Defining Success

So, the other day I was thinking about success and happiness, and, it got me looking at how we define success.

Every day, we’re going to work, and we see people who appear to be successful, but are they happy? It’s easy to get our value from our titles, but a big title and big money do not a happy person make.

And, even more importantly, if you are that person getting your worth from the position you hold, and your job isn’t giving you joy, are you really being true to yourself?

And, to take this one step further, when this is the case, how do we begin to choose more for ourselves, knowing that success and happiness aren’t mutually exclusive? Here’s how I recommend getting started:

1. Awareness.
The first piece to this is awareness. Recognizing that this applies to you is definitely the first key to changing it.

2. Desire.
The second part is desire. If you don’t want happiness for yourself, no one can choose it for you. I repeat. If you don’t want happiness for yourself, NO ONE can choose it for you.

3. Taking action.
Speaking of choosing, the third part is action. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and taking steps towards your happiness, even if they’re small steps, even if they’re not the “right” steps, is key to creating it. Many times, people (which includes me!) want to give up because it can feel overwhelming, they don’t know what to do, and/or they’re worried about doing it the “right” way. Just moving towards your desire, even if it doesn’t lead to your desired result, is a big hell yes to you and your happiness and the Universe will conspire in your favor, that is, if you don’t give up.