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What Makes You a Success?

Have you ever properly thought about what the word ‘Success’ means?

We know it’s the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, or a favourable outcome or result, and of course we know the opposite of success is ‘failure’, a flop or disaster, in other words a bad outcome.

Sr. Thomas Watson has been quoted as saying “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”

I found this interesting because now we’re talking about having passion, and this passion playing a key part in us being successful, particularly in business.

There is another quote which reads “Success does not lie in ‘Results’ but in ‘Efforts, ‘Being’ the best is not so important, ‘Doing’ the best is all that matters…” Unknown

Here, we’re talking about success being us doing the best we can regardless of the outcome.

As business owners, we certainly are passionate about what we do and the services we provide, and so in that respect we are halfway there.

However, we often base our success in results and outcomes and how well or not so well we’ve done compared to others, rather than focusing on achieving our PB (personal best).

If we only think about improving our personal best, and that this alone is us being successful, would this not provide us with more confidence in our own abilities.

When I was a counsellor and reflected on how well I worked with a client, I often felt I could have done better and used to feel bad. My supervisor always said to me I must always tell myself I was ‘good enough’.

I’ve always remembered that and not strived for perfection, instead strived for at least being ‘good enough’.

So why am I sharing this with you?

I would love it if you sometime in the next week or so, took 30 minutes out of your day to think about what success means to you. What does it look like, what does it feel like?

Take time out to think about how much you have grown both personally and professionally and think about what your ‘personal best’ was then and what it is now.

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