Success can be defined in different ways. I like to define success by happiness and fullness of my life, and not by how much I make or what I tangibly own.
Being successful isn’t something that happens by accident. It starts by making the choice to be successful. This sounds easier than it actually is.
But the truth is, each day I make choices that contradict the life that I want to live. I choose to listen to the voice inside of me that keeps me from reaching my goals. I listen to the self doubt and I put my dreams on the back burner.
For example I know that I am good at writing. Sure there are plenty of people out there better than me, but that doesn’t take away from what I have to offer, or does it?
Logically I know the answer to that question. But deep down inside there is self doubt that limits me. No one has ever told me that my writing wasn’t worth reading, but still I question what I want to say, and wonder if anyone will read it.
It’s that very way of thinking that stops me each and every day from doing what I want to do.
Also, how many times do we say that tomorrow is another day? I think we do this just to make ourselves feel better. Yes tomorrow may be another day, but it is one more day that we don’t have to do what we want to do. Once today is done it is done, there is no going back.
To be successful we must make the choice to move forward. We have to challenge the stereotypes that have been placed on us, even when have internalized their negative meaning.
One of the biggest mistakes that I have made in my life and continue to make is worry about the what ifs. I limit myself because I am afraid of what might happen. I worry that I might fail, that someone might not like it, or I will get turned down. But living that way is not living. If I didn’t have it before I started my journey then how I can I miss it?
I am slowing realizing that there is more damage in not trying than failing.
The bottom line is that we all make choices, and we have to examine if these choices are in line with our goals in life. Where do we see ourselves and how do we get there? It takes courage to take those first steps, but once you start to see success there is no looking back.