Measuring Success

How do you measure success?  Are you successful if you have a Jaguar parked in your 3-car garage?  Or if the square footage of your home is double that of your neighbour’s?  What about if your neighbour’s boat is bigger than yours, does that mean you’re not successful?  Do you measure success by your possessions or worse yet, by the objects sitting in your neighbour’s yard?

What if you changed your definition of success?  Peter Legge once wrote, “Successful people do what they love.” Funnily enough his quote wasn’t:  successful people own a lot of stuff! That is because accomplished people measure achievement based on actions, learning, and goals.

We can be far more successful if we adjust our focus to achieving goals. Goals are like promises that we’ve made to ourselves. Thus, when we achieve a goal we are keeping our promises. This positive reinforcement cycle then boosts our confidence, encourages us to accept new challenges, and pushes us to try new things.

When you look at your new success reality through a different lens, you are now free to measure it on your own terms instead of your neighbour’s.  What a relief!

-Jamie, Program Manager

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One Response to “Measuring Success”

  1. Angela West Says:

    …great blog post Jamie!

    “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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