I’m an advocate for setting goals. They focus the mind and help define priorities.
But can you be a success without them? This was a question from a client. The answer is absolutely ‘yes’ and here’s what you need to know.
Success and achievement are nothing more than hitting an arbitrary goal you set yourself or accept. It’s that simple.
Most people set outcome goals, tangible things you can see and touch or acknowledge by a number, all good sensible things. But there is another way.
It requires a new way of seeing yourself and the world.
This alternative, it’s not a goal to arrive at, but a place to come from.
It’s about being, not doing or having. It’s about showing up in a way that’s aligned to who you are, who you want to become and what you hope for the world. It’s about your identity. Living your values.
You might get the stuff of success along the way, but this is not the focus or prescribed outcome.
In the words of Jim Rohn, “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”
If I could offer a formula on how to live this way, it would be this…
Follow your highest level of interest with the utmost intensity and let go of any insistence of a specific outcome.
Just enjoy your experience knowing it’s just an experience.