How I Measure Success.
I measure success by the impact I make…
whether that impact is via inspiration, motivation, lessons learned, love given &/or received, opportunities granted, etc. I measure success for myself by the number of lives I touch in a positive way. For me, success is doing work that matters… & doing it really well.
Defining “success” is personal.
Success might look different for you. & it should. (Imagine if success looked the same for all of us; we were all working towards the exact same thing… whoa, right?!) This is one of my favorite questions to ask others, especially in a professional setting. The meaning of “success,” for you, is yours to define.
How do determine what “success” means for you? Well… what brings you joy? What lights you up inside? What motivates you? If you close your eyes & envision the very best version of yourself, what does her life look like? If you were to leave this earth today, what do you want people to remember you by? These are all questions to ask yourself, as you work to define what success looks like for you.
To laugh often & much; to win the respect of intelligent people & the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics & endure the betrayal of fake friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success is not a destination.
Success is hidden in the journey you take to reach your goals. Success is found in the failures that you learn from & grow through. Success is the little victories you experience along the way to your ultimate end-goal that encourage you by confirming that you are on the right path.
Success is an attitude.
Success is peace of mind & a state of mind, & it requires maximum effort from you, yourself. Why? Because your definition of success is different than anyone else’s… & you have the responsibility of getting yourself there. & please note the emphasis on “self” in here… your success should never be determined by the approval or recognition of others. People might not get you, what you’re striving for, how you’re doing it, & why. Girl, good. You are striving for your own personal success, & by allowing others to shape that definition for you will only result in you setting yourself up for disappointment & failure.