This blog post was, in part, inspired by the speech Michelle gave almost 12 years ago as the 2004 Telstra NT Business Woman of the Year. It was first posted on Simple Team Meeting in April 2015. We believe it is just as relevant now as it was then. Wishing you every success in 2016.
Michelle & Yvonne
When you hear the word success what do you immediately think of? Wealth, status or fame? I suppose the most common is the trappings of wealth but this is purely external.
Success, at least the monetary kind, and happiness do not go hand in hand. For numerous reasons. Sometimes individuals have a tendency to push themselves so hard to succeed that they do this at the risk of loosing everything else around them. This includes health, family and even themselves.
The more pressured your job is, the more important it becomes to take the time to ensure you are succeeding in all aspects of your life.
In my eyes you are a success when you are happy with where you are. In other words, being happy in the moment. That is not to say you should not have ambition, goals and dreams, rather it means accepting and enjoying the present as opposed to constantly looking ahead to the future, the next goal.
Now this may sound a bit strange to some, but based on personal experience, I believe this is absolutely the case. The epitome of success is allowing yourself to appreciate the present.
Accept and give yourself a pat on the back for what you are achieving at the moment.
Do not pay too much heed to what everyone else considers or thinks is appropriate.
Living in the moment means taking the time to enjoy what are often the very simple pleasures of life. I embrace moments when I walk to work. I admire the scenery and absorb the little details like the blossoms unfolding , the birds cheeping, and the way the light changes in the sky at different times of day. I enjoy allowing my mind to wander where it chooses. I take the time to appreciate the walk and see it as an exercise opportunity rather than a drudge. It is my choice to see these as a pleasure moment and it sets me up for the day with a positive mindset.
We are each responsible for our own success, for our own feelings. It does take some time and effort to achieve the skills to be able to live in the moment, but it is definitely a skill worth developing.
Developing awareness of living in the moment is a skill which accompanies us through life. It gives us the power to embrace success in all its forms and allows us to experience the greatest success of all in life, personal happiness.
PS – love to hear your thoughts on what represents success. Leave a comment here.
Michelle Hanton is a multi-award winning bespoke business strategist, working internationally as a consultant, coach, speaker and writer. She has a keen interest in the not-for-profit sector and is the former CEO of Lifeline Top End, and founder of Dragons Abreast Australia, a national charity dedicated to the promotion of breast cancer awareness.