Our society enjoys throwing around this word, “success.” Bombarding us with articles on “The Five Books You Must Read to Be Successful, “What All The Successful Leaders Are Doing That You Are Not,” and the “Step-by-Step Guide On How To Start Being Successful Today!”
The analytics show that Americans are craving these secrets, the tips on achieving success and of course, the faster, the better. According to Merriam-Webster, success is “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame; the correct or desired result of an attempt.”
I cut the word out of my vocabulary last year after I sat down and asked myself “what do I value and how do I want to spend my time?”
Wealth and fame were not on my “what I value” list and I don’t want to spend my time trying to attain those said successes.
In my past when I sought titles, awards, eminence and popularity, prestigious accolades did not satisfy me. I wanted more, and more, and more. My ego lead the charge, not my heart.
I have since shifted my thinking and fell back to the basics.
I spend more time listening, reading and writing. I’m cultivating and deepening friendships, learning new skills and challenging myself both mentally and physically.
Through my daily gratitude list, I keep myself in check by remembering what I value.
Since eliminating the distractions, I go to bed feeling more fulfilled. I think I’ve grasped that “less is more” mentality.
In the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing more details about the lifestyle changes I’ve made that coincide with removing “success” from my vocabulary. If you have recently made modifications in your life to become a better version of yourself, I’d love to hear your story. Feel free to write me directly at Jennifer@timeformetobe.com.