Article Title: What is Success (from 'The Winning Mind)?
Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Success, Success Principles, Motivation, Inspiration, Sports Psychology, Sport, Mind, Mind Control, Positive Thinking and Positive Psychology (enough there now, craig!)

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"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."

What is success? I am not going to try to define success. I think a precise definition is impossible! Is it winning a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games or winning Wimbledon, or being awarded a Nobel prize? What else? I believe personal success could be anything at all - it does not have to involve public recognition. Who is more successful? A millionaire who is unhappy, or an unnoticed person, who has led a simple, quiet, sincere and happy life? The simplest definition of success, I think, is 'to set out to do something and to succeed in doing it'. It really doesn't matter what, or how humble the undertaking.

The first step on the road to success starts with BELIEF.BELIEVE you can succeed and you WILL. Achieving success in whatever endeavor you choose may be the goal of life; because it gives you freedom from worry. Could that be?

Success means different things to every one of us. Some people believe it is measured in financial terms, ie. having wealth; others believe it is helping others rather than helping themselves. A bit of both perhaps?!! Or it could be simply achieving for achievement's sake? Success is such a personal thing. To many people, it is the very root of their being -- the reason for existing is to achieve something worthwhile in our lives. To the vast majority of the population it doesn't matter much whether they want to be successful or not; that's OK by me, as long as that is what you really want and you are happy with life.

However, most people want and are motivated to a great extent by public recognition and a relentless pursuit of achievement. How many people too are really happy? How many people are really doing what they want to with their lives? (Incidentally, the ability to imagine, makes us different from animals).

No matter what motivates you personally...whatever you choose to do with your life, don't expect instant success. The years of struggle, commitment and learning in excelling at whatever endeavor or trade you choose, is no easy task. I would wholeheartedly agree with that statement after many many years of struggle as an aspiring author.
What's the definition of an aspiring author?
A waiter!
Sorry, waiters.

It takes a lot of courage, character and discipline to achieve success in any field. Nearly all successful people have doubted themselves at some point and wanted to give up. (Me included!) Yet they carried on. So many people give up within an inch or two away from the gold in the seam down the mine - -a "whisker" away from success.

One thing is for sure: ADVERSITY BREEDS CHARACTER and success breeds SUCCESS, as it gathers a momentum of its own and you get on a "winning streak". Then everything seems to fit into place. No matter the field of endeavour, it's a matter of great PERSISTENCE
that moves you towards ultimate success. So "keep on keeping on".

I like all of the following quotations. They all stand for what success means to me personally. So I'll share them with you...

"Success is the continuous journey towards the achieve-
ment of predetermined worthwhile goals."
- Tom Hopkins, American motivator

"It is not as important to succeed, but to persist."
- inspiring words that greatly encourage me from great South African writer and humanitarian, Alan Paton (author of the classic book 'Cry the Beloved Country')

"The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with
composure one heavy mischance after another, not
because he does not feel them, but because he is a man
of high and heroic temper."
-- Aristotle

Most of all, I believe success is a matter of PERSONAL GROWTH. If every day you are developing or growing just a millimeter (or acquiring a "teeny weeny" bit of knowledge for improving yourself that you didn't have before), I believe one is successful. So dwarfs can be very successful people too. Sorry about that "un PC" comment, dwarfs!

Just being a slightly better person each day for me is success. I've got a very long way to go then!

Finally , always remember... success is a PROCESS and is not simply a matter of arriving at a destination. It's the journey that really matters. Success is what you BECOME in the often very difficult and hazardous journey down the river (or in my case, negotiating the "raging rapids"*) of life.

Shared by Craig Lock Eagle Productions
("Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

*Note alliteration
"To live your life in your own way
To reach the goals you've set for yourself
To be the person you want to be -
That is success."
- author anon.

"There is one only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way"
- Christopher Morley

"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to
sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
- Charles Du Bos

"I am not just a human being...
I am a human 'bean' just becoming."
- My good friend and "wise" intellectual philosopher, Dr
Andy Eastcott (thanks for fixing my teeth and for the most
interesting discussions on life, "mate")

"The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become."
- Harold Taylor

Most importantly, have FUN enjoying the life journey

" I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"He who cherises a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become."
- James Allen

"No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you're lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high."
- Harriet Du Autermont

"Together, one mind, one life at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift and encourage to reach their fullest potentials."

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About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) helping others to find their passions and gifts... through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their "wildest" dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE.

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