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Success On Your Own Terms

Strength 2What is the true measure of a successful life and is there only one way to measure it? Is it having a corner office, viagra sale earning a six figure income and owning a five thousand square foot home? Or it is more personal? Maybe it’s surviving a serious illness; the joy you get from seeing your child score her first soccer goal or solving a problem. If you search the word “Success” on Google, you’ll get about 28 million hits. Success is measured in as many ways as there are people defining it and happens each and every day, in the small and big moments. Success is using the lessons of the past to intentionally plan for the future while living in the present moment and making the most of the precious time we have. It is embracing the world around us and the unknowns that are yet to be discovered. Success begs us to set our imagination free to find our true passions and cultivate the abundant riches within ourselves.

Success is determined by our beliefs and truths. It is defined by our attitude, the choices we make and the actions we take. It is experienced through all our senses and by taking the journey that leads us back to our heart. Success in not determined by our external self and we know this because beauty defined from the outside is subject to too many differing opinions and does little for our sense of self-worth. When we accept who we are, our limits, our shadows and all that is glorious about being alive, we are successful.

Success is accepting that doing our best is enough, even when others say it isn’t. It is the quiet time we allow ourselves for reflection and contemplation to re-ignite the imagination and rejuvenate the spirit. Success is being willing to seek answers while keeping an open mind. It is trusting that our heart will guide us on the path we were meant to follow, even if it is off the beaten path.

Success is time spent with friends and family, to nourish each other’s souls, warm the heart and laugh every chance we get. It is sharing our love with those whose heart is closed. Success is being able to free the heart from unhealthy attachments that keep us imprisoned. It is the expression of our authentic self, regardless of what others may think and say. Committing acts of kindness and giving for the pure joy of making the gift is being successful. It is never giving up in the face of adversity by calling on our inner resilience and courage to face fear head on. It’s about creating a legacy that only we can and believing everyone has something to teach us. It is living with zest and with a commitment to becoming all that is within our realm of possibilities.

Success is all, some or none of the above. Because it is intensely personal, only you can define what success means to you. If you want to get a real appreciation of all the successes you have achieved in your life, get into the habit of keeping a journal of your accomplishments. You’ll astound yourself when you realize how much success you already have achieved.

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.