For some people, success is measured by how much money they have. Others measure it by how happy they are. Some people compete with themselves and measure success by self-satisfaction in knowing they have made the effort to do the best they are capable of, while others measure it by the difference they make in peoples’ lives.
For me, success is the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. I measure my success by the amount of people I have progressed and the number of steps I have taken towards my goals.
A lot of articles speak about tools to success, including self-discipline, focus, energy, people skills, faith in ourselves, etc. All of these tools are great and might indeed lead to success. However, my favourites are always the odd ones. The ones that tell me not to follow what everyone else is doing and to think differently. The ones that tell me to focus on people in order to advance myself.
I recently watched the amazing Simon Sinek and as always, he encouraged me with his thoughts and ideas that speak of and reflect our real life. Maybe that’s why he is very close to most peoples’ hearts. Some of his favourite tips towards success have made me stop and write this article so I can share it with as many people in the Middle East as possible.
His success is not measured by how much money he makes or how smart and tough he can be. His success is measured by how far his steps took him towards his big goal in life. Two of the many tips Simon spoke about had an impact on the way I see success and the way I would like to reach to it.
• Go after the things you want and keep your eyes on it. Some people see the things they want and others see the things that prevent them from getting what they want. It really depends on us and how we see it. You don’t have to wait in line and you don’t have to do it the way everyone else has done it. You can do it your own way. You can break the rules and do whatever it takes as long as you are not getting in the way of somebody else getting what they want and as long as you are not denying anyone else their right to go after what they want.
• Turn pressure into excitement. The body experiences specific feelings when we are under pressure such as increased heart rate, sweat, etc. These feelings might lead us to pull back from a task or a mission which might affect success. When we are excited, the body experiences the same feelings as those felt when under pressure, but the difference is we will strive to push forward rather than pull back. This will lead to a positive change towards success. It’s worth a try next time you are facing a pressure to tell your mind that what your body is experiencing is actually excitement. It’s all about how you frame it in your mind.< Back