What Is the Definition of Success in Life?

February 20, 2024
Stephanie Renna

What Is the Definition of Success in Life?

Success doesn’t have an exact definition. It doesn't have to be about money or a job title unless that matters to you personally. But, how do you identify your own definition of success?
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While it would be nice to have a set goal and a set definition, success in life is unique to each person.

We encourage each person to designate their own definition of success in life, rather than strive to live up to what the world expects. Success doesn’t have to be about money or a job title unless that matters to you personally. So, how do you identify your own definition of success?

How to Define Success in Life

Merriam-Webster defines success as “a favorable or desired outcome.”

A desired outcome is different for everyone. But, even if you acknowledge success doesn’t fit into a one-size-fits-all box, determining your own version of success isn’t always simple. You may have spent your whole life living up to others’ expectations. Maybe your parents wanted you to become a doctor. Or you live in a neighborhood where society doesn’t expect you to make much of yourself. Perhaps your family expects you to settle down and become a parent or take over the family business.

But what do YOU want?

It’s not always easy to get the others’ voices out of your head and isolate your own, authentic voice. So, how do you define success?

At Succeed On Purpose, we have discovered that everyone has the same thing at the core of their success – their purpose. If you can identify your purpose, you get clarity. And if you can live in alignment with your purpose, you then set yourself on a path to achieve whatever you believe to be success.

Creating Success

So how do you get in alignment with your purpose? Succeed On Purpose has developed a formula for creating abundance and prosperity. We teach this in our program, The Prosperity Challenge. Here are some insights using the steps below so you can begin to create the life you want.

The Steps to Achieve Success

1: Know What We Want is Possible

For many of us, we don’t believe we can have what we desire. Believing you can create what you want is largely about your mindset. We teach you to develop the skill and habit of pulling yourself out of any hopeless or negative place so you are open to possibilities you might otherwise be closed off to. Once you’ve mastered putting yourself in an optimistic and open mindset, you are not only open to new ideas, but you actually seek them out.

2: Slow Down and Connect - Use your ABCs

Sometimes we need tools to release negativity. Remove energy blocks using this simple process.

3: Clarify Your Desire

Once you’ve cleared your energy and focus on the present moment, it’s much easier to identify what you want, and then you just ask for it.

You can ask for a specific thing, like money, a job, or a relationship. And although there's debate about whether it’s best to be general or specific, it really doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that you feel good about the desire and the desire is something you actually want or need. Our research has confirmed that the more we want something, the easier it is to create it. 

You can also ask for a solution or guidance, such as what job to apply for, whether it is the right time to start a purposeful business, or how to address a faltering relationship. If you want a solution, it can be co-created.

4: Focus Your Energy

Before acting, take a few minutes to focus your energy on the most positive thoughts and emotions.

Just visualize having what you desire. How does it feel? Or write down the sentence, “I’m so happy and grateful now that (fill in the blank)”.

Feel what it feels like to have it. Feel grateful before it comes.

Focusing your energy before acting keeps us in the flow or receiving rather than trying to MAKE something happen.

5: Take Inspired Action

Co-creating is the ability to remain open to what the universe has to offer rather than being closed off from inspiration.

Co-creation asks us to do our part by following “inspired next steps,” which will feel like guidance from our spiritual counterpart, whether you call it God, Creator, the Universe, Source, or something else. 

If you are open to possibilities, you will know what action to take and when, and it won’t feel like an effort.

Once we know the next step, simply take that action. Be ready to move forward. You can’t just sit back and wait for opportunities to be served to you. We cannot win the lottery if we don't buy a ticket!

6: Put It All Together & Repeat  

Go at your own speed: take baby steps, giant leaps, or anything in-between. Take a break once or twice a day and reconnect (ABCs) to re-evaluate your plan, so you’re moving forward in alignment and staying in the flow.

LEAP Into Success

So, are you ready to define success and then create it? If so, we have the toolkit prepared for you. Try Get Clarity.

You can have more success, more joy, more meaning, AND more money!


Stephanie Renna has been working with Succeed On Purpose since 2012, and now serves as the brand leader. Her purpose is to bring joy.

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