Do you consider yourself successful?

What does success mean to you?  Everybody has a different notion and understanding of the walking_with_arrow_1600_wht_13880word success.  For some, success means raising a happy and healthy family, while others view success as becoming a millionaire, and yet others have definitions that fall somewhere in the middle.  It’s really an interesting question.  So often, we have a running monologue in our heads about wanting success.  We go to work, take care of the kids, and do the right things, all with the underlying motive of achieving success.  Yet we very rarely sit and consider what it is that we are really after.  What actually is success?  How do we know we are successful?  It’s not as though someone hands us a ribbon that says “Congratulations — you’ve achieved success!”  Often someone else may deem us successful, but that doesn’t mean that we view ourselves that way.  So take a moment and reflect on what you are really going after.  How would you know that you are truly successful?  Would that mean that you are happy, fulfilled, rich?

If you can determine in detail what your definition of success actually is, then you can clearly identify what it looks like, how it feels, and most of all, when you have arrived. (That’s a trick, because I don’t believe we ever really arrive, we just set new goals!)  Once you’ve clarified what you are after, then you create a game plan for getting there.  Below is a series of questions that will help you fine-tune your specific goals to achieving success.

Top 10 Questions to Clarify Your Goals:

  1. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
  2. What were your goals when you were a child?
  3. What have you decided you are too old to do?
  4. What goals did you have last year that you gave up on?
  5. What would you like to accomplish by the end of the year?
  6. What would you like to possess by the end of the year?
  7. Who would you like to be by the end of the year?
  8. Where would you like to be in 10 years?
  9. When are you happy and energized?
  10. What would you really like to do?




About the author

Robin Lavitch, MA, CPC, is the founder of Surpass Your Goals, a coaching practice for entrepreneurs, executives, tweens, school administrators, and more. Her capacity to connect with audiences, elicit thought-provoking ideas and clarify personal ambitions prepares people to apply that knowledge instantaneously to accelerate their own results in leadership, sales, and time management.

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