Think about the meaning of the word success. What does it mean to you? For some, being successful is having enough money to not work and to travel the world. For others being successful is doing what they love no matter how much they make. I was recently asked, “When do you think you can say you’ve made it as a fashion blogger.” It’s a fair question, especially when there are so many fashion bloggers out there that I look up to and respect and I am constantly growing in my individual success. Read on to find out how I answered this thoughtful question, to discover how I define success, and for some tips on helping you get there
When I was asked this question, something immediately occurred to me. I am definitely a goal-oriented person and am constantly striving to achieve my dreams. However, to me, success is more than just reaching those goals. Once I set and accomplish one goal, I am ready for the next challenge. Therefore, you can say that my goals are constantly changing. My view of success is growing along with me.
It’s true that by the technical definition success is “achieving the goals you set out to accomplish,” but we shouldn’t let it stop there. Open your mind to the mentality of continual growth. Always learning. Always achieving. Always accomplishing. My personal definition of success is defined by the ability to constantly pursue and achieve excellence. It’s a beautiful challenge and I willingly accept all the trials that go along with seeking it.
My answer to the question,”When do you think you can say you’ve made it as a fashion blogger,” was not one I had to think long and hard about. Immediately I started thinking of all the goals and dreams I have achieved as a blogger and the view of my future seemed like an endless pursuit of doing what I love.
Without hesitation, I responded, “I don’t think I can ever say that I’ve made it as a fashion blogger. There will always be some new goal to reach towards, some new collaboration and company to work with, or some new project to pursue under my brand.” That’s the beauty of success. It can be whatever you choose to make of it.
Maybe you look at me and think I’ve already “made it” as a fashion blogger. I’ve got to work with some really great brands, I’ve launched a ring collection, and I have almost 30,000 followers on Instagram, but to me, it’s just the beginning. As I strive to reach both my short and long term goals, I will always be refining my personal definition of success.
I encourage you to redefine your definition of success. Challenge yourself to create new goals bigger than ever before. With that in mind, here are two tips to help you get there!
- Don’t limit your mindset. Think big, dream big, and set out to accomplish big goals. Expand your mindset to believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to if you work hard at it. And when the going get’s tough–as it always will–never give up!
- Let a goal be a goal, not a stopping place. Once you achieve a goal, don’t let it stop there. Dream up new ideas and set new goals. Continue pursuing to something bigger and better than you ever could have imagined and be proud of all that you’ve accomplished!
I’d love to hear – How do you define success?
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