If you look around at most personal or business development programs, what are they selling – most are selling “success.”
I’d like to suggest that success is not the goal. And that if you’re chasing success, you’re likely to be disappointed.
And you’re probably missing out on life, because everything is about getting to some point in the future when you WILL be successful (read: happy).
Think about it for a moment.
What is it you think you’ll be, do, or have, ONCE you are successful?
The problem with chasing success – chasing anything – is that usually what we chase eludes us. Just like my dog Cheyenne runs farther away when we chase her after she has escaped the confines of our home or yard. And we get frustrated because we can’t catch her. Yet, when we just let her go “experience her freedom” she usually returns home within minutes.
Chasing doesn’t work.
Secondly, I’d argue that success is NOT what you’re really after. Success in and of itself does not bring happiness. Especially if you are not enjoying the journey. Because after all, life is about the journey, not the destination, and success is almost always a destination. And when and if you “reach” it, you usually want more, so it’s a never-ending chase.
I’d like to suggest a few alternatives to success as the goal:
Expressing Yourself Fully
Fulfilling Your Purpose
You’ll notice a common thread among all of these goals – they’re all about being present.
And magical things happen when you can learn to be present and just enjoy the moment. You get inspired ideas. You really serve people. Ironically, you become successful.