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20 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

20 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

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

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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.

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      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 seeing your child graduate

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

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                          13. Success is learning something new each day

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                            Successful people understand learning never stops.

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

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                              Successful people choose their battles wisely.

                              15. Success is loving and being loved back

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                                Unconditional love is the best!

                                16. 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.

                                  17. Success is not giving up

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                                    Perseverance creates grit, grit achieves success

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                                    18. Success is celebrating small victories

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

                                      19. 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.

                                        20. 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.

                                          How do you define success?

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                                          The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                          The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                          No!

                                          It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                                          But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                                          What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                                          But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                                          1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                                          2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                                          3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                                          4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                                          5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                                          6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                                          7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                                          8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                                          9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                                          10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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