We Define Success


Submitted 6 months ago
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Matt Mooshian

You have the power to define success in your own terms based on what is important to you.

Summer is right around the corner! One thing I look forward to every summer is the South Congregational Church’s Voyageurs Canoe Trip. This year will be my tenth trip, and I am more and more excited every day!

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I’m looking forward to sunny paddles across pristine lakes, naps on warm sandy beaches, and the feeling of success that comes along with the trip. In fact, Canoe Trip has taught me a lot about success and what it means to be successful. It’s all about defining success on your own terms and inspiring others around you to accomplish goals and reach their own success on the journey.

You Define Success

If someone were to ask you “What does success mean to you?” what would you say? We may all have different answers and that is fine. There is no singular or “right” definition of success. You have the power to define it in your own terms based on what is important to you.

When I realized that I was in-charge of my own success and what it meant to me — I felt so free! You mean I don’t have to make a lot of money to be successful? You mean I don’t need to be the best at what I do to be successful? Nope! You get to decide what success looks and feels like to you. 

Your Definition May Change

Growing up, I would have defined success by my grades or what my parents said. After going through school that translated into my “adult life.” For a while I found myself stressing over how much money I was going to make or if I was going to have room to advance, because that is what I associated success with.

It wasn’t until recently I realized that definition was actually hurting me. I was putting unrealistic pressure on myself to always make more money or move up the corporate ladder. Now, I’m going to let you in on a little something, there’s always going to be more money to make or another position to get. So if I continued to view success as the number on my paycheck or my ability to get a promotion I was probably going to never reach it — because there’s always room for more.

After having this realization I set out to redefine what success means to me, and that brought me back to Canoe Trip. How do I feel at the end of a long portage? Happy? Accomplished? When I started there I was able to dig deeper into my own idea of success, and that’s when it hit me. Success, to me, is about living a life that truly reflects who I am and what’s important to me.

And as things that are important to me change, so might my definition of success, and that’s okay. Because I get to define success for me and you get define it for you. So I encourage you think about it — what does success mean to you? My advice is to keep an open mind and listen to yourself and you might just be surprised by what you come up with. 

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