What is success? This is a question that has baffled so many since the beginning of time. Most may measure it by the amount of wealth a person has amassed or the number of accomplishments received. Yet there are those who will argue that it is never based on tangible rewards such as money or fame. The various and conflicting views about success suggest that it is something that should not be based on the external changes that happen upon reaching your goals.
On the contrary, you may get a better concept of success by focusing on the changes that happen within you upon attaining it. So as you see your hard work slowly coming into fruition, take a moment to reflect and ask – How is success changing you? Some of the changes you want to see are the following:
Success should make you more generous.
Success usually comes with monetary benefits. Your victory can make it easy for you to purchase just about anything you want. However, gaining access to the finer things in life should also make you more open to giving. As you become more successful, you should also find ways to share your blessings. Success will have a whole new wonderful meaning if you use it as a way to lift others up.
Success should make you more humble.
If you have always been humble, there is no reason to abandon this trait once you accomplished all your goals. In fact, it should even make you more eager to hold on to this virtue. At the height of success, it pays to remember that nothing is guaranteed. Your success should keep your feet on the ground because a triumphant venture today can be a failure tomorrow. Likewise, do not congratulate yourself too much as it is unlikely that you have achieved success by yourself. There are people who helped you along the way and you should not forget to acknowledge them.
Success should give more time for the things you love.
They say that the most valuable thing in this world is time. So it may be a bit wrong to call yourself successful if your schedule is so full that you cannot even afford to squeeze in any “me” time. Success should make you more carefree and less stressed. Thus, do not ignore the importance of doing things for your own happiness. Enjoy the fruits of your labor by spending it with the people you love and pursuing your passion.
Success is often a journey that involves many changes. Yet you can only call it true success if you can confidently say that it has transformed you to be a better person than before.