How do you measure success in well being?
Throughout these pages I have tried to avoid “change the world” quotes or “be the best in the world” quotes. If that is your goal my heart felt best wishes but success here is not about seeing things others can’t or doing things others don’t – its about making small steady progress in yourself. There is nothing to prove.
A part of my road towards ‘success’ was comparing myself (and those who follow similar practices) to those around us – our weight, energy levels, feel – our ‘self-reported well being’ so to speak, compared to theirs – those of a similar age and those much younger (this is not done with a ‘be perfect’, ‘I am better than you’ or even ‘I am not good enough’ approach but from the stand point of enjoying who we are). Put the practices in to place and see for yourself. You don’t need scales, machines or grades. You will see, feel and experience changes.
Success is not measured by reaching a certain weight, fitness point or scoring points for writing a journal or reading a book. There is no ‘end game’ for the journey – it just keeps getting better, keeps getting tweaked and refined – as the stoics say “We are unfinished products until the end”.
It is not the validation of study or test, it is merely answering the question: Does this practice work for you over time?
I have not experienced many ‘eureka moments’ and I do not suddenly feel different walking barefoot along a beach or eating a jar of sardines. To me the improvements and changes have come over time – a cumulative effect – and as I indicate on the opening Why page that is the whole point – small sustainable steps. The fact you are still focused on a practice (maybe developing or refining it) is in itself an indication of ‘success’ from my point of view. In the era of ‘instant gratification’ this may take a few moments to sink in.
In a world where it has become common place to rely on nutritious-lacking foods, precious little activity and an acceptance of either batches of daily supplements or worse, drugs to manage or maintain illness, success might be measured by minimizing or eliminating supplements or drugs you are currently reliant on (see disclaimer) – likewise success will be indicated by ‘absence’ – an absence of drowsiness, headaches, stomachaches (or issues) and so forth.