Success is a term and a state of life that most people desire to achieve. It is also a reward that gives a feeling of excellence or fulfillment. But in particular, what does success really mean?
Some people say success is about having a lot of money, therefore, building up wealth is a major concern. Others say it is doing the things that they love to do while achieving a long-term goal with their passion, while there are some who see success as having a healthy body, a happy life, and long life with friends and loved ones. But did you know that success is actually a holistic approach?
As author John Maxwell would say, success is not a destination but a daily thing. It is a continuous process of aiming to improve yourself emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically, intellectually, and financially. Building up these things is not just an overnight self-formation— it takes a lifetime of work to build who you want to become.
Here are five things to keep in mind when living a balanced, successful life:
When aiming for success, you should keep the focus not on other people’s work, but on yourself. Focusing on yourself is very important for it is where your knowledge, passion, determination, and perseverance come from. Without these, your approach to success may be delayed, lousy, or even become a failure. (Read: Meet the Millennial Who Gave up Success to Become a Dominican Friar)
Spirituality not only comprises your belief in the divine power, but it also involves your moral values and good mental health. Spirituality makes a person live their life with virtue and integrity. (Read: From BPO Agent to Chef: How This Man Successfully Changed Careers)
While some people can become “successful” despite losing connection with their family, this can still be detrimental in the long run. A family (may it be your relatives, friends, or loved ones) can be a person’s most effective source of motivation. It is what makes a person feel purposeful; its intangibility and warmth give meaning to life.
Many of those who pursue success fail to balance the energy between their mind and body. Think about this: You have become successful in your career, but you gambled your physical and mental health to get to where you are. In the end, you still risk losing everything you worked hard for because your body is deteriorating. (Read: Want a happy, healthy life? Experts suggest eating the rainbow!)
It is true that you should not let money rule your life— all you have to do is learn how to properly manage your finances and use them to improve yourself. Invest in learning (have you pursued that higher degree course you’ve long been aiming for?), donate to charity groups (there are a lot of organizations that you can tap!), or start a new business (many people are now going online!)— if you are wise with your finances, you can become successful.