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Only You Can Measure Your Success In Life

Updated on August 22, 2011

How Do You Measure Success In Your Life?

The older I get, the more I find myself reflecting back and wondering if I have done enough to justify the feeling of success I have for the accomplishments in my life. I'm certainly no expert in human psychology, but I think it's only natural for us as people to feel we have served some kind of purpose in our short time in this world. Now I'm not saying I've done anything so great that I should win some kind of humanitarian award, but I have some great accomplishments in my life that I am very proud of. At 46 years old I can look back and see that among my many accomplishments I know I have a good job that truly love to do and makes me enough money to do pretty much whatever I want, I have a beautiful wife of 23 years whom I love more now than I did when I married her and I have helped to raise our two wonderful children who are well on their way to being successful, productive and loving adults. I have been successful, at least by my standards, and there is nothing that can erase the mark I have left on the world. My question to you is, how do you measure success?

Let's face it, we all have a different definition for success in life. Some people define success as being rich and famous while others may say it's more important to have power over others and be able to control what they do. Some people work a lifetime just so they can retire and attempt to enjoy what's left of their lives with little or no worries. What this all means is that what I might consider a success in my life you may not see as being all that great. This doesn't make my success any less rewarding for me, it only means that you have set different goals for yourself that you must strive to accomplish. You are the only person who can determine if you have achieved success in your life. So if you want to feel a true sense of accomplishment or that you've lived a successful life, don't be swayed by the opinions, dreams or desires of other people. True success comes from the sense of accomplishment you feel inside of you, not how it affects others.

In my own quest for success in my life, I have come to realize that I need to work extra hard in many areas of my own existence to insure I achieve the success I desire. Over the years I have made many mistakes that have hampered my chances of being successful in the very things I was striving for. I was fortunate enough to find a way to overcome those obstacles and am now reaping the benefits of all of my hard work. I have the love of a beautiful woman to share the rest of my life with, the love and admiration of two wonderful adult children, a job that keeps us fed and secure and am as healthy as I have ever been. I'm not rich or famous or all that powerful but I am happy.  If that isn't being successful in life than I don't know what is...

Are You As Successful In Life As You Want To Be?

It has taken me many, many years to realize that I am in control of my own life and that I can't blame others for failures in my life. You too must realize this and stop playing the victim of your circumstances. It's time to take control of your life and make the necessary changes.

If you don't like what you do to earn a living, there's nothing set in stone that says you have to do it for the rest of your life. If you are overweight or out of shape, educate yourself, stop eating crappy food and start exercising! If you feel alone and wish you could find love, stop surfing the freaking Internet and go out and meet people. Don't you see? Your life is not some sort of scripted movie that you need to follow along with. It's a precious, albeit, short period of time that you must use to navigate the roads you travel in a world where people try to hold you back in order to fulfill their own needs or desires to be successful.

Successful people don't wait for success to come to them, they go out and make it happen. If you are not as successful in any part of your life that's important to you, you need to go out and pursue ways to change it.

I know from personal experience that making a change in your life is not necessarily an easy task. In fact, I hate change. But I also know that change is sometimes necessary in order to grow as a person. Don't equate change to being something bad like I used to. If you are striving to make a better life for yourself and your family, then change is probably the best thing you can do.

JB

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