Success is inherently hard to measure. After all, what is success? Many of us know that measuring progress is key to staying motivated and determining if we’re on target to achieve our end goal. If your mission is to be successful, how do you measure whether you’ve succeeded? There’s no simple answer.
But it helps if we break down the process into a few steps.
#1. Define success. What does success mean to you? Is it getting a certain number of hours with your children every day? Is it spending time every week on a hobby you love? Is it impacting a specific number of lives? We want to take success and break it down into something that we can measure – the number of clients originated, volunteer hours we’ve put in, or pounds we’ve shed. We want to measure what we’re going toward.
#2. Set goals. If you read about goals, most experts tell you first to establish what you want to achieve and then give yourself a period to attain your goal. By setting a timeline, you know you’ve succeeded if you achieve your goal in the time you gave yourself.
How do we achieve our goals?
I designed a model I call The Three Laws of Empowerment, www.yourbusinessspeaker.com. At its heart are three directives.
First, we want to prepare ourselves for success and envision our greatness. Steps #1 and #2 above set you on the path. Then we need a plan. Build a plan that is realistic and effective. Ask others whose experience and opinion you respect to vet the plan. We’ve talked in other blogs about making plans that work. We want to make sure we are prepared to reach our goals, no matter what happens.
Prepare. Plan. Protect. That will get us where we want to go. If we achieve our goals, then we see ourselves as successful, and others will see it too. But the entire process starts with a measurement, by linking success to some objective outcome. See it. Feel it. Touch it.
Are you on your way to whatever your success is?
This is difficult because you need to stop and reflect on what’s important in your life. What do you value? What is worth your resources? After all, I believe it’s key is to know where to put your time, effort and energy to make sure you achieve your success, no matter how you define it.
What’s your experience with success? Have you struggled with it? Have you been able to make breakthroughs? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear about how you define success, and what you’ve done to keep yourself on the path to it.
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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Griszka Niewiadomski.
About the Author
R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 418-0258.
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