Redefine Success: A Motivated Mission

REDEFINE SUCCESS Success. This word often brings me internal conflict.  Can you relate? It seems to drive our ambitions, respect, confidence, self-love, and even identity.  It leaches onto our life’s adventures as though it is a constant priority, our life’s mission.  But is it?

Is success really what this life is all about? If it’s not, then why do we as individuals and society keep it as our driving force? Why is the first thing we ask someone “What do you do?” or more career specific “What have you been in recently?”.  We might as well open every new connection in life by handing someone our resume.

I, personally, have been pondering extensively on this word - success.  What is it’s accepted definition? My personal definition? What impact does it have on those around me? On myself? Where does it fall in my priorities? All questions I am certain have crossed your mind at some point.  At Motivated Movers we discuss the word a lot, and we felt it was time to spend a month keeping the word in the spotlight.  But I need your help.

I certainly do not know how to redefine success, but that is what I hope to do together, as a community.  I want to spend this month stripping down the confinements of success and developing a new way of seeing the word filled with possibility and fulfillment.  Wouldn’t it be great if we began to develop a personal definition unique to our own set of dreams, principles, and priorities? And then in return started to change how our artistic community views success? Let’s dream big together and make it happen!

So where do we begin? Let’s start with the dictionary definition of success.  I offer three references:

Merriam Webster Dictionary

  1. the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame
  2. the correct or desired result of an attempt
  3. someone or something that is successful : a person or thing that succeeds

Oxford Dictionary

  1. the accomplishment of an aim or purpose:
  2. a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity

Webster and Oxford leave the definitions of success pretty ambiguous.  We see the words wealth, fame, respect, accomplishment, result, and prosperity.  Rather generic ideas of what success means.  All having to do with money, winning, and achieving a specific goal.  Now I offer a few more definitions...

Urban Dictionary (Just a few highlights)

1. not sucking

2. when you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word * succeed * , you find it simple means to follow through..."success is a journey not a destination"

3.  the product of constantly striving for self improvement.

4.  Getting up one more time than you've been knocked down.

Funny thing is, I actually gravitate towards the Urban Dictionary's options! Maybe not option 1, but 2, 3, and 4 are ideas I could definitely get behind! What about you? What options stand out as an absolute NO for you? What options hold something that works for you? Nothing quite sticking? I feel the same.  

So let’s lay out what success is not (or not necessarily)…

  1. being wealthy or famous
  2. being in a position of power
  3. winning
  4. getting everything we desire
  5. the same definition for everyone

Also, success does not have to be…

  1. booking a show
  2. getting a callback
  3. being on Broadway
  4. moments that are few and far between

Robert Louis Stevenson

What if success is simpler? What if success is something we can achieve every day? What if success goes in the direction of how we want to live our life as a whole person, not just in our careers, but in our relationships, stewardship, creativity, and connection?

Over the course of the next week I want us all to ponder on redefining success for ourselves.  There is a worksheet attached to guide you in your thought process.  Feel free to use it, as I will certainly be doing.  Or, feel free to come up with your own guide, and then share it with us!

Remember, I do not have the answers.  I am hoping as a community we can all share, discuss, and cultivate change.  Together, I truly believe we can redefine success for ourselves and our community.  Let’s get started…



PS - Next week we will explore the concepts of the worksheet.  I will share with you my newly defined definition as well as some of Motivated Mover’s team members.  So please, feel free to comment, share, and email us with your definitions, your burning questions, your ideas.  Then together, we will figure out what to do with it all!


Redefining Success PDF Worksheet