We all know that success means different things to everyone, however when aspiring to be successful do you chase it or attract it?

Jim Rohn says that success is what you attract by the person you become.

Are you generally a chaser or an attracter? Everything changes when you stop chasing. The first change that takes place is in you.

This snapshot of six characteristics may help illustrate the difference between the two.


  • Is not sustainable. You cannot seem to hold onto your achievements or operate at another level
  • You will have bursts of energy however these are limited and get depleted
  • Myopic
  • Is viewing the glass half empty – scarcity
  • Transactional
  • Outcomes are anxiety and burnout
  • Chasing the wind


  • Is inclusive as everything you do builds upon a foundation, for life. Your efforts keep raising you to another level.
  • You operate from a reservoir of energy which is replenished through what you do.
  • Farsighted
  • Is viewing the glass half full – abundance
  • Transformational
  • Outcomes are contentment and assurance
  • Attracting authentic success

It’s difficult to restrain yourself from chasing as the world demands ‘instancy’ which is more rapidly attained through the chase.

We are seductively caught up in the need ‘to have’ and can easily lose sight of the need ‘to be’. Stop and ask yourself what the cost of your chase is, as it will impede your ‘attractiveness’.

I think we all have a compulsion to chase, are you aware of yours? One way is to stop comparing yourself to others, it’s as futile as chasing the wind because you can never ‘be’ them.

Work on becoming attractive and you won’t have to ‘call’ them. People will want to hear what you are saying, find out what you are thinking, learn what you are doing … and why you are doing it.

Are you prepared to back yourself  in the process, to press-in and press-on when the going gets tough?

Work on strengthening your vision and the need to become more attractive – it will instil the perseverance required, and dissolve the need to chase.

I am the author of Leading Self and Others (how to make a difference where you are with what you’ve got) and Teaming with ideas (life lessons in teams- from business, sport and parkrun). You can contact me here.