The First Step Toward Success Is Defining Success For Yourself

By Christopher D. Connors | Jul 15, 2020
Christopher D. Connors | ACHNET

The intent of this post is to demonstrate the value of defining success for yourself. I’ll write in a very direct tone. I won’t mince words and I won’t say that your goals and dreams will come easy. My intent is to demonstrate that success should only ever be how you define it. Success is not just defined in monetary terms. It is not earned by the acceptance others.

Success and a life of happiness is yours for the choosing. Later in this article, I will provide you with my personal definition of success, as a guide, but please only use it as a guide. I hope that you will take the time to think about what in this life will bring you joy, satisfaction and meaning.

One of the great models in life, the late Coach John Wooden, defined success as follows: “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

Success is an attitude. Success requires maximum effort. It is peace of mind and a state of mind. And please note the emphasis on “self” in self-satisfaction. Your success should never be determined by the approval or recognition of others. If so, you’ll live a highly disappointing life.

I used to enter into many of life’s moments without giving things much thought. Now, with each project, business venture and dream that I pursue in life, I always ask myself the question, “What will success look like?”

I have demanded of myself that I answer this question in relation to the strategic direction I am taking in my professional endeavors. Hopefully you will too.

Dream Big

This is really simple: If you have the idea to begin something, you should at least have a BIG dream in mind of what success or self-fulfillment will look like. That comes through the power of imagination. Imagination needs to lead to organized planning.

That is where the definition of success kicks in, which is then followed by objectives, goals and tasks- from the large to small-scale efforts. If you’re serious about becoming great at what you do and reaching your maximum potential, you will find the time to define what success means for you.

As I’ve written about previously, there is magic in putting your plan into writing. You can visualize your plan. Visualization is imperative! Visualization gets your juices flowing and makes you hunger for