The Pressures Today of Being Successful at a Young Age

Let’s talk about it – let’s get down to the grit and open up about success in today’s world.

We often perceive stress as one of the worst feelings to experience, but what if I told you that not all forms of stress have to be this daunting boogie man everyone fears? When it comes to success, stress can sometimes act as an indicator pushing you forward towards your next goal and opportunity!

As a young creative myself, I tend to put a lot of stress on achieving success and what it means for me and my family. There have been times when the pressures of success have led me to make drastic changes in my career, while at other times, it has held me back because the notion of success can be overwhelming. The irony lies in the fact that we have two ways of looking at success – from heaven or hell. You have the choice to view success and the accompanying stresses in two different ways. Which perspective will you choose?

Personally, I’d rather push through the fears of success and embrace the opportunities it brings.

Success means something different to everyone, and yet we find ourselves in this rat race towards it due to societal pressures. Society tells us how our “life” should be, leading to a tremendous sense of obligation to achieve “success” by a certain point in our lives. I’ve been there, and it’s not a pleasant feeling to think that you’re falling behind in the game of success.

Each individual goes through their own phases in life, elevating and achieving their own successes. It’s okay to feel like you’re “behind,” but it’s also okay to redefine success on your own terms. Carve your own path, set your own goals, and remember that your success doesn’t have to mirror anyone else’s – that’s the beauty of being human.

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1. Embrace Your Own Definition of Success: Instead of succumbing to societal pressures and norms, take the time to define what success means to you personally. It could be achieving specific goals, finding genuine happiness in your pursuits, or making a positive impact on others. Embrace your unique vision of success and let it guide your journey.

2. Prioritize Self-Care and Mental Well-Being: Remember that success shouldn’t come at the expense of your mental and physical health. Make self-care a priority by finding activities that help you relax, unwind, and recharge. Take breaks, practice mindfulness or meditation, engage in hobbies you enjoy, and surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and family.

3. Celebrate Small Victories and Learn from Setbacks: Recognize that success is not always a linear path. Celebrate even the smallest victories along the way, as they are milestones of progress. At the same time, be prepared for setbacks and failures – treat them as learning opportunities rather than roadblocks. Adapt, grow, and use setbacks as a chance to refine your approach and move closer to your ultimate goals.

Remember, success is a personal journey and it’s important to find balance, fulfillment, and happiness in the process. By embracing your own definition of success, prioritizing self-care, and learning from both victories and setbacks, you can navigate the pressures of being successful at a young age with greater resilience and authenticity.

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