“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” Jim Rohn
And maybe we should be thinking about what success means to each and every one of us. It can depend on our age, how we were brought up, cultural expectations and our own inner drive of what we want to do with our lives – in other words our purpose. Sometimes it can be that we are successful at certain things and get recognition for it, but in our ‘heart of hearts,’ that really doesn’t match our inner sense of what success is, so we don’t feel successful. What we have just achieved is a hollow result. Along the way of course we have had failures and it can be hard not to focus on that and judge ourselves because of it. But those failures might become your biggest successes. In this context, because Jim Rohn was a motivational personal development speaker, I will keep my thoughts to this arena.
I have CDs and even audio tapes of Jim Rohn talking about his ideas, and this idea that you have to grow yourself into a position can sound a bit idealistic in the context in which he worked. But if you were to think about your passage through the schooling system, you could not have coped with the work presented to you in your final year if you hadn’t gone through the preceding years to give you the foundation for the new material. When you take on a new job, you have to learn, not only about the work itself but also the culture of the organisation and make your way up the pecking order and the experience that gives you, before you can become the CEO. What Jim Rohn is talking about here, is no different. If we don’t have a good awareness of who we need to be to handle the success, then we’re not ready to take it on. Have we got a big enough belief in ourselves? Are we comfortable with criticism or constructive advice from those around us? Do we think we deserve to be successful? If not then we may procrastinate, we may do things that block our success. Are you aware of what your success goals are and who you need to be to achieve them?
Enjoy celebrating success!