What does success mean to you? If you were to die tomorrow, would you be able to say your life has been a success?
Too many people let others define what success means. It could be the parents, the partners, or society in general. If you let this happen, you will never be truly happy.
Live your life as you want it. Life is short, you never know when the end will come.
If you don’t have a personal definition of success, let me help you. The following are some guidelines you can use in your personal journey.
Know yourself. However cliché-ish it may sound, it’s really true. What do you want from life? What is it that makes you truly happy? What do you feel most passionate about? Always ask questions. Remember that nothing is fixed; everything is in flux. Enjoy it. Live it.
Do something you are passionate about. When you are passionate about something, you keep on going forward. You feel more alive. Whether success or failure comes, you are motivated to go on because of that passion. Learn from the story of Steve Knowlton, who, despite his illness, ran 142 marathons daily for 100 days!
Have a plan. Sure, life does happen which will change your plan, but having one is better than none at all. It will guide you and keep you on the path. It will give you perspective.
Keep an open mind. The world is a big place, everyone is different, everyone has something to offer.
Be thankful for your life. You are alive. Make sure that you don’t waste it on regrets, what-ifs, and looking back at the past. You are here, now. Make the most of it.
How about you? Do you have rules to follow?