As you go about developing yourself in your business or in your career, you will have moments when you feel on top of the world, and other moments when you think that everything is falling apart around you. The good news is that this is a natural part of being human. But knowing that your emotions may go up and down on your journey to success is not the same as and actually keeping your emotions in check.
Success can take many different forms. It can be a successful family, a blossoming career, or a booming business. Whatever success means to you, it is important to always remember that it is an impermanent thing. Success is not a constant state of existence, and as such, when you feel that you have achieved success, you haven’t ‘gotten there’.
I have read many self help books, business books and religious books, and all the inspired authors recognise one truth – that the good comes with the bad. What this means is that with every success comes failure, and with every failure comes success. The two feelings and subsequent emotions are intrinsically tied. And as such, appreciating each emotion you have on the journey to success is important, but not as important as not getting carried away by them.
In no way should you deny yourself the chance to feel and experience the joy, happiness and excitement that comes from achieving a dream. It is everyone’s purpose to experience these feelings for themselves during their life, and to help others experience these emotions too. But, as with any process of learning and experiencing, there will come a time when the feelings will fade, the experience will change, and you will be presented with more challenges in your life that will cause you to think that you have not succeeded.
So, whilst you are enjoying the emotional highs during a period of success, recognise that future challenges will come your way. This will help you to remain respectful of others and their current situation as well as appreciate your present moment even more.
The reverse can also happen. People can feel depressed or worried when they are achieving or have achieved success. The phone is ringing, things are going your way, and you begin to think “When is this going to end? When is the bad news coming?” It surprises me that some people have this tendency, but it can and does happen.
If this has happened or is happening to you, then remind yourself of this universal truth – this too shall pass. What this means is that every experience you have ever had has come and gone. All the past good AND bad experiences have come and gone, and your current situation is no different. It is not permanent – by its very nature, achieving success is an impermanent thing and it will pass.
So, you most likely will experience future challenges after success, and you will achieve success after challenges. If you make efforts each day to live the best way you can with what you know, look to improve yourself through education and taking risks and helping others in the process, then success will come your way. And when it does, remind yourself that whilst it is a wonderful feeling, it too shall pass.
About the Author
Matthew Tibble has over 15 years experience in marketing and running his own business and is passionate about helping small businesses achieve success. Use the free resources he offers to help with writing your business plans and learn how to market your business online and offline.