I have been asked this question thousands of times because I walked away from a successful corporate career to follow my passion. No one understood when I explained I was living the life someone else designed.
When we live our lives by the design of others, we get caught up in their poor choices and toxic mindsets. However, when we are courageous and discover, and follow, our inner “calling”, our lives will take on new meaning and purpose, and it becomes apparent that success is defined within.
I learned that I must discover, define and design my life. Regardless of what society, the media, family, friends, co-workers, or colleagues say, it is up to me. When I learned to own my identity and control my thoughts, actions, behaviors, attitude, and beliefs, I experienced a powerful life shift.
For years, I was defined by others and validated by things. But when I released the stronghold of external “things”, I learned why I am here. I was not born by accident. There is an assignment that belongs to me that only I can accomplish. We are all born with assignments, and when we discover what it is, our entire life will shift, change, and re-arrange.
Our mindset will no longer focus on superficial tangible things. Our attitude, outlook, perspective, and energy level will shift. We stop making excuses, blaming others and circumstances. We suddenly realize why all the painful life experiences happened in their sequential order. The journey, image and vision for your life will suddenly become clear. As you begin to see your vision, you will embrace, embody, and become it. As you become one with the vision, your wisdom will begin to align with your words, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Then you are ready to carry out your unique life assignment.
Living your purpose is your most powerful and successful life accomplishment. It gives your life meaning, fulfillment, joy, peace, and happiness that you cannot get from external sources. You shift from being self-conscious to self-confident. The light that shines within you will align with the universe, and everything you need will be supplied. As obstacles come, you will connect to your inner voice and receive the answers. You are never alone.
This is when you begin to know that success happens IN you before it happens TO you. Once you’ve made this life-changing discovery, you can now help others along the critical life journey of self-discovery. This is a journey we must all travel alone. There will be mentors, coaches, visionaries, and luminaries along the way to inspire, motivate, and elevate. But the journey belongs to you.
As we continue on our journey, there will be naysayers, obstacles, and even failures. But failure isn’t final – it is feedback. You will strive to be better each day along your journey. Fear will dissipate as you discover that F.E.A.R is simply Failure Expected and Received.
So, how do you define success?