What is success? Not a simple question. Success means different things to different folk. It can be finding a convenient parking spaces on Saturday at Costco. To others it is reaching a financial goal in business. Some may attribute success to solving a particularly difficult puzzle.
Whatever it looks like to you, there were likely failures along the path to success. You probably saw good parking spaces in the next row at Costco, but by the time you got there they were gone. In business there likely were unexpected expenditures that delayed reaching the financial goal. Puzzles sometimes require one to take breaks, walk away, and return with a clear mindset.
Those seeking a goal need to sometimes temper their enthusiasm in reaching the target and look for plateaus along the way. These plateaus are mini-successes or levels in the assent to the goal. There should be a reward at each to maintain the confidence in the journey.
In general, we like acknowledgement for the good things we do. Why not do that for ourselves? Why do we wait for others to recognize the things we do? It can be anything from your favourite ice-cream sundae to a weekend away with your favourite squeeze. Make it a reward for reaching a step in your goal.
As I mentioned, success means different things to different people and is not necessarily linked to what you have done or are doing. It can be the feeling you have over raising a family, or your children graduating high school, getting a degree, or the birth of a grandchild. Or it might be your landing your dream job or being granted the master’s degree you worked hard for.
Whatever it is, remember to pause and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.
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