Monday, July 11, 2011

Thoughts on Success

"Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self." 
                      - Ralph Marston
When you aren't true to who you really are, you cheat yourself of success. If you compromise your values while on the way to the top, the top will never feel like success. Success is something that is felt within; in knowing that you did the right thing on as many occasions as possible.
John Wooden said it perfectly:
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being. 

When you know you've reached your ultimate potential, regardless of the result, you just know. There is no one that can tell you otherwise. No one can make you feel like you didn't measure up. No one can tell you that you failed. No one else in this world can tell you that you did your best except for you. 
A thing that I've come to realize in life is that outside-in victories always lead to dissatisfaction and disappointment. When you look for validation from others, you never get exactly what you were seeking. Inside-out victories, on the other hand, always feel amazing. It's when you trust 100% that you have done your best. These are the times in life when you don't care what other people think and where validation from yourself is all that you need.  
Want to know a little secret that I believe could lead to eternal happiness? Look for inside-out victories on a daily basis. Do the right thing. Hold yourself accountable to your goals. Make choices based on what your true self says. Take time to listen to that voice...I know you can hear it. We all hear it. Sometimes it whispers and sometimes it screams, but it's always there providing insight and guiding our journey. 
"Success is a journey, not a destination."
- Ben Sweetland 
I hope that today, you are committed to excellence in yours;)


Anonymous said...

hey kyle,
what if your true self is not actually good at anything? can't you still be kind, functional, and happy? do you need to have a super power or even be a success?

Kyle Shewfelt said...

I try to walk through life believing that we all have unique super powers. Everyone is good at something. Sure, you might not be the BEST in the world at it, but you have strengths that others don't.

And yes, of course you always have the option to be kind, functional and happy. Always.

This post was meant to point out the fact that success lies within. Success is a peace of mind - in knowing that you did everything you could do in the journey.

What does success mean to you?