The Definition of Success

What is the definition of success? Let’s ask Google….

The Definition of Success

Okay….. almost there…

The definition of success defined

Great! Here we go. As you can see, there are many different definitions of success. Google kind of scrapes the surface, but I would like to dig in a little deeper into what success means to me.

Success is clearly different for everyone. It can be measured subjectively and/or objectively. The type of society we currently live in defines success primarily based on monetary income and career status. Basically, how much money you have, and what you spend it on for everyone else to see… deems if you are successful or not. There is nothing wrong with that. But, personally, that does not encompass my definition of success.

I define success based on many different categories and subcategories of life. Let me draw it out for you:

Success drawn out

MY definition is very broad, but let me go into detail as to why I chose these categories and what each one entails.

Let’s start off with money. Money is, and will always be a part of anyone’s definition of success whether they like it or not. It is a necessity in order for us to navigate through everyday life. We all need enough to survive in this world, but the amount of zeros you have in your bank account should not drive your life. I personally see money as a stepping stone. Money allows me to pursue and enjoy the other aspects of my life allowing me to pursue my own definition of success.

Secondly, the social aspect of my life. Let me be clear about one thing, I do not think of my friends and family less than everything else in my life, but my definition of success includes them. (Reminder, this is not a pie chart ranking the important aspects of my life, but categorizing and illustrating my definition of SUCCESS.) Anyways…. the relationship I have developed or continue to develop with my friends and family is important to me. The positive relationship I hope to have with the important people in my life adds to my definition of success. What they say, or how they see me as a person is relevant. No, I do not allow their perception of me dictate my life, but I still take into account what they say in order to better myself and grow as a human being.  Who I am with them, allows me to learn and grow to become the best version of myself.

Thirdly, career. The ACTUAL definition of success in our world today. I do solely believe that the career(s) I attain defines my success. Growing up, I always thought you went to school, followed through with your degree with a career it relates to, you become successful in that one career, and you continue growing in that ONE career. I do not find any flaws with that belief…. however, I do not believe someone should have one career in order to be deemed successful. I personally would LOVE to have many careers, certifications, and letters behind my name. So when someone asks me “what do you do for a living?” I do not simply say one thing. I want to say almost an essay of different career paths I have either entertained or continue to pursue. 😛 I want my careers to be fueled by passion, I want it to be filled with education, I want it to be interesting, and of course, I NEED it to be able to inspire and help other people. My careers is a huge part of my definition of success.

LASTLY (OH MY GOODNESS FINALLY), my definition of success is defined by happiness. What’s nice about this broad category is that it encompasses all of the other categories mentioned above. My main priority is MY OWN HAPPINESS. How I view myself and how I feel about what I do on a daily basis MUST make me happy. I know there are off days (which I have a lot of) but in general, if I am happy, if what I do makes me happy, if who I surround myself makes me happy, and if little (affordable..ish :P) shopping trips make me happy, then I would say that I am successful. 

 

 

This post is dedicated to my boyfriend Aaron. Yes, life can be tough and scary but I truly believe that if you work at whatever makes you happy, you will be successful.         I promise.

 

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It’s 2017

This is my first blog post of the year, and my first serious blog post ever! I hope your holidays went well! Probably stuffed with all of the holiday goodies and loaded with wrapping paper all over the house! The year of 2016 is over and we now welcome a fresh new year. Many of us are eager to create resolutions and actually stick to them this year…  (hopefully) and I plan to do the same! There is this “mainstream” saying that comes up every single new year, “new year, new me” and a lot of people shut it down so hard and make fun of those who post about this rather than learning how to improve themselves and celebrate how others are trying to do just that.

 

I hope your resolutions list has already been made and is realistic in the current situation you are in, and where you would like to go. With anything, you must have a step by step process, in order to achieve that end goal we all so desire. Some of the major components on my list involves fitness, a healthier diet, taking care of myself first and lastly, steps towards my dream career. I have created several mini goals in order to achieve all of these resolutions! As a society, we are very goal orientated, which is not a bad thing, but every little mess up we make during our journey we begin to easily hate ourselves and think that we are taking a million steps backwards. But the thing is, every mistake along the way is actually building towards that goal. For example, skipping a workout here, or failing a test there, the mistakes contribute to you learning more about yourself. Remember, everyone is different.

 

If you got past all the cheesy new years resolutions stuff above and made it to this paragraph, congratulations! And thank you for enduring my first blog post! So to wrap it up, I would like to quickly address some questions readers may or may not be thinking.

 

What the heck is this blog all about?

I decided to create a blog to use as my social media platform in order to primarily educate people regarding fitness and lifestyle changes.

 

Fitness? Lifestyle? Are you a lifestyle coach? Why should we listen to you?

Yes fitness! Yes a lifestyle change! And no… I am not a lifestyle coach at all! I am not forcing you to listen to me, everyone on the internet is biased in some way.

 

Who are you? What in the world do you do?

I am currently a Bachelor of Kinesiology student at the University of Alberta hoping to become a successful Strength & Conditioning coach in the near future. I am primarily interested in the athletic population and specifically powerlifting and Olympic Lifting.  I have about a year and a half of school left, and will be getting my CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer) this year. Yes I am a student, and yes I am still learning about myself, fitness and life just like you!

 

What does this blog entail?

This blog consists of training regimes, fitness tips, nutritional advice, random workout fads (if they actually work or not), workout wear/gear reviews, and of course random memes!

So that’s a little bit about myself and the content on my blog. . I hope this first post entices you to continue following my journey through life and help you through your own with some empowering fitness guidance! If you would like to share any comments, or suggestions on future posts or what you would like to learn more about, comment below! Thank you for reading and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

 

Happy New Year’s from my family to yours!