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Mind Ready Monday: Why be Successful?

There’s a lot of talk about “success” in my house right now— over how to define it, how to achieve it and how to keep it. I think it’s fair to say we all want success to be part of our story.

I’m in the middle of quarterlife-ville; a point when my dreams are becoming bigger— both professionally and personally— yet the path to get there feels more complicated. My once carefully-penned goals are changing everyday, meaning my once carefully-drafted journey is veering in all sorts of directions.

Change can make me feel both liberated and defeated. Liberated on the days I tackle new challenges. Defeated on the days when everything moves in slow motion.

In the middle of feeling defeated last week, I brainstormed new ideas, new paths, and new means to get wherever success might lie. That’s when I asked myself, “Why do I want to be successful?”

Truthfully, I’ve never wanted to be anything but successful. However, I hadn’t thought much about the “why.” We’re all attracted to success for different reasons— whether it’s for financial security, for fame, for a plaque on the wall or a headline with our name in it. There’s something that pushes us.

For me, my why has to do with significance. I want my actions and my work and my legacy to be significant, to matter and to impact how strangers approach life.

Determine your “why.” Because, as I realized in that moment, the why will lead you to the how. It will keep you focused. It will keep you disciplined. It will keep you honest. And most importantly, it will keep you moving on days you feel defeated.