Success is often determined by what is seen, or gained. It is often thought of in terms of $$$, popularity, authority, or power. Which honestly, all four are connected. Status symbols.
Which makes it that much harder for many of us to truly see what our successes are compared with our failures. In our eyes, our failures run deep. They determine how much we need to “crawl” out of a hole, to redeem ourselves.
But what happens if we just…looked at failure as a failure. A mistake, something to learn from, to turn away from, and become better. Not used as a measure against us. Rather, a reminder of there’s always a better way.
Success’ definition contains two parts. One relating to power and popularity, shocker. But the first tying to what, I believe, true success is. The accomplishment of an aim or goal.
In one definition, we may feel and fear we will never amount to much. Yet, in the other, “Well, I have goals. I have things I want accomplished…I CAN do this.”
I think when we start determining success is made only through power, popularity, or money that’s when we’ve lost the original reasoning behind our goals. Often times people who once looked at helping others as a success, now struggle with the numbers, not the individuals, they don’t see.
Making a difference in this world, may be a lot bigger than what you can imagine or see, and it is those kind of differences we should truly aim for. Ones that help others more than it helps us. Our failures could lead to success. It could encourage others’ success as well.
Don’t be afraid to get up. You may know what’s behind you, but you don’t know what’s up ahead 🙂
“Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.”
Who Has Seen The Wind? – Christiana Rossetti
How do you determine success?