The Importance of Defining Success

The Importance of Defining SuccessEveryone in life seems to be chasing the same thing, something by the name of “success”. While this may sound like we’re all pursuing a similar goal, it couldn’t be further from the truth. For this reason, before you start the journey towards success, you must define what it means to you—personally. Otherwise, you may end up lost along the way.

Why Does Success Look Different for Everyone?

Name one person on the earth that likes all the same things you do and does things in the exact way you do things. Can’t think of anyone? Exactly. This is because everyone is different, and so you can’t expect success to look the same for everyone either.

You have different desires, beliefs, and abilities. Chances are that something someone else may see as success may not even seem worthwhile to you. Therefore, you wouldn’t consider it a success based on how you see the world.  Like when I watched my 86-year-old mother-in-law sky-dive. For her, it was a success on her bucket list. But for me, I thought, “There’s no way in the world I’ll ever want to do that.”

Why is Defining Success So Important?

If you are chasing someone else’s idea of success, the reality is, you probably won’t get there. Especially because, as we have already established, you are unique in your abilities and desires. Therefore, to achieve success, you must first define what that means for you, and if it’s within the range of your abilities. 

For example, someone like Elon Musk may qualify success as, say, selling 12,000 of his new car model. While that may be appropriate for Musk, perhaps you are a salesperson at a car lot. You’re just looking to make enough money to go on that vacation you’ve always wanted. Therefore success for you can be defined as selling five cars every month, or whatever number to meet your monetary goal. 

Or, if you’re a new life coach, having a 7-figure goal in your first year and trying a marketing strategy that a 7-figure coach uses, is probably not appropriate. You will be unlikely to achieve it and end up disappointed and discouraged. Success also has to have a realistic expectation.

How to achieve success

While it may look different, and others may not understand it, you have to make your own definition of success, one that honors your individual situation and desires. Once you have defined success for yourself, you can start setting goals, breaking them down into steps, and take some action.

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