Rethinking Success

success in the little things
Smelling the sweet intoxicating scent of honeysuckle is a success for me.

What’s a success for you?

Is it training a new behavior, getting more credentials, or losing weight?  Is it landing a new client?  A new book deal?  A new relationship?  Finding a great job, a new home, or getting pregnant?  Are your successes big or little?  Are they an every day occurrence, or something few and far between?

I used to measure all of the successes and failures in my life on whether or not I gained something, taught something, understood something, or received something.

But this thought kept coming back into my awareness: Maybe there’s more to success than the usual definition society assumes it to be.

These days I measure my successes on a different scale. Thanks to a shift in my perception now I have many huge successes every day!   I’ve started to see successes in every day life occurrences. I started to see success in things we often take for granted.

Success for me these days includes:  Being brave, trusting life, not judging someone or myself,  setting aside self criticism, waking up rested, being without pain, seeing a smile from a stranger, teaching a child something that excites their mind and opens their heart, listening to a loved one, watching the wag of a happy dog, feeling the purr of a content cat, hearing the song of a bird, enjoying shade from a tree, feeling the sun on my skin, and smelling the scent of a flower.

I experience success in just being with the things that I love and appreciate.

I find success in the events of life that bring me joy.

I feel success when I see, feel, or experience things that make my heart swell.

I am success when I give my presence, my friendship, my time, and my love to others.

There are a million successes happening in our lives every day.  We just have to look for them.



One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.― Robert Holden

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