Define Success on Your Own Terms in 2013

How to find meaningful work that allows you to play to their strengths and define success on your terms.

by Caroline Dowd-Higgins • Member { View Profile }
Caroline Dowd-Higgins is the author of "This Is Not the Career I Ordered" and maintains the career reinvention blog of the same name

Tune Out Negative Chatter. It’s easy to get sucked into the black hole of what other people believe success should look like for you. Perhaps they envision you earning a certain salary, sitting in the corner office, or at home with kids and not in the career world at all. You need to be in charge of what’s important to you. Turn off the self-doubt and change the negative chatter channel to focus on what’s working for you. Surround yourself with positive people who will help you dream big and develop a plan so you can achieve the success that really defines what you want.

It’s a Woman's Prerogative to Change Her Mind. The beauty of success is that it should be constantly changing. You always have an opportunity to redirect and reinvent your career and personal life. You have the power to show up, stand up, and speak up to assert your unique definition of success. It’s all about taking a seat at the table and declaring your intentions. Enjoy this power, use it often, and don’t be afraid to change your mind!

Love Yourself.  Once you give yourself permission to really love yourself - success, satisfaction, and peace of mind will come more readily. This New Year try not to focus on what’s wrong with you but rather focus on what’s right. Instead of lofty resolutions that are difficult to keep, consider a new way of thinking that honors your strengths and plays to your passions.

Success is yours for the taking but don’t let anyone else define it for you. Honor your values and design your own career and life destiny so it doesn’t happen by default. The New Year is a fresh start and I wish you great success defined just the way you like it!

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