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The 3 dimensions of success

By Marion Nixon

July 26, 2023


I recently wrote about purpose having 3 parts to it. I’ve now come across a 3 part definition of success that I think you might also find helpful.

The 3 dimensions of success are external, internal, and eternal.

External success relates to your environment and is measured by your position and possessions - your lifestyle and your social and work status. Gratifying though this level of success is, it is temporary and often unfulfilling, based on what you do and possess, not who you are.

Internal success is your personal understanding of success based on your values and beliefs. As you meet your own criteria for success your inner confidence, sense of accomplishment, and contentment grows. You know that you are fulfilling your own values and goals rather than those of other people.

Eternal success is related to your sense of purpose and your vision for your life. Instead of an external and short term measurement of success it is a long term internal one – why you want to fulfill your purpose and who you are becoming in the process.

A sense of purpose inspires you to keep going and in the process continuously growing. Your values are what motivate and sustain that purpose, and they also determine how you live your life and relate to others, the external trappings of success.

I wish I’d known all this earlier in my life as it makes planning a ‘blueprint’ for life a much clearer process, and I would have had a touchstone for the big life decisions I made. How would a blueprint have helped you in the past?

It’s never too late to plan for the future. Even a short term plan is better than muddling by!  You could still fulfill that dream … Call me for a free brainstorming session to get you started.

Success is an inside job!

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Marion Nixon

About the author

I love enabling women make their heart-dream real and supporting them as they grow in courage and confidence.

My desire to help others comes from my personal experience of breaking free from personal limiting beliefs into a new way of life. I’ve learnt how to clear the hidden inner resistance that holds you back from achieving your dreams and want to share that with you.

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