When do you begin towards success? How do you measure success? It occurs to me that I am doing much better than my parents were financially when they were the same age as I am now. Yet, success seems to elude me. I am interested in this so much that I decided to write about it today. My observations are as follows in the same order.
1. At what point in my life did I realize that I must work towards success?
2. What do I consider successful for myself?
3. Where am I now and where do I want to end up?
4. Am I behind or ahead or stuck in the middle?
5. Can I even recognize the model I must follow to achieve success?
6. If I become successful eventually, will I be able to recognize it or will I be so used to working towards success, that I will pass it before I even realize it?
These are very intimate questions that I cannot seem to answer. We all have goals, but what is the culminating event that must pass, for us to acknowledge our success is closer than we realize? I ponder, is success an exercise in insanity or the necessary gates I must pass through, to be successful? Too often, the model is laid out in the form of education or financial freedom or other possible landmarks. What serves as the touchstone to launch a person to attempt success?
Another aspect of success in my mind is, once I become successful, will I stop, will I be satisfied? I honestly don’t know the answers to this question. Is my life measured in inches or yards or miles? There are times when I feel as if I am simply engaging the 50 meter target and saying to myself “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it” referring to everything that is not in front of me currently.
I do not attempt to waste energy on things that are outside of my control, yet there are times when they invade my purview.
I ask you the reader:
1. What do you use your energy for?
2. Are you setting out every day working towards your goal?
3. When did you begin working towards your goals?
It then occurs to me that, perhaps I started too late in life. If I had only decided earlier and younger, I could’ve been past this already, at least closer than what I am. Then again, perhaps my journey thus far has helped me to open my own eyes and mind as to what I should be doing. I am my own boss, sometimes a good boss and sometimes a horrible boss, speaking honestly.
My entire life up to this point seemed to echo that I just wanted to fit in, appear mediocre, when I thought I was standing out. Then again, 5 – 10 years from today, what will I be working towards then?
Does this sound insane?