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Live a Truly Successful Life

As a career and life coach, I work with people everyday who want to live more authentically.  I have the privilege of partnering with them on that journey - the journey from a life that saps their energy to a life that is healthy, whole and where energy renews itself daily.  I made such a transition myself nearly a decade ago when I left the practice of law to pursue coaching.  Since that time, I have lived a healthier, more fulfilling life.  

Most of us are striving to live a healthy life that encourages overall well-being, and that is why I am so excited to be a part of the O&N Collective team.  True health is an inside-out process.  It begins with living an authentic life that aligns with your values and it includes what you do for a living, what you eat, how you take care of your body and how you take care of your skin.  The trick is to align all of those things into a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable for you, your community and the world.
While I can only make a small contribution, I hope that what I write here will help you become more aligned with your authentic self and give you some concrete tools to help you feel more engaged and fulfilled in your life as you live it.  If you implement these strategies and take care of your mind, body and spirit, you will live a truly successful life.

Now, what do I mean when I say "successful?"  We often think that someone is successful when they reach a particular goal.  However, while goals are important, if you are completely goal oriented, you will never feel truly successful.  There will always be another goal to attain.  

Advertisements tell us that to be successful you must drive a certain car, wear certain clothes, or take vacations in certain places.  However, if you let your own idea of success be influenced by the media, your friends, your parents, or your culture, you will not feel successful.  True success is a state of mind and not an external measurement.

Therefore, to feel truly successful, you must create your own definition of success.  Rather than looking at external sources to tell you how to define success, look inside and figure out what is most important to you.  Your personal definition of success should be based on your values.  

Values are those things that define who you are at the core; those things you hold most dear; and those things you suffer most from compromising.  Values include things like financial security, relationships, independence, creativity, loyalty, honesty, leadership, learning and diversity.  While you may feel that all of these things are desirable, for each of us, there are some that truly define us.  

Once you have identified your most highly prized values, you will be on your way to developing your own personal definition of success.  This definition will necessarily include benchmarks to determine how well you are honoring your values.  For example, if you highly value relationships, you will know you are successful when you have full, rich relationships in all areas of your life.  Conversely, you will not feel successful if your relationships are going badly even if you are making a great deal of money.  

Only when you are living a life that is consistent with your own values will you feel truly successful.  Therefore, it is important to identify what is most important to you. Then you can put together a plan for living in accordance with what you value so that you can achieve success as you define it.  
It is my hope that part of your plan for living a successful life will include nurturing your mind, body and spirit.  I will continue to post articles that provide practical strategies for authentic, sustainable living from the inside-out, and I hope you'll visit this site often.

In the meantime, if you would like more information about me and my work, please visit my website - www.intervisiongroup.com.

Enjoy the journey,

Debby