When you look at the picture above what do you see? I am going to guess you said plant seeds and if you said apple tree seeds, give yourself 2 extra points. However, if you said apple tree you get the grand prize (there’s not really a prize sorry). These seeds have the potential to become great trees with time and effort and this is why you should see a tree and not just seeds. This is similar to how our visions can come true if we put time and effort into them.
I got this idea from Eric Thomas, who is one of my favorite motivational speakers. I was watching a keynote speech he gave back in January and this was one of his main themes: to have vision. You will not succeed in life if you do not know what success looks like to you.
After listening to him I realized that this is why I am lost right now. I have so much passion and energy, so much drive and determination, but I do not have a vision of where I want it to lead too. I know that I want to be successful and I know I will not stop or quit until I am but I do not know what success means to me yet. I do not know when I will know either.
I am still changing who I am every day. If you asked me a year ago if I wanted to work with people I would have said absolutely not but now I love to interact with people, even if it is just saying hello in passing. I just get excited every time I talk to someone especially if they are new to me. I say all the time that it would take a lot for me to call someone a creep because I welcome total strangers coming up to talk to me. This is just one example of how I am constantly changing.
With this constant changing comes uncertainly: uncertainly of what I want my future to look like. This also means I do not know what success looks like at this point. The only thing that I am sure about my future is that I want a golden retriever and I would prefer to live near the beach. I lack the vision that Eric Thomas talked about in his presentation. Although I will work my butt off to get what I want, I don’t know what I want.
This is why it is so important to have that vision and define what success looks like for you. If you do, you have something to work for; something that will make you say, “I am not going to give up.” And (I know you aren’t supposed to start a sentence with and but I like to be a trend setter) once you have that vision you can’t give up on it because if you don’t give up, you can’t lose.
Today is the day I start defining my success. I will not get past this point and find my way in life if I don’t. Although I may have already known this, it wasn’t as clear as it is to me now. I challenge you all to start defining your own success. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what point in your life you’re at because we are constantly changing which means so is your definition of success.
How do you define success? What are you doing to do today to reach it?