When I ask this question of my clients, it is generally not an amount of money or the material side of life that we finish up talking about.
It is the things they want to experience.
They talk about being fit and healthy and having a clear state of mind. They talk about living in a warm and secure environment. They talk about having their family and friends around them. They talk about the passions they have pursued - building a business, growing as a person, supporting and educating their children, helping out in the local community, mentoring or travelling the world. They talk about the difference they may have made in other people’s lives.
Yes, managing the money side of things is critically important as it funds your ideal life, but it is rarely the end in itself.
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There has been an enormous amount of research carried out to find out what makes us feel successful. Perhaps the best known of this work was by Abraham Maslow. His research was summarised in what he called the “hierarchy of needs”, a theory of psychological health about fulfilling human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualisation.
This research shows that success looks different for every single person. There are no convenient common goals, although there are building blocks available. Here are ten headings you can use to define what success will look like for you.
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So what does success look like to you?
In some of the areas listed, you’re probably already successful, or at least content. In fact, if you’re content, then you are successful. The things you want to change are those you feel are not working for you at the moment.
Your challenge right now is to question why you want the things and experiences you do.
Ask yourself, what are the things you want to change and why?
You need to be sure that your aspirations are truly yours and not conveniently borrowed from elsewhere. Adopting someone else’s goals and succeeding in reaching them will not necessarily make you happy. Do not be tempted to compare the size of your goals with other people’s. This is one of those situations where bigger does not mean better. It only means different.
In upcoming blogs we’ll cover the 10 questions we ask clients to help them understand quite clearly the direction in which you want to head, why they want to do that, what they can do to make it achievable and the 10 things that make everyone happy.
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