Most of us have goals. Our goals are unique to each of us based upon our desires of things we hope to achieve, acquire and experience. Whether your goals are health related, financial, spiritual, educational, or about your own personal development, the underlying intention is to reach that goal.
We all define success differently. My level of financial success may not even be close to what someone else would define as being financially successful. Reaching my ideal weight goal is more than likely different than some other woman of the exact same height and age. Our own perception and beliefs come into play when we picture what it will look like when we reach
success in any specific area of our own lives. Of course it is important when setting a goal to track your progress, otherwise how will you know if you are on or off course?
Our concepts around success may very likely have been formed by parents, teachers, colleagues or other influential people in our lives. What is important is that you are not striving to achieve someone else's level of success, but your own. Make sure it is your goal, and not one of your parents trying to live vicariously through you. Others may be trying to achieve a desire of theirs by directly (or indirectly) attempting to influence or encourage you to do something that just does not "sit right" with you. Follow the desires of your won heart. It is important to focus on the things you choose to achieve, vs. what you think you "should" do based upon what others expect of you.
So how will you know when you get there? How will you know when you have reached success in any specific area of your life? What it looks like when you get there can be a determining factor (the number on the scale, the dollar amount in your bank account, the published book sitting in the bookstore window, the finished art project) but much more importantly is the FEELING associated with reaching the goal - that is your truest gauge or indicator! The feeling you get when you have achieved a certain goal should be indication enough that you have reached your definition of success.
Feelings of pride, joyfulness to outright jubilation and euphoria are some of the feelings people claim to experience when they've reached a goal successfully. If you get to your goal and these feelings are not what you are experiencing, then perhaps your definition of success has changed or your desires have changed. But if feelings from simple satisfaction, happiness, self-approval to extreme pleasure are what you are experiencing, then my friend, congratulations ~ YOU can claim a triumphant success!