How do you define success? I'm excited to share my new definition that encompasses success in ALL areas of my life, not just my career.
Boy, am I excited!! I DID IT!! I got my house fully repaired and protected. It took every sunny day for the past 6 weeks and now it's complete. Woo hoo!
I have to thank the grey squirrel who climbed out of my eaves on Oct 8th and looked me squarely in the eyes. That was the catalyst to make sure all access to the attic was closed up. Despite closing the hole in the roof weeks before, my enterprising squirrels had taken to climbing the exposed exterior walls to gain access to the attic. I worked diligently until 11:00pm that night to create a new soffit system and I'm proud to say that I've been squirrel free ever since!
I had solved all these incredibly difficult problems and yet, I had this nagging feeling that I couldn't be a success unless I was producing results in my business. Can you believe that?! My squirrel-free victory highlighted the limiting definition I had for success. I had wanted to redefine the word for some time - I even had it on my To Do list - but I kept putting it off because I didn't know how to change it. Then I came across Maya Angelou's definition and it was exactly what I was looking for! She said success means:
I like who I am
I like what I do
And I like how I do it
Finally!! A definition of success that encompasses all aspects of my life, not just work. I love it so much that it's part of my daily mantra, reprogramming how I view success. With this new perspective, I can be a success if I'm feeling sick and take time to rest and care for myself. I can be a success at being a great Auntie by playing, showing love and having clear limits. I can be a success in marriage by liking who I am, what I do and how I do it, whether that be taking care of finances, how I share my thoughts and opinions, or tucking my husband in each night. And I can be a success by working hard to figure out how to fix the rotted out walls in my home. This broader and more inclusive definition has helped to restore peace in my life. As a recovering perfectionist and "doer," I can now achieve success by doing more than crossing items of my To Do list. Now, taking time to be still, enjoy the present or creatively solve problems are all avenues to achieve success in life.
Watch the video that began my journey on examining how we define success: You're More Successful Than You Realize (A Social Experiment). Get ready to have you heart warmed!