What does success look like to you? Is it something you're working towards? Something that feels like the 'goal' or the way your want your life to look? Have you ever thought of the fact that you might never get 'there'? Or have you perhaps decided that you're already there? So now what? Perhaps, in fact, you've always been there. The idea that 'success' can never really be attained is not a new one. Once your goal is achieved, whatever it is, there is always a new one to be made; something new to strive towards which means that only for a split second have you really tasted 'success'. Whatever that word means.
What about the idea of realising successes, rather than striving for them? The thought of 'oh, that was a success' over 'I must succeed at this upcoming task' removes that goal oriented nature that so much of us are shrouded in. It invites experience over expectation. Simultaneously it removes the realisations of 'oh, that was a failure', not because you're not always trying your best, but because failure is okay too... And failure is 100% part of YOUR journey to this destination of 'success' that we're working our way towards.
And what about finding success in the smallest things? Success in getting up in the morning, in completing a day's work, in devoting some time to yourself, or to someone else? Success in removing these huge goals that make you feel as though you're never getting anywhere, because you don't give yourself credit for the small things that make each of your days, and thus your entire life 'a success'? When we get to the end, we want to look back on these series of events that have created the person that we've become. But perhaps we should be appreciating the smallest things, each and every day, so that we don't have to 'look back', we just know; each and every one of us is a success, an achievement, an incredible feat of daily pursuit. What a beautiful thing that would be. 🙏