“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou
A reader recently asked what my version of success is. After all, I want you to envision yours, so what does mine look like?
Success is a state of life, and it shouldn’t be measured in just one category. In Defining Success, I measured success in six broad categories.
One area of success I have been focusing on a lot lately, and one that I want to specifically highlight here, is my purpose. Spending time on Successful Steps has been a great way to fulfill that. Let me provide some context:
For years, I had been primarily focused on just my own success. I read books, blogs, and used whatever medium I could to gain a sharper focus on what success really meant, and how to truly bring it into my life. My experiences have changed me. As I mentioned in Stop the Bleeding, Continue the Healing, in 2016 I got a close glimpse of death, and it changed everything. I began to see life in a way that I never did before.
This experience made me realize how much I want to make a difference in the lives of others. Successful Steps has, in itself, been a step towards finding my purpose.
Blogging has been a great experience. I am grateful for the lessons I have learned, but I don’t want to be alone on this journey. These lessons are here to help you along your path as well. We all need support once in a while, and I hope to use what I’ve learned to extend my support to you in some areas of your life.
My vision of success for blogging is to expand my reach, to increase the number of people I impact. If even one person has left this website with just a little more wisdom, happiness, inspiration, or hope, then I have succeeded. I don’t want to stop there; my goal is to get this message to as many people as possible, because these lessons have helped me, and I hope they help you too.
I want to touch the lives of others, after all, that’s what life’s all about.
Get a clear vision of what success looks like to you. Hold onto your vision and work on it every day. See how you can use your vision to help those around you and make the world a better place. We can lift each other up and make this planet a better place. Instead of counting your dollars, count the number of people you have made smile. Count the number of people whose hearts you have touched through your words and actions.
Don’t hide behind excuses or wait another moment. Spend your time making your dreams come true. Your idea of success might change over time, and that’s completely normal. Adjust accordingly and keep going. I ask you not to wait for a big slap in the face to change your life. Do it before it’s too late. Take this as a sign.
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