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Stop Chasing Success

By Joanna on April 14, 2016

I recently read this quote:

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it, and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it”

-Victor E Frankl

For some reason, in that moment, it struck me as quite true. 

I meet so many clients striving, pushing, chasing success. And, let’s be honest here, that’s me too. Or at least it was until more recent times- but you know all about that now. (see this post)

Blog_0414Look at those words though – ‘pushing’ ‘striving’ ‘chasing’

How do they make you feel?

They’re the kind of words that make success sound extremely difficult, a helluva lot of hard work, and elusive.

That’s not really how you want to feel when you’re building your career, building your business, building your life.

So often, we are so busy striving for success, that we don’t even realize it when we are there. That picture of success you’ve been working towards is your reality and you don’t even know it because you are so busy pushing, chasing, striving and aiming at success.

What if instead of chasing success constantly, we started enjoying the journey. What if we focus on being the best version of ourselves in our career, our business, our life… success will follow.

How could it not? You’re being a first rate ‘you’. You’re doing great work. You’re enjoying the process. Your moment is inevitable.

Maybe success will chase you!

Here are a few tips from my recent experience to help you change this:

  1.     Do something every day, no matter how small, that’s moving you in the right direction.
  2.     Stop worrying. It’s a pointless waste of energy that doesn’t make you feel good
  3.     Let go a little, don’t hold on so tightly
  4.     When your moment comes, be ready to shine. Be ready to stop and notice it, and enjoy it.
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