Like most people, you probably spend a lot of time and effort looking outward for the definition of success and adequacy.  You probably look at the paths and successes of others as a standard for where you should be at a certain point in time or at a certain age.  But does that approach really work?  Do you really feeling like you’re measuring up by looking at others?

Most people fail to realize that self-satisfaction starts and ends internally.  Those who have created their own success will tell you that they’ve focused on a few things that worked specifically for them.  Here are three things you should keep in mind as you create your own.

1. It is important to know yourself.  Take the time to learn what makes you tick and what you excel at better than anyone else. This is the easiest way to develop your competitive edge and beat the competition.


2. Stay true to yourself. This isn’t easy when everyone else is following the status quo and you seem as the odd man out.  But remember that there is power in being different, having an alternative point-of-view and edgy solutions.  Why do you think big companies value innovation and creativity so much?  That’s because this is what it takes to set yourself apart.  Apply similar strategies in your life; and start by embracing who you are.


3. Define and create the life you want. Once you figure out what works for you, align everything in your life accordingly.  If your interests and activities are tailored to who you are, it makes perfect sense to have your life follow accordingly.  On a small and grand scale, create the life you want, deserve and that makes you feel whole.


Have you experienced the challenge of looking outward versus inward to define your success and feel complete?  What did you learn in the process?  Did you figure out and apply an approach that works for you?

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