When you think of success, what comes to mind?
Money? Flashy suits? Private jets? Expensive cars? Penthouse suites?
That’s so old paradigm, bro.
For the last few decades (and way longer in some cultures), success has been almost entirely associated with money.
Of course, monetary success is an aspect of success, but it’s far from total success.
The core definition of success is, “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.”
That can literally apply to ANYTHING. And it should be.
So in the spirit of rendering old paradigms irrelevant, I’ve made a list of 33 new ways to measure success.
Note: Don’t cling to measurability in terms of amounts or statistics. Many of these are measurable in the simple sense that you can “check them off” as they occur in your life.
- How much you laugh every day
- Free time
- Location independence
- Earning a living through helping people
- Enjoying the little things in life
- Making someone’s day
- Having the capacity to give
- The ability to choose what you do in a day
- Leaving your comfort zone
- Choosing love over fear
- Deepening a connection with someone
- Creating something (anything)
- Expressing yourself in any way
- Getting an idea
- Truly tasting food with full awareness
- Using your body in a new way and noticing how vibrant it feels
- The ability to travel
- Richness and diversity of experiences
- Perception expansion
- Every time you leave your comfort zone
- Whenever you create an interesting story
- Connecting with nature
- Being completely authentic in an interaction with someone
- Having the courage to be vulnerable
- Admitting when you’re wrong
- Trying something new and succeeding
- Trying something new and failing
- Learning from a mistake
- Reconnecting with an old friend
- Making a new friend
- Finding likeminded people
- Being fully in the present moment
Every time I check off one of these items, it’s a success.
But there’s a bit of a paradox…
Constantly chasing success is a trap. Your self-worth is not attached to anything you do. You’re worthy no matter what.
This is why the last, and most important, measure of success is BEING FULLY IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.
If you ever find yourself fully in the moment – not lost in thoughts about the past or future – that’s success!
Yeah, it’s fun to do cool things and experience all that life has to offer. But if you lack the ability to JUST BE, you’re always going to be chasing the illusory pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Remember, success can be found in the simple things.
Now you have some specific ideas to help you reevaluate how you measure success.
We all deserve to be able to create the best versions of ourselves and make the most out of life.
Do you have any other ways to measure success? Drop a comment below.
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