*My* Definition of Success

Friday, October 25, 2013

I have been doing a lot of thinking - and writing - about success lately.  I tend to tailor my blog posts to what *I* need to hear at any given moment, and that is true of this week as well.  I've been trying to nail down just what it means to be successful, myself.  What makes ME tick?  What makes me different?  What are my priorities?

Number one is always my relationship with God.  It has taken years, but I finally have a consistent routine in place every morning.  And just as I wrote earlier this week, consistency begets results.  In this particular case, the Bible has become more alive than I have ever experienced over the last several months.  I have shown up, and my God has met me.  Every.  Single.  Morning.  In this arena, I would already count myself a success, but in this arena alone, it is not my actions that determine that success.  It is simply my obedience, my "showing up," if you will.  God does all the rest.

My second priority has always been - and will always be - my husband and our marriage.  We've had some ups and some downs (hey, we've been married 11 years!) but he is still my hero and the love of my life.  Our family actually provides some of the motivations for the other areas of my life. As long as we are on the same page, communicating, and sharing love; I count this area a success as well.

Next on the priority list is my "job," whatever that may encompass at any given time.  My "day job," if you will is to be a nurse in our information systems department at the hospital.  My "other job" is to be a Team Beachbody coach.  Regardless of which job I'm referring to, my desire is to be the best that I can be.  While I am still learning both jobs, I have some very specific goals to reach by the end of the year.  Those goals are a stretch for me, but if I don't leave my comfort zone, I will never grow.  And if I am not growing, I'm regressing.  So, stretch it is!  Even if I don't make them, by reaching out and putting myself out there, I will still be a success.  Growth = success.

I'd love to hear from some of you.  What are your goals?  What would you count as success?

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