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8 Things To Remember About Success

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Success means different things to all of us. Many of us still believe that we have to work really hard to be a success. Others make sure that their children work really hard at school in order to become a success. For some, success is a high paying, high ranking, suit and tie position. What does success mean to you? Is it money, status quo, assets? Fame and fortune? There are many things that make up success and what it stands for.

Before you put yourself in the failure category or the unsuccessful one, let's have a look at a few things you should remember about success. This should put things in perspective for you and hopefully make you feel a tad more optimistic about your life if for any reason, you don't feel you are successful.

the_attitude_that_guarantees_successIt's not about money.

Success really doesn't have to be all about what's in your bank account. Having a 5 or 6 figure balance in your savings account doesn't necessarily mean you are successful it just means you have lots of money saved. If you don't have a huge savings account that doesn't mean you aren't successful either. Money really has very little to do with success for some.

You have nothing to prove to anyone.

If you feel like you aren't successful and are afraid family or friends will think you are a failure, stop right now. What anyone thinks of you is none of your business and often has nothing to do with you. you aren't here to prove anything to anyone but yourself. If there is a part of your life where you feel you have succeeded, then that's good enough.

There are no medals at the end.

So many work so hard to try to achieve super success status only to realize there are no medals, no awards and even if there are, often the novelty wears off after a while anyway, only to discover they worked so hard and missed out on a lot of life. Don't kill yourself trying to a success story. In the end, it's not worth it.

State of happiness is success too.

If you are happy with your job, your family, your life and everything in general, you have reached success. You don't have to be rich or have a famous spouse or anything to that effect. Happiness is success. Somewhere along the way, you reached a point where life is good.

If you lose it, you can have it back.

Let's just say, by some slim chance, something happened and you lost everything that signified success to you. It's ok. Any step back is only temporary. As long as you check yourself, see what went wrong, pick up the pieces and start back up again, you are going to be ok. Everything is temporary.

Keep your ego at bay.

So let's say you are financially successful. Don't be a mean successful person. There are many. Money and greed have consumed them and they no longer know compassion or what it's like to be a caring person. Don't let that happen to you. Stay true to who you are and who you were before you became financially successful.

Lift others up.

Being successful wasn't handed to you and probably was a lot of hard work. There were probably a handful of people that helped you achieve your success, in whatever method you have it. Don't forget to help others too. We all start somewhere and we all need a helping hand. Pay it forward.

Be grateful.

Don't take your success for granted. Remember to always to be grateful for all you have and how you get there. Also don't forget the hard work it took to get there and the people who helped you get there. No matter what, be in a state of gratitude. Always.

Success is a beautiful thing but so is gratitude and appreciation. Enjoy your success with an open heart, open arms and an open mind.

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.