Success is not about finding yourself. It is about creating and striving to see and be the best version of yourself. Success is when you follow your aspirations to accomplish your goals while appreciating the process.

Dan Trepanier

Mentor Coach, HOW TO - Craft YOUR New Definition of Success

To Define Success Means You;

  • Are clear on the essential relationships or things in your life at any given moment.
  • Orient your time around your fundamental values.

Please let me help you identify three ways you measure success.

  • Ask yourself if what you are doing NOW supports your definition of success!

We are bombarded with distractions and conflicting priorities that eat away at our energy and time. Living your definition of success is critical to set preferences and EXPERIENCE LIFE ON YOUR TERMS.

Explore the phrase I know I am successful by…

 

STEP 1

The first step is to articulate success in 3 ways. The sooner you define something, the sooner it becomes real. Start the definition of your success by finishing the following sentence:

I know I am successful when…

Using this exact sentence structure will help you not only define success but also recognize when you’re successful.

Here are some examples

  • I know I am successful by how easily my ideas convert into income streams.
  • I know I am successful by how I do nice things for people by choice, not by obligation.
  • I know I am successful when I feel joy in every single thing I do with my time.

STEP 2

Listen to your body. When you phrase a success definition in a way that redefines how your body feels, it means it’s right. When it doesn’t resonate, keep tweaking it until it does. 

It may take a couple of days for it to make you excited.

You know you are successful when you articulate what you want and not what you think you should wish to. Forget about what culture offers as success and express yourself on your terms. Your body, mind and soul are your temples, and your success definition is your prayer.

STEP 3

Notice how your success definition affects you in the following weeks.

Are there any small or significant changes in your life? One thing is for sure – You’ll find it easier to say no to people or situations that just don’t fit anymore with what is most important to you. Knowing how to say no is 1|2 the battle.

Don’t forget to define your success. Maybe if our skin was transparent and we could observe our blood vessels and heart working underneath, we would be more honest with ourselves. Being honest with yourself and believing in yourself takes a lot of effort, but it all eventually pays off. 

Success isn’t everything. It is the only thing.

  • Tweak your responses until they resonate with you.
  • Focus on what you know you want instead of what you COULD or SHOULD wish to — there is a difference!

Craft answers and observe your bodily sensations. Which statements resonate with you over the coming days as you ponder your answers? 

Note any small or perhaps significant changes in your life as you focus on acting on your final definitions. As a result of your clarity, it will become easier to set priorities and know when to say yes or no.

Of course, only you can decide to what extent you wish to implement any changes in your life, but at least you will have the insight into what your head, heart and body are suggesting.

Here are a few Strong (S) or Weak (W) examples to consider. Strong statements resonate clearly with you as oppose to describing something that you think is important.

  • Strong: I know I am successful when surrounded by people who appreciate my presence, and I understand theirs.
  • Weak: I know I am successful by how much I enjoy people.
  • Strong: I know I am successful by how much I can share my positive energy with my community.
  • Weak: I know I am successful by how much I am optimistic.
  • Strong: I know I am successful by how much I enjoy being creative.
  • Weak: I know I am successful by how creative I am

— notice the difference?

The next phase of this exercise is to explore ways to realign your priorities, relationships, goals and life. Begin reorienting your energy around your three success definitions. Change a few things in your life to be in sync with success.

Tips

  • Use just one adjective — -i.e., instead of ‘peace and calmness’ pick ONE word (peace or calmness).
  • Keep playing with phrases until the right one pops out at you.
  • Notice the positive energy sensations as you chose one word over another.
  • Statements are in the present tense — NOW!
  • When I used the phrase ‘enjoying my creativity,’ I instantly felt a sense of excitement! It’s one thing to be miserable or bored at creating something but an entirely different perspective when I enjoy my creativity.

If you don’t define success for yourself, others will be based on their priorities. An articulated definition of success is the primary compass that governs how you manage your time and energy and what you will or not put up. — Dan Trepanier

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What is your definition of success? Is it the salary you receive at the end of each month? Or is it maybe the number of likes you collect every day?

Some people measure their success by the quality of their relationships, while others reflect on how close they are to self-actualization.

Mine is – to enjoy my creativity, share my energy with a community, and be in the presence of people who appreciate me, and I appreciate them! I will ask you once again – what is YOUR definition of success?

The sooner you define it, the sooner you will strive for that best version of yourself and live a life that matters.

Dan Trepanier

Mentor Coach, Craft YOUR New Definition of Success