Rethinking Success

TThe pandemic has recalibrated our world in ways unthinkable beforehand. With many people ‘stuck’ inside, success is leaving the home, talking face-to-face (instead of a video call), or even be able to fit into one’s unused clothes!

To those with access, technology has brought benefits of connections and collaborations that would otherwise not be possible – without the overheads and cost of travel. The world has changed.

Is there a better way of thinking about success that is simpler and more accessible, or are we ‘stuck’ with the usual suspects of wealth, power and status (with the inequalities that go with them)?

Here’s a simple exercise to determine what success means for you.

On a sheet of paper write down the following headings leaving space underneath each one for your answers. They are: Home, Work, Personal, Social, World. Here ‘World’ can mean community, society or indeed the world!

Underneath each category write down 3 things that mean success for you. For example, under ‘Home’ you could write “Buying my own home”, “Having a clean and tidy home”, or “Being a good parent”.

Once you’ve finished the next step is to re-write the list in order of priority – and here you are allowed to mix items from the different categories. What’s most important to you?

I always say that a major success is making it this far in life – despite the myriad ways that your individual flame could have been quenched!

If we take that as a starting point, then how do you see your precious life? What makes life successful for you?

If you now return to your list, will you change anything or think about success differently?

There are other steps that help you build a pathway to a more successful you. Get in touch to find out more!

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