How To Succeed When You Already Have

Author: Byron Pulsifer, © 2005

Success. A word filled with varied meanings including desires, challenges, and failure.

To each person, success may be defined differently depending on where they are in time.

What this means is that "success" isn't a point in time that remains static - there are not only different types of success, there are many different levels of success.

The definition of "success" may mean one thing when you're just about to enter college or university where success may be seen as graduation day, but will probably mean something else after you have acquired your first job.

The term "success" can be applied to many different aspects of life including:
Career
Personal Relationships
Lifestyle
Health
Possessions
Entrepreneurship
Education, and so forth.
Each one of these aspects may come into play at differing points in your life, and some will come into play at the same time. The essential point here is that while you may have attained what you thought of as "success" in one aspect of your life, may see you less than successful on some other aspect of life. For example, let's say that you have worked extremely long and hard to climb the corporate ladder, or long and hard to attain an advanced educational degree. Your definition of "success" on this aspect of life may be check marked as accomplished, but on the other hand, this level of success has taken a toll on your health. Are you successful now?

Let's also say that your career success has been at the expense of a meaningful family relationship be it personal issues with your spouse, or the nagging feeling of inadequacy about spending enough quality time with your children. Are you successful now?

So what are we really saying? Success is a balance of life where we can meet our own expectations while at the same time achieving success in our commitments to others. Success is also a non-static term that means we strive for achievement in different ways at different points in our lives.

For example, some of us have been very successful financially in business, and the next level of success is to move beyond our own interests to that of helping others. This helping can take the form of charitable gifts, volunteering our expertise to assist service clubs, or it may mean mentoring young hopefuls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Part of succeeding when you already have is to acknowledge that as human beings we are capable of constant striving to keep moving forward not necessarily, however, in the same direction, nor in the same way. Succeeding when you already have means that we can continue to succeed because we are used to succeeding - we have learned the nifty lessons of success well.

Setting goals, taking one step at a time, continuous learning, never giving up, learning to use failures as our best teaches for future success, and always being in touch with what is important to us.


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