It’s hard not to compare yourself to others in a material world like ours. Faster cars, bigger houses, more stuff. Even in our professional lives, it can be hard not to compare your business card to the guy (or gal) in the cubicle next to you.
But do you really know what success means? Believe it or not, success is not a one-size-fits-all sort of accomplishment you reach someday after toiling for decades in a job you hate. Success is about as unique as you are and can be different things for different people.
Here are three new ways of looking at success and how it relates to you:
1. Success is being healthy
Someday, we’re going to figure out that a healthy, capable body already puts us ahead of so many people in the world who struggle with disease, addiction or disabilities. If you treat your body with care and concentrate on living a healthy life, you’re a success—no doubt about it.
2. Success is imperfection
Take that notion of the perfect life scenario (the house, the car, the kids, the marriage, the corner office) we’re all carrying around and toss it in the rubbish bin. Success is really about figuring out who you are as a person and building a life that suits your personality and your needs. If you’re born to travel and explore, a successful life certainly won’t include a cubicle and a 401k. Open your mind to what a life of your dreams would really look like and chase that instead.
3. Success is gratefulness
Gratefulness is a buzz word these days, but for good reason. It pulls your mind out of the stratosphere and down into this moment right here, where you are—it forces you to look at your mug, your cranky cat and the quirky little flat you rent and be truly grateful for what you have right now—the successes that make up your right now instead of the imaginary successes that will make up your hypothetical someday.