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#OtvTIPS: How to Define Success on Your Own Terms by Jessica Swift

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It’s easy to get caught up in what we think we should be doing to invite success into our lives. We read blogs, we subscribe to newsletters, we talk with family members and friends, we peruse Pinterest, we follow people on Facebook — there’s information and advice galore out there. We live in a remarkable time with remarkable tools for learning and social interaction.

While there are obvious advantages to having access to so much information, it’s also a bit of a slippery slope. It’s easy to begin believing that other people have all the answers. If you just do what so-and-so says, then you’ll be successful. It’s easy to compare yourself to other people who do similar things and wish you had their success. It’s easy to believe that everyone has it figured out except for you and that you’re doing it all wrong.

The thing is, so-and-so doesn’t know you. What worked for these folks might not necessarily work for you. They don’t know the details of your life, the things you like to do, what scares you, what your strengths are … but you know who does? Yep, you!

Give yourself permission to take your power back and define success on your own terms. You know what you need to do, for you. No one could possibly know better than you. Take time to get quiet, listen, and then move deliberately forward — the answers will come. The more you work that inner voice muscle (we’ve all got one!), the easier it’ll be to live into your own version of success.

Here are five powerful ways to start tuning into your own inner voice and defining what success looks like, according to you:

1. Create [Your Name Here] Land

Close your eyes and dream up what your ideal life might look like. One where you feel the most like you, where you’re filled with joy, where you’re doing work that you love, where you’re surrounded by the type of people you resonate with. Don’t worry if it seems crazy or unattainable. Just sink into that feeling of a life you would love living, and let yourself marinate in it.

Here are some things to consider while you’re dreaming:

  • What do you see/hear/feel/smell/taste/etc?
  • What’s the best part of your day?
  • What do you not have to worry about?
  • How do you feel? (Aim for 3-5 main feelings.)
  • Who is with you?

Write down every keyword and experience that feels important from your dreaming time. Then, circle the ones that intuitively speak to you the most right now.

Think about:

  • What can you do to bring more of those feelings and experiences into your life right now?
  • How can you use these dream discoveries to craft your personal definition of success ?

2. Unsubscribe From Every Blog and Newsletter That Make You Feel “Less Than,” Icky, or Overwhelmed.

If it makes you feel icky, it’s not for you — simple as that. Nothing that you’re taking in should make you feel bad about yourself. Unsubscribe! Even if you think you should read it because everyone else is, or because they’re an industry expert, or whatever — if it makes you feel icky or small, nix it. Then bask in the feeling of empowerment that follows!

3. Assess Your Current Beliefs About Success. Question Everything.

Take five minutes to quickly write down all your beliefs about success. Don’t think about it too much — just get your initial thought on the page as fast as you can. Look over the list. Really think about each belief you wrote down. Is it something you truly believe? Is it something you picked up from childhood? Are there beliefs that need updating?

Cross out all the beliefs you disagree with.

Make a list of new beliefs about success. Take…READ MORE FROM THE SOURCE

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