How do you define success? Is it wealth? Is it happiness? Webster’s dictionary has three definitions.

1.  The fact of getting or achieving wealth respect or fame.

2.  The correct or desired result of an attempt.

3.  Someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds.

The late Zig Ziglar was one of the most respected modern day experts on success, motivation, and leading a balanced life. In his book Born to Win!,he argues that success cannot be defined in one sentence, but instead it is comprised of many things. One could argue that the definition depends on the individual and one size does not fit all.

Here are 20 new definitions of success

1. Success is always doing your best


Success can be achieved when you try your best in all aspects of everything you do.

2. Success is properly setting concrete goals


Be realistic and concrete when setting goals. Success does not come from setting abstract goals.

3. Success is having a place to call home


Home is where your heart soars. You are always successful when you can call a place home.

4. Success is understanding the difference between need and want


If you can meet your monthly obligations and fulfill your basic needs, you are successful.

5. Success is believing you can


If you believe you can, you will succeed.

6. Success is remembering to balance work with passion


Work without passion creates undue stress and empty achievements. Focus on what excites you.

7. Success is taking care of your needs


Remember to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.

8. Success is learning that you sometimes have to say no


Success only comes with a balanced life. Part of balance is learning to say no.

9. Success is knowing your life is filled with abundance


Love, health, friends, family… life is filled with abundance.

10. Success is understanding you cannot keep what you don’t give away


You will only succeed if you help others succeed.

11. Success is overcoming fear


Conquering a fear makes you feel invincible. No one can stop you now.

12. Success is seeing your child graduate


Your love, guidance, and discipline has paid off. You both succeed today.

13. Success is learning something new each day


Successful people understand learning never stops.

14. Success is learning that losing a few battles can help you win a war


Successful people choose their battles wisely.

15. Success is loving and being loved back


Unconditional love is the best!

16. Success is standing your ground when you believe in something


Successful people never give up on things they believe with all their heart.

17. Success is not giving up


Perseverance creates grit, grit achieves success

18. Success is celebrating small victories


Anytime a goal is reached or an obstacle is overcome, take time to celebrate.

19. Success is never letting a disability hold you back


Disabilities do not define a person’s success. The body and mind will compensate.

20. Success is understanding you control your destiny


Your destiny is controlled by you and you alone.

Success can be defined in many ways. I think we accomplish success when at the end of a day we can say…this was a good day. I look forward to doing it again tomorrow.

How do you define success?

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