For years I always wondered what the secret to success was. I read books to learn. Listened to cds, went to seminars and workshops trying to find this elusive piece of inspiration. Never quite felt that ‘I had it’. So I began to listen to friends, co-workers and customers who I felt embodied success. Strangest thing was, a lot of them said they were unsuccessful and searching for the secret to success as well. It was quite by accident, or perhaps fate, that this all changed. I stumbled upon this secret when I asked one of these people whom I considered quite successful what I considered a simple question. What is the definition of success? He looked at me quizzically and replied “you know I don’t really know”. The fact was, neither did I. How on earth was I ever to find the secret of success when I didn’t even have a personal definition of what it meant to me. Ask yourself, what does success mean to you? Is it being a caring parent? A loving spouse perhaps? obtaining a certain income or place in your business? Although these are all very worthwhile goals they all have one fatal flaw. After you reach them, then what? Are you then successful? Is the game over?
Allow me to share with you the best definition of success I have ever heard. It was from Earl Nightingale. Long before the movie ‘The Secret” or law of attraction was so in fashion, Earl was the first person to ever receive a gold record for spoken word. The piece was called “the Strangest Secret” I encourage you all to check it out. In it, Mr Nightingale describes success as this “The progressive realization of a worthy ideal”. What does this mean exactly? Well let us take the goal of being a great parent. If that is your goal and you are working towards it, then by all accounts you are a success. Now what if you make a mistake? Well that is part of the journey as well, we learn from our mistakes. So you are even more of a success. Let me get a little more personal. My goal is to have a daily blog that is viewed across the globe (six countries so far) that brings positivity and a rewarding life to all who read it. I also am working on a book of the same design. Now does that mean I will only be a success when my book is printed and my blog is read in every country? Not hardly. I have my goal and am working toward it, so now I consider myself a success.
So today think about your goal. What is your life’s ambition. Write it down so you can see it every day. Keep in your mind’s eye as you go about your day. Know as soon as you do this you are already a success. Soon paths that you never would have seen shall open up and you will be on your way. If you need a little encouragement or a good solid plan I suggest you check out “The Strangest Secret” available at nightingale.com. Here’s to all of us being a success!