Success. How do you define it, and how do you attain it? And how does your perspective on success affect your feelings about your time?
These are things we’ve been pondering at The Time Finder lately. Success will be the focus of our upcoming series of Finding Time E-zines (starting on July 31), and I’ll be posting about it here, too.
Summer provides an opportunity to step back and reflect – a small, natural interlude in the work year. So for all of us, and maybe especially for entrepreneurs and small business owners, taking a moment to think about success – what we value and what we strive for – is an excellent exercise.
I was interested, some weeks ago, when I came upon the following quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. To me it offers some excellent insights into the metrics of success.
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
I’ll highlight three of the things that particularly struck me about this passage as it relates to time.
Success Tip #1
“Stamp it with your own personality.” This is such an important ingredient in success, to my mind. We are each unique and the more we allow that uniqueness to come to light, the more naturally we will be invested in what we are doing. It’s vital that you feel an authentic connection to the goals you pursue. If you don’t, then the logical question to ask is, “Who am I doing this for?” (The answer will be very enlightening.)
Success Tip #2
“Be active, be energetic …” This is enthusiasm made visible. The active, energetic pursuit of a goal is, in itself, energizing. Your positive, proactive attitude gobbles up obstacles as if they were a form of nourishment! Your momentum carries you forward, leaping over bumps in the road and using mistakes and barriers as opportunities to learn. You are in charge and your forward progress feels exciting and gratifying.
Success Tip #3
“… and faithful …” Enthusiasm isn’t just a current that carries you steadily toward success. Sometimes you need to row yourself along. That’s where the quality of faithfulness becomes key. Sticking with your goal – even in those moments when your energy isn’t high or the lessons you need to learn are a bit more difficult than expected – this is the quiet energy of your enthusiasm. Steady and sure, knowing that you can count on this energy when you need it underscores the authenticity – the heart connection – of your quest.
It’s vital that you feel an authentic connection to the goals you pursue. (Click to Tweet this!)
So, how do you define success, and what kind of energy do you bring to pursuing it?
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