Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
by Dona Winger from nourishmewellness.com
How do you define success?
Traditionally, success is defined in terms of how much money or power a person has in their possession. This kind of success isn’t sustainable over the long term, however. Arianna Huffington found that out in 2007 when, after working at a break-neck pace since the launch of the Huffington Post two years prior, she collapsed and hit her cheekbone on the corner of her desk. While enduring the resulting doctor’s visits and tests, she was inspired to redefine success. What she came up with became the third metric.
The Third Metric
Money and power are great, but the true measure of success is living the good life. What good is a bunch of money if you’re working too hard to enjoy it? The third metric consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.
Well-being is taking care of yourself. It’s securing your own mask before helping others. It’s unplugging when you are not at work, making proper sleep a priority, and cultivating treasured relationships.
Wisdom is deeper awareness in your life. It’s knowing that everything in life presents an opportunity, even when it seems like a disaster. This is also where a meditation practice can bring greater definition to your life.
Wonder is child-like excitement and appreciation for the world around you. It is recognizing that synchronicity and coincidence have the ability to direct you to the path that is right for you.
Giving to others is the key to receiving more in your own life. Simply by putting yourself in a position to give you are expressing gratitude for what you already have. Abundance follows gratitude and generosity. Plus it makes you feel good.
Thrive in your own life
The take home is that, although we have been taught success comes to those who work hard and sacrifice, Arianna Huffington believes the third metric is actually the most important. After all, whoever writes your eulogy will not use the information on your resume. She will recall how vibrant, wise, and present you were and how much you gave to others.