About a month ago I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine about being successful and what success truly means to us. During this interaction we discussed where we were at the moment and where we wanted to be in the future. One thing stood out to me that I’ve heard many times is “never let someone else’s successes get you down”. This can happen often when we see friends, family or maybe a celebrity reach a certain level of success and it makes us wonder why we haven’t reach this level. Many times we get down on ourselves because we haven’t reached the same level of success as others.
Don’t Listen to the Noise
Often times we tend to listen to family, friends or the media on where we “should be in life”. Their opinions can sometimes get us down and have us reevaluating ever decision we ever made. Whether it’s going to college or not going, what major we chose, what city we decided to live in or who we decide to date. There will always be someone telling us what we could have done better. In a fairy tale world, we would just be able to do what makes us happy without even considering what anyone else has to say. We would simply follow the mantra “to each its own”. Therefore we would all just focus on our own happiness and wouldn’t take a seconds notice of other people’s opinions. However we know this is not the case and overcoming the noise can be overwhelming especially if the person who is expressing this message is close to us. Regardless of the motivation behind the criticism and judgments, in the end it usually causes us to have self-doubt and second thoughts on the path we chose. One of the keys to success is to have control over our mindset and what messages we allow to cultivate our mind.
Believe in Your Path
In life everyone has a different journey to success. Many times attaining success can be a struggle to overcome obstacles to reach our ultimate goal. The lack of self-belief doesn’t have to keep us from our predestined success. We have to protect and believe in our vision for our lives. A realization that I came to was there is no “one way to be successful”. There are just different methods, techniques or ideology’s to reach success.
Remember you know yourself better than anyone and if you believe in whatever path your life is headed. Don’t let anyone discourage you from following your dreams and vision. What are some of your goals for 2017?
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