What is your idea of success: a fancy job title, a big paycheck, a nice home in the suburbs, a foreign car?

Maybe it’s not materialistic things.  Perhaps is a great spouse with great, well-behaved children and a dog.

For me it was getting a degree with a career that pays well and a nice home.

But could it be that we’ve all been wrong about what true success really is?

True success is about having influence.

Let’s be honest. When someone passes on, we never hear about the house they lived in, the car they drove, where they worked or even if they had a degree.

Most people are remembered for the influence they had and how that influence made a positive change.

Certainly, there are people who are remembered for the negative influence they had on the world.

But most normal people want to be remembered for the good they did.  That is the legacy that they’ve given and left to the community or the world.

With all of life’s trails that I’ve overcome, I can say that I truly want to have made a positive impact in the world.  I want to be remembered as someone who operated her gifts and loved to help as well as champion people.

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about how we tend to compare ourselves to others when it comes to success.  Even though we may try not to do it, somehow it kind of creeps up on us.

We then find ourselves beating up on ourselves because we haven’t accomplished what someone else has accomplished.  Or, even worse we allow pride to fill our hearts and we start to think about how much greater we are than someone else because we are further ahead than them (ouch).

But here is the thing about success: it’s not about us comparing ourselves to anyone other than ourselves. 

So, our benchmark should be us!  We should be working to do better and to be better than we were last year, last month or even yesterday.

Stop wasting your time and emotions comparing yourself to other people.  It only creates unnecessary stress and discontentment within you.  You are not them and they are not you.

Find out what your level of influence is and be the best you can be at that level!  (I’ll talk more about this in my next blog)

Be Successful and Be Blessed