What is your personal measure of success? For some it is trophies & titles or wealth & possessions and then some would say inner peace & happiness. Whatever your ideal is, there are times we stray off course and feel defeated. These 5 Signs You’re Successful In Life are a timely reminder for anyone to remember that despite our current progress or setbacks we’ve endured, success comes in many forms.
“A setback is a setup for a comeback.” – T.D. Jakes
1. You Have Not Given Up On Your Dreams
Even if you haven’t achieved them yet. You are still striving towards your dreams you are not among the meek that have given up and settled for a lesser life. Most people give up and stop chasing, the fact that you haven’t is a great sign. Even if you’ve had a major setback or had to start all over again. You are ahead of the majority just by sticking with it, your tenacity will be rewarded. Most people that achieved major success did so later in life. Jeff Bezos (now the richest man in the world) launched Amazon at 31, Vera Wang entered the fashion industry aged 40, Ray Kroc bought McDonalds at 52, Anna Moses began her prolific painting career at 78 (she was a housekeeper previously) one of her paintings recently sold for $1,200,000. These are just a few examples, anything is possible, you just have to be crazy enough to keep believing in your dream.
2. You’re Alive & Healthy
Try and visualize how many people are laying in hospital right now struggling for breath praying to have the health you have right now, they would offer anything, all the money in the world to swap places with you. Health is the foundation for success, with health you can literally achieve anything you set your mind to. Remind yourself how lucky you are, you’ve survived everything life has thrown at you and you’re still going strong. Congratulations you’re a success.
3. You Are Still Improving
Practise is the mother of skill every time we attempt something we get better at it, even if it’s not immediately noticeable, and the more we practise the better that skill becomes. So if there is something you have been trying to achieve but haven’t yet. Do not give up now, you are so much closer than when you started. “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.” Every day you improve is another victory towards success.
4. Someone Loves You
Whether this person is just a friend, a family member or your lover, having someone who cares about you and loves you is an amazing gift to possess. There are so many people that are truly alone in this world. If you have anyone genuine in your life you are blessed. Having any measure of love in your life is a sure sign of success.
5. You Have A Roof Over Your Head
We tend to focus on the super successful (the 0.10% of society) We compare ourselves to them and it makes our dreams seem so out of reach that it is completely demoralising. This is why Facebook & Instagram etc. can be counterproductive (beyond the normal procrastination they encourage). We always seems to forget that we are already in the 1% ourselves. 3.5 Billion people live on less than $2.50 a day! Think about how giant a number that is.. and yet we compare ourselves to a select few whose circumstances were much different to our own. No-one admits it but it is hard enough to cultivate a home keeping yourself and family dressed and fed, if you’re doing that then you are a great success!
Success doesn’t always have to be about money, or trophies, or titles. Sometimes, success is about how you’ve grown as a person and your journey from who you were to who you are now. Some people live their whole lives never making that journey. Sometimes you must achieve one form of success before you can achieve another. If you’re making progress towards any form of success then yes, you are successful.