A mentor of mine recently mentioned the difference between success and fulfillment… and it got me thinking….
In my life I want success and fulfillment to be synonymous. I want them to mean the same thing.
However, I do think that generally when we think success we think about one thing: money. We think about having a fancy house, being able to buy things for our loved ones, and having a beautiful car.
Or more simply, when we think about “success” we think about the external, the material things. The things we get from outside of ourselves.
When we think about fulfillment it gets much more complicated. Much more personal.
It may be having a loving relationship with our family, or feeling like we are contributing to a good cause. It could be feeling that our daily efforts are contributing to something bigger.
Or, more simply, when we think about “fulfillment” we are thinking about the internal, the pieces of life that “fill” us up from the inside out.
I decided today: I am going to make a point to merge my ideas of success and fulfillment. I won’t let success be about money, things, or stuff. Yes, those things can contribute to my fulfillment, no doubt. But success/fulfillment, for me, will be about how my inner landscape feels, the texture of my inner world, not how I look or what I have on the outside
If we focus solely on this external view of success we are left empty on the inside. If we make it to old age (most people will notice there’s something off before that, I think) we’ll realize that no matter how much “external success” we’ve achieved, we feel empty without internal ful-fill-ment.
Why not make the choice today to make decisions based on how they “fill” you up? Why not stop grasping outside of ourselves for validation and commit to seeking it inside ourselves? Every day.
That’s where real joy is after all. It’s been inside you, all along.
Let’s commit to exploring our inner world and what makes it feel full, vibrant, and joyful, today, and all days.