• Samantha Balkaran

What Does Success Mean to You

It's so important to celebrate every new year of life! And with every new year's celebrations comes reflecting on your successes thus far and setting goals for the upcoming year.

Since my birthday was yesterday, and I've had nothing but time being quarantined at home, I was able to think of my personal, professional, and relationship successes. And let me tell you, there's been A LOT to consider!

This blog isn't meant to be boastful, but more encouraging on setting your own achievable goals and looking back at how much you've grown as an individual person. Sometimes, it's hard to see your growth when it's in the moment, but looking back at certain moments throughout your year helps you to feel motivated and proud of yourself. And we all should feel feel proud of our accomplishments!

PERSONAL SUCCESS - Over the past year, I've really pushed myself emotionally to control my feelings and realign my thoughts. In the past, I was someone who felt lethargic about life, doing things for myself, putting other's needs before my own, and overall taking a backseat. And because of personal life experiences, I chose to do something different and take different steps. I've learned to put myself and needs first, do what truly makes me happy and stand up for myself always. Allowing others to go first does show you're a team player, but don't let your voice go unheard. Pursue your dreams, step out of your comfort zone and try new things, and allow your voice to resonate with others. Be your own inspiration and motivation, and treat yourself how you want others to treat you.

PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS - This has to be the most stable I've ever been in my profession. Graduating college and working jobs that had nothing to do with my career path was were I was. And I take every obstacle with a grain of salt. These stepping stones were the building blocks for me to get where I wanted to be. I've been at my current job for almost three years and I love it! Not saying there aren't days I want to pull my hair out, but I love what I do and enjoy every moment of it. The pros always outweigh the cons. And having your upper management and coworkers realize your growth and accomplishments means a lot, especially when they vocalize it. While where I am in my profession isn't my last stop, it's in the right direction and I feel so motivated every morning to wake up and do what I do. Don't let those little obstacles stand in the way of achieving your goals. Whether you want to work in the corporate world or be self-employed and create your own business, do what you want to and work hard to get there.

RELATIONSHIP SUCCESS - While I don't ever speak on other people's relationship, whether romantic, family, or friendships, it's important to understand your place in someone else's life. For most of my life, I will admit, I was a pushover. I allowed things because I was afraid of loneliness, letting other people down, or not being enough of whatever it is they needed. And I learned, rather drastically, that you are worthy. We all are. And we deserve just as much as we put into something. So whether you're in a romantic, family or friendship, understand that you are important, you are worthy, and you deserve just as much. Don't ever sell yourself short by any means. Share your life with the people you truly want to, allow positive and uplifting people into your life because we all need motivation around us, and don't allow anyone to make you feel trapped into staying in something if you're unhappy. This is your life, so live it how you want.

I hope with this blog you all are able to look a little deeper at your self worth, your goals, and all of your accomplishments, whether big or small. Celebrate your victories always, and don't allow others to rain on your parade of life.

You are your biggest critique, but also your biggest motivation. And no matter what, stay true to you.

And with that, I say goodbye to 27, welcoming in year 28 and new life experiences!



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