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.

 


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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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