Success isn’t an end destination. It’s a constant journey to be the best version of yourself and make a positive impact on those in your life.
I’ve had some cool wins in the last year, but I’ve also had just as many (if not more) losses/lessons. I was rejected 36 times by various publications in 2015 (even some that I was already a contributor to). I lost two coaching clients (as in, they got a refund). I lost the opportunity to speak at four different events (in some amazing countries) because we couldn’t agree on terms. I lost focus more times than I can count, and I let envy sidetrack me for months.
The wins are glorious, but the “losses” are what help us grow. They teach us to be grateful for the wins, and they help us develop thick skin/determination. For some, they defeat, and that breaks my heart.
Success isn’t an end destination. It’s a constant journey to be the best version of yourself and make a positive impact on those in your life and this world. Success isn’t about money or speaking gigs, or viral articles.
It’s about what impact those opportunities have, and how they help someone’s life as you share your truth. I don’t view the failures as losses. I think of them as valuable lessons in shaping my path.
There Are Many Ways to Make Money
If you’re chasing success because you want to make a lot of money, you can probably achieve it. Despite how the news tries to portray our economy, we know the Internet and social media have created tremendous opportunities to make a significant income. There will always be ways to make some or more money, but money, as a goal, is hollow. Success is about more than money.
The money should be to give you the freedom to live comfortably. I think most people desire to live a life free of financial stress. There are ways to make enough or more money to get to that point in your life. Having the right mindset related to money makes all the difference in the direction you take.
Freedom Gives You Control
The main reason to work on making some money is to achieve freedom. Each of us longs to live life completely free—and that includes freedom from financial stress. But, it also includes control of your time. Each of us wants to spend every day on the things that are important to us.
Life is short. We can’t get time back, and we only get one chance to spend our time doing what’s important to us. I’m typing these words to you from Panama City, Panama. I spoke in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last week, and I speak here in Panama twice this week. This freedom has been invaluable. Creating a lifestyle business gives you that freedom and control.
You Can Make an Impact and Pay it Forward
This is one of the main reasons I run a lifestyle business. Yes, the travel is fun. Yes, the money gives us financial freedom. But, the impact I can make when I write, speak, and coach is priceless. I don’t do this to be some influencer or expert. I do this to help people who are where I was.
You, too, can make an impact in the lives of those around you and beyond. You can help people who desperately need hope and inspiration—it’s far more rewarding than money. You can accomplish life goals and help others do the same—that’s the real definition of success.
In a lot of my articles, I focus on how you can make some or more money. I wanted to write an article like this so you can see the motivation beyond all of this—it’s not money. I talk about the money because I know how much it can change a lot of situations.
Evaluate where you are in this journey. Think about your why and what your main goals are. Get honest with yourself. Realize that success isn’t an end destination—it’s a constant journey to be the best version of YOU. This isn’t about making money—it’s about creating freedom.
How are you trying to create freedom in your life?
The photo is the author’s own.
This article originally appeared on KimanziConstable.com.