We all want success, but I’m convinced that not all of us really know what we MEAN when we say that we want “success.” Have you taken the time to uncover what you truly consider as success in your career? On this episode of The Success Talk Show, I walk you through 5 steps to uncovering what success means to you. It’s a simple process that will require that you invest a little time, but the payoff when it comes to career satisfaction and decision-making ability is tremendous. Listen to this episode to find out how to clarify your definition of success – and I’d love to hear how these steps prove helpful to you.

If you don’t clearly know what success is for you, you’ll be vague on your goals.

Once you start a career it’s all too easy to get rolling in the direction the company or your superiors set for you and not give it a second thought. But you are the one who has to live your life, you are the one who works in your career. It’s important that YOU be satisfied with where you are and where you’re headed. That means you need to know what you consider to be a success and what you don’t. It’s what will enable you to set clear, aligned goals and stay on track when it comes to the decisions you make. It will also enable you to know when you’ve accomplished the things that really matter to you. On this episode I walk through 5 steps you can take to get really clear on your own definition of success so you’ll be able to live and work in a way that is aligned with your own values.

It’s important to be honest with yourself about what success really means to you.

The pressure we feel to live up to the expectations of others is real. We want people to think well of us and to see us as a “success,” but whose definition of success should really matter to us? You need to be honest with yourself about what success really means to you – after all, you are the one who has to live with the results coming from your life and career. In this episode, I describe a process you can go through to discover your own version of success. The clarity you gain will enable you to set satisfying goals, make better decisions that are in alignment with those goals, and live a truly successful life.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

During this episode I reference that quote – it’s by John Quincy Adams – and it is one of my favorites. It reminds me that the kind of influence I’m having isn’t always seen in the traditional roles my career path may place before me. Even in positions where I’m not an “out front” leader, I can be inspiring others, and that’s something that matters to me, something I consider to be a success. But I wouldn’t know that if I hadn’t spent time thinking through my personal definition of success. If you need clarity about why you’re doing what you’re doing and where you truly want to be headed in your career, listen to this episode. The 5 steps to clarifying what success means to you that I cover will help you get your bearings and stay on track to be the influence you want to be.

Strategic planning is more effective when you know what success means to you.

When we do strategic planning we often look at sales goals, project deadlines, annual revenue targets, and the like. But what about the goals that are aimed at your personal success? Should we be considering those? When it comes to strategic planning I’ve found that it’s much more fulfilling when I engage in it, in light of my personal idea of success. I’m able to work toward career goals in light of what I know resonates with my deeper desires. I’m able to make current decisions based on my desires for the future. All of that means I’m able to be intentional about where I’m headed so that I’ll be able to eventually obtain my definition of success. This episode is aimed at helping you define your own definition of success and help you stay on track toward it.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:35] Success. What is it to YOU, and why it’s important to know.
  • [5:10] STEP 1: Brainstorm what comes to mind when you hear the word “success.”
  • [8:31] STEP 2: Brainstorm what comes to mind when you think of “career advancement.”
  • [13:58] STEP 3: Create a document that describes what you’ve come up with.
  • [14:54] STEP 4: Refer to your document when you do strategic planning.
  • [16:03] STEP 5: Track your progress regularly.
  • [17:20] Be aware that the things you aspire to as success can change over time.

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