‘The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
1.1 The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status.
1.2 A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc.’
Why is it important to know what success is?
Many of us have wanted fame, wealth, or social status at some point in life, for whatever reason, and if not those things then we have certainly wanted to accomplish one or more aims or purposes.
Success is important, if only to know what it means to us out of the definition. The easiest thing to do is to assume other people’s success either is or should be our own just because it makes other people happy or they want it. You may have seen models of success in mainstream media, successful people, or your own friends; but unless this success means anything to your life and what you may want out of it then it’s irrelevant.
What does success mean to me?
Knowing what success is can be a process of re-thinking. For me discovering success is a journey of experience and it’s about what makes me happy or elicits feelings of joy. There are things I associate with success and there are things I don’t. I gravitate towards the former and stay away from the latter. Sometimes I put myself into a situation where I try to understand why I don’t associate something with success, perhaps because it’s something other people think is success. Success can often be what I’m doing, who I know or who I’m with, or where I’m comfortable.
Do I want more success?
Maybe you don’t want more success or you feel you’re achieving the maximum success you want at this moment in time and would not like to pursue new areas of success and that is absolutely fine because you’re getting what you want out of the moment, at the maximum level you can.
Nobody should be pressured into being successful, to adopt another’s model of success, and it’s at this time it may be wise to look at how comfortable you feel and whether you’re doing enough to achieve what you can. If you’re comfortable then don’t pressure yourself into doing something that will not fit your model of success, in any way that you can see. If you think you can do more or you see no harm in experimenting then take small steps to explore or expand your definition of success.
How do I become more successful?
Some helpful tips:
- Look at the definition of success and decide which parts are relevant to you and which are not. This will help you keep a focused understanding of your success while at the same time removing assumptions that do not relate to you.
- You must have an understanding of what success means to you. Write a list of activities you associate with success.
- Discuss the topic with close friends, in person or online, and ask the same questions posed in this blog post. See what answers you come up with.
Can you plan success or should success come naturally?
1) There are people in life who succeed by having plans and organising, or automating, their tasks and their goals in life, perhaps in a structured way.
2) There are also people who succeed without worrying about complex plans and instead find the most appropriate or enjoyable path to success.
There are times when you may wonder which of these people you are, or which can offer you the greatest success if you can do both.
The first approach requires a critical effort at becoming a better, or more organised and efficient self, for the purpose of improvement. It involves an element of personal change.
The second approach maintains the essence of self and builds on it in order to take advantage of the natural strengths of the individual.
Both approaches can work, but the question is which approach works for you. If you can make time to build on both then you can measure the success of each and see which one you enjoy and/or which one offers you the greatest results, in the hope you’ll find one that offers both. If you’re struggling to decide which approach to tackle then effective time management, and therefore planning (ironically for the second approach), will help you decide which to prioritise and how much time you spend on each.
Can you have too much success?
Yes, if you’re moving forward too fast, putting too much pressure on yourself to perform, becoming overwhelmed with tasks, and forgetting to give yourself proper time for breaks. Too much success can become too much ‘work’ and that’s when the creative spark that drives you can start to desert you or hamper your efficiency. As you can read on some sites, it’s what you do that moves you forward, not necessarily how long you do it. For example, repeating a repetitive strategy involving hard work that produces no results will not likely bring you more results if you work longer and harder at it.
Some people love the buzz that comes with long hours, stress-oriented work, and success for the sake of success; perhaps accompanied by a feeling of exhilaration. All of us may have felt this at some point but the nature of our individual lives can mean some of us don’t favour this lifestyle and we wish for another route to success.