I’ve been thinking a lot about “success” since Monday, when I attended a webinar where the presenter shared the concept that we each need to define our meaning of “success.” I’ve been at a crossroads on how to address success because most people have such a narrow definition of it. But God, in mysterious ways, put this article in my Inbox today so I could read about success and satisfaction (thank you “The Growth Equation Newsletter” for the insight). You can read it here:
- Why Success Doesn’t Lead to Satisfaction – https://hbr.org/2023/01/why-success-doesnt-lead-to-satisfaction
In the article, he examines the typical markers for success – money, achievement, and recognition/status, then identifies tools you can use to measure true success, which are:
- A shift from comparison to compassion.
- A shift from counting to contribution.
- A shift from contempt to connection.
While I was reading the article, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I measure success, with just two questions around “purpose”: (1) What did I do today to make me a better person (in order to serve others well)? and (2) What did I do today to make the life of at least one other person better? If I can answer both of those questions at the end of each day, then it’s been a “successful” day.
Do you need to redefine what success means to you? And if so, what would that look like? If you don’t know, let me know…maybe I can help!