VQC #21: What is Success?

The Center-Adwo Nicole Cutts

What is your definition of success?

I have been contemplating this issue of late. I mean I’m a success coach, I write about it, I talk about it a lot but really what does it mean? I did a bit of research on the definition for an article I am writing and was surprised that one “official” (dictionary) definition actually named fame and prosperity as a part of the definition. Interesting, but I guess I’m more interested in what success means for us as humans, I mean what are we looking for? I equate success with living my Visions. But I do that because I equate living my Visions with feelings of joy, fulfillment and peace.

Lately I find myself perturbed with this thinking I seem to be addicted to, that when I reach the ultimate state of my Vision I will feel fulfilled. Somewhere, not so deep down inside, I know this is a fallacy. Instead of planning on feeling peace and happiness why don’t I just go ahead and feel that now? I mean, I am living my Visions and what I am doing now was once what I conceived and back when I conceived it I decided that I would be happy when it was manifested. The truth is I think I am caught in a cycle of addiction. Success is never enough. Oh I am happy with my accomplishments for a few days or a week or so then it fades and the withdrawal begins and I set my eyes on the next target telling myself once again, “when I get there I will be happy.”

Believe it or not I do know the antidote to this crazy thinking. It is a mixture of acceptance, gratitude and living in the present moment where happiness and fulfillment exist. Now partaking of this antidote on a daily basis is more challenging than knowing what to do, but that is the whole point. Success is not a destination it is a journey. The more I can remember this the better off I will be. I will keep you posted on my progress and as always invite you to do the same.

(first posted 5.17.09)

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For over 12 years Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., licensed Clinical Psychologist, Success Coach, Author and Organizational Consultant has been inspiring and empowering people to achieve a more balanced and successful lifestyle. Dr. Cutts has consulted with and trained executives, managers, and teams at Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations. As a master facilitator and Success Coach, she helps people create an exceptional life by honoring their mind, body, and spirit so they can experience joy, passion, meaning, and ultimate success in their work.
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