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Last Updated on September 12, 2019

19 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

19 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

What is the definition of success?

Is it wealth? Is it happiness? Webster’s dictionary has three definitions:

  • The fact of getting or achieving wealth respect or fame.
  • The correct or desired result of an attempt.
  • 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, find your own success definition and create meaning for your life:

1. Success is always doing your best.

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

    2. Success is properly setting concrete goals.

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

      3. Success is having a place to call home.

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        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.

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

          5. Success is believing you can.

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            If you believe you can, you will succeed.

            6. Success is remembering to balance work with passion.

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

              7. Success is taking care of your needs.

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

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

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                  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.

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

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

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                      You will only succeed if you help others succeed.

                      11. Success is overcoming fear.

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

                        12. Success is learning something new each day.

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                          Successful people understand learning never stops.

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

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                            Successful people choose their battles wisely.

                            14. Success is loving and being loved back.

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                              Unconditional love is the best!

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

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

                                16. Success is not giving up.

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                                  Perseverance creates grit, grit achieves success

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                                  17. Success is celebrating small victories.

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

                                    18. Success is never letting a disability hold you back.

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

                                      19. Success is understanding you control your destiny.

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                                        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.

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                                        Last Updated on December 10, 2019

                                        5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                                        5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                                        Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

                                        Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

                                        But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

                                        Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

                                        But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

                                        Journal writing.

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                                        Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

                                        Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

                                        Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

                                        1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

                                        By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

                                        Consider this:

                                        Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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                                        But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

                                        The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

                                        2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

                                        If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

                                        How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

                                        Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

                                        You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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                                        3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

                                        As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

                                        Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

                                        All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

                                        4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

                                        Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

                                        Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

                                        The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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                                        5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

                                        The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

                                        It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

                                        Kickstart Journaling

                                        How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

                                        Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

                                        Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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