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Success Is A Feeling Not Just A Finish Line – 3 Tips For Feeling Successful Now

Written by: Allison Castle, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


The Merriam-Webster definition of success is all about achieving, the result, accomplishing, an outcome, attaining wealth, position, honor, an ending. A finish line if you will.

But there is another piece to success that this definition doesn’t cover. I believe success is a feeling.

Most of us have experienced what success feels like at one time or another. It may have felt like pride, joy, happiness, fulfillment, relief or something else. As you think back to an experience, was it tied to achievement of a certain milestone or goal just as the Merriam-Webster definition suggests?

If success is tied to achieving a goal (a finish line) and we only feel success once we have crossed it, what are we feeling during the rest of the race?

The process may feel frustrating and lonely if we are only focused on the end result. We may feel stuck and want to give up. Then when we finally reach our goal the feeling of success many times is short-lived and sometimes not there at all because there is always another goal to reach, another achievement to be had.

In the race of life the finish line is always moving and if we are waiting on that finish line to allow ourselves to feel or be a certain way will it ever actually happen?

The striving for the next thing will never be complete so I am proposing that we redefine the milestones for feeling success. Feeling success in the journey! Let the process be a part of the achievement!

3 Tips for feeling success now!

  1. Give recognition and appreciation for your past experiences. Sometimes it takes looking back to realize just how far you have come, the growth you have had and the things you have already accomplished. The place you are now was once a place you were striving to reach!

  2. Have gratitude for where you are now. Celebrate every step no matter how small it seems. We are continually growing and transforming along the way and each step is an accomplishment!

  3. Acknowledge that the future you are excited to reach would never be possible without your past and present and that future will one day soon be your present and then your past.

“Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line, that we fail to find joy in the journey.” ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Allison Castle, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Allison Castle is a Mastery Certified Transformational Coach, Meditation Teacher, and Certified Public Accountant. After years of following the "expected path", chasing the traditional standards of success and coming up short on feeling successful or fulfilled, Allison created her Life Alignment Coaching Program to help women stop waiting until they reach that milestone (number on a scale, job title, income level, etc.) to finally find the feeling of fulfillment and success that they have been working so hard for. Her mission: Don't wait for the destination, Enjoy the Journey!



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