Success…Have You Arrived?

Everyone wants to ‘arrive’.  As individuals we often stop and take stock of where we are in life and career. Many today are looking to find their way out of a 50-hour workweek, wish they had a second chance, and are just unhappy with life.  So whether your house is grand or you live in a cozy apartment, success is the same for all of us. In order to reach the destination of personal fulfillment and be truly successful you need these 4 simple things in your life.


Peace of mind is being content with the ‘now’ while working on a vision for the future. Too many of us carry excess baggage of things from our past, have a tough working environment, or are in a difficult relationship. Most people would be glad to forget their troubles and enjoy a few calm moments from their racing thoughts. If we can create harmony within, it’s the first step to achievement. It doesn’t matter what job we have or even if we are in a job search, the question is: “are you at peace with who and where you are today?’’


Martin Luther King said in a perfect world, we would all bear the light of altruism, and not selfishness. People that are helping others or practicing acts of kindness are just happier people. Not because they live on easy street, but because they positively impact lives. The ability to volunteer one’s time, energy, or resources are characteristics found in the most fortunate. Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” In helping others, giving back to the community, or acting globally we leave a legacy behind.


Going through life tired and sluggish, or wishing the day was over before its begun means you are depleted, and unable to enjoy life. Negativity, depression, and hopelessness keep us from achieving personal satisfaction. It’s important to take care of our physical vessel by getting exercise and eating right. Mind and body are connected. Successful people have found ways of refueling and have the vigor to greet each new day with enthusiasm.


Love and accept the things you cannot change, and change the things that need an over-haul.  Confidence comes from loving who you are, and not blaming yourself for things beyond your control.  Those with a strong sense of self-esteem have conquered their fears and don’t take things personally. Self-confidence pushes aside self-doubt and replaces it with faith. People with a high level of self-worth can bounce back from life’s difficult situations.

~~ One of my favorite quotes ever penned is from Ralph Waldo Emerson. He said, “To laugh often and much; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”  Take inventory with the list above. Have you ‘arrived’? ~~

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