How Does One Define Success?

How one defines success depends on the individual. Success is based on our dreams and aspirations. While we may want success in all areas of life, our ability to focus in on one particular goal is what increases our chances of actually getting it.

It is important to be clear about what kind of success you want in your life. Some of us are taken in with Material Success. While others strive for Personal Success or success in our private life, and then there is also Professional Success.  So what is the difference between the three listed here?

In our culture, Material Success is certainly the most visible or desirable of the three. Who hasn’t claimed in their lives if they had a little more money how much happier they would be? Material desires can be the accumulation of money, wealth and possessions such as homes, cars, gold, and other material things. For many material success means power and influence, the key to attracting others, the way to impress others. Money doesn’t buy you everything, and yes some may define this type of success as being awfully shallow.

Personal Success is the success attained in your private life and intimate relationships. This type of success can be the most spiritually rewarding and can translate into a serene and balanced family life, meaningful familial relationships, a beautiful and nurturing home, all which provide feelings of comfort and joy. Or it can also mean an active social life, one filled with many friendships. For some people, the strongest bonds are those between friends. Friendship can lead to a beautiful and loving relationship for a lifetime and result in spiritual happiness .

Professional Success is the success attained in a job, profession, vocation and/or avocation. You may seek a certain position in your company or aspire to obtain a certain goal or recognition in your area of expertise. You may also have a professional approach to a hobby or an interest. No matter what profession you choose, as long as you are happy with your work, you have achieved something very precious.

Ideas about success can vary greatly amongst individuals, so being actively conscious of your personal drive for success is essential if you want to move forward. Your pursuit of your ideal success is propelled by emotional energy that helps direct you down the right path. When used in a constructive manner, this energy is like a powerful talisman.

Figure out what you want and go after it. It is one of the important things you can do for yourself. The alignment of your dreams and drives are what will bring you all the happiness, harmony, joy in life and prosperity that you will ever want and need.




About martingilligan

Many of my friends and family have stated that I not only have a gift with words but also self expression. As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a writer, but being my own worst critic, I tend either not to share my work, or take the necessary risks to accept the criticism one needs to grow and continue on with my craft. I often start on projects with the intent to succeed, but rarely if at any time do I continue to follow through. It is my hope that this experiment will be the necessary tool to keep me in the habit of pursuing my dream of writing, and continuing on even when Mr. Criticism comes knocking on my door. So as I often say, a blank page is an open invitation to view my thoughts and ideas as I bleed my creativity upon its empty space. So strap yourself in...the roller coaster ride is about to begin, as I welcome you to my madness.
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