This article was written by Gini Grey, who is a Transformational Coach, utilizing a powerful blend of coaching, counseling and spiritual energy tools in her individual sessions, workshops, books and CD's. For more information go to www.ginigrey.com.
Success has a wonderful feeling associated with it: a confident, on top of the world, joyful kind of sensation that ripples through your body connecting you with your divine purpose in life. It's unfortunate that the definition of success is limited to the achievement of something intended; usually something external such as financial or career goals. When we view success this way, its short lived status is fleeting and left behind in a dust covered memory with the next taste of success dangling out at the end of a stick. And what happens when we don't manifest our intentions? Our mind uses the past to create fear and doubt about the future and we re-create that flavour in our life.
What if we viewed success as a state of being: an inner knowing that our only real achievement in life is to be here on this planet being our true self - nothing more, nothing less - me being me, you being you, and that's all there is to it. Wouldn't that take the pressure off of past so-called failures, and future fears and doubts if we knew deep down that we are a success no matter what? And the truth is that we are, and the only way to be happy with our intentions and manifestations is if we operate in our daily lives from a state of success; a feeling of being good enough with nothing to prove, a feeling of inner confidence and joy for being alive.
* How have you defined success in your life? Has that definition supported your self-esteem or depleted it? How would you view yourself and your life if you changed your view of success?
* What do you think your definition of success would be if you were on your deathbed - would it be how much money or career status you achieved? Or would it be how much you opened your heart, how much joy and laughter you experienced, how authentic you lived your life?
* What would success feel like if it were based on accomplishing just one thing each day? What would you choose to do or experience today?
* Get in touch with the feeling state of success (without having to do or achieve anything). Close your eyes and tune into what success feels like. Don't think about it, just feel the energy of success - perhaps it feels similar to confidence or joy - just notice what it feels like and turn up the volume - let it spread through your whole body and mind. Go through the rest of your day from this success state of being.
* Reflect on your recent definition of success and then write down a new definition, based on a broader, truer perspective. Keep this in mind as you set your future goals.
* Review your past with your new definition of success and notice how this changes your self-image.
"To freely bloom - that is my definition of success."