Change the way you view success!!
Do you consider yourself to be successful?
Success, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary:
“The fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame; the correct or desired result of an attempt”
Success, according to the Hatha Yoga Pradikipa:
“Success depends on a cheerful disposition, perseverance, courage, self-knowledge, unshakable faith in the word of the guru and the avoidance of all superfluous company.”
Success, according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras:
“Faith, vigor, sharp memory, absorption and total awareness are the key to success.”
Notice the yoga translations. Do the emphasize wealth, winning favor from others, or being perfect? Nope, they sure don’t.
Now consider your own definition of success. Do you place it upon others? Or upon achieving a certain specific goal, level of wealth, fame, or some other outside force?
What happens if you change your view of success to a more yogic-view?
What if you are ALREADY successful?
I have to many friends who say they will be happy, they will be successful WHEN….
- When they complete that PR in the marathon
- When they “make it” in their industry and achieve renown
- When they meet a certain financial goal
- When they win a certain award, promotion, or get a degree
- When they, when they, when they…
The “when they”s will always grow. Often, when you get to one, you suddenly will find you don’t feel successful. Because you placed all your success on something external. Something outside of you.
What happens if you realize you are already succeeding?
For example, I used to think that in order to be “successful” you had to have all your ducks in a row…. I kept thinking of only “xyz” would happen I would be happy. I would be successful. I would feel good.
I was missing out on the joy of my experience. I am already successful because I have, in this moment, everything that I need. I am joy, I am light and I am making strides to live my purpose.
Every day that I show up to the mat. That I show up to teach. That I write a blog post. That I complete a coaching session. That I am present with my friends, family, and loved ones. That is success. Every day that I learn something new from a teacher, experience the wind on my cheeks on a morning run, drink that freshly brewed coffee while reading a good book. Every moment when I remain present, even if I am feeling a whirlwind of emotions. Every moment that I take a chance. Every moment that I hold the door for someone, smile at a stranger, or help a yoga student to relax in savasana. Every time I am able to joyful pay a bill, to purchase a new pair of running shoes, attend a theater production, meet a new client, or take a new workshop. I am always succeeding.
And guess what? You probably are succeeding too.
What small successes do you have every day? Where do you put your success on outside forces? How can you change that? How can you re-define your success for happiness?
You are a success. You just have to open yourself up to the possibility that true success doesn’t look like the Merriam Webster dictionary definition. Success doesn’t come from fame, from money, from prestige. Success comes from within. It comes from you. (Click to tweet.)
Embrace your success. Because it’s already there….And then watch your own happiness grow!