Success is something that we all strive for. That is a nebulous word though; success. So, how do you know when you have become a success? Do you consider yourself successful when you reach that promotion you have been after? Is success found in acing a difficult test? Or do you consider yourself a success when you have a fancy house and a six figure income? If you answered any of those questions, I would argue that you are missing the idea of success completely. Goals are important, but you must be successful to reach them. Success isn’t the end of the journey, it is the daily steps you take to reach those goals. How are you going to earn a six figure income, if you weren’t successful on your journey to that point? How are you going to graduate college if you were not successful on your tests, quizzes and other assignments?
At one point, I viewed success in the same way that you likely do right now. Fortunately, I was introduced to a very wise man that taught me, and my colleagues, what success truly meant. This man, my boss at the time, trained us in our chosen profession based on the teachings of Coach John Wooden. I feel that John Wooden gave the best definition of success, but I did not think so at first.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden
When taught this, I looked at it as something very wordy and pretty, but not something that actually meant anything. Over time, though, I learned what it truly meant. I would even guess that, once you understand what this actually means, it will change your daily outlook on life.
Learning to Be a Success
Do you ever lie in bed at night and wonder if you could have done more with your day? I have, and I imagine I’m not the only one. So how do you overcome that problem? Simply be successful every single day. In other words, work as hard as you can on a daily basis and lay your head down at the end of the day knowing that there was nothing more you could do.
Now, questions can pop up here. Should you work another few hours every day to make sure you did the most you could? At times, possibly, but in most cases no. Work is not the only part of life that you need to be successful. You need to be successful with your family, friends and loved ones. You need to be successful in the time that you relax and unwind. If all you do is work, you cannot give your full energy to the rest of your life.
Always Move Forward
Set goals today and start to work towards them. Find the balance that is required to move towards those goals, whether it be in college, work or your personal life, and work as hard as you can to reach them. Every day should be a success. It won’t be easy, but continued practice will give consistent results. The key is that you focus on your particular goals, but only as something you are striving for. Do not let those goals dictate your life. Instead, set your goals, work to be successful, and let the chips fall where they may.
Opportunity finds those that are successful. Once you start to put this definition into practice, you are going to find that your chosen path may not be the path that you ever expected to take. People will take notice. People will see your character, who you are at your core, and they will want you on their team.
Make the Most of Every Moment
Stop worrying about the end result. Stop stressing about the particular goals in your life that may not be reachable for years to come. Instead, focus on doing what you can today, to be the best of which you are capable. Know that you cannot control how talented others are. Don’t compete with what you think they can do. Live to the best of your ability, and you will find success every day.
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