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What Is A Successful Life?

What is Your Definition of Success?

If we were to look in dictionaries we can see there are several definitions of the word 'success', - yet it is one of those words which is incredibly difficult to actually define.

Success quite simply cannot be defined as it means different things to different people.

Traditionally one is seen to be successful if one has achieved a certain ‘status’; be it financial or fame based, however we all know that many rich and famous people have turned out to be very unhappy – some have even taken their own lives.

Could this mean, therefore, that such things as happiness, contentment, and satisfaction play a part in the definition of success?

After all, how can someone be living a successful life if they are unhappy inside?

Success, quite simply, is defined by each of us as an individual.

Broadly speaking I would say that to most people a successful life would contain one or more of the following concepts and words;

  • Being happy
  • Feeling fulfilled
  • Having purpose
  • Achieving goals
  • Free from financial burden
  • Being healthy and fit
  • Giving and receiving of love
  • Family

For me it means all of the above and for most people I think it will be a combination of them.

Why is achieving Goals important?

In order to feel fulfilled it is important that we are achieving some sort of goals - whether they be personal or professional or a combination of both.

Quite simply if we are not growing we are dying and to grow as a person we need to attain certain 'achievements' or 'goals' along the way. These can be very small things - in fact, sometimes it's the smallest successes which bring the most pleasure and feelings of satisfaction. It could be a child learning how to write his first word for instance... can you remember how proud you felt when you achieved this feat?


How important is it to feel a sense of purpose?

At certain stages of our lives, most people find themselves 'taking stock' as it were, and asking themselves deep questions such as, "what do I REALLY want out of my life", or "What is the purpose of my life?".  Certainly, as a coach, this is a question I hear quite frequently, and it has become quite apparent that a sense of purpose is vital for us as human beings.

What happens if we are not feeling happy or successful with our lives? What can we do to turn things around? Can we help ourselves?..  The good news is that yes we can. 

Here are just 3 things we can do to set us on the path of change, although there are very many more also.

  1. Make a list of the things you are grateful for having in your life. Yes, I know you've probably heard this before - but DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the power of gratitude. Write down at least 30 things you already have in your life for which you are grateful. It can be as simple as 'having a roof over my head' and 'having food to eat'. As you do this really FEEL grateful as you write. Almost invariably you will feel better having done this simple exercise.
  2. Raise Your energy!  Diet and exercise play a huge part in this. It is scientifically proven that exercise lifts our mood. Whilst this can mean going to the gym several times per week it doesn't have to mean that.  There are simple exercises you can do at home, for instance, take up yoga or pilates, go for a walk or a swim. Just move your body!
  3. Write a list of 100 things you want to achieve in your life...  Are you clear about what you really want out of life? If you are not then this can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction and sometimes unhappiness or in some cases even depression. Most people won't take the time to do this as they 'haven't got time', or they 'can't be bothered', yet is an incredibly powerful thing to do. The first few things you write may be materialistic stuff, but as you reach the 20th, 30th, 40th thing you start to go deeper... to uncover what is REALLY important to you.

These are just a few of the very many things you can do to increase your happiness and set you on the road to feeling successful. If you would like more strategies please feel free to reach out to me.

For more information about coaching please read on:

Because success can and does mean so many different things to different people, a Success Coach or a High Performance Coach sees everyone as the individual which they are, and offers the tools and strategies to enable profound changes to be made when a client participates fully and openly.

 Success Coaches do not need direct expertise in any particular area in which a client may work or play. They can work equally with Fortune 50 CEO’s, Olympic athletes, a painter and decorator or a mum of 6.

 They do not offer advice to their clients, but rather hold the client as creative, resourceful and whole.

You already hold the answers within you – which the coach uncovers and enables by use of skillful questions, challenges, and support. A great coaching program will also provide the client with proven tools, structure and strategies which in themselves can be life changing when used diligently and consistently.

If you would like a FREE 60 minute session with me, a Success Coach, then please apply here.

Yes, it is necessary to complete a questionnaire for me before we can schedule a session; this is necessary as my time is valuable as is yours.

There would be no point in us scheduling a conversation if I do not feel I can add value to you during the free session and beyond, should we choose to continue. 

I look forward to hearing from you should you choose to apply, nd if not I hope I can continue to add value for you with my blog updates.

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