Susan The Coach (susanthecoach.wordpress.com) whom I really believe is Susan MY Coach posted today asking “what is success.?”
She said, “The danger is you can get sucked into needing more and more of someone else’s definition of success and never really feel fulfilled. That’s because, quite simply, you are living someone else’s dream.
Then the minx that she is threw down the gauntlet – “Take the time to really decide for yourself what your definition of success is and then spend as much time and energy as you can going after it. That is the true secret to health, wealth and happiness!”
Now here I am, in bed, ready to snuggle down with a few good chapters before drifting off to the land of Nod. But I must address this because it is a challenge that will not let me sleep until I resolve this. I simply cannot chuck this off til the morning to do list as the matter to be considered is already working it’s way through my gray cells, knocking on each little cell door in the dormitory of my cerebrum saying wake up kids we have a problem to solve.
I so have to reschedule reading her in the light of day.
The only thing I can do is challenge myself, right now, right here, to define My Success. What would it look like? This is not any easy question as success for me has always been defined as success in my career. Something I am retired from and have been struggling with daily since January to try and figure it out. Perhaps that is why it has become urgent, having spent the last six months like some sixties hippy trying ‘to find myself’. Wafting along pseudo thinking instead of down to the nuts and bolts of it.
Success for me is:
1). Becoming financially responsible, having a plan, a direction. Becoming fiscally creative. Date of completion Wednesday July 20, 2011 (for the plan anyway).
2). Making a positive difference to the daily lives of loved ones. Date of completion begins August 22, 2011 when the Granny Nanny moves to Hamilton. (as Queen of course!)
3). Getting shed of years of clutter to simplify. True completion befor moving date of August 22, 2011
4). Becoming involved in discussion groups and committees – very important to my sense of contribution and value.
5). Success in physical health. Working on it now with swimming and Walking Club and will seek out same after the relocation.
6). More dedicated time to blogging and completing my book. Working on that now, however my schedule will change post move.
So now I will visualize exactly how that will look and put a plan in place to achieve it.
Thanks Susan it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would and gives me a base to start with!!
Now off to that Nod thing.