Success? Have it your way!

What does “SUCCESS” mean to you?
I love the concept of personal responsibility in our lives. I fully believe that each of us is responsible for what happens or more accurately, how we act and react to what happens in our lives. This also applies to defining what success means to us personally and how that success looks in our lives. This is a challenge that my clients, who are often very successful professionals, face. They wrestle with themselves over others’ definition of them as being successful or “having it all”. They sometimes feel guilty for feeling discontment. The fact that everyone in their environment tells them how successful they are, makes people doubt that they have a right to adapt their definition of success to be more aligned with who they truly are.

I often ask the question, “How does it serve you, if everyone loves your life, EXCEPT YOU?!”

It’s your life, your happiness, your success that are at stake and it is your responsibility (and your privilege) to define what that looks like in your life and to make it happen!

About Denise Banks-Grasedyck, Coach. Consultant. Speaker.

I'm an entrepreneur, a wife and a mother. I'm a Freedom Fighter for the overcommitted professional and a designer of Ideal-Life and Business blueprints. Discovering and developing simple solutions to complex challenges is one of my super powers. I write about life and business and everything that intersects them.
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4 Responses to Success? Have it your way!

  1. Carla says:

    Denise, this article is short, sweet, and to-the-point with a great message. Those who can find something that they are passionate about to focus on every day, in my eyes, are far more “successful” than someone who has just makes a lot of money. I find that when you focus on doing what you love and helping others, that the money will follow. Do what you love, have patience, and take care of yourself and the rest will follow! Thanks so much for the excellent post.

    • Thank you, Carla. Yes, passion and purpose are two of the elements that people mention, when they describe what their ideal life would look like or to put a finger on what they feel they are missing now, especially in regard to their professional lives. I appreciate your feedback and your insight.

  2. I used to hate that word success when I was in the corporate world! I understood it to mean what many Americans subscribe to: climbing the corporate ladder to achieve status and wealth. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s what you really want. I didn’t want to work until 9pm or 10pm at night for my PR job. It wasn’t until I starting doing what I LOVE that I redefined success on my own terms.

    • Elaine, congratulations on making that choice to do what you love and experience success on your own terms! Isn’t that the epitomy of freedom? It really does not serve anyone to live a “successful” life, if that means that everyone loves your life from the outside but you don’t. You go, lady!

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