It’s a new year with new goals.
You’re taking strides towards success because you long to achieve your heartfelt dreams. Right?
What if I told you that working for and chasing success doesn’t always pan out?
Here’s what working for success looks like:
You dream, vision, plan, and scribble goals in a fancy notebook or planner. There are highlighters involved.
You write a million action steps that will take you to the door of success. You work hard and sometimes you step over the threshold into the success you’ve been reaching for. Wow. Go you.
But what happens if you aren’t able to complete a few of your key actions along the way? How do you react when the plan gets jumbled and you don’t end up in ‘Success Town’? When you look back after each quarter or the end of the year and didn’t bring your original vision to life?
There’s letdown. There’s disappointment over what feels like failed effort. When you’re working for success there’s frustration over not doing ALL THE THINGS you said you’d do this year!!
Working for success doesn’t always work because we have a narrow picture of what “success” looks like in our heads. It’s black and white. It’s solely the picture of the original vision. The goals we’ve been chasing all along. If we don’t live into that specific vision, those goals, we tend to call it failure. Even if we’ve done some pretty great things during the year…
What if there was a way to feel more fulfilled and grateful? A way to embrace the actual gift of the hard work you’ve put in?
I think there is — and I’m hoping my 2016 looks a whole lot more like pressing into progress than working to have a successful year.
Here’s what tracking progress looks like:
You dream, vision, plan, and scribble goals in a fancy notebook or planner. There are pretty pens and markers involved.
You write plenty of micro-goals that will help your dreams live well. You work hard. But your plan doesn’t unfold like you expected it to. You don’t accomplish what you thought you would.
Instead of looking back after each quarter or at the end of the year with a sinking feeling — ‘I didn’t reach those big-meaningful-goals that I set out to reach this year…’ can we try something else?
Each month write down the ways in which you made progress.
Maybe you didn’t write as many guest posts as you had planned but you wrote three. That’s progress. It’s meaningful.
It’s moving you three steps closer to where you were before. If you just look back on your month and weren’t able to cross off the “success goal” of 10 guests posts, you’d feel dismal.
Maybe you didn’t book as many clients as you were counting on but you had awesome engagement on your social media resources — that’s still progress and success in its own form.
What kind of mind-set shift would happen if you tracked the baby steps, the progress, and the highlights of the month? What would happen if you worked more for progression and less for success?
I’m willing to bet feelings of fulfillment and gratitude would bubble up when you look back on the progress of small-moment wins. In turn, those micro moments could be counted as success.
How have you progressed this month?
I’d love to know the wins you’ve had! Share with me below.