I hear the word Success A LOT!!! Whether it’s fitness, business, or life related success comes in all shapes and sizes. One person’s definition of success can be completely different than another person’s. To be honest I use to think that making a certain amount of money meant you were successful. I was so wrong, you can have success in all aspects of life not just in your bank account.
A former friend of mine convinced me I could do the Spartan Race. The Wintergreen Super Spartan is said to be one of the hardest Spartan Races out there due to the location and length. It takes place right smack dab in the middle of the mountains. I had no idea what I was in for. In my head I figured why not? What is the worst that could happen?
Before I started the race I said my only goal would be to finish. I wanted to attempt every obstacle and do my 30 burpees for every obstacle I didn’t complete. Some people said they wanted to finish in a certain amount of time. I had a time in mind that I would’ve liked to finish in but really I just wanted to finish. So to me I would be successful if I just finished which I did and I was elated. I felt like a total Bad Ass.
One of the people I rode with had a time goal in mind. She even got impaled by a stick and kept going just to reach that goal. To her reaching her time goal meant success. We both had two different definitions of success for the same race. We both achieved our success and felt pretty darn good about it.
In business and in life it’s hard for us to realize that our definition for success might greatly differ from someone else’s. One of my upline coaches for Beachbody at the beginning of this year was really pushing me towards a goal that was not my own. In his head that goal was success and to me that wasn’t. I felt overwhelmed and defeated until I realized its ok that I had a different goal. My goals are what matters to me. So I continued on with my own person goal so I could achieve my version of success not someone else’s.
When I think about success in my new business venture it has many facets. One facet is that I will make an income that will allow my husband the freedom to choose what he would like to do after he gets out of the Navy without having to worry whether it will be enough to provide for our family of six. Another facet is being debt free because I have been in debt my entire adult life. I am so ready to be done with that. Yet another facet is being able to be home with my kids when they need me and not be at the mercy of someone else’s schedule. The final facet is that I am motivating women on a daily basis and helping them to find belief in themselves and the confidence to pursue their goals.
Notice that my version of success is not tied to a number in my bank account. Of course money plays into all of it but there is no firm number that I believe will make me successful. It’s how I feel and what I am able to accomplish. Some days are better than others but having belief in myself is key to any success. That doesn’t mean having a number in mind is wrong it’s just not part of my definition.
Success is not one size fits all. One persons version of success is not the same as another’s. That’s ok! The key is to sit down and really think about what success means to you. Does that mean being able to be home with your kids? Does that mean owning beach front property? Does that mean having the freedom to travel the world? Think about what would bring you peace, joy, and happiness. What does success mean to you?
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