July 29     

Today's quotation:

Success can be defined in many ways, and it is important to realize that your individual definition needs to be clear in your mind.  Once you have established your personal vision of success, you can begin the process of achieving your goal.

John Marks Templeton

Today's Meditation:

The most successful people I've known haven't been successful in ways that "society" deems successful-- they don't have huge bank accounts, they don't have legions of adoring fans, they aren't CEO's or presidents of companies, they aren't million-selling authors or musicians.  But they're wonderful parents, great teachers, exceptional at their jobs, well loved by neighbors and communities, and they're leaving legacies of kindness, compassion, hard work, dedication, and love.

It's kind of sad to see that so many people depend on things like rewards to measure their success.  Does an insurance agent need to win a national award in order to be successful, or does that person simply need to do their job very well and serve their customers when their customers need it?  Does an author need to win a national book award or sell millions of copies to be a successful author, or is the fact that a book is finished and done well success enough?  I honestly don't know, because the other side to the argument is that after all that work, a return on the time invested would be nice. . . .

But "would be nice" is important.  A lot of things would be nice in life, but aren't necessary for us to feel good about ourselves and the lives we're leading.  If I define my success by what "would be nice"-- more money, awards, compliments from others, etc.-- then I'm going to have a very hard time seeing myself as successful

We're all going to be successful in many things, unsuccessful in others.  And that's okay.  Even if I don't "succeed" at something, I can learn from it and apply those lessons to other experiences, and in that sense my unsuccessful attempts will be successful.  Let's not let what we've learned from others about what success "should" be diminish the successes that we have all through life, each day that we're alive on this planet.

Questions to consider:

Where do our definitions of success come from?  Are they truly ours if we've learned them from others?

What are some of your most important successes?  Have they all been recognized by others?

Why do we tend to find recognition for what we've achieved to be so important?

For further thought:

Success is every minute you live.  It's the process of living.  It's stopping for the moments of beauty, of pleasure; the moments of peace.  Success is not a destination that you ever reach.  Success is the quality of the journey.

Jennifer James

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