In the fast paced world of our present day life, it can be hard to take time to reflect on and recognize our successes. But with that being said, what defines success? I am always working to accomplish a goal, whether it may be getting everything finished on my to do list, or growing my blog readership by a certain number. These goals are easily identifiable and measurable. I either finish the list or I don’t. I either grow by the desired number, or I don’t. But how do you measure less tangible goals? When can I, as a blogger for example, say that I have “succeeded”?
While yes, I am well aware that no one is going to tap me on the shoulder one day, hand me a plaque, and say “congrats Marie you are officially a successful blogger,” I am curious if at some point I will just KNOW. As children, we are taught to measure our success through rewards, praise, and other external recognition. So what happens as adults? We as individuals become responsible for measuring our own success.
Everything is Relative
Because not everything is outright measurable, I really try to remind myself to remember that everything is relative. I am successful as a blogger and have come so far from when I first created Progression By Design. The comparison game is to easy to participate in. Why don’t I have as many social media followers as her? Why don’t I get as many brand opportunities as she does? Stop comparing! It doesn’t matter. I have learned, and am constantly reminding myself, that comparison wastes time. That wasted energy could be used to make my blog better and grow my own readership.
Take a moment and reflect on what you are successful in.
I’m Successful, Now What?
Congratulations, you just awarded yourself that plaque that I mentioned above. Now, take your current level of realized personal success and keep pushing. Push yourself to be even better tomorrow, next month, and next year. Make a list of short term and long term goals and start kicking some ass. Reminding myself of the things that I have succeeded in really helps to ground me and give me that extra drive that I need to continue improving.
What are some ways that you measure your success?