Why is the concept of success so popular in today’s society?
Success means different things to different people. Each day we are dreaming about our goals, those that we share and those that remain hidden under our sub consciousness. Each day we have the ability to move a step closer towards success, or even a step behind it. However, sometimes we happen to be more focused on the idea of achieving something than on the way to get there. But what is the reason behind it? Do we really need success or are we "thirsty" for the feeling it gives us? This is a bit complicated. When we face a personal achievement, it seems to be exactly the effect of it that plays a direct role in our emotions, feelings, and even our long-term goals. Think of it as a journey. Sometimes it can be short and effortless, sometimes it can be long and challenging.
According to John Wooden “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing we made the effort to become the best that we are capable of becoming,”
1. Success is an inevitable part of our lives.
Think about one of your achievements, whether it's something small as a positive grade on a difficult exam or something bigger as an increase in your professional status. Recall the feelings and emotions associated with this moment.
Graduation, the desired job, a relationship or starting a business. All of these are achievements that create positive feelings and pleasant emotions because they make us understand that our life plans are being fulfilled and we are making a significant progress. Positive emotions build our resilience. They broaden our awareness, letting us see more options for problem solvings.
2. The taste of winning.
People love winning. It’s part of our existence. Winning is more like a personal achievement, like a price, rather than just a concept. This journey starts since we are young. When two children play a game, each of them wants to win. So there is a type of competition that exists and develops throughout life.
A “competition," by its very nature, is what psychologists call an “extrinsic incentive." This because the motivation to adopt a behavior or decision is sourced externally rather than internally. In this case success serves as a stimulant which has to “play” this role in order to affect human beings.
A person who develops self-confidence is eternally optimistic and has full faith in his abilities. Actually the first step of achieving success in life is having a strong confidence towards yourself. People who own it can overcome every obstacle. Confidence is generated over time. Self-esteem has a direct impact on increasing self-confidence. This way, by facing the concept of success and the idea it presents, one develops the art of discovering himself and making a critical assessment of his personality.
Have you ever experienced those quiet mornings when we question our existence? Or the days that become so monotonous it seems like they remove positive vibes from us? The more challenging the goal, the more it affects us. Knowing that there is a purpose, a goal we want to achieve, it stimulates us to act. The human’s mind and body are the perfect metaphor to understand the importance of a challenge, because they are made to fit and answer every demand towards them.
The stronger the demand, the stronger the response to it! This principle is related to the theory that challenges and any similar performances are necessary in order to promote personal growth and development. This somehow forces us to test our character and responsibilities, sometimes pushing us to step out of our comfort zone as well.
5. We want the output related with certain success.
In many cases we want to experience benefits related with the achievement of a certain goal. Each one of us must have a specific image related to the final result of what we want to achieve. This starts from our imagination. Imagination is a magnet for making things happen. Visualization is important. Visualization and imagination go hand in hand as they ignite the "fire" within us that stimulates motivation and skill building. You just have to believe in it! Work on it! Chase it!
“Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.”
It exists a strong connection between the benefits that come as a result of being successful and the phase we are in while being successful. This is exactly what makes success so desirable and likable.
In the theater of one's mind is a multi-dimensional consciousness in which our thoughts point our attention in a particular direction. It is discovered that repetitive thoughts form neural pathways. Thus, the more a particular thought or belief is activated and reinforced, the stronger these neural pathways become and the more automatically they become our "go to" pattern of perceiving. Despite personal desire, feelings and emotions, the power of human thought is also worth considering in terms of the ongoing influence that success has -- for better results or not.