“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” ~ Booker T. Washington
What does success mean to you? Can you truly ever measure success? Does great deal of real estate, big houses, pots of money…..mean Success?
To the world success means money, power, or fame. The dictionary even defines it as the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. That is the way that I defined it for most of my(clueless) life. To me, success always had a lot to do with the house I lived in, the car I drove and the clothes I wore. Yes, I used to be the walking Gucci, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior & Ralph Lauren brands rolled in one.
Then a few years ago, I began to understand a new definition of success. I had already entered the sphere of spirituality by then…but still, experience is the best teacher.
On February 27, 2007 my daughter Haaniya was born. She is our first child and like all first time parents the anticipation, anxiety, and excitement were unbearable. The three whole days that I was in labour seemed rushed and hectic as we experienced so much that was unknown. But once Haaniya was born and we were back in our room, life calmed down, our world got very quiet, and we started to take in our beautiful baby princess.
As I sat and held Haaniya in my room, and I was alone for the first time with my perfect little girl… I started to imagine her life, seeing all of the good she had in front of her as she grew and developed. I hoped and prayed for nothing but the best, but as I pictured her life my definition of success changed. I didn’t picture the car she would drive, the house she would live in, or the clothes she would wear. Instead, I thought about how happy she would be, the good she would do, and the person she would become. Looking at this little girl with her whole life ahead of her, I realized that success is not about external things; Money, power, and fame are results: byproducts that come from who you are. The true definition of success is: To Become the Person You Are Happily Capable of Becoming.
When you change yourself positively, you change the world positively too. Wealth, power, fame, and happiness then come as a result. The emphasis though is on becoming, not on obtaining.
Each of us has unlimited potential and it is the pursuit of that potential that is true success.
I wish each and every One of you Immense Success…..
By the way, I happily do NOT go for brands now 😉
Norman Vincent Peale said, “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
What are your thoughts on this topic? What is your definition of success? Do you agree with my redefinition of success? Share your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to know what you think…
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor
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