What is Success and Where do I Find it?

I haven’t posted in a long time and I am not sure why. I could say I have been busy, but it is more than that. Busy is such a meaningless word. I have been filling up the hours in my days no more or less than usual.  I’ve been scurrying a long from activity to activity, while intentionally avoiding my blog.  The truth is,  sometimes it seems weird to share so openly about my life, and it makes me uncomfortable.   And yet when I don’t, it feels like there is something missing.  Maybe it is because my only true passion is writing, and blogging will probably be as close as I ever get to being a writer, even if it is for my own enjoyment.  It felt good to take a break, and now I am happy to be back.  Maybe writing again will help me deal with my latest identity crisis, as it seems to have done in the past.

Over all it has been a pretty good year, at least from the outside looking it.  I finally finished graduate school and started a new job.  I am in a loving relationship, and I just came back from a wonderful vacation.  Yet I have been feeling  an increasing malaise recently, and I am trying to come to terms with the reasons why.

The biggest reason I’m struggling is probably internal in nature, and revolves around the question of what defines success. I thought I knew what success meant to me, and now I am not so sure. I moved on from my old job this winter for several reasons, burn-out, frustrations about hitting a ceiling, and wanting a change after 20 years.  As a feminist, I believe that I ought to strive to achieve to my fullest potential and I’ve pushed myself accordingly.

Now I am learning that success doesn’t always equate with job title or salary.  Success is about being true to oneself and liking what one does. Neither of which I am experiencing right now. My new job doesn’t seem to fit my personality, despite my being good at it, and it is causing me a great deal of angst. I know I should give it time, but that’s hard to do when I dread going to work each day.  I miss what I did before, and wish I could have found a way to make it work and have some growth without throwing the baby out with the bath water, as they say. Sitting at a desk now looking at spreadsheets all day and going to meeting after meeting is wearing on me. I thought it was the angst of transitioning but it hasn’t gotten any better so I am starting to wonder.

Now I am holding my hands up to the sky, as if there are answers waiting to be captured as they fly towards me in a gust of wind.

I am going to give it some time to figure out what I want.  In the meantime, I will make sure to fill my days with the things I enjoy, like writing this blog.  I will take it one day at a time and try to remember the hardest lesson of all…

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I’ll keep you “posted” on how it is going.

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6 thoughts on “What is Success and Where do I Find it?

  1. Our definition of success can shift dramatically over time. It starts with the external – position, salary, perks and what we can afford … and moves to the internal when we realize that these don’t nourish us.
    For me, having a sense of belonging, working for an organization I believe in, being respected and supported are more important than any position.
    Self inquiry is a great place to start the journey into what success means to you Amy 💛
    Check out my coaching page for some helpful pointers.

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  2. to echo val’s words, success has a fluid and ever changing definition. success is a moving target. case in point- few people don’t reach success and rest on their laurels. they change their target.

    i do know that success comes from inside and no the outsides. who cares if you have the super nice house or car if you waist hours a day wondering if you can afford them. perhaps people living in grass huts are closer to success than the people living in plush mansions. lacking the trappings, their insides allow a much more self-fulfilling definition of success.

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  3. Changing jobs after that long is always a major shift and will probably take a while to truly determine if it is a fit or if you need to keep your eye open for another opportunity. But, it is hard to head to work when your heart is not in it. The older you get the more you tend to question moves. Not easy. 🙂

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