How many world continents do you think there are?
According to a group of scientists, if you believe the answer is seven, you're off one. Yes, my formal education taught me that there are seven continents-- Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.
These scientists argue that there's a large section of land around New Zealand that they're calling Zealandia. The reason that it hadn't been recognized so far as a continent is because it's 94 percent underwater, but the sheer amount of area it covers means it would qualify as a continent.
Does it matter that most of it is underwater and never seen by the average person? Of course not.
The same applies to people. Much of what you see on the surface is beautiful and well-prepared, yet underneath, there's the fear, anxiety, guilt, and doubt that's only allowed out onto the surface sporadically. Even the most seemingly successful people still have this sense of insecurity and a desire to be even better. That's the 94 percent that you're not seeing.
So how do you embrace what's below the surface and form the life that you want to achieve?
Part of the answer is to embrace your insecurities and your drive to make something better - something better for yourself, your family, or your friends. You might want to create a better world, one that benefits those around you, or you may want to simply become a better person. Health, happiness, and love - all of these are important, but you need to have the drive to achieve them.
You also need to have a firm idea as to what constitutes success, otherwise you'll chase an ever-shifting goal that seems to get further and further away the more you "succeed".
When the researchers studied what constitutes a continent and checked whether each part was satisfied, they knew what success looked like and could make the recommendation to classify Zealandia as a continent based on sound thought.
However, personal success rarely has any meaningful universal definition - who is to decide what success means? For you, it might mean losing 10 pounds by June 1. It might mean breaking into a new role or a new job by a certain time.
The researchers focused on key aspects, and they brought attention to this topic. While it may seem like a high-level scientific endeavor, it has broad parallels in our own lives. Define success and then pursue it, harnessing the power of your hidden 94 percent.
My challenge for you this week:
Raise yourself "above water" by completing the following steps:
What positive personal characteristics do you want to share more with people?
What are some of your hidden desires you want to make happen?
Write yourself a permission slip to begin doing the things identified in questions 1 and 2!
Enjoy the process of revealing the "new you" to the world!
Once you bring the hidden characteristics of your life to the surface, you'll be able to achieve the success you've been searching for!