I Admire Success, Minus the “Failure Porn”

Success is a process defined by you. Photo by Wynand van Poortvliet.

In today’s sensationalistic world we love a triumphant story. Ordinary is not good enough. Overcoming adversity inspires us, and it should.

The story of the individual who lost 50kgs, completely transformed their lifestyle, reversed type 2 diabetes symptoms and just finished climbing Everest is an unbelievable inspiration. If they can do it so can you, right? Those individuals most definitely deserve their TV air time. Likewise, those who have overcome disease such as cancer through determination, dedication and educating themselves on their health and wellbeing also prove to us that being disciplined with our choices can greatly impact our lives. Stories like this are inspiring and we can all take heart from their amazing triumphs.

This post is not really about those stories. I want to give one hell of a shout out to all the people who live a series of motivated yet modest days which overtime leads to sensational lives. These people embody my favourite definition of success:

“Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy goal or ideal.” Earl Nightingale

The same credit, if not more needs to be given to these extra-ordinary people who progressively realise their goals through daily purposeful action. For the sake of the point, I’ll label this select group “the steady success”.

The steady success lives a disciplined life and that inspires me just as much as the triumph who overcomes drug addiction, mental demons and physical setbacks. The steady success constantly strives for progress.

A combination of seemingly insignificant daily choices to eat well, sleep well, be active, engage with loved ones, be positive, think your own thoughts and be your own person is what inspires me. The steady success who has the ability and discipline to make these choices thinks independently rather than inline with the commentary around them.

The steady success will dwell on what they want to achieve and constantly measure, refine and revise their goals.

The steady success will rarely sell their failures to demonstrate how far they have come and how successful they are.

It’s my aim to be a steady success.

The progressive realisation of a worthy goal.

If you’re reading this I’m sure you set goals. And I hope that you break down your goals into daily/weekly/monthly actions, tasks or habits which will allow you to move progressively closer to those goals and the life that you wish to live. If you don’t, then I encourage you to spend even a small amount of time (as little as 10 minutes) writing down what you want in life and what you would need to do today to make that a reality. Reflecting through writing is a great starting place for any new journey. There’s many strategies that can be used when setting goals, which is a topic that I will expand on another time.

To those who have overcome major obstacles in life on your way to becoming successful. Well done. By no means am I aiming to discount what you have achieved or what you have been through to get to where you are. My hope is that by now you no longer frame your success in reference to your failures. But rather you frame your success in reference to the progressive realisation of your goals. Because that’s what makes you successful.

We all have failures on the path to success. Those failures don’t define your success, those moments, those “down turns” on the path are learning opportunities on your way to success.

You will be successful if you choose to be.

Seek out the daily hero's around you and recognise them. The grateful. The measured. Those healthy in body and strong in mind.

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