I think that it’s pretty fair to say that we would all like to be successful in our lives, right??
But what does success mean to you?
What does it look like?
I am here to tell you that what success means to you, may mean something totally different to the next guy or gal in the room.
So, what really is success?
And how do we know once we’ve achieved it?
Since success means something completely different to each and every person, I believe that it is extremely important that you take steps to define what success means to you, specifically, prior to beginning any new venture. If you don’t define it and map it out, how will you know if you have achieved it?
I would suggest taking a moment to envision your path to greatness. What are the steps along the way that you would consider to be milestones?
Take out a pen and paper right now and make a physical list of these milestones so you can pat yourself on the back and maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine every time that you reach each new goal.
Some of these list items may be financial? Maybe there is a specific person in your niche or industry that you are eager to work with? Perhaps you want to move out of the corner of your bedroom and into real life office space?
Whatever they might be, list your goals, and celebrate them as you gradually accomplish each one.
Listing goals in this way can also help you stay on track. If you find that you are not achieving the successes that you have mapped out for yourself, maybe it is time to change your plan?
If your list isn’t visual enough for you, why not try to create a vision board for yourself. You can use found photos or magazine clippings or maybe even something less tangible like a mood board on Pinterest. There are many options, but make sure that you do it, because it is oh so important as you move forward.
Otherwise, you may find yourself adrift in your business or blog, unaware of just how far you’ve come, and unsure of exactly where you are going.
For me, I like to set goals in how many new readers I will get each week or how many new followers I will gain on my different social platforms. I don’t always reach the goals that I set out for myself, but I never get discouraged. I just take that opportunity to take a second look at my strategy and then try, try again.
I think that ultimately, I will consider myself successful once I reached my next business/blogging anniversary having met my monthly readership goals. I am keeping that number private because I think that setting these goals are like birthday wishes… if you tell anyone, they won’t come true.
But what happens once you have achieved success? Do you just sit with your achievement or do you push forward to reach the next level of success. I suppose that is up to you.
Personally, I like to challenge myself and feel that I will always on the journey towards success. I will always continue to push myself to the next level.
What about you? What does success mean to you? How will you know when you’ve achieved it? What will you do once you’ve reached your goals?