The other day I was asked if Happy Monkey Club was successful by an older gentleman. I paused for a split second pondering how to answer the question and then I answered true to my own values and beliefs. My split second delay was based on societies perception of success and the one the media portrays on a daily basis: financial wealth = success. Over the years I have struggled with the definition of success but today I am crystal clear. Here was my answer…
I told him that it all depends on your definition of success. Many people base success on income and that I felt success was much broader than that.
I explained that from a financial perspective HMC was viable but wasn’t on the way to a fortune 500 spot! I told him that not only had HMC had a positive effect on my own life, it has touched many women over the years helping them to find balance, health and happiness. I shared with him that HMC has raised over $350,000 for charities in the past 10 years and given back through volunteering too. I also shared the great community of women that has been created and how I can call on them at any time to step up and help when needed.
I shared with him how proud I am of the women I have met and how on their own they make a difference every day in their own communities being positive, giving back and leading by example.
So is HMC a success? 100 % yes. I love what I do, I am happy with who I am and I trust I am helping other women find their own path to health, happiness and balance which for me is the true measure of success.
It felt so good to say that out loud because it hasn’t always been that way. I struggled with the expectation of not earning a big salary and contributing to our family the way I had in the past. I struggled every time I heard or saw success celebrated by the amount someone earned or what they could buy. But this time even though I had a small pause, I was confident to know and say that on my terms HMC is a success and so am I.
I love the confidence that gives me.
How about you? How do you measure success?