The ability to measure success properly can have a great impact upon your life. It greatly influences how you perceive yourself. But it can also contribute a sense of accomplishment, purpose and self-efficiency. The problem is that the vast majority measures success incorrectly. Far too long, we as a society have primarily used money, power and status for the measurement of success. These three mainstream indicators of success contribute greatly to an imbalanced perception of success. As a result, they can cause great havoc in our lives.
Don’t blindly adopt the mainstream indicators of success. Develop your own definition of success. And discover for yourself, what success truly means to you. Doing so helps you to avoid wasting precious time and energy by pursuing another person’s idea of success.
Here are a variety of central key indicators of success;
- The positive impact you have on others
The desire to acquire wealth and material possessions motivates a large number of people. Their actions are predominantly centered on the fulfillment of their wishes. To them, it’s not so much about what they do. All that matters is that their actions provide lucrative outcomes. The moral and ethical outcome of their behavior does not matter to them, as long as the intended purpose is attained. And while many have grown rich beyond belief, not all of them make a difference. Not all of them have a positive impact on other people. Even more so, quite a few of these people had to manipulate/exploit others greatly to accomplish their idea of success.
In the end, it’s not our wealth that remains of us long time after we’ve gone. Our heritages will be distributed evenly among our families until we’re forgotten. What truly remains of us is the contribution we have made in life. The profound impact we had on other people’s lives. The way we help to make this world a better place. Helping other people and having a positive impact upon their lives is a key characteristic of truly successful individuals.
- The ability to overcome your circumstances
Wealth, material possessions and power are not adequately suited to measure success. If we were to measure success solely based on these factors, a great variety of inaccuracies would occur. Along the line of these three metrics, only those that have attained wealth, power or fame could be truly considered successful. It’s evident how superficial and imbalanced this kind of success measurement is.
In order to measure a person’s success, we also have to consider their circumstances. The way they grew up and the difficulties they were confronted with in life. It is by far more difficult to succeed in life when you’re confronted with extremely difficult circumstances. Truly successful is the one who is able to overcome all circumstances, no matter how severe. Not the one who was handed down all their accomplishments by various benefactors or their families. Step outside the limiting confines of the traditional definition of success. Be flexible and adjust!
- The accomplishment of your goals
Another important measurement of success lies in your ability to achieve your goals. By measuring your success based upon your personal aims, a better idea of your successes can be developed. Not only will it stop you from making unjust comparisons, but it will also center your estimations on your own circumstances. That’s incredibly important when it comes to the measurement of success. By defining significant aims and measuring these with relevant metrics, you can much better evaluate your success.
- The creation of your own path
It’s relatively easy to walk the established path. There’s nothing you have to worry about. All you have to do is to follow where the path leads. But deep down inside, you know that it’s not your path. It’s another person’s path. The same holds true for the adoption of another person’s idea of success. The attempt of duplicating another person’s successes can cause great pain and misery along the way. That’s because this person’s idea of success might not necessarily be applicable to your life.
Don’t try to measure your success by comparing your accomplishments with those of another person. Don’t just blindly chase another person’s accomplishments. Create your own path and measure your impact based on your own aims, dreams and visions.
- Facing difficulties with courage
True courage is not the result of jumping from one success to another. Similarly, true strength and willpower cannot be obtained by those always living on the bright side of life. True courage and strength only come to light during times of great adversity. It’s when we are challenged the most, that we discover our innermost qualities.
The measurement of your successes in life also has to include your ability to overcome severe difficulties. Don’t just evaluate success based on your accomplishments. Measure it also by the amount of obstacles you were able to overcome.
- The ability to find contentment
Almost all human beings pursue happiness in one way or the other. More often than not, we falsely assume that by acquiring things, we will become truly happy. As a result, we desperately try to attain happiness by pursuing evermore. If we seek to fulfill all of our passions, we only keep feeding insatiable desires. There will never be an end to these desires.
Truly successful is the person who can find contentment, peace and happiness in every situation. Numerous individuals who are successful don’t find contentment in their accomplishments. They are always driven to strive for more, without ever truly attaining happiness.
- Loving what you do
Centering your activities on the desire to be successful will never produce the same output. It’s only when you’re passionate about what you’re doing that you can attain the highest levels of success. Whenever you are measuring your impact/success in life, make sure to estimate to what degree you actually loving that which you do.
- The creation of something of value
There’s one key characteristic about extraordinarily successful individuals. Almost all of them had the vision of creating something of value. In one way or the other, these people sought to provide an added value to this world. Instead of chasing success for riches and fame, they focused on contributing something of value. And it’s the unique value they were able to provide that made them reap the fruits that come with being successful.
So whenever it comes to measuring success, see what kind of value you provide to this world. Sometimes, some of the values that people provide to this world might not necessarily pay off in a financial matter, but they certainly do have a profound impact upon the lives of many people.
- Being faithful and committed
True success can only be accomplished by those who are faithful. Those who did not have to trick or manipulate their way to success will always accomplish more than any trickster can. However, there’s much more to faithfulness than just being honest and holding true to our words. With faithfulness also comes the willingness to be committed to the pursuit of a goal. Those who are truly successful carefully decide which goals are worth pursuing, and remain committed to the pursuit until successful.
- Treating others with dignity and respect
True success in life also includes one’s ability to identify oneself in others. Even more so, treating others with dignity and respect is an important part of a successful life. It’s always easier to blame others for their shortcomings than to walk a mile in their shoes.