The other day I was at this seminar, talking about things and here there. One comment that particularly caught me was on the definition of success.
It's always been something on my mind, as my mind wonders between what I want to do in life, and what others are expecting me to do. Being successful in whatever I do, forms part of this.
Success, was defined as:
"achieving the goals that you have set."
So as long as I achieve the goals that I realistically set, I am successful. And it doesn't matter what other people say, I am successful as I have accomplished what I have set out to achieve.
I was also reading over a book by Sarah Edelman, “Change your thinking” where she quotes from Dr Bob Montgomery, how sometimes we can be too harsh on ourselves that we won't admit to ourselves that we have done well. Sometimes it is the perfectionist traits we may have, but when we are able to accept that we can only do our best, given our available resources, we can be kinder to ourselves and feel successful more often.
This is summarises in Dr Bob Montgomery's quote:
Success is having ‘done your personal best at this stage, given your genes, past experiences and present situation’
So I will leave you to think about "what does success mean to you?" and whether you feel like you have personally achieved it - as I am sure you have; you just need to believe it yourself ;)