Defining My Success

Defining My Success

I have said it. I have heard it and it is about time I figured out a way to live in it. “If you never define success for you then the world will define it and you will rarely be happy in it.”

I sit here pondering those words again. I need to determine the direction of my success.

Would money be enough to satisfy my desire for success? I would not be upset with my writing bringing in more money (and that has nothing to do with the positive reaction my husband would exhibit). I appreciate a nice income to pay the bills, open up new opportunities for me and my family and allow me to be a blessing to others that I encounter.

Money is not the end all for success for me. If it had been then I would have been satisfied when I found success as a content writer. Instead, I craved to see my name in print.

Would attention be enough to satisfy my desire for success? I want others to recognize my abilities – some days I think I NEED them to acknowledge the seed of talent in my heart. It feels good to have others notice what I am doing. I appreciate having others mention my accomplishments even before I can think to mention them.

Attention is not the end all for success in my life. I can live with others standing in the spotlight – sometimes I have been known to point that light in their directions. I hunger to be in a position to help others.

Would becoming known as an expert in my field be enough to satisfy my desire for success? The more I ponder on these words, the more I think I have reached my defining term.

Now I know the direction of my definition. I need to define the parameters. A wide definition will only allow the world the opportunity to come in and confuse my situation. I need more focus. I need to determine the scope of my success.

Would being recognized in my community be enough to satisfy my direction of success? I am already recognized by some as an encourager – thanks to the local newspaper column. I know I want to push past my immediate surroundings.

Would being recognized in my region be enough to satisfy my direction of success? I know that it would be a start. I also know that it would not fill the well. I have had some success in that area – thanks in a HUGE part to the relationships I have been fostering over the last year and a half. I know I want to push past even my state.

Would being recognized in my country be enough to satisfy my direction of success? I suspect I would always be looking for opportunities to push and expand, but I also think that I would be content in that accomplishment.

I know that my definition will never be the same as yours, and that is okay. I am not supposed to be like you. I am unique – you are unique – our paths might not even be comparable. Matching definitions is not necessary. I need to recognize and define my success, recognize the direction for that success and then mark out the parameter for that success if I am going to develop a plan to get me there.

Have you defined your success?

Be blessed,
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Kathryn Lang

#Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang believe we can all fly and works to help others find the time to make their dreams come true. She shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Contact Kathryn today to speak or teach at your next event.

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