Have you been wondering what the secret to personal success is?
I recently came across this Maya Angelou quote (I LOVE this woman btw…brilliant poet!) and it left me wondering how many people are living life by their personal parameters and measurements vs. how many people are simply “doing” because that’s what they’ve been taught to do.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~ Maya Angelou
I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum and it was at the end of University when I realized that my definition of success was different than what it was when I was growing.
And it was definitely different than what most people think success looks like…
Society tells us that to be successful we have to have the fancy car, the perfectly decorated home (preferably with a yard and picket fence in the later years), the polished partner and a well-groomed clad of youngsters.
In this way, success is defined on how successfully we can play the part, not how happily we can play the part.
I believe that success lies in our ability to follow what’s true for ourselves, not what’s true for the people around us.
Realizing that you can define your personal definition of success can be liberating and daunting all at once.
When we start to question and explore something we’ve never challenged before, it can be scary as hell and frustrating.
Right now you might be saying to yourself…”I don’t like what I do, but I’m not sure what I actually do like to do.”
If this quote helped you realize that you’re living by a definition of success that doesn’t resonate with you, then I encourage you to spend some time this week to work on creating your own definition of success.
Make a cup of tea or a pot of coffee, grab your favorite journal and cozy up in a quiet, relaxing space. Start making a list of all the things you enjoy doing and take note of the times when you feel the most happy and fulfilled in life.
As you begin to bring more awareness into your life as to when you feel genuinely happy, the closer you’ll be to creating your own definition of success.
For me. success is similar to the Maya Angelou quote but it also includes – Liking who I do it with, liking why I do it and liking where I do it.
When I strive to achieve my personal vision of success, my life (work included) seems like play. I’m fulfilled and each day I’m grateful for the people and opportunities in my life.
What does your personal definition of success look like?
Share it with the Juicy Geniuses community below!
Enjoy your week and I look forward to hearing from you 🙂
XO & Juicy Love,