From time to time, it’s a good idea to ask yourself: What does success look like? What does it feel like?
Because the answers may change as you live and experience different flavors of success. If you don’t check in with yourself, you could spend years of your life chasing an idea of success that you’ve outgrown. Trying to make it fit.
And there are outside layers of success: things people can see from your Facebook status or LinkedIn profile. Your job title, where you live, your stuff, your vacations, all the conferences or parties you attend, or how perfect your relationship appears.
And that’s all cool. Have that.
But also take time to become still and ask yourself how it feels underneath. Does success live only on the surface of your life? Or does it go deep?
Deep success is the stuff that no one can take away from you, because it’s more about how you are in the world, rather than what you have in the world.
Deep success asks things like: How do you live? Are you living in alignment with your deep values? Do you give attention to those you love? Have you followed your own inner compass — your own heart and gut? Do you feel like your life has made a difference in the world?
That’s why Deep Success is so filling. And superficial success is like a sugar high that feels pretty good, but doesn’t last. And then there’s a crash and need for more. Deep Success lasts your whole life.
So every once in a while, take a moment to consider: What does success look like? What does it feel like?
And then, if you wish, make some adjustments. Fine-tune your definition of success, or write a new definition from scratch. So that you really experience your life in a way that feels deeply successful, deeply satisfying.
Let success go deep, love.