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What Does Success mean to you?

What Does Success mean to you?

My personality is very driven. I am hard wired for productivity. I love to work hard. I love to accomplish. I love to succeed. In the past however I have experienced a lot of satisfaction and self-worth from ‘succeeding.’

In this new chapter of my life where I am pioneering a new business, writing a book, and in the very early stages of leadership, I feel, to be honest completely discombobulated.

In the past there has always been a tangible measurement to whether or not I am ‘succeeding’ at life. For example, getting into medical school, graduating as a doctor, getting onto a specialty training program.  Each step of the way my ‘success’ and productivity has been measured by a tangible outcome.


Feeling inadequate

Building our business together, while incredibly exciting, does not come with such well-defined outcomes. Success is so much harder to define. I have found myself feeling at times inadequate. Unrecognised. Feeling like somehow, I have a point to prove that I am ‘successful.’


Redefining my definition of success

I have been allowing myself to lean in over the last few weeks to seek out why I feel this way. Has my identity been defined with what I do and what I accomplish? Does my accomplishment and my achievements mean more to me than the integrity of what I am doing? Is it not more important that I truly love what I do, than how much money I make or how successful I may seem in the eyes of others?

These questions have lead to me asking myself these questions:

  • What is my definition of success?
  • Is success about what I accomplish?  
  • Is it about how many books I sell or how many people visit my website?
  • Is success about living in luxury?
  • Or is success more about the health of my marriage and the health of me as a person?
  • Is success more about the one person I got to love today?

Is it about having deep relationships with friends and family? People whom I am committed to and are able to be honest and vulnerable with?

I read in Matthew 16:26.

“What does it profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul.”

What if I built an empire, however had a terrible marriage?

What if I could have all the money in the world but no real relationships to share them with.

What if my name and brand became great but I was so stressed and addicted to the adrenaline of a hectic schedule that I did not take time to be present and enjoy.

This season while deeply uncomfortable has made me stop and think.


I am giving myself time to realign my thinking. To rethink my answer to these questions:

  • What is my definition of success?
  • What does it mean to me to succeed?
  • How will I know if I am succeeding?

For surely to reign in life means to succeed.

However first I must find out what that means for me.

How about you beloved.

What is success to you?

What are you prioritising?

Perhaps, like me, you also need time for deep reflection.

To realign. To redefine.

I think this has the potential to change the way we think and the way we act.

You are deeply loved and richly cherished,

Christine Greenwood

Reign in life


Wink: Do not get me wrong. Irrespective of my definition of success I still want to dine with Oprah. I want her to be my friend. I want her to plat my hair. I want to miss her calls…. And get her late-night texts. I want all of that. My current deep reflection and redefinition of success has not changed that. Not One Little Bit.

P.S. The power of appreciation.

P.P.S Seven Things on my romantic bucket list.

2 thoughts on “What Does Success mean to you?

  1. Carla says:

    I feel you have such a gift. You have the ability to draw out the best in people by opening up spaces to share on vulnerable & sometimes uncomfortable topics.

    What does ‘living the dream!’ Mean for me as I Vision this evening with the Lord

    1. Christine says:

      Thank you my girl. It means so much for you to say that xx

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