Success — What does it mean to you? Success is a subjective term. What you perceive it to be will differ from what your friend thinks about it or how your colleague feels about it. In the past couple of decades, the narrative around success has changed drastically. The focus is now on small victories rather than a fat paycheck or a house in the Hamptons.
This is because people are increasingly realizing that each one of us is unique and need not conform to someone else’s standards of success. The focus is on one’s innate strengths, capabilities, and vision for their life; young people, for example, are breaking out of molds created for them.
No longer are they influenced by what their parents want for them but they want to live their own dreams and become successful. The doctor-lawyer-engineer narrative has long gone. The current generation has woken up to narratives like following one’s passion and loving what one does, being happy, and finding one’s Ikigai — a Japanese term for purpose or meaning.
Success can mean opening up a coffee shop or securing funding for an afterschool program for underprivileged kids. Success has taken on a whole new meaning for the better. Any meaningful achievement is a success. It need not always be measured or quantified by numbers. Success is how one feels; it is a mindset.
If you set out to do meditation practice every morning and are seeing positive changes in your life, that is ‘your’ success. If you were able to lose weight and meet your fitness goals, that is a success. So own your success and keep going with these 5 practices:
1. Curtail Time Spent On Social Media
According to Forbes, “The typical user spends 82 minutes per day on social media, marking 9.5 hours a week of habitual checking and reacting.” Now, ask yourself, is social media really worth all that time? What do we gain from social media?
Focus on the word ‘gain’ and think carefully. Ask yourself if it’s really important to know who your cousin is dating or how wonderful someone’s birthday cake was or what a grand vacation your classmate from high school took. This information is not in your area of focus. You don’t stand to learn or progress from it. So eliminate it. Take stock of the time on social media spent reading and consuming irrelevant information and content and convert it into something that will help you achieve your life’s goals. Think practical, think big!
2. Be A Constant Learner
Our lives will always be in a state of flux. People and circumstances around us will keep changing forever; nothing remains the same. This is why it is extremely important to learn to ‘grow’ with the flow. Keep updating yourself with new learnings; take advantage of the online learning universe full of wonderful new things to learn, develop your skillset, and become a marketable and in-demand professional. Constantly learning makes us independent and makes us progress intellectually. Remember, knowledge is power! So keep learning!
3. Wake Up Early
We often complain about not having enough time to do what we want. However, this claim is absolutely false. Where there is a will there is a way.
There will always be time, all we have to do is use it smartly and be committed to achieving your goals. Waking up early is a habit that most successful people swear by. Be it business moguls and tycoons or spiritual gurus, waking up early can help you become more disciplined, focused and plan your day meticulously giving you more time to work and do things you love.
4. Set A Routine
Having a routine does not mean being busy or occupied all the time. It means planning your time in a way that will help you achieve your daily tasks and larger goals. It is beneficial on a personal and professional level. You don’t just need a routine if you have a corporate job. Everybody must have a routine. Whether you are a homemaker, a stay-at-home mom, a schoolteacher, a freelance translator, or writer, setting a routine will make you take pride in yourself. A routine makes us value our time and helps us remain occupied when we need to be. Include breaks in your routine to refresh and you’ll be good to go.
5. Improve Yourself
Each one of us is a work in progress. No matter how many awards and accolades one receives, we will never be perfect. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a perfect human being. We are all unique individuals with flaws, mistakes, imperfections, etc. That is why it is important to constantly keep working on yourself and be a better version of yourself. Once you have accepted that you are not perfect, start improving yourself. This could mean trying to get in shape or starting to think positively, curbing anxiety and negative thoughts, being more generous, etc. When we allow ourselves room for improvement we will become successful no matter what. Constant improvement will make us better people and put us on the path to success.
Success is a subjective term. More than money or luxuries, it is a mindset. When we tell ourselves we are successful, we become successful. The key is to own your success and not let anyone define it for you. Create your own definition of success no matter how insignificant it may seem to others. At the end of the day appreciating and celebrating every achievement is a stepping stone not just to success but to a happy and fulfilling life.
However, for success to happen, you must value yourself first. When we value ourselves, we will value everything in our lives including our time, our relationships, our jobs, working on our personalities, and becoming better people — this in itself is a success which will then lead us to many more successes.Success is more than just money or luxuries, it is a mindset. Create your own definition of success no matter how insignificant it may seem to others. Click To Tweet
Prioritize your area of focus instead of things that are irrelevant to your life. Limit your time on social media and television and instead do something bigger, something that matters — learn, gain knowledge, educate yourself, do something for a good cause, push your limits and constantly be a work in progress. We wish you all the success!
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