, while that might work for some, I’m here to tell you that being successful can be achieved in a different way.
I guess it depends on your definition of success. Is it how much money you make? How many hours you put in? Whether or not you work for a wealthy company, or what brand of clothes you can afford? What if success wasn’t about money? In other words, what if your success what determined by something much simpler- the quality of your life?
I recently started immersing myself in the “life coach/self-employed/business owner” niche, and quickly became obsessed with the idea that my “success” was dependant on me having the perfect life- waking up before dawn, working out till exhaustion, and eating every available suppliment under the sun, along with keeping a schedule of those things I had to do that day, keeping up with my relationships, making sure I was making extreme bank, and running a six-figure company, all before I went to bed (which obviously would be at nine!). I became obsessed with the idea that my life had to be Instagram perfect. I use this term because every picture on someone’s page isnt really creating the full picture of what their life is really like, you mostly only see the good parts.
Anyway, in thinking about this “lifestyle” and getting more immersed in it, I realized something. This isn’t how I ever lived, and this isn’t how I wanted to live. I didn’t want to be obsessed with every decision I had to make that day, or whether I was going to prioritize things so that I missed out on other things equally as important… I would much rather be happy than rich.
And that’s what changed my mind. That’s what redefined my definition of success. To me, success shouldn’t be determined because of how much money you’re making or what’s in your house. Success should be defined by how happy you are, what things and people you’re around that mean something to you, and a job you love.
Your life is supposed to be fun and happy, not worrisome and busy 24/7. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to to run my own brand/company/ something of the like one day, but I will not let it control my life. I want my life to be filled with love and optimism, and helping other people find that.
If you are the kind of person that believes in absolute order and working 24/7, go right ahead! I’m not saying that this way is wrong, I’m just saying it’s not for me. I want to be successful by finding inner peace and the things that set my soul on fire. I want to be defined my the people I help and the amount of times I’ve laughed so hard I cried. I want success, but I want my version of it.
So I encourage you to do the same. Find your version of success, and don’t listen to what others have e to say. Live the life you’re meant to live.
What’s your version of success?