If you’re anything like me, you occasionally look at your life and go “What the heck happened? That person is younger than me and owns a house. Those people have 2.5 children and 2 dogs. That person has a six-figure job and a nice car and can buy pretty much whatever she wants. What have I done with my life?”
Every now and then someone says something to me that reminds me that I AM successful in many ways.
I was talking workouts with a close friend on Facebook yesterday. I had mentioned reverse planks the other day, and he said he was going to start doing those the next day (I’ve never even done one). So I brought up the 30-Day Yoga Challenge with Adriene and how Day 7 had us doing side planks. So he said he was going to do those, too. I yelled “COPYCAT!” teasingly and his response was “If you want to be successful, emulate successful people.”
Success is not something you can compare to others. It’s an incredibly personal thing. Each person has his or her own journey, his or her own path, and success can only be defined on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes it takes writing a list (I LOVE lists) of your own personal successes in order to actually see how successful you really are. Here’s my list of 5 personal successes from the last year, written off-the-cuff right now:
- I have done my kettlebell workouts 3 days a week for a solid 8 months, only missing one workout which was planned
- I was Motivator of the Day on SparkPeople.com in April and started my own Spark Team
- My credit score is over 800 (I have no money, but I think that counts for something, haha!)
- I have overcome my trepidation of doing things on my own and I have joined a walking group and I volunteer at an animal shelter
- And I’ve launched this blog, which you wonderful people are reading!
I think I’ve had a pretty successful year, don’t you? Now all I need is to win the lottery! 😉
So I’m giving you a homework assignment. In what non-conventional ways are you successful? Drop me five of your successes in the comments section!