What does success look like to you? Do you run your first marathon, write a book, or increase your income? Whatever the case, being successful in life may take on a different meaning than what you initially thought.
Most people correlate success with achievement. And while they’re not necessarily wrong, I believe true success is a bit more modest.
Let me explain…
You Need an Aim to Be Successful in Life
Some may disagree with me on this idea, and that’s fine. To each his own. However, I believe that true success is the result of striving and not just achieving. For this reason, you NEED an aim, a goal, or a purpose to be considered successful, in my opinion.
Why is this important?
The dance of life takes place between where you are and where you want to be. The obstacles that challenge you, the setbacks that test you, the failures that strengthen you contribute to your character development.
These experiences fortify you into a better, stronger, and more confident person. And as the late Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “You don’t attract what you want in life; you attract what you are.”
So in order to live a happy, successful life, you must become the person who can attract that kind of life. And you can only become that person by setting your aim, taking your shot and going through the ups and downs along the way.
The Dangers of Aimlessness
Without a goal or a purpose that you’re working toward, you’re immediately a failure.
Why? We’re happiest when we’re striving toward something. In fact, it’s impossible to be excited about your life without making progress toward some objective that is compelling to you.
Aimlessness creates many detrimental effects, some of which include:
- Loss of vitality and motivation
- A feeling of hopelessness in life
- Apathy and indifference
- Diminishes your concentration
- Lack of positive emotion
- Increased likelihood of anxiety and depression
The only cure for aimlessness is purpose. You must develop a clear direction that compels you to move toward it. Becoming successful in life is nothing more than determining a destination, and making a little progress toward it every day.
Happiness and true success are found in striving.
This fact entails that the more you strive toward a goal(s) that is important, to you, the happier you’ll be. And that, in my opinion, is what it means to be successful in life.
Are You Ready to Become Successful in Life?
Your life can be whatever you want it to be. However, in order to make that happen, you have to first know what it is you want in the first place. And for many, this is actually a hard thing to determine; if such is the case for you, be sure to check out my ebook.
In it, you’ll learn how to develop direction. Moreover, you’ll learn the tools and strategies for staying committed to that path once you’ve discovered it.