It’s Up To You – Defining Personal Success

Personal success is about happiness. It’s an inside job and achieving it is up to you.

How do you define personal success? Is it about how much money you have, where you live, the kinds of friends you have, or the flexibility of your time? Personal success can never be fit into a box, no matter what your parents, the media or other ‘success stories’ may say. Why? Because personal success, ultimately, is about happiness. It’s an inside job and achieving it is up to you.

The Personal Success Myth

There’s a myth that your measure of ‘success’ is in direct proportion to your bank account. While an abundance of cash flow and solid savings are a part of the success equation, they certainly don’t make up the entire formula.

Think about it: how many stories do we hear about the frazzled 30-something whose climbing the corporate ladder by working 70ish hours a week. Does that sound like success to you? Sounds like a hamster to me! Or how about the uber-wealthy entrepreneur whose family can’t stand his cut-throat ways and whose ‘friends’ are non-existent – success? I think not.

The 4 Areas of Personal Success

No matter how much cash you’ve got, if other key areas of your life don’t reflect this same abundance, you are NOT actually successful. In fact, there are 4 important areas in everyone’s life that must be abundant and fulfilling in order for you to claim true personal success. Besides Money/Income, these include: Health, Relationships & Time. Let’s have a quick look at what abundance in these other important areas of your life look like …

Abundant Health

What is abundant health? Does it mean all your innards are working right? Well yes, and more. Abundant health means things like: plenty of energy to do the things you want to do. It also means physical strength and flexibility, the ability to get a good night’s sleep, low stress levels, very little time (if any) spent on worry, and an optimistic outlook on life.

Abundant Relationships

This means much more than having lots of friends. In fact, you could have only a handful of friends and still claim ‘abundance’ in this area of your life. What I mean by abundant relationships is their degree of fulfillment. Deep and trusting connections with others is what I’m talking about. I’m also referring to the quality of those you have around you. Remember, you are the average of the 5 peeps you hang out with the most. So be sure these 5 are high-quality folks able to inspire and uplift you and the relationship even higher.

Abundant Time

This is my biggest definer of personal success. It may or may not be yours. For me, at least, the freedom of time is priceless. I figure I’ve got about 60 or so adult years on this planet – probably more, possibly less. The last thing I want to do is spend any of it doing what I don’t want to do. I like TIME – lotsa TIME – to travel, to laugh with friends, to dive deep into meditation or developing new skills or learning things that have piqued my curiosity! And I’ve come to realize that no matter how much cashola I’ve got in hand, if I don’t have the time to enjoy it, I’m not living with success!

How do you define personal success? What other parts of life do you see as most important for the ‘success equation’? Let me know in the comments below.

Many blessings,

Dawn DelVecchio Dawn is a writer, speaker and self-empowerment coach. She’s the author & host of, where she shares insights, tips and practical tools for living a life of joy and abundance. Her eBook, The 7 Keys to Unlock your Soul’s Purpose is a simple guide to connect with your truest calling in this life. Dawn’s intent is to “Help people unlock the door to their soul’s calling so they can live in the joy and abundance they were meant for.”

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