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Are You Actually Successful? Here’s A Formula That May Help

Are You Actually Successful? Here’s A Formula That May Help

Career, Health & Wellness, Mindset, Relationships
Gaurav Chawla Gaurav Chawla
Career, Health & Wellness, Mindset, Relationships

Most people define success through the sum of positive numbers in their bank account. If that’s your definition of success, you may never be happy until you achieve a certain amount you have in mind. At that moment you’ll receive temporary happiness, and then compare yourself to someone who has even more numbers in their bank account. This carrot chasing game will leave you forever unsatisfied. That’s just how I see the world. You are free to have your own interpretation. 

What I do, however, want to share with you is a formula to define your life success. You’ll need a logical framework to determine success because there will be times you will feel unsuccessful in your life. You’ll feel like you aren’t good enough or that you don’t belong. During these times, it may be challenging to figure out why you feel this way. My goal is to be able to help you with that with the formula below. It should help you easily figure out what is causing the most dissatisfaction in your life, thereby helping you pin-point exactly where you need a little boost. 

It is a formula that I’ve used the last five years or so and served me exceptionally well. It has helped me decide how successful I feel at a given moment, what I need to tweak, and when it’s time to move on from any situation. It is an equally weighted combination of three variables that will further be broken down. I hope it helps you too. 

The formula is:

Health + Happiness + Money = Life Success

Health Success

Health is composed of your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. How satisfied you are with each one defines your overall health. You can define satisfaction within each variable. I like to have a scale of 1-10 in my mind with 1 as dissatisfied and 10 being most satisfied. Therefore, further breaking it down, you have:

Physical + Mental + Spiritual + Emotional = Health Success

Happiness Success

Happiness includes your relationships with your family, friends, and significant other. At work, this could consist of your relationships with your colleagues, team, boss, and customers. Improving these relationships by putting in time and effort and reducing the toxic ones will significantly affect your happiness. 

If you’ve ever donated to a cause or helped someone in need, you know the amount of happiness it brings you. Therefore, charity is another variable to monitor. Some of the happiest people are the ones who are continually giving, whether it be money, or time, to others. This action doesn’t have to be a huge donation. It could be a dollar to the homeless, ten dollars to a cause, a run for cancer, absolutely anything that requires giving.

Happiness also includes gratitude and goals. Gratitude for the things you do have, and goals that you are currently making progress towards achieving. And finally, you have at least one or more activities that you love and get completely lost in, which are your hobbies. Therefore:

Personal Relationships + Professional Relationships + Charity + Gratitude + Goals + Hobbies = Happiness Success

Money Success

Money is a combination of wealth, income, and time. Wealth is the number of years you could survive if you had no income anymore. Income is the money you are currently taking in today. And time is what’s remaining after you’re done working for the day. If you don’t have time to spend on things and people you love and enjoy, then what’s the point? 

Wealth + Income + Time = Money Success

Define your life success, or society will

Gaurav Chawla

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"There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs." Staying Uncomfortable is the result of my mind trying to make sense of life, people, and the world around me. The fickle nature of life has made me realize the importance of being in the present moment, and that life is all about enjoying these little moments. As I embark upon this journey of spirituality and a growth mindset, I invite you along with us, to share your perspectives, and to challenge ours. Lots of love, and gratitude for being here with us.