Everyday Lifestyle

Seeing Ourselves As We Are …

Success should be defined by a set of self-identified goals that help us create our own, individual growth and forward momentum. If we measure our life’s accomplishments against those of other people, not only do we set ourselves up for failure, we rob ourselves of the ability to understand our own value.

And knowing our own value is key to establishing a sense of happiness and certainty about ourselves — something that we can carry with us and use when we face personal challenges or difficulties. How we choose to characterize it doesn’t need to be justified or explained to anyone else — unless their support is integral to our wellbeing — it does, however, need to be something that we fully understand about ourselves.

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Knowing what we need from life, and what gives us a sense of purpose and drive is a life skill that we can tap into whenever needed. It’s also a life skill that isn’t easy to learn or maintain, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel like you are floundering or directionless.

Maybe success, in its most elementary form, is just about navigating the ebb and flow of life, and learning enough from those highs and lows, to help us take our next step. Maybe that’s an oversimplification, but I think it’s a good place to start.

Success in life is not linear. Growth and learning are never final, and our transformation through all of this is not guaranteed, but the experiences we have along the way and the value that adds to our existence is never wasted.

How do you define success?

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14 thoughts on “Seeing Ourselves As We Are …”

  1. Comparing yourself to others is never a good thing, and it often makes me depressed when I’ve done that. As for measuring my own success, I don’t think I have a method that I follow

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  2. Such an interesting post and one that I completely agree with. I set lots of mini goals to achieve something bigger and treat every completion of a mini goal as a success because it is one step closer.

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  3. my success is quite different to typical success haha i think i would be successful if i could live alone or with friends in future and be financially stable but also physically well as many jobs actually make my health worse! i wanna find something i love to do that doesnt cost my minimal health

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