I often think about what it means to feel success. Then I wonder, what it can mean to us when we apply our ideas of success to our personal vision and goals.
Success and difficulty
I recently wrote about success and it’s possible meanings, yet it keeps coming back to my mind.
I come back to the same idea that success isn’t only up for us to define but success can be about the obstacles we overcome. Can this be what success is partly about? It’s about growing into what we can be, who we want to be, and to overcome obstacles that present themselves along our paths of self-improvement and growth.
Life can sometimes be hard. There are days when we want to give up. We all have our battles and sometimes it’s hard to understand someone’s battle because we aren’t in a position to experience their experiences and reactions to events. We can only see a small part of the struggle.
Yet we are in a position to encourage each other. To keep each other going and to celebrate with them when they overcome obstacles.
Focusing on the negative
We have a tendency to focus on the negative things we experience. We remember the injuries, the failures, yet we often lose focus on the positive things we accomplish. I think can experience different degrees of happiness when we overcome obstacles. The bigger the obstacle the greater the effort needed to overcome it leading to a greater reward when achieving that victory.
We also have a tendency to focus on the negative things from others and we don’t always remember to celebrate the successes of others after their struggles.
One thing I want to focus on is to find the joy with what I have and what I’ve been able to do. To celebrate each day I have the opportunity to grow.
I can find time to celebrate the little things, like being able to meet my blogging schedule. It’s a hard thing to do, I didn’t think it would be easy but trying to figure out what to write and then trashing most things I do write is hard. But now I’m digressing.
I do have to remind myself that there are lots of things to celebrate. Just as there are lots of obstacles to overcome.
I encourage you to take a moment and relive a few of your victories, the ones that really mean a lot to you. They might not be the ones celebrating what you easily accomplished, but the ones celebrating the obstacles you overcame.
Now take a moment and consider the people in your life and how often do we celebrate their achievements. Reach out to them and let them know you recognize what they’re doing and trying to achieve. You might be the one who gives them the added confidence to keep going when they feel like giving up.
We must not forget, the greatest obstacles are not in front of us but within us.