The essence of success to many is fulfilment. Sadly, the pursuit of success does not always end in the happily-ever-after. People realize their dreams but end up with feelings of dissatisfaction and emptiness. In order for success to meet with fulfilment, one’s goals must be aligned with their heart’s true desires and values.

Chase Your Own Dream

The world has a very subtle but power influence on the goals we choose to pursue. It is in the way it paints success; it is in the people we listen to or observe. Society generally defines success in terms of material wealth, social status, education, fame. Our goals are usually shaped, by friends, family, celebrities, but hardly by our innermost desires and values.

In reality, success is personal and can manifest in so many ways beyond what the external forces in our lives make us believe. True, it can be all of the above, but it is also the pure joy we feel in some of the ordinary things that we accomplish. Just ask a dedicated teacher, a committed nurse, a devoted parent or spouse. To each of them, performing their duties is a very satisfying accomplishment.

 Goals and Values

Let your dream match the thing(s) you believe in. Sometimes, societal pressures push us to take on challenges that violate our personal ethics. We trade our core beliefs to attain a goal just to realize that it was not worth it. Some of the problems facing humanity today are caused by people in positions of power, yet possessing no leadership attributes whatsoever.

There are a thousand ways of being successful. Choose one that makes room for real joy for you and other people. You can achieve it through your true calling. Let not others dictate your dream, and never confuse someone’s dream for yours. If you spend your life trying to live someone else’s fantasy, you will spend your life seeking an elusive happiness.

Your Challenge?

Visualising your success. Place yourself in a fantasy of your achievement, then assess your feelings. Are you at peace with yourself? Can you look  in the mirror each day with a smile on your face? Can you face the people you love? If you answer “yes” to all these questions, then go after your heart’s desire.

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