Is Your Definition of Success
Do you have a working definition of success that fits for you, or has the word lost its meaning? Did it once have personal meaning, or was it never truly yours in the first place? Is "success" a dark cloud hovering over you, or a foggy place in your mind you'd rather not visit? And - attention, please! - Is there a hidden cost to letting it remain broken?
Angela had consulted me because her graphic design business was producing lackluster results and her feelings about it were even more lackluster. During our first meeting I asked what yardstick she was using to measure her success. The question startled her. As I intended, it required her to stop and think about her definition of success, in the context of her business and beyond.
It quickly became evident that Angela's disappointing profit margin was the direct result of a business plan that no longer excited her. "I know I could make the business profitable again by doing the same kind of work I've been doing for years, but it bores me. I don't know whether I want profits or creative satisfaction as my measure of success."
As she came to see, disappointing profits, boredom, and uncertainty about future direction - these are common symptoms of a defunct definition of success.
So, is your definition of success broken?
"Wha'd'you mean, is my definition of success broken?", you ask. "How would I know?" Good question. To answer it, you must know what you can expect from a vision of success that's working. Here are four pointers:
OK. So what makes a definition of success broken?
Four common misconceptions that lie behind a broken success vision:
You're now in a position to assess whether you're tapping the multi-megawatts of personal power available to you from a definition of success - that path or destination that represents your most precious goals and aspirations - that truly fits you. Hold it up to three questions:
If not, the time and energy you invest to create a personally compelling success vision is time well invested. I hope you're inspired to begin!
Nina Ham, certified business and career coach and a licensed psychotherapist, is Principal of Success from the Inside Out. Her company provides programs and coaching services to midlife women in career transition or to those preparing to move from salaried employment to solo. Nina is also Designer and Master Facilitator of Success and Me: A Game of Self Discovery, a facilitated game designed to guide people to their unique and intimately personal vision of success. Read about it at www.SuccessandMeGame.com, or subscribe to Nina's free monthly ezine at www.successfromtheinsideout.com/library.html .
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