Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. –W.P. Kinsella
I love Summer and I love sunshine! It seems this recent heat wave nearly sent my Seattle friends over the edge as evidenced in their tweets and Facebook posts. Bless our hearts. We complain about the grey and rain and yet when we finally get the sunshine we long for.. we complain and grumble.
When I wrote Clarity: Focusing on What Matters I addressed this in week #32 and challenged readers that in order to be successful you first must know how you define success. It never ceases to amaze me how many people have never taken the time to define success for themselves. Instead they go through life with someone else’s definition and find they are never satisfied or better said never fulfilled.
What do you want?
What do you really, really want? Most people answer that question with what they do not have which I think is a lost opportunity. What you really, really want you may indeed already have and by your own definition be a successful person. Shocking!
To identify what you want and be clear on your “why” does not mean you don’t have goals and should not strive for what you want that you do not have. Conversely, there is joy in realizing you just might have more than you ever imagined which will energize the journey toward more.
Take some time this summer and really think about how you define success and prepare yourself to live it and receive it.
5 ways to prepare yourself for success:
- Define: What is it that you really want? Why?
- Identify: Where are you at right now in your life? Who are you?
- Motivation: What motivates you to be where you want to be? (the why)
- Goals: What are the top 3 goals you have?
- Preparation: Be prepared for the worst and best outcome.
Remember, you are eagle leaders and success is just who you are! Take one step toward defining your own success story before the day ends.